About Us

“Adventurous art lovers cherish the curated performance program at Arts House. It is replete with curious delights from around Australia and the world." – The Age

Who we are

Arts House is Melbourne’s home for contemporary performance.

With a year-round program of dance, theatre, music, sound, new technologies and community projects, Arts House is one of the major forces shaping Melbourne’s cultural and social landscape. We cultivate diverse new audiences for independent artists’ ambitious new work, and we build relationships at both local and international levels.

This is a house where change happens. From the crisis of extinction to the rapid transformations of technology, we know that the futures of humanity and art are entwined. We want to be hopeful.

As part of Melbourne’s cultural landscape, Arts House expresses the deep forces that shape that terrain. Our programming pays respect to Traditional Owners and the land on which our work takes place, and reflects Australia’s ongoing history of migration and displacement.

Arts House also seeks to ask questions about power: who has the power to speak, and what is the power of listening? We explore new ways of distributing curatorial power, and commit to an artistic vision that is transparent and connected.




Image: Aeon, Lz Dunn.
Photo by Bryony Jackson

Image at top: Trilogy, Nic Green. Photo by Bryony Jackson




What we do

What goes on in here falls into three areas: Investigation, Development and Presentation.

Investigation is our laboratory stream: artists conduct experiments and explore new ideas. The outcomes are open, and what matters is that artists have the freedom and confidence to go wherever their investigations lead them. They’re often surprising to everyone involved.

Development is where ideas are transformed into practice. Our CultureLAB program helps independent artists and companies fashion the strongest work they can with the best support available. Some art is born quickly, and some takes years to gestate. Time is one of the most potent assets we can offer artists.

Presentation is the visible face of Arts House, with around 25 new works presented to audiences each year. Our reach is broad, and we have a particular commitment to making sure that the people who walk through our doors are as diverse as the city itself.

Arts House is a key project for the City of Melbourne, complementing programming at sister venues Artplay and SIGNAL, at the city’s First Nations festival YIRRAMBOI and in our libraries and hubs. At the core of our vision is partnership: we collaborate with individuals, festivals, co-commissioners and other groups both in and outside the arts world. An Arts House work might feature artists from five continents, or it might be hyper-local in scale.




Image: 1234 (get on the dance floor) by Raina Peterson
Photo by Bryony Jackson




Arts House Team

Brian Horder
(Acting) Manager Creative Programs

Emily Sexton
Artistic Director

Olivia Anderson
Program Manager

Sarah Rowbottam
Creative Producer

Tara Prowse
Creative Producer

Kalyani Mumtaz
Associate Producer

Samira Farah
Artistic Associate

Jackie Johnston
Marketing Manager (Part-Time)

Adam Seymour
Public Engagement and Front of House Operations Manager

Charlie Major
Ticketing and House Supervisor

Michelle Cheung
Audience Engagement Coordinator

Wintana Kidane
Digital Content Producer




Tony MacDonald
Production Manager

Luke Gleeson
Production Coordinator

Richard Chandler
Venue Technician

Will Box
(Acting) Business Manager

Leah Pavlidis
Business Support Officer

Trudy Hayter
Business Support Officer




Arts House Advisory Group

Raag Bhatia

Sarah Scott

Caroline Martin

Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Stephen Nicolazzo

Shian Law

Kalinda (Gal) Palmer
Nyikina/Jabbirr Jabbirr

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Arts House Disability and Inclusion Advisory Group

Fayen d’Evie

Kath Duncan

Tom Middleditch

Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Luke Duncan King

Leisa Prowd

The Disability and Inclusion Advisory Group has been facilitated in collaboration with Arts Access Victoria.

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Contact Us

Box Office
Arts House Box Office is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and 90 minutes prior to performances.
(03) 9322 3720
Contact the box office via email




To contact Arts House staff, please call or email reception on:

(03) 9322 3720
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Ben Starick, Starling Communications
(+61) 411 029 393
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“Set out from the very beginning of a project to articulate some environmental guiding principles with your team, so everyone understands that these considerations are tantamount to the art, or indeed, that an environmental thinking can co-exist with art-making.’ Nicola Gunn, SANS HOTEL

At Arts House, we strive to be a leader in sustainability. We consider environmental sustainability in the making, administration and delivery of works. We have adopted greener alternatives across Arts House and promote sustainable practice across our activities and business practices.

Some of our key sustainability initiatives include the Greenie-In-Residence Program, which saw Matt Wicking from Tipping Point spend time with us to facilitate a year-long program of workshops, consultation and networking events based on greening the arts; we have implemented a paperless ticketing system; we have a healthy compost for all staff and Arts House artists, and an edible garden on the Arts House terrace. For more information on Arts House’s approach to sustainability, read our Sustainability Action Plan, or get in touch.  We’d love to chat.




Image: Tales of an Afronaut by wāni Le Frère
Photo by Bryony Jackson




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