About

As of 30th June 2019, the Incorporated Association Tripwire Theatre Inc will no longer exist. We have reached the limit of our growth potential with the resources that we have available. However, the values of Tripwire will continue to inspire our members theatrical endeavours.

Having a dozen play scripts and concepts for plays wasting away in her hard drive, and  recently finishing her Graduate Certificate in Arts Management, Megan Riedl saw an opportunity to assist emerging performing arts professionals in the areas that often come the hardest to them – marketing, management, funding and audience development.

Megan wanted to develop an organisation that could assist her, and others like her, to make high-quality theatre and present it locally with a view to creating paid work opportunities for central Victorian creatives and arts managers.

With a small team of committed supporters, Megan launched Tripwire Theatre Inc in August 2016, with the mandate to realise it’s member’s creative ideas for the stage.

Tripwire’s members were emerging professional theatre makers and arts managers, along with arts-loving allies from other sectors. We lived and worked in Central Victoria, and we made brand new theatrical works.

In every project we undertook, the aim was to provide high quality, affordable performing arts which are made especially to reflect our Central Victorian values, celebrate our successes and critique our failures.

Over three years, Tripwire has taken creative proposals from members, and developed, funded and delivered to an audience four exciting new theatrical works. The Let-Down Reflex, Travels With My Black Dog, Hollow and The Belly Dancer have all explored complex social themes and involved the wider community through sponsorships, consultation and of course, as audiences.

We have created opportunities for emerging professionals to experience the behind the scenes work of independent theatre including touring, grant writing, marketing and project management. We have also given opportunities for actors, writers, directors and technicians to work together in the creation of brand new theatre.

Our committee has represented Tripwire at Artlands, Showcase Victoria, Victorian Theatre Forum among others. We have also funded our members to attend professional development.

When we started Tripwire, it was to fill a gap that existed between community and professional theatre in Central Victoria. Today, we are seeing local community theatre companies becoming less risk averse, with bolder programming and a willingness to embrace original works. Opportunities for new local works to be made with the support of long-running volunteer theatre companies are on the increase. There is also an increased investment in professional theatre in our region through both independent companies and local government.

As of 30th June 2019, the Incorporated Association Tripwire Theatre Inc will no longer exist. We have reached the limit of our growth potential with the resources that we have available. However, the values of Tripwire will continue to inspire our members theatrical endeavours.