Hayes Theatre Co

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Hayes Theatre Co

Making a Musical

A workshop by Hayes Theatre Co and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)


Hayes is thrilled to announce a new opportunity for Asian Australian artists and their collaborators, interested in writing and composing for musical theatre.

If you have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. Your involvement will be paramount in changing the Australian musical theatre landscape with the support of Hayes Theatre Co and CAAP -a much needed stride in building culturally diverse creative rooms and  showcasing the incredible breadth of talent we have in Australia.

Over five sessions, leading Australian and International musical theatre practitioners will present case studies and practical sessions to provide insight into the process of making a musical and engage with participants in developing their own projects.


Asian Australian Artists and their collaborators with an interest in musical theatre: Individual artists who identify as Asian Australian or a team of artists with one or more members who identify as Asian Australian.

Participants must have projects ideas to bring to the workshop. Projects at any stage of development will be considered but works in its early stages that require further development are preferable. We strongly encourage artists from disciplines other than musical theatre, but with experience in writing and/or musical composition, to apply. Applicants from Regional NSW and Interstate (outside NSW) are eligible to apply


Making a Musical will be facilitated by Kenneth Moraleda with presenters including:
Hilary Bell, Yve Blake, Dean Bryant, Lisa Campbell, Hugo Chiarella, Greta Gertler Gold, Jay Kuo, Max Lambert, Naomi Livingston, Laura Murphy, Eddie Perfect, Paige Rattray, Sonya Suares, Annette Shun Wah and Darren Yap


The first four sessions will be delivered remotely, the final session – a showcase – will be in person (weather permitting).
Successful applicants will be paid a $600 stipend to participate

Monday 4 October         10-5pm (remote)
Monday 11 October        5-8.30pm (remote)
Monday 18 October       5-8.30pm (remote)
Monday 25 October       5-8.30pm (remote)
Friday 12 November      10-6.30pm (in person)


Fill in the form HERE 

Further questions?
Not sure if this is right for you, or simply curious? Please get in touch with us on: submissions@hayesthetre.com.au

Applications close Wednesday 22nd September 


Kenneth Moraleda is an actor, director, writer and creative producer of Filipino descent. 

His many years of involvement with CAAP Programs include as writer: Lotus Salon and Lotus First Draft programs, as resident artist: STC/CAAP Directing Initiative and recently project facilitator: CAAP Artist Lab.

He recently directed Chop Chef (Blush Opera) and Eat Me: Blowback (NIDA). Under the production company he co-founded kwento he is slated to direct Ate Lovia (Redline) and The Marriage Agency (KXT/bAKEHOUSE). He was Assistant Director to Kip Williams on Playing Beatie Bow, and to Paige Rattray for How to Rule the World and The Deep Blue Sea at Sydney Theatre Company.

As an actor his credits include Muriels Wedding- The Musical, Talk, Australian Graffiti, Cyrano de Bergerac & A Man with Five Children (Sydney Theatre Co) The Lion King (Australian/Asian tour), WarHorse (Australian Tour), Three Sisters (Sport for Jove) Australia Day (National Tour – HIT), August: Osage County (Repertory Philippines) White Divers of Broome (Black Swan),  Cruise Control (Ensemble), An Enemy of the People  (Belvoir Street) and Kasama Kita (Belvoir 25a).  Films include Lucky Miles (Best Actor – Cinemanila Film Festival), Banana Boy, Legacy, The Fence and Locusts. Television credits include Janet King S3, Schapelle, East West 101, City Homicide, Stingers, City Life, Water Rats, Wildside, White Collar Blue, Comedy Inc, Playhouse Disney, Jay’s Jungle and recently Bureau of Magical Things. 

Making A Musical is generously supported by City of Sydney