Hayes Theatre Co

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Hayes Theatre Co


Applications for SHOWLAB 2022 are now CLOSED. 

SHOWLAB is open to anyone who has an idea for a new musical they have begun work on.  Your musical does not need to be finished or completed for you to present, nor do you need to have written a musical before. 

SHOWLAB is available to creatives all over Australia, and as such, we will be holding 2 workshops. The first will be run online on Tuesday 3 May, which will be available to those who live interstate or in regional NSW. The second will be held in person at Hayes Theatre Wednesday 4 May, for those who are based in Sydney.

Key Dates

Submissions Open                                          Tuesday 7 February

Submission Close                                            Wednesday 6 April

Successful applicants will be notified by        Monday 11 April

Showlab Workshop (online)                           Tuesday 3 May

Showlab Workshop at Hayes Theatre            Wednesday 4 May


Do I need to attend the workshop in person?

SHOWLAB will be run online, for those who live interstate or regional on Tuesday 3 May. For those who live in Sydney, they will have the opportunity to attend the Workshop in person on Wednesday 4 May.

Will I need to attend the entire workshop?

Yes. If you are accepted, it Is expected that you will be available for the entire workshop to both present your work to the panel for feedback, as well as hear the presentation of other new works and subsequent feedback.

Are there any costs involved in the workshop?

No! There is no cost to be part of the SHOWLAB workshop.

Will I be guaranteed a place at the workshop if I apply?

We receive many more submissions than we can support, so there’s no guarantee of place the workshop for everyone that applies.

What should I put in my Cover Letter?

Your cover letter should include a brief outline your work and the vision you have for your musical.  Please include information on the writers and any previous experience they have with musical theatre. You may include what you are wanting to get out the workshop and indicate what you might present on the day.

What should I present at the workshop?

Each participant will have the opportunity to present up to 10 minutes of their work, which could incorporate a brief overview or synopsis, musical numbers (with or without lyrics) or dialogue scenes. Remember that this is not a pitch session or competition, we want to focus on the work itself.

Who will be on the panel for the workshop?

The panel for the workshop is made up of industry professionals including:

  • Neil Gooding
  • Sheridan Harbridge
  • Kenneth Moraleda
  • Shaun Rennie
  • Phil Scott
  • Katherine Thomson

For more information on the panellists, please see the Advisory Panel Page

Will my musical be programmed or supported by Hayes?

SHOWLAB is designed to provide advice to emerging writers and composers.  If you’d like to apply for development assistance or submit your work for consideration by our Programming Committee you need to apply to our Open Submissions Program separately.


If you have any further questions, please contact submissions@hayestheatre.com.au