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Development Program

Undercover Artist Development Program will support creative projects in early or mid-stage creative development. This refers to either shows that exist only as an idea and needs more creative input, or perhaps a project you’ve started that still has a while to go. These projects can be theatre, music, dance, physical theatre, comedy, circus, poetry, or any combination of these artforms.

Artists can apply for whichever stage of development they are in as long as their work has not yet had a public performance (excluding private industry showings).

Undercover Artist is committed to providing a pipeline for artists from idea through to presentation. As such, at least one project supported by Undercover Artist Development Program 2023 will be programmed in Undercover Artist Festival 2023.  



  • Up to $6000 in funding from Undercover Artist sponsors to help bring your vision to stage. 
  • Ongoing mentoring to develop your creative project and have a touchpoint for any support required.  
  • Access to industry specialists and networking opportunities. 
  • Support to secure suitable venue spaces and/or suppliers that can accompany your performance. 


  • Industry guests will be invited to view your your work in progress.  
  • We will ensure the right people are in the room and connected with you to provide feedback and potential future opportunities. 
  • You will be closer to a final polished performance that is stage ready for a public audience. 
  • Ongoing connections with producers, venue managers, stage suppliers and a new community full of audience members, and the Undercover Artist team.
  • Potential programming in Undercover Artist Festival 2023.



Application Process

Application methods

Submit your application online using the webform below by 15 November 2022.

This one application form supports both Undercover Artist Festival 2023 Expressions of Interest process and the Undercover Artist Development Program.

If you are unable to submit an application online, we welcome the use of our alternative methods.

How you apply will not impact our decision-making process.

Applications will be assessed on the potential outcome. This means, we want to see your potential to successfully create a pathway to future career opportunities through the Development Program and be ready to showcase your power to a public audience. 

We welcome all forms of performing arts. So, whether you are dancer, musician, writer, artistic group, comedian, poet, or cabaret performer – if you have a creative dream, or maybe you are almost show ready – we want to hear from you! 

Need help?

If you have any questions, please contact us via and we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your project.


Please note: The Undercover Artist team works part-time only and will be in touch as soon as possible.