WELCOME TO CRITICAL STAGES
Critical Stages nurtures and supports independent artists, working together to bring exceptional experiences to audiences everywhere.
Our vision is to drive a continuous transformation of the performing arts landscape by championing independent artists.
The aims of Critical Stages are:
Critical Stages actively encourages a national conversation between all levels of the theatre landscape; brokering a dialogue between independent artist and major company, producer and presenter, to create opportunities for the exchange of ideas and resources.
Critical Stages was born from the necessity to find further life for outstanding productions from the independent theatre sector. Critical Stages actively seeks out high quality productions from small urban theatres with the aim to develop, produce and manage professional touring opportunities for these productions, encompassing all shows previously generated by artists without the support of a major company infrastructure.
Independent theatre is the crucible of theatre in Australia, it is a place where dedicated and motivated artists produce the shows about which they are most passionate. Critical Stages sees it as vital that audiences across Australia are given the opportunity to see this unique work and that independent theatre productions are showcased on a national platform.