La Boite Opens Submissions for Indie 2011


La Boite Theatre Company will again throw open its doors to the independent theatre sector, as it opens submissions today for the 2011 La Boite Indie season.

The announcement follows the accomplishments of La Boite Indie 2010, which has seen four vibrant independent theatre companies working in the theatre. 2010 Matilda Award-winning Indie companies Pentimento Productions and 23rd Productions have enjoyed acclaimed Indie seasons this year, and audiences can still look forward to innovative and exhilarating work from Shane Anthony & Bella Shanley and Stella Electrika later in the spring.

Sven Swenson, writer and director of The Bitterling by Pentimento Productions said: "La Boite Indie was hands-down one of the best theatrical experiences of my professional life. We had the opportunity, freedom and support to create passionately and make bold, uncompromising choices. The work flourished and the rewards were great."

La Boite Indie is a curated season of four independent theatre productions, each lasting three weeks. La Boite welcomes applications from across the independent sector - and will again transform its theatre into an intimate 95-seat black box for Indie 2011. La Boite will also commit to providing financial, technical, marketing and artistic support to the selected companies.
La Boite Indie aims to nurture a more sustainable independent theatre culture in Brisbane, to build audiences in Brisbane generally, to enable closer ties between independent practice and La Boite, and to help create outstanding, contemporary works for theatre.

La Boite's Artistic Director David Berthold said: "The independent sector is made up mostly of emerging artists coming together to create work in small spaces with few resources. Cultivating this talent and finding ways of increasing reasources is fundamental to theatre's ecology. This area of work is a crucible for new ideas and helps keep the artform authentic to the times."

Companies and artists wishing to submit a work for Indie 2011 can find full details and conditions for entry on La Boite's website laboite.com.au. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 17 August 2010 at 5pm.

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