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Our mission

To make bold & ambitious theatrical works.

Empowered by a vision to be a leading centre for the creation of incredible theatrical works, Windmill is an ambitious and innovative company based in Adelaide, South Australia. We create and present unique and contemporary theatrical work for children, teens and families.

Our artists are inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of genuine relevance in this modern time. In meeting this challenge Windmill positions theatre for children, young people and families in a dynamic national and international conversation that is defining the future of theatre practice.

“One of the smartest companies in the Australian theatre scene.” Aussie Theatre

Since our inception in 2002, our enduring purpose has been to continue to create incredible shows, and tour them nationally and internationally. We will continue to inhabit new media spaces and participate in the development of innovative means to connect artists and audiences to tell, create and share stories.

With a philosophy that creative expression is fundamental to humanity and vital for navigating the contemporary world, Windmill’s aim is to make theatre a dynamic meeting space between the imagination of the artists and the audience.

Our Story

In the beginning…

Windmill was born in 2002 as an initiative of the SA Government to establish a new national theatre company for young people and family audiences with the unique capability to deliver productions commensurate in scale, quality and production values with works created for adults by the larger Australian theatre companies. Windmill quickly established itself as a pioneer of quality theatre for the under-five age group.

In a revolutionary shift from the former commissioning model, the company embarked on its first year of programming under Artistic Director Rosemary Myers in 2009. This presented it with a chance to energetically evolve and develop an in-house style and simultaneously expand its audience to include teenagers and young adults, filling a perceived gap in the market.

Since then the company has gone from strength to strength and has been pivotal in building Australia’s reputation as a world leader in the creation of exceptional theatre for young people.

“The best children’s theatre in the country.” The Australian

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Our house style is continually evolving.

Windmill has been evolving a distinctive house style of theatre that is diverse in form and scale but unified by our own lateral, inventive and obsessive exploration of the live moment.

Our all-original stories are delivered by a range of ways; sometimes growing from one project to another: an audience suggestion, a chat between collaborators, a dream, an artwork, a lecture – the means are broad, but our recognition of an idea with legs is usually swift.

We cater to four distinct audience groups, and our work ranges in scale from small, intimate works to larger-scale family musical theatre spectaculars.

We also take our stories beyond the stage.

As part of our mission, we also inhabit new media spaces and participate in the development of innovative means to connect artists and audiences to tell, create and share stories. We have produced two documentary films, two mix-media projects and in 2015 we delivered our first feature film for teenage audiences, multi-award winning Girl Asleep.

We ensure our developments span over 1-2 years. We assemble audacious, inventive artistic teams, drawing on its family of high calibre artists for each project. These artists are the backbone of the company’s creative practice.

We are regularly on the road.

We have been pivotal in building Australia’s reputation as a world leader in the creation of exceptional theatre for young people. We have become a national go-to for many key national and international venues for quality family theatrical work. Since 2002, we have entertained over 500,000 children and families in Australia and overseas.

We are committed to nurturing arts education, greater access and cultural diversity.

Alongside the creation of theatrical works, Windmill has a strong commitment to nurturing deeper engagement and appreciation with art in the broader community. In conjunction with all our works we deliver an interaction program, which encompasses our access program FreeSeats, where up to 15% of tickets are made available at no cost annually to community groups and schools deemed socio-economically and geographically disadvantaged, free arts education workshops for students and families, structured interactive community and residencies programs that provide opportunities for schools and communities to co-create professional work with our artists, and comprehensive educational resource kits for teachers that are linked to the Australian Curriculum.

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Our People

Empowered by a dynamic culture and fuelled by shared ownership of its vision, the company is run by an Artistic Director, Executive Producer and team of dedicated staff and artistic collaborators.

Leadership

  • Rosemary MyersRosemary Myers Artistic Director
  • Kaye WeeksKaye Weeks Executive Producer

Staff

  • Jason Warner Program & Production Manager
  • Giselle Becker Acting Arts Education Manager
  • Genevieve Booker Finance Manager
  • Lindy Scott Acting Marketing & Development Manager
  • Jennifer Assels Marketing & Development Executive
  • Gemma Winter Harris Touring & Administration Coordinator
  • Adam Rossetto Marketing & Development Manager (Extended Leave)
  • Julie Orchard Arts Education Manager (Extended Leave)

Board

  • Bruce Speirs
  • Rosey Batt
  • Rosalba Clemente
  • Rodney Harrex
  • Adam Smith
  • Jane Thompson
  • Helen Wildash

