About the program

Established in 2008, the program is designed to guide and enrich the transition from training institutions by providing a professional platform for artists to work in the industry. Each December we we offer several position across either Acting, Directing, Design or Stage Management to join Red Stitch as full ensemble members for the following year.


Red Stitch has formed ongoing partnerships with several of Australia’s most prestigious performing arts schools around Australia. Graduating students from these institutions are invited to audition for the graduate position towards the conclusion of each calendar year.

We do not accept graduate applications from individual students from unaffiliated performing arts courses. If you fall into this category and wish to audition for the Graduate Program, please invite your course coordinator to contact our office on (03) 9533 8082 to discuss a possible future partnership.



Graduates are welcomed into the Red Stitch ensemble as full members and regarded as key stakeholders in the company.

Throughout their year long engagement with Red Stitch, graduates gain invaluable skills, experience and contacts. They develop their craft, form relationships with leading industry professionals, and have their work exposed on the Red Stitch stage.

This program often acts as a springboard for graduates, as many are recognised and go on to have successful and fulfilling careers in theatre.

A graduate year is not only busy but very exciting. Graduates:

  • work on multiple and diverse productions
  • source and develop new material
  • are involved in the day-to-day and season-to-season operations of Red Stitch.

Red Stitch is extremely proud of this unique program. No other theatre company in Australia offers such a rich and immersive opportunity to artists negotiating the transition from training to institution.


In addition to working on productions, Grads are involved in the day-to-day, season-to-season workings of Red Stitch, including sourcing and developing new work. In accordance with Red Stitch policy, all members may take leave of absence for professional work outside the company.

Actor Graduate

We will endeavour to provide the successful acting graduate the opportunity to perform two roles during their 12-month membership of the ensemble. We guarantee at least one role.

Stage Management and Designer Graduates

Graduates work alongside industry professionals, receiving expert guidance and support from Red Stitch resident Designers and Production Management team. 

Directing Graduate

Graduates assistant direct a number of Red Stitch shows throughout their placement year, building relationships with established practitioners and experiencing a variety of rehearsal processes. They are also given the opportunity to direct a piece for PLAYlist at Red Stitch.


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The Red Stitch graduate director placement has been an invaluable learning experience. I have had the opportunity to be in rehearsal rooms, to meet industry professionals, to work on new writing, to direct excellent actors, to read great new plays and be involved in the day to day running of this exceptional company. Time and time again over the year I have found myself in awe of the balance between professionalism and passion that forms the backbone of Red Stitch Actors Theatre.

 Alice Darling Inaugural Graduate Director 

Expressions of Interest

Graduate Stage Managers, Directors and Designers are selected on recommendation and through an interview with Red Stitch. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV  and reference to admin@redstitch. EOI’s are currently closed.

Acting Graduate auditions will be held in November/December. Dates and the process for applying will be announced through eligible drama schools.


The GRADUATE PROGRAM is proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip