“The Sea Project”, image by Bruce Moyle, 2012

Issued: 28.08.12


Mudlark Theatre Inc is pleased to announce it has successfully secured funding of $61 500 per
annum from Arts Tasmania for the next two years (2013, 2014).

“This success reaffirms that Mudlark is a vital and valued contributor to the state’s cultural life and
that our vision emphasises both employment and excellent artistic outcomes,” said Mudlark artistic
director, Stuart Loone. “For Mudlark to increase its state funding, and have surety of that funding
for two years, reflects many years of passion and hard work for Tasmanian theatre”.

Since 2004, Mudlark has developed a strong nation-wide reputation for staging exhilarating new
works which provide audiences with unique and daring theatre experiences. The company is
Launceston’s only professional producer of theatre and stages one new work a year and a suite of
artist development opportunities year-round.

Arts Tasmania’s investment in Mudlark allows the company to:

• produce The Midlands, by NIDA-trained Tasmanian playwright, Hannah Malarski;

• work on a new international co-production with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador;

• develop a professional program for Tasmanian playwrights;

• expand its program of artist development opportunities;

• further engage with the community through surety of its program.

Key facts:

• over 80% of the $61 500pa will go directly into employing Tasmanian artists;

• twenty theatre artists (directors, actors, musicians, technicians) will be employed on shortterm
professional contracts over the next two years;

• A further thirty artists per year will be engaged through artist development programs;

• the Arts Tasmania investment gives Mudlark an opportunity to leverage federal and other
funding into the Launceston region.

“Mudlark adds a dynamic, outward-loooking voice to Launceston’s rich theatre scene”, said artistic
director Stuart Loone. “We’re very lucky to have a huge amount of support from the community
and we look forward to working with some wonderful audiences, artists and organisations over the
coming couple of years.”

Previous productions include The Sea Project (2012), Beautiful (2011), Dancing Back Home (2010),
Cross (2008/09) and The One Day Projects.
Stuart Loone, Artistic Director Mudlark Theatre