Key artistic collaborators

  • Jonathon Oxlade Designer & Performer
  • Matthew Whittet Writer & Performer
  • Sam Haren Director
  • Julianne O’Brien Writer
  • Carol Wellman Kelly Choreographer
  • Jethro Woodward Composer
  • Richard Vabre Lighting Designer
  • Luke Smiles Sound Designer
  • Amber McMahon Performer
  • Alirio Zavarce Performer
  • Nathan O’Keefe Performer
  • Jude Henshall Performer
  • Ellen Steele Performer
  • Eamon Farren Performer
  • Patrick Graham Performer

“Windmill employs a highly collaborative, all-hands-on-deck model: there’s a palpable increment of belief and commitment that’s communicated through everyone involved.” Crikey Daily Review

Casual Staff

  • Lisa Osborn, Stage Manager
  • Niklas Pajanti, Technical Manager
  • Lyndie Li Wan Po, Stage Manager
  • Aaron Herzeg, Technician
  • Chris Petridis, LX and AV Magician
  • Robyn Jones, Costume Buyer
  • Lili Chester, Props Maker
  • Robert Forrest, Theatrical Roustabout
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Awards

Awards we’ve won and been nominated for:

2016

  • The Age Critics Prize – MIFF | Winner
    Best Australian Feature Film Girl Asleep
  • South Australian Screen Awards 2016 | Winner
    Best Work Girl Asleep
  • Seattle Film Festival | Official Competition Winner
    Grand Jury Prize and Futurewave Award

2015

  • Foxtel Movies Audience Award – Adelaide Film Festival | Winner
    Most Popular Feature, Girl Asleep
  • Business SA Export Award | Winner
    Creative Industries
  • CHASS Australia Prize | Winner
    Distinctive Work for a Performance
  • Australian Graphic Design Association Award | Nomination
    Design Crafts, Illustration for Design
  • Australian Writers Guild | Nomination
    Theatre for Young Audiences: Matthew Whittet, Girl Asleep
  • Sydney Theatre Awards | Nomination
    Best Production for Children: Pinocchio

2014

  • South Australian Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best Work: The Trilogy
  • Helpmann Awards | Winner
    Best Presentation for Children: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards | Winner
    Best New Australian Work: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards | Nomination
    Best Direction of a Musical: Rosemary Myers for Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards | Nomination
    Best Scenic Design: Jonathon Oxlade for Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards | Nomination
    Best Original Score: Jethro Woodward for Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards | Nomination
    Best Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham for Pinocchio

2013

  • Sydney Theatre Awards | Winner
    Best Production for Young People: School Dance
  • Sydney Theatre Awards | Nomination
    Best New Australian Work: School Dance
  • Sydney Theatre Awards | Nomination
    Best Score or Sound Design in a Mainstream Production: Luke Smiles, School Dance
  • Business SA Export Awards | Winner
    Creative Industries Award: Grug
  • Ruby Award | Winner
    Best Work: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Award | Winner
    Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play: Amber McMahon for School Dance
  • Helpmann Award | Winner
    Best Presentation for Children: School Dance
  • Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best Direction of a Play: Rosemary Myers for School Dance
  • Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best New Australian Work: Matthew Whittet for School Dance
  • Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best Scenic Design: Jonathon Oxlade for School Dance
  • Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best Sound Design: Luke Smiles for School Dance
  • Adelaide Critics Circle Awards | Nomination
    Individual Award: Rosemary Myers  (School Dance; Big Bad Wolf)

2012

  • Melbourne Green Room Award | Nomination
    Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham (Lighting Design) & Chris More (Video Design): Pinocchio
  • Critic’s Circle Award | Winner
    Group Award: School Dance
  • Sydney Critics’ Circle Award | Nomination
    Best Presentation for Children: Escape from Peligro Island
  • Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award | Winner
    Best Show/Comedy: School Dance
  • Australian Graphic Design Association Award | Winner
    Identity, Range of Implementation for 2012 season collateral
  • Business SA 2012 Export Awards | Winner
    Arts and Entertainment Award: Grug
  • Ruby Award | Winner
    Best Show: School Dance
  • Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award | Winner
    Group Award

2011

  • NAB School’s First Impact Award | Winner
    Community partnership with Mimili Anangu School and community.
  • Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Award | Winner
    Giving Award for our Front Row Fund Donor Program
  • Adelaide Theatre Guild Curtain Call Award | Nomination
    Best Technical for Sound Designer Luke Smiles: Fugitive
  • South Australian Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best Work: Grug
  • National Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best Production for Children: Grug
  • Victor Award, International Performing Arts for Youth | Winner
    Best show: Grug (showcase In Tampa, Florida)

