Montsalvat and Incognita Enterprises announce new Performing Arts partnership for 2024

The world of award-winning screen and stage production is combining with the rich history of one of Australia’s most historically significant Arts venues, as internationally recognized Incognita Enterprises and the nationally prestigious Montsalvat announce their new partnership for 2024.

Beginning January 2024, Incognita Enterprises will run a series of masterclasses and events at Montsalvat, bringing the Performing Arts back to the venue in a variety of ways in the year of their 90th anniversary.

The program begins on January 12 with the first in a new series of monthly events, “Meet The Makers @ Montsalvat”, featuring actor, writer, director and Intimacy Coordinator, Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daughters, Always Greener, Upper Middle Bogan, Nowhere Boys, Run Rabbit Run), in conversation with Incognita Enterprises’ Creative Director, Sally McLean, discussing Michala’s multifaceted career to date and the current Australian entertainment landscape in front of a ticketed live audience.

This will be followed by a series of masterclasses and workshops running until March 2024, including a two-day Scene Study Intensive for teenagers (aged 14-17), a three-day Scene Study Masterclass for adults, a monologue writing intensive and the popular Playing The Bard: Shakespeare in Performance course, among a swathe of other offerings.

Other events on the agenda include monthly play readings of new works from emerging and established playwrights, beginning in January, and two major theatrical productions scheduled for the second half of 2024.

The core ensemble of creatives involved in this new venture who will be teaching, directing, writing and/or performing include Christopher Kirby (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Matrix – Reloaded), Stephen Lopez (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, La Brea), Sally McLean (Preacher, Utopia), Sarah Hallam (Warnie, Wentworth), Paul Rochford (True History of the Kelly Gang, The Dry), Sass Pinci (Dark Arcadia, Queen Evil), Phoebe Anne Taylor (Shakespeare Republic) and Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring).

Matt Jones, Montsalvat CEO said, “As Montsalvat enters its 90th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership with Incognita Enterprises, an award-winning film, theatre and television production business based in Naarm, Melbourne. This is the first of several collaborative activations with Incognita Enterprises for 2024, designed to nurture creative practice and community at Montsalvat.”

Sally McLean, Incognita Enterprises Creative Director said, “Incognita Enterprises are delighted to be embarking on this new partnership with Montsalvat in their 90th anniversary year. We have long been admirers of this exquisite venue and are thrilled to be able to collaborate with the Montsalvat team, bringing the Performing Arts back home to this beautiful space.”

Ticket bookings are now open for all classes and events. And to celebrate this announcement, use code “EARLYBIRD” at checkout for all classes to get a discount on the full fees before January 6, 2024.

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Image: Sally McLean teaches students in her Playing The Bard masterclass. Photo by Jack Dixon-Gunn.