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Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship

White Night projections, La Trobe Reading Room

The Library offers a specialist fellowship to support applicants wanting to utilise the Library's collections on a project exploring theatre and the performing arts in Victoria.

The Library's collections include theatre programmes and ephemera, plus material on theatre studies; scriptwriting and production; drama, opera, ballet, musical theatre, vaudeville, puppetry and magic; theatres, concert halls and venues; festivals and events.

The fellowship carries a grant of $15,000 and is for a period of three months full time, or longer if undertaken in a part-time capacity.

If you have specific questions about the Russell Beedles Theatre and the Performing Arts Fellowship requirements or selection process, please email

2020 program

We are pausing our Fellowships program in 2020 to look at how we can create more value for participants and the Victorian community, and greater alignment to the Library’s strategy.

We look forward to announcing details of a redesigned Fellowships program that will return in 2021.

About Russell Beedles

The Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship is named in honour of Russell Beedles (1939–2011), who was an award-winning playwright, performer and teacher across a range of creative and performing arts.

Russell performed, directed and taught theatre, opera and drama, wrote plays and short stories, and taught students at school and tertiary level.

The Russell Beedles Performing Arts Fellowship has been supported by a generous donation from the Beedles family.