Artistic Director

Since 2005, WEYA has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse as well as economically disadvantaged communities in Melbourne’s west to create unique arts experiences for young people under 26. WEYA’s work is focused on community and social impact, a strong commitment to young emerging artists and the production of excellent, culturally diverse art with an authentic youth voice. WEYA currently delivers an annual program including outreach programs in schools and communities throughout Melbourne's west, community performances, training and mentoring of emerging artists and community engagement work. WEYA is dedicated to fostering social justice, self-empowerment and cross-cultural understanding among all young people.

The company is currently in receipt of multi-year funding from Creative Victoria, Department of Education and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Sidney Myer Fund, and Maribyrnong City Council.


Western Edge Youth Arts is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and visionary Artistic Director to fill this vital role and lead the organisation in the next exciting chapter of its 20-year history. The Artistic Director is responsible for determining the artistic vision and overseeing WEYA’s annual artistic program. The role also involves directing, creating, producing and managing programs within available budgets and in line with relevant funding agreements.

The successful applicant will have a strong record of achievement in the creation and/or producing of vibrant contemporary theatre, a thorough understanding of the youth arts sector, including the capacity to develop and deliver artistic programs for young people; create and deliver work across artform and able to articulate a clear and exciting vision for WEYA, building on its current achievements.  

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate experience working in communities using socially engaged practice in the context of contemporary theatre.

The Artistic Director works closely with the CEO and Board to devise and deliver the financial and strategic objectives of the organisation. It is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the development of the 2021 -2024 Strategic Plan.


To be successful for this role you will have the following:


  • Qualifications: Relevant professional or tertiary qualification in theatre, drama education or related discipline and/or equivalent industry experience

Knowledge and Experience

  • Theatre Directing experience
  • Practical experience teaching young people drama or other performance artforms
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering theatre projects in a community context and performances, particularly for CALD, POC and QTPOC young people.
  • Significant knowledge of the performing arts
  • Significant industry experience and networks
  • Sound knowledge of the Australian Youth Theatre sector


  • The ability to work collaboratively with artists and partners
  • Excellent time management skills to meet the challenge of working under pressure and manage competing deadlines
  • Ability to manage and adhere to budgets
  • Exceptional leadership, mentoring and coaching skills
  • High level communication, presentation skills necessary to represent and promote WEYA to key stakeholdergroups.
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Microsoft Office


  • An understanding and knowledge of power-dynamics, white privilege and working within a colonised context.



Send a separate document addressing the Key Selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description, a cover letter, a current resume and contact details for two referees to info@westernedge.org.au.

For a full job description visit: https://westernedge.org.au/get-involved

For enquiries please contact Sally Farr, CEO on 86584052 or sally@westernedge.org.au

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm Friday 31 May 2019.

WEYA is an inclusive employer. First Nations Peoples and CALD candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

WESTERN EDGE YOUTH ARTS INC (opens in new window)
Opportunity Type
Full Time
Performing Art Direction


Pay information
$60,000 - $80,000
$65,000 - $70,000 pa inclusive of superannuation
Closing Date