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.
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 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 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.
In 2017, we launched Windmill Pictures, a wholly owned subsidiary operating as part of Windmill Theatre Co that develops screen projects from the company’s theatrical repertoire.
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 650,000 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.