Founded in 2009 by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins, The Shift Theatre is focused on presenting dynamic works with strong roles for women, both from existing texts and in the development of new works.
‘Our aim is to provide a stimulating and collaborative platform for directors, actors and creatives who share our vision and passion for stories that capture the heart and imagination.’
The Shift Theatre’s inaugural season played at The Dog Theatre in Footscray producing two works: the Australian premiere of Nilo Cruz’ Two Sisters and a Piano and Fred, by acclaimed Australian playwright Beatrix Christian. With L.Wolf Productions, The Shift Theatre co-produced Lost In Ringwood by Barry Dickens. With a passion for women‘s history and stories, Carolyn and Helen co-wrote and produced an original Australian work: The Girls in Grey after successful creative development at La Mama Theatre in 2010, and performances at The Shrine of Remembrance in 2011. The Girls in Grey had a season at Theatre Works in St Kilda in 2012, toured regional Victoria in 2013, N.S.W. and Victoria in 2014 and W.A. in 2015. The Shift Theatre’s new work Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War will premiere La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse in August 2018.