the bAKEHOUSE Step Up program supports new artists, companies and work. bAKEHOUSE has long provided opportunities and mentoring, pairing new and emerging artists with professional and experienced practitioners in the crucible of production. The Step Up program at KXT is a formalisation of this, a way of providing the best opportunities to the best people.

STEP UP is a philosophy ~ a way of working in our sector that connects artists; builds pathways; nurtures new work


Through our WRITE UP initiative bAKEHOUSE is providing space and time for multiple DEVELOPMENTS of new work.

To date all POPUPSTAIRS seasons have been original new works ~ that’s ten (10) premiere productions

10 young and emerging artists have been invited onto the STEP UP team, provided with support and assistance to take the next steps in their careers

Step Up PLACEMENTS connects new and emerging artists with some of Sydney’s most experienced creatives, joining the team at bump in and working in the cauldron of production to support and learn

MEET UPs provide the Step Up team with the opportunity to meet and quiz Sydney’s busiest designers

additionally the Senior KXT team of Suzanne, John and Andrew run an occasional series of FOYER MEET UPs open to any and all. This is an opportunity to gain advice, insight or assistance from some of Sydney’s busiest indie practitioners

KXTEETHCUTTING is a monthly playreading program opening the KXT Doors to directors, writers and actors to take a look at some big gnarly plays. We’ve programmed work from these reads, cast actors, and met new directors who have gone onto work at KXT.

Following on from the success of the 2018 STEP UP FESTIVAL we’re working with the 2019 Step Up team to provide a platform for new work, restagings and developments, scratch nights and networking.

And we’re bringing back Joanna Erskine’s ground breaking STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL with the indie community coming together to showcase new writing


The Step Up Festival is dedicated to The Next Big Thing. Come meet our Step Up team and take a peek at their work. Discover new plays in development. Take a first glance at the work of some of Sydney's newest and most exciting emerging artists: writers, directors, producers, designers all testing their wings.

Curated by 2019 Step Up Team & bAKEHOUSE




SHORT SEASONS: Injest by Georgina Adamson, directed by Eve Beck, presented by Bite Productions

EXTENDED SEASON: DNA by Dennis Kelly'; directed by Claudia Barrie, presented by Last One Standing Theatre

DEVELOPMENT: Rotterdam by Jon Brittain dir: Rebecca Blake with Amy Morcom: with Ella Prince, Pheobe Lane, Bobby-Jean, Travis Jeffery

EVENT: UPSTART a scratch night curated by Jessica Adie


The 2018 bAKEHOUSE STEP UP team consists of 15 new and emerging practitioners: designers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and technicians. the KTXT team has worked closely with each member of the team to create a bespoke program of support.   

stay tuned for announcements, events and small morsels from our STEP UP team: Amy Morcom; Beth McMullen; Derbail Kinsella; Elijah Williams; Eve Beck; Hannah Goodwin; Jessica Adie; Joshua McElroy; Kate Walder; Luke Carson; Rebecca Blake; Tabitha Woo; Tom Mesker; Trishala Sharma


 New ideas, now work, the start of something special 

Experiments from some of Sydney’s most exciting emerging artists. a testing ground for theatre in its early stages. Fun, fast and furiously laid back. FREE


Every month or so the bAKEHOUSE team hosts a MEET UP in the KXT Foyer. This is open to any and all! Drop in and say hi, tell us what you're up to, pitch an idea or project, ask a few questions, meet some folk. Got a problem you need to trouble shoot? We might just be able to recommend some people or a plan of action. Got a show on? Bring in some fliers. Or just want to know what's going on or what we're thinking about? This is your chance for a chat.  We'll open the doors at about 7.00 pm and hang around until 9ish. Grab a drink and head on up. Next MEET UP announced soon, to stay up to date subscribe to our eNews


a regular FREE event providing a platform for recent graduates and emerging artists to throw them selves into some big roles, some big plays and some big ideas. Its time to sink or swim... launched in 2017 by DANNY BALL and HUGO KOHNE

in 2019 Version 2.0 hits the theatre, led by Annie Stafford and Matthew Lee through their newly launched company LEGIT THEATRE CO


early work from the Step Up program

Step Up 2016

in our first year of operation at KXT bAKEHOUSE supported multiple new work, artists and companies including:


Left of Centre, Montague Basement, Jetpack Collective, Post-Haste Players, The Kings Fools, Lies lies and Propaganda

DEVELOPMENT: Kin, Freefalling, Jatinga, The Laden Table, early work on Youth + Destination

bAKEHOUSE partnered with Siren theatre Co to launch the inaugural INVISIBLE CIRCUS Festival, celebrating the work of women writers, directors, designers, producers, musicians and artists