We are a contemporary company, established in 2011 on the Mornington Peninsula by Victorian Drama League award-winning director Emma Sproule.
The company was founded to provide innovative theatre for audiences, performers, artists and practitioners predominantly on, but not exclusive to, the Peninsula. The company is housed in Frankston, however it aims to involve people from all over Melbourne and beyond, having already involved some interstate playwrights. Dionysus Theatre is both accessible and affordable.
Given that Ancient Greece was the birthplace of Western Theatre, the company takes its name from the patron of Drama, the Greek god of wine, pleasure and fertility. Every year in Athens, festivals were held in Dionysus’ honour. These included competitions between playwrights (as their comic and tragic works were performed), much drinking and debauchery. We at Dionysus Theatre thought we’d produce some theatre and serve some wine, but we might just leave it at that for now.
Back in the days and mythology of Ancient Greece, our namesake had nymphs that frolicked around him. So, in a creative twist on the concept the company has a couple of its own ‘nymphs’ who are essentially young yet mature and creative individuals who have shown great initiative in more than one area of the performing arts. They have, therefore, earned an apprenticeship of sorts to work closely within the company. They sit in on all rehearsals, aid director, cast and crew as well as represent the company in various promotional initiatives. Each Dionysus festival, whether full length production or Areté, will have two nymphs behind the scenes garnering as much hands-on theatrical experience as possible. Please contact us if this is a role suited to you, your skills and aspirations.