Arts Centre Melbourne announces its 2020 TAKE OVER! artists

Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with the Melbourne Fringe, present the Take Over! Program, showcasing ten incredible artists/companies whose works will be developed online and presented during Melbourne Fringe 2020.

Take Over! has been commissioning exciting and ambitious world-premiere works annually since 2017. Previously, the successful artists received commissioning funds of $30,000. This year, in response to the global pandemic, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe wanted to give more artists the opportunity to create and present new works. As such, Take Over! has invested in the development of 10 new projects, that will include a two-week at-home residency culminating in a final event during Melbourne Fringe in November, which could be performed live or online.

The 10 successful artists selected for Take Over! 2020 are:

Brian Lipson and Mark Wilson
The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus  – Saturday 25 July, 2pm

Marcus Ian McKenzie
The Crying Room  Saturday 1 August, 2pm

David Williams
Smaller Saturday 15 August, 2pm

Joel Bray
Giraru Galing Ganhagirri (The Wind Will Bring Rain) Saturday 22 August, 2pm

Jonathan Homsey with Maggie Zhu and Maggie Chen
I Am Maggie  Saturday 29 August, 2pm

Karma Dance – Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson
We’ve been here before Saturday 8 August, 2pm

Moira Finucane
I Miss You Antarctica Saturday 5 September, 2pm

Soreti Kadir
Namummaa fi Wantoota Namummaa Qancarson – Humanness And What It Took  Saturday 12 September, 2pm

Kate Hood
Queen Esme of Collingwood Saturday 19 September

Casey Jenkins (Sh)Project specifics to be announced in the coming months Residency final outcome: Saturday 26 September, 2pm

The artists will open their creative process through streaming their content then, all commissioned works will be presented together as part of a one-off durational event during Melbourne Fringe.

Details to be announced.

Arts Centre Melbourne announced it had postponed welcoming visitors back to its venues in accordance with the most recent Victorian Government guidelines on COVID-19. The ghost lights will stay on a little longer as Arts Centre Melbourne focuses on finding new ways to engage with audiences, including the digital online hub – Together With You.

For more information including; bookings for free and ticketed events, Arts Centre Melbourne’s health and safety policies, as well as additional digital content and experiences visit

Klinton Porter

After studying theatre in Melbourne Australia, Klinton moved to the heart of theatre and art industry: New York City. Klinton has written reviews, plays and for local publications, as well as contributed for several web sites and web series. After almost a decade of performing, working and writing in the Big Apple, Klinton has come back home to be part of the ever changing Australian theatre scene. Klinton firmly believes that Broadway has nothing on Australia theatre, and cant wait to write all about it.

Klinton Porter

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  • My play, THE CRYING ROOM (Copyright 2012), is currently with the LOST SOULS MONOLOGUES podcast (UK). It has also won a FronteraFest Commission and acceptance into the Yolo Solo Fest. It will be interesting to see the play you are hosting with the same title. (GoogleAlerts sent me your link.)


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