The Seymour is home to five diverse arts companies who develop and present work in our spaces. Their dynamic, creative approach makes them companies that we are proud to be associated with.
Since its formation in 2005, Critical Stages has grown to become one of Australia’s leading producers of touring theatre from the independent sector.
Critical Stages brief is to make outstanding theatre accessible to audiences around the country. To achieve this we have been successfully touring independent theatre to regional, remote, urban and rural audiences in every state and territory around the country for the past ten years.
We champion independent theatre artists and companies around the country and assist them in extending the life of their work, and we support regional communities giving them access to high quality theatre that they would otherwise not be able to access.
The company’s goal is to make exceptional theatre accessible to audiences everywhere, extending the life of outstanding productions. Scores of artists are engaged on Critical Stages touring productions every year, traveling to perform in hundreds of towns from Darwin to Launceston, and Karratha to Lightning Ridge to tens of thousands of audience members every year.
For more information visit www.criticalstages.com.au
Shaun Parker & Company
Shaun Parker & Company is an exciting and bold new dance company led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker.
Despite being in its inaugural year of operation, Shaun Parker & Company enjoyed much international success, touring to no less than ten venues including London’s prestigious Sadlers Wells.
The company’s first major production, “Happy As Larry” (2010) — pro duced as part of the Australian Major Festivals Initiative — enjoyed sell out seasons at the Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Brisbane Festival, New Zealand International Arts Festival, and Dance Massive in Melbourne. To date Happy as Larry has won 12 children’s Jury awards in Perth, the Honourable Banksy Award in New Zealand and was nominated for the 2010 Australian Dance Award “Most Outstanding Achievement in Choreography”. 2012 is looking to be just as an eventful for Shaun Parker & Company. Productions in the works this year include contemporary music & dance work “AM I” with key collaborator and composer Nick Wales; the outdoor work & short film, “Spill” for the International Festival of Birmingham; “Trolleys” (an aptly titled ballet of shopping trolleys for the London Cultral Olympiad); “The Yard”, a collaborative street-dance work that sees 33 Western Sydney School Children reinterpret William Golding’s “The Lord of the Flies”; and at the end of the year the company will be developing a new production in Rio.
We are a key organisation with the Australia Council and supported by Arts NSW Trade & Investment, City of Sydney and the Seymour Centre.
For more information visit www.shaunparkercompany.com
Founded in 1984, the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) is a national flagship organisation for jazz an improvised music. It presents more than 100 musical performances and education programs per year and supports more than 500 artists annually. In addition, SIMA supports the sector through a range of artist development initiatives such as jazz career programs, recording opportunities, commissioning of new Australian jazz works and advocacy.
SIMA’s education programs include the pioneering Young Women’s Jazz Workshops which was established in 2002 in partnership with Sandy Evans OAM to address the gender imbalance in jazz. The program which now runs in NSW and WA, has been critical in increasing the number of women studying jazz at a tertiary level and working at a professional level. SIMA’s secondary school program Cool for School, provides students with an intimate experience into the daring art of improvisation in a club setting at the Sound Lounge and Parramatta Theatres, Riverside.
SIMA resident venue the Sound Lounge, has been named by Downbeat magazine as one of three of Australia’s best jazz venues. Since 2013, SIMA has been providing artists of excellence the opportunity to record Live at the Sound Lounge sessions for release with the support of APRA/AMCOS.
SIMA’s commitment to the presentation of excellence in jazz includes the following performance programs: The Sound Lounge Series (March, July, August – Seymour Centre), Berry Jazz Festival (May – Berry, NSW), International Winter Series (June – Sydney), Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival (November – Sydney). In addition to this, SIMA regularly partners with venues, festivals and artistic collaborators to present various performances throughout the year.
SIMA administers the Freedman Music Fellowships on behalf of The Music Trust and produces the annual concert Freedman Jazz at the Sydney Opera House. SIMA also presents the Freedman New Jazz Series with support by the Freedman Foundation and The Music Trust, a series which showcases the music of Freedman Jazz Fellows.
SIMA is supported by the Australia Council, Arts NSW Trade & Investment, City of Sydney and the Seymour Centre.
For more information visit www.sima.org.au
Sport For Jove Theatre Company
Sport For Jove Theatre Company and the Seymour Centre announce that Sport For Jove is joining the Seymour Centre as a new resident theatre company; joining existing Seymour Centre resident theatre company’s Critical Stages, SIMA and Shaun Parker & Company.
In just 6 years, Sport For Jove Theatre Company has grown into one of the largest independent theatre producers in Sydney, with an expanding indoor and outdoor theatre season of classical theatre and an active education program consisting of theatrical productions, symposiums, workshops and in-school residencies that over 20000 NSW students participate in each year. Sport For Jove is appreciative of the Seymour Centre offering this unique opportunity, providing a permanent home in Sydney for Sport For Jove productions allowing for growth as a company and working towards fulfilling our core artistic mission.
A renowned arts organization, the Seymour Centre has an impressive 35 year history of presenting, promoting and developing great Australian performances, the Seymour is now a dynamic urban hub for quality arts experiences presented in one of Sydney’s most relaxed and accessible theatre environments. Located in the heart of the University of Sydney the Seymour Centre champions cultural exploration, arts education and audience engagement, presenting a diverse range of the best of contemporary performing arts; we host major festivals, present large-scale theatre, music and dance performances and partner small and emerging companies to develop and present innovative independent productions.
For more information visit www.sportforjove.com.au
Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre
Squabbalogic presents an eclectic range of local premières of the best new musicals and reinterpretations from the canon of outstanding musical theatre.
Founded in 2006, Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic music theatre works while nurturing a fun, inclusive professional creative environment. Squabbalogic fills a void by connecting with challenging work and writers often neglected by mainstream theatre and sharing it with an audience eager to experience an alternative to large-scale spectacles.
Squabbalogic have enjoyed previous successful partnerships with New Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season, Noosa Long Weekend, Royal Caribbean Cruises, City of Sydney, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Squabbalogic were instrumental in acquiring and establishing Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point.
Projects have included The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Reefer Madness!, Forbidden Broadway, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, [title of show], A New Brain, Ordinary Days, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Carrie The Musical,The Drowsy Chaperone, Sondheim On Sondheim, Man of La Mancha, Triassic Park and Of Thee I Sing.
Our annual seasons are also complimented by our popular Mystery Musical fundraising concerts, which have included presentations of the classic musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Hello, Dolly!
For more information, please visit squabbalogic.com