2010

  • National AbaF Awards | Winner
    Visy Arts & Environment Award for Windmill Theatre and SA Water
  • Ruby Awards | Winner
    Community Impact Over $100,000 – Windmill Theatre/Mimili Anangu Partnership
  • Helpmann Award | Nominations
    Best Musical: The Wizard of Oz, Windmill Theatre
    Best Direction of Musical: Rosemary Myers
    Best Female Actor in a Musical: Ursula Yovich
    Best Female Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jude Henshall
    Best Male Supporting Actor in a Musical: Geoff Revell
    Best Presentation for Children: The Wizard of Oz, Windmill Theatre
  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best New Work: The Wizard of Oz
  • Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award | Winner
    Best show, comedy, professional: Grug

2009

  • The Advertiser Box Office Award | Winner
    Best Theatre Show 2009 with 47.5% of public vote: The Wizard of Oz

2008

  • Australian Business Arts Foundation Award | Nomination
    Good Practice Recognition: Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Metro. National finalist contender.

2007

  • Curtain Call Award | Winner
    Best Show: Comedy (Professional): Two Weeks with the Queen
  • Business SA Export Award | Nominated
    Arts, Entertainment and Design Award
  • Ruby Award | Nominations
    Best New Work: The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie & Little Ragged Blossom:Innovation: Picture Book to Performance
  • Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Award | Nominations
    Best Comedy (Professional): Two Weeks with the Queen
    Best Male Performance (Professional): Kristan Schmid: Two Weeks with the Queen
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival Award | Nomination
    Best Theatre Work by Established Artist/Company: The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom

2006

  • The Advertiser Oscart Award | Winner
    Best Children’s Theatre: The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful!
  • Sunday Mail Award | Winner
    Best Children’s Theatre: Two Weeks with the Queen
  • Sunday Mail Award | Winner
    Best Outdoor Show: The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful!
  • Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Award | Nomination
    Best Comedy (Professional): The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful!

2005

  • Helpmann Award | Winner
    Best Presentation for Children: RiverlanD
  • Sunday Mail Award | Winner
    Best Children’s Theatre – Boo!
  • Sunday Mail Award | Winner
    Best Toddler’s Theatre: The Green Sheep
  • Sunday Mail Award | Nomination
    Best Company: Windmill Theatre
  • AWGIE | Nomination
    Moonfleet

2004

  • Adelaide Critics Circle Award | Winner
    Group Award: RiverlanD
  • Advertiser Oscart Award | Winner
    Best Family Production: RiverlanD
  • The Messenger Press Award | Winner
    Light Year Award: Best Show: RiverlanD
  • Green Room Award | Nomination
    Midnite

2003

  • Best Visual of Physical Theatre Production | Winner
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish
  • Best Presentation for Children | Winner
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish
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Annual Reports

Available to download as PDF documents:

“Go ahead and marvel at another richly imaginative offering from Windmill Theatre.” Crikey Daily Review

For presenters

Windmill has been pivotal in building Australia’s reputation as a world leader in the creation of exceptional theatre for young and family audiences. The company has become a go-to for many key national and international venues for quality theatre, and regularly tours China, North America and Europe.

We cater to four distinct audience groups, and our work ranges in scale from small, intimate works to larger-scale family musical theatre spectaculars.

If you are interested in presenting or screening our work in your venue, please contact Executive Producer, Kaye Weeks for further information or to access our online program catalogue, visit our Presenter Portal.

“Pinocchio totally blows your mind.” Time Out New York

 

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Contact Us

Windmill Theatre Co Studios

Hours

Monday to Friday / 9am-5pm

Postal Address

PO Box 12017
Sturt Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Street Address

2/234 Sturt Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Telephone

+ 61 8 8210 7200

Email

info@windmill.org.au

Specific enquiries

Media & Press

Jennifer Assels / + 61 8 8210 7205
Jennifer.Assels@windmill.org.au

Touring & Presentation Requests

Kaye Weeks / + 61 8 8210 7206
Kaye.Weeks@windmill.org.au

Marketing, Philanthropy & Partnerships

Jennifer Assels / + 61 8 8210 7205
Jennifer.Assels@windmill.org.au

Education

Giselle Becker / + 61 8 8210 7202
Education@windmill.org.au

Production

Jason Warner / + 61 8 8210 7210
Jason.Warner@windmill.org.au

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