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Giant Developments
Fostering new talent & new ideas

Giant Developments is the partnership of Giant Dwarf Theatre and Neil Hendry & Jean-Claude Niederer.

The programme offers marginalised, uncredited, and overlooked performers a unique opportunity to develop and show new work. Submissions are open to any individuals that identify as underrepresented such as groups within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQI+, Disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The programme is best suited to these individuals that practise across comedy, music, theatre and everything in between. Our focus is to support the development of new talent and new works.

The programme is designed to:

  • Find exciting new artists

  • Provide a platform to develop new talent and ideas

  • Provide more opportunities for those within minority groups

  • Present material that encourages understanding, inclusion and acceptance

Who can apply?

This programme aims to provide a platform for artists from minority or marginalised backgrounds and/or those whose experiences are not well-represented in mainstream media.

If that describes you (or your creative group), you’re eligible to apply.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, the application process, the programme, or anything else in general please send us an email at and we will be more than happy to chat!

Submissions open
Mar 15th
Submissions close
May 1st
Successful applicants notified
May 14th
Jul '21 - Mar '22
Some previously funded projects
Examples of previous performances funded by GD grants
  • Masking

    A poignant collection of a lifetime’s work, Masking takes the audience behind the scenes of "Chamelon King" Charlie Chapstic's craft, analysing the space where the masking performed by Charlie's multitude of on-stage characters intersects with the real life motivations for masking symptoms of autism.

  • To Be Honest

    As two twenty something year old women navigating white Australia, GLO & Sunny converse about coming of age in this social and political climate with unflinching honesty. Free from the pressure to pacify or educate others, TBH is a safe space created with intention, for those who exist on the margins to heal, connect, and simply…exist.

  • First Gen

    Latina-Australian comedian Joanna Olivera's innovative talk show format explored the incredible stories of fellow first generation Australians. Giving voice to the untold stories of business leaders, scientists, artists, musicians, and more, the show's stories brought to life on stage the highs and lows of what it means to be FirstGen.

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