FRISK 2016 – Pitch Week

Key Dates 2016

Pitch Development Workshop: Friday 22 – Friday 29 April
Pitches: Friday 29 April
Confirmation of successful proposals: Week beginning 2 May
Semester 1 ends: 25 June
Semester 2 starts: 25 July
Intensive Rehearsals start: 1 August
FRISK on VCA Campus: Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 September
Bump-out: Tuesday 27 September [NOTE: this is in the mid-semester break. All actors to be available.]


Here are the files for FRISK. I endeavour to keep these up to date!

They are best read in this order:

[button_yellow url=”” target=”_blank”]FRISK Guidelines[/button_yellow]

The one page pitch MUST:

  • Be formatted with the layout of the attached form
  • Font: Cambria
  • Size: 12
  • Look smart and neat so as to reflect on your professionalism
  • Contain NO spelling mistakes
  • Be submitted electronically by 8am Friday 29 April  for inclusion into the pitch packs for the industry panels.
    • Late or incorrectly formatted submission will not be included in the pitch session. 
    • Note that only one submission per pitch can be accepted, so get it right the first time. Check and double check. [All these requirements are due to the fast turnaround on pitch day, but it is good practice for future funding apps.]

[button_yellow url=”” target=”_blank”]One Page Pitch Template[/button_yellow]

[button_yellow url=”” target=”_blank”]FRISK Full Proposal Template[/button_yellow]


[button_yellow url=”” target=”_blank”]Download 2015 FRISK Pitches (3MB)[/button_yellow]


Email me with ideas and questions: robert.walton [at]

 2016 Pitch Week Overview 

Last Updated: 15:30 14 April 2016

Note in 2016 Pitch Week occurs in weeks 7 & 8 and not in week 1. ANZAC Day is 25 April.

Friday 22 April
Start Time End Time Activity
11:00 13:00 Initial Meeting: Introduction to Pitch Week
2:00pm 3:00pm John Sheedy, CEO Theatre Works
3:00pm 5:00pm Break & Group Work
5:00pm 6:00pm Mandi Burns region engagements TBC
Tuesday 26 April
Start Time End Time Activity
9:00 10:30 Concept Development / Tutes with RW / Sessions if group prefer
10:30 11:30 Dan Koop and Xanthe Beesley, Melbourne Fringe
 11:30  12:30  Mark Pritchard, Resident Dramaturg, Malthouse Theatre
 12:30  1:00 Independent Time
Wednesday 27 April
Start Time End Time Activity
9:00 10:00 Meet Robert
10:00 1:00 Independent Time
1:00 4:00 Drop in surgery – speech pitching with Robert, Greg, Richard and Mandi
4:00 6:00 Independent Time
Thursday 28 April
Start Time End Time Activity
9:00 10:00 Dan Clarke, Programmer, Performing Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne
 10:00  12:00 Georgie Meagher, Artistic Director, Next Wave Festival (exact time TBC)
Friday 29 April
Start Time End Time Activity
11:00am 11:15am Panel members arrive – met by MB, kept in foyer
11:30am 1:00pm Pitches to panel and invited audience
1:00pm 3:00pm Lunch/Panel meet in private
3:00pm 4:00pm Panel provide feedback to pitchers and suggestions for developing their projects
4:00pm 5:00pm Informal feedback and networking over drinks and nibbles. VCA will provide some drinks, students to provide nibbles. RW & Students to design how best to use this time


Panel Members

Dan Clarke, Programmer, Performing Arts, Arts Centre Melbourne

John Sheedy, Creative Director/CEO, Theatreworks

Dan Koop, Independent Program Producer, Melbourne Fringe

Xanthe Beesley, Artist Services Coordinator, Melbourne Fringe

Mark Pritchard, Resident Dramaturg, Malthouse Theatre

Jillian Pearce, Cultural Development Officer, Horsham Rural City Council / Artistic Director, Y-Space

Georgie Meagher, Artistic Director, Next Wave

Angharad Wynne-Jones, Artistic Director, Arts House (TBC)

Robert Walton (Chair)

Greg Clarke

Richard Taki

Mandi Burns