MATCHBOX 2019 Season // Applications Open

Seeking theatrical firestarters to be a part of Q Theatre's MATCHBOX 2019 Season


We're stoked to announce that applications are now open for MATCHBOX 2019 Season, Q Theatre's Annual Creative Development Programme.

Since 2012, Q's Loft has been transformed by some of Aotearoa's most exciting makers. We've collaborated with dancers, devisers and documentary theatre-makers and loved every minute of it. With everything from percussion, to Pasifika mask work, to post-apocalyptic Aotearoa premieres, our MATCHBOX, past and present, is packed with firepower. Now it's your turn.

Start a flame onstage with Q's MATCHBOX 2019 Season.

Click here for more information about Q's MATCHBOX Creative Development Programme.

Can't wait until 2019? Click here to see all the bright sparks in our MATCHBOX 2018 Season


Rawe; we can't wait to hear your ideas! Simply follow these steps to turn your dreams into a real-life application

  1. Start by reading through our MATCHBOX 2019 Season Submission Information
  2. Get in touch with any queries or concerns about the process.
  3. Complete our MATCHBOX 2019 Season Submission Form
  4. Submit your application via email no later than 5 PM on Sunday 01 July

All submissions and queries should be directed to Q’s Creative New Zealand Pasifika Programme Intern Leki Bourke,

Applications are assessed by a panel comprised of Q and industry representatives. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email by Friday 13 July.


MATCHBOX is a contestable programme that involves a three stage review process.

Applications are assessed by a selection panel from Q and industry representatives, and a shortlist is created.

30-minute pitches provide an opportunity for applicants to present any aspect of the work, followed by a Q&A session with the selection panel.

Selection is based on the following:

  • The ability and capacity of the company to deliver a successful season of performance
  • The openness of the people involved to collaborate with Q and external supporters and mentors.
  • Clarity of the project’s conceptual vision.
  • Funding plan and ability to budget accordingly.
  • Understanding of audience development, marketing and publicity.
  • A balance of programme i.e. making sure Q is including diversity of work in the MATCHBOX series
  • Design concept and use of the physical space.
  • Do we think there is an audience for the work?
  • Do we want to see the work in its final presentation?

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