Graduate Players (Victoria)



The ASC Youth Company, Graduate Players programme is an artistic-educational opportunity open to recent university graduates or new professionals to the theatre industry. This program aims at giving emerging actors the experience to perform locally and overseas.


This fee paying program gives participants the opportunity to work with professional ASC staff, including directors, musical directors, choreographers and actors over a 12-week period. Graduate Players gain an understanding of what it is like to work, perform, create and learn Shakespearean techniques and acting methodologies.


Since the programmes creation in 2016, ASC’s Graduate Players have performed Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors in Melbourne and toured regional Victoria, as well as performed at the Prague International Fringe Festival within a short season framework.


All participants are offered the option of staying on in Europe after the season to tour at their leisure; an open ended return ticket will be available. ASC also offer arts touring following the performances, including a workshop with Prague Shakespeare Company, and a Prague Shakespeare Company performance (subject to availability).


Entry to the program is by audition only. Auditions typically take place in December. Directors look for experience and/or interest in Shakespeare as well as musical skills.


This is an exciting chance for budding new actors looking to develop how they work as an artist as well as an occasion to meet other future collaborators.

Australian Shakespeare, Graduate Players

The program ‘to me is not just about getting up on stage and playing a role, it's about learning what it means to be actor. This was an incredible journey from the first script read through in a room in Williamstown to the final bow on stage in Prague, and we as a unit pushed through together. I loved just how involved we all got with every aspect and everyone had a say which made it our show. Thanks to the wisdom and keen eyes of our directors Kevin Hopkins and Phil Sumner we created something memorable and I can't thank Bravehearts enough from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity.’Roisin, Company 2016