Brighton Theatre Company began its days as “The St Andrew’s Players” performing at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Brighton. The company then moved on to St Peter’s Parish Hall, Were Street and were known as “Brighton Repertory Company”, later changing their name to “Brighton Theatre Company”. An invitation was received from Brighton Council to use the main auditorium of the Town Hall, and in 1984 we began operations on that site. With the redevelopment of the Town Hall as an Arts & Cultural Centre, the company moved to the former library and constructed our own “little theatre” – seating 84 patrons. In 2009, the Bayside Council made a number of alterations to the interior of the building including a new entrance and modern foyer for the theatre. We have installed new seating and now seat 93 patrons.
BTC stages four productions each year. Plays are selected by the Play Reading Committee from scripts submitted by its chosen Directors, as well as those suggested by members. The company aims to produce a range of theatrical experiences from comedy to drama, by a wide variety of Australian and international authors. Our directors are chosen from around Victoria, each one bringing new ideas and a wealth of experience to the company. Feedback from patrons is strongly encouraged as we like to produce the kind of theatre that audiences enjoy, as well as giving our casts and crew members the opportunity to extend their creativity and further their technical skills. BTC productions are always an entertaining night out, with highly enjoyable extras such as pre-show sherries, followed by supper after the final curtain and a chance to meet the cast and crew.
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OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Secretary and Box Office Manager
Brad has always had a passion for the arts after being taken to his first professional theatre production at just 10 years old. Since then he has studied, acted, directed, written, produced and stage managed a wide variety of productions. Although his professional career centres around corporate events, Brad has also worked as the Production Coordinator and Company Manager for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Brad has has always felt most at home on the Brighton stage, having first performed here in 2006, and he is thrilled to be taking on the role of Artistic Director. He’ll be working hard to maintain the incredible legacy in providing quality and thought-provoking theatre to our community, valueing the support and advice given by the play selection panel and the entire BTC Management Team in the process. No production proceeds at BTC without broad consultation and consideration of whether all aspects will achieve a good fit with our company mission statement.
Front of House Manager
Acknowledgement of country
Brighton Theatre Company acknowledge the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land, the Boon Wurrung people, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.