Tags: acting, contemporary arts
Founded by Betty Burstall in 1967, La Mama is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre in Australia. Valued by artists and audiences alike, La Mama is treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond mainstream theatre; producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that explore, deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues.
La Mamaâ€™s list of Alumni reads like the Whoâ€™s Who of Australian theatre including such greats as David Williamson, Cate Blanchett, Jack Hibberd, Graeme Blundell, Judith Lucy and Julia Zemiro. La Mama is proud to play a crucial role in fostering the distinguished careers of so many established and emerging Australian artists.
La Mama also plays a significant role in the wider community, providing access to people from marginalised and other backgrounds. Through its Audience Access and Mentorship Programmes, La Mama provides many groups with the opportunity for self expression in a theatrical context.
As well as operating from its original birthplace in Faraday Street, La Mama has a second performance venue in Carlton, La Mama Courthouse in Drummond Street. Both venues combine to present more than 50 new Australian works annually.