Artist Opportunities

Deadly Fringe

First Nations + Fringe = a whole lot of deadly

Did you know Joel Bray, a Wiradjuri man, brought home not one, not two but three awards at Melbourne Fringe last year?

Did you know Kate ten Buuren, a Taungurung woman, created dis place with ten emerging First Nations artists and performed it to a packed house at Fringe 2017?

Both artists participated in Deadly Fringe, our Artist Development program that unearths and nurtures new works by First Nations artists and producers. Applications to participate in Deadly Fringe 2018 are now open.


Together with our partners over at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Deadly Fringe will support two emerging First Nations artists to develop two new works for the 2018 Festival. You’ll get creative guidance from ILBIJERRI, support from the Deadly Producers and some cash to create your artwork.

“Deadly Fringe was the ideal opportunity for me. I hadn’t considered Fringe before, but the opportunity to make risky work was irresistible.” Joel Bray (Wiradjuri), Deadly Artist, 2017. 

Who are the Deadly Producers? Well, they could be you! Fringe is offering two emerging First Nations Producers the opportunity to come and work with us, help us put on a Festival, as well as help produce the Deadly works. You’ll each get a salary, the opportunity to help produce some amazing work and collaborate with some pretty great partners.

“There aren’t many emerging Indigenous producers – Levi and I demonstrated to community the possibilities and that there is an entry point for us to come in.” Kalinda Palmer (Nyikina & Jabbirr Jabbirr), Deadly Producer, 2017.


Are you an emerging artist with fringe-y ideas or perhaps just trying out something new – such as comedy with deadly humour or dance moves that’ll rock the Eastern Kulin Nation (ok, we’re sure your pitches will be much cooler than these!!) Then we are looking for you.

If you still have some questions, come down to the FAQ session at ILBJIERRI on Tuesday 27 February at 6.30pm, have a yarn and ask all those burning questions. See more details about the Deadly Fringe FAQ here.

We believe First Nations artists make Kulin country even Fring-ier, and Fringe even Deadlier.

For more information, download the 2018 Deadly Fringe Information Pack here.

Want to apply to be Deadly artist?
Fill out the Expression of Interest form here.

Want to apply to be a Deadly Fringe Emerging Producer?
Read the position description here, and email your application (cover letter, CV and response to key selection criteria) to

All applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday 9 March, 2018

Want to find out more from the 2017 Deadly Fringe crew? Check our Case Study, packed with interviews and much more info.

dis place, Deadly Fringe – Melbourne Fringe 2017.
Photo by Theresa Harrison.


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