Critical Stages


Critical Stages is the national professional platform for independent theatre. Our goal is the sustainable growth of the sector – we seek out the most promising productions from the independent theatre hubs around Australia and help them reach their potential. We nurture and support independent theatre artists by providing expertise and infrastructure, working as partners in the development, staging and touring of their productions.

Critical Stages has grown to become Australia’s leading producer of touring theatre from the independent theatre sector. In the past five years the company has toured ten productions by some of the country’s leading independent theatre practitioners.

Over 160 artists have been engaged on Critical Stages touring productions, over half as touring cast and crew, travelling to perform in over 90 towns across Australia to a total audience of over 60,000 attendees.

Critical Stages was established in 2005 as an initiative of Darlinghurst Theatre Company, with core funding initially from Arts NSW and then with triennial initiative funding from the Australia Council from 2009-2011. In January 2011 Critical Stages separated from Darlinghurst Theatre Company to form as a separate not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a dedicated management staff and board of Directors.


Critical Stages is funded by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council

and by Arts NSW