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.


In 2019 bAKEHOUSE is providing time for 4 one week developments of new work at KXT. We're supporting productions of seven (7) new works and an additional two (2) new works as part of the POPUPSTAIRS program. In addition we’re hosting a second season of the STEP UP FESTIVAL We’ll be working with the 2019 Step Up team to provide them with opportunities, mentoring and support. And we’re bringing back Joanna Erskine’s ground breaking STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL with the indie community coming together to showcase new writing


in 2019 we’re putting together a team of 10 emerging practitioners. The KXT team will create a program for this team built around the following framework:

regular meet ups with professional and experienced industry practitioners, for knowledge sharing and relationship building

attachment to a KXT production in the 2019 season

the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Step Up Festival

free tickets to shows in the KXT season

the opportunity to pitch for inclusion in the KXT2020 season

it is expected that the members of the STEP UP Team will actively participate in the KXT community, providing support and assistance to the KXT management team where possible


ARTISTIC INTERNSHIP: members of the STEP UP team shadow the KXT Creative Director for periods of 1 - 2 months. An opportunity to learn what it takes to run KXT

PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP: shadowing KXT Venue Management and assisting as needed. An opportunity to make KXT home

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE: working with the KXT Management team, attending meetings, participating in decision-making, managing venue administration. An opportunity to learn about and participate in the running of KXT


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 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


at KXT bAKEHOUSE supports the development of NEW WORK. If you would like to discuss something with us, in the first instance please send an email to us via the CONTACT page, giving a short (one para) run down of your project, and if available including 1 page of script. Please remember that this is a volunteer run program and we may take some time to get back to you


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... facilitated and programmed by DANNY BALL and HUGO KOHNE


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:

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

DEVELOPMENT: Kin, Freefalling, Jatinga, The Laden Table

FESTIVAL: 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