Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co

Hayes Creative Development

Hayes Theatre Co is passionate about new musicals.  We want to see more of our stories on stage – stories that matter, stories that entertain, challenge and enrich us. We also know that it isn’t easy and that there’s no simple way to bring even the most promising idea to life. Hayes Creative Development programs aim to give writers and composers the support they need.

For independent producers hoping to stage an existing musical please see For Producers.

If you’re an artist interested in submitting an existing show please click through to our Artist Led Program.


SHOWLAB is an educational initiative from HAYES CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, where aspiring writers and composers present an excerpt from their musical to a committee of industry professionals and receive immediate, in person feedback on their work.

SHOWLAB is a full day workshop dedicated to musical theatre writing and composition. All participants accepted into the workshop will be present for the other presentations and feedback seasons, with up to 10 musicals presented on the day.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS is an initiative by HAYES CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT where writers and composers of new Australian musicals are able to submit their work to be given specific feedback and the potential for ongoing support.

It may be an idea for a new musical or cabaret that you have been developing for a few months, or a few years; you may have a couple of songs written, or an entire draft of the musical.

We hope that it’s something new, innovative, imaginative and inspirational. That is showcases the incredible diversity we have to offer in Australia and has the potential to help us build new audiences for home-grown musicals.