Melbourne Producers StageArt will not be continue in 2019

Melbourne independent musical theatre producers StageArt have announced that they will not be continuing into 2019, with the current production of Nine the Musical being the last for the company.

StageArt Executive Producers, Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti
StageArt Executive Producers, Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti

Executive producers Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti 

took to Facebook to announce the news. “It has been a difficult decision to make as we reflect upon the past seven years which has seen us boldly stage productions which many said could never be done, while fighting hard for equality in casting and creative endeavours. The time has come where we can no longer keep up with the ever increasing costs and demands associated with running a viable independent theatre company, in its current incarnation”

StageArt began in 2011 at Gasworks in South Melbourne, but is best known as a regular at Chapel off Chapel. The company blossomed into one of the most prolific producers of independent musical theatre in Melbourne with 31 productions in 7 years, including Spring Awakening, Memphis, Titanic The Musical, The Colour Purple, Saturday Night Fever and their current production of Nine the Musical.

‘Titanic’- StageArt

The company fostered young talent and many StageArt alumni are excelling in major Australian productions, including: Gareth Jacobs (Genie – Aladdin), Jayme-Lee Hanekom (Violet – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory), Augie Tchantcho (General – The Book Of Mormon), Adam Di Martino (Omar – Aladdin), Iopu Auva’a (Harry Potter & The Cursed Child) and Jake Fehily (Augustus Gloop – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) just to name a few.

While they are closing their doors for now, the producers have said they will “continue to assess future possibilities”. We are sure that we will see them back somewhere around the industry in the near future.

Nine The Musical, 
StageArt’s final production, currently playing at Chapel Off Chapel until November 3. 

Bookings via: 
or 03 8290 7000
Tickets $49 – $69

Dear Facebook land, It is with heavy hearts that StageArt announce they will not be continuing in 2019. It has been a…

Posted by StageArt on Sunday, 21 October 2018



Nine The Musical – Chapel Off Chapel
StageArtXposed – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers – Chapel Off Chapel
Bare The Musical – Chapel Off Chapel
Garfield The Musical – Chapel Off Chapel Falsettos – Chapel Off Chapel


Memphis The Musical – Chapel Off Chapel
StageArtXposed – Beautiful Things and Lay Down Sally – Chapel Off Chapel
Spring Awakening – Chapel Off Chapel
The Full Monty – The National Theatre


The Colour Purple – Chapel Off Chapel
Titanic The Musical – Chapel Off Chapel
In The Heights Return Season – The National Theatre
Saturday Night Fever – Chapel Off Chapel


Dreamgirls at The Red Ball starring Hugh Jackman, Fight Cancer Foundation – The Grand Hyatt
A Super Brady Cabaret – Chapel Off Chapel
Dreamgirls – Chapel Off Chapel
In The Heights – Chapel Off Chapel


Hair at The Red Ball – Crown Palladium
King Of The World with Josh Piterman & Laura Fitzpatrick – Chapel Off Chapel
Hair Regional Tour – Warrnambool, Geelong, Warragul, Melbourne, Shepparton and Ballarat.
StageArtXposed Arts Festival – Sugartown, Flying High, Wild Eagles Fly Along, Girls Uninterrupted, Melba, Rumour Has It, Life Of Piaf and Swan Dive – Chapel Off Chapel


Hair Summer Of Love – Chapel Off Chapel


Grease 2 Live In Concert Return Season – Chapel Off Chapel
Màtalor A Hard Rock Dance Opera – Chapel Off Chapel


Grease 2 Live In Concert – Gasworks Theatre

Matt Edwards

Matt is a past owner of AussieTheatre, working as digital director from 2011 to 2019. He is also a performer, most recently appeared in the Australian tour of Mamma Mia! and previously in the Australian/NZ tour of CATS and Enda Markey's acclaimed production of Blood Brothers. As well as performing Matt keeps himself busy in the digital side of the arts working with web design agency Emptyhead Digital

Matt Edwards

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