The Griffin Fund is designed to develop our capacity to expand Griffin’s activities in three key areas: education, professional development and touring. It is an investment in the future prospects of the company and the artists we work with. Donations to the Fund are for a minimum of $1,000 and are pledged for a three-year period towards the following areas:
Griffin is committed to extending the activities and programs we offer young people to engage with professional theatre and artists by developing new work for families, and through exciting new partnerships with local schools and students. Key strategies to this program include:
- Creating an education position to develop work in collaboration with schools and students.
- Expanding our Ambassador Program, which gives 100 year 10 to 12 students an opportunity to see new Australian work for free, and participate in workshops.
- Developing major work Masquerade for kids and families, which premiered in 2015.
Griffin is at the forefront of providing outstanding development opportunities and training the leaders of the future. Existing programs include he Griffin Studio.
There is great respect and demand for Griffin’s work around Australia. While we have successfully toured productions in the past, we need to build a sustainable touring model that will enable our writers’ work to have a life beyond the Griffin stage. We are also interested in expanding opportunities for Australian artists to engage in international exchange and dialogue, which will support the development of artists and build a greater understanding of the relationship between Australian and international arts practice. Projects include:
- Supporting the development of a new work for children based on Roald Dahl’s The Witches, for presentation and touring.
- Creating one national tour per year of a Griffin production to capital cities and regional Australia.
- Focusing on partnering with other theatre companies around Australia to present our main stage productions.
- An opportunity for one Australian writer to participate in an international new writing exchange program.
Anonymous (1), Baly Douglas Foundation, John Bell & Anna Volska, Michael & Charmaine Bradley, Nathan Bennet & Yael Perry, Ange Cecco & Melanie Bienemann, Alison Deans & Kevin Powell, Catherine Dovey and Kim Williams, Lilian & Ken Horler, Lee Lewis & Brett Boardman, Lisa & Ross Lewin, Bruce Meagher & Greg Waters, Sophie McCarthy & Antony Green, Dr David Nguyen, Peter & Dianne O’Connell, Ian Phipps, Ian Robertson, Will Sheehan, Stuart Thomas, Simon Wellington & Sanjeev Kumar, Annabel Ritchie, Louise Walsh & Dave Jordan.