All Good Things Must Begin…

1992

JUTE
Begins

Just Us Theatre Ensemble (JUTE Theatre Company) JUTE was founded in 1992 when three passionate theatre professionals living in Cairns met and the creative sparks began to fly.

1994

First
Recognition.

JUTE first identified as a new works company and began developing their own works.

1994

JUTE receives
its first significant
funding grant.

JUTE receives its first significant funding grant- towards the production of Bag O’ Marbles by Kathryn Ash.

1994-98

12 New Works
Developed

1998

JUTE’s Black White
and Shades of Brown
(BWASOB)

JUTE’s Black White and Shades of Brown (BWASOB), an Indigenous Australian Reconciliation project funded by Australia Council for the Arts program, invests in the development of Indigenous Australian stories through in-depth consultation processes.

 

1999

Bedtime Stories By Aunty Dee

Bedtime Stories By Aunty Dee by Dee Murphy developed by BWASOB, produced and toured to Brisbane.

1999

JUTE initiated
10 playwriting masterclasses

JUTE initiated 10 playwriting masterclasses, partnering with Playlab and Playworks and featuring residencies with renown dramaturgs Sean Mee, Wesley Enoch, and Anna Yen.

 

2000-01

Bedtime Stories
by Aunty Dee
Goes on Tour

Bedtime Stories By Aunty Dee by Dee Murphy tours 20 communities in Indigenous Australian regional and remote communities and includes a residency workshop program in each community.

 

2000

Queensland Theatre
Company Partnership

Queensland Theatre Company partnership- State Arts Minister, Matt Foley officially launched the QTC regional partnership with JUTE at an event in Cairns.

 

2000

Enter Stage Write
script development program

JUTE began its own regional playwrights’ script development program, Enter Stage Write, with dramaturgs such as Michael Gow, Peter Matheson and Kathryn Ash were dramaturgs-in-residence. Over its 15 years existence, the program assisted 45 new and emerging writers to create scripts for performance.

 

2000

Collaborative project
Centenary of Federation

JUTE/KickArts and Cairns Celebration of Film form the first major collaborative performance project of three Queensland regional professional arts organisations.

 

2001

JUTE finds
a home!

JUTE and its visual arts sister company KickArts secured $2.7 million in funding from the Queensland State Government’s Millennium Arts Project to build a Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns, featuring a theatre, art galleries, studio spaces and offices.

 

2001

JUTE’s Inaugural
Playwrights’ Conference

JUTE’s Inaugural Playwrights’ Conference- featuring the fruits of JUTE’s Enter Stage Write script development program.

 

2001

Bag O’ Marbles
Wins an Award

Bag O’ Marbles by Kathryn Ash wins the Australian National Playwrights Centre’s New York Dramatists Exchange Award.

 

2002

2nd Annual
JUTE Playwrights’
Conference

 

2002

Development of
Centre of
Contemporary Arts

JUTE joined with Kickarts to undertake feasibility studies to identify the most appropriate site for the centre, our new home. Construction begins at 96 Abbott Street!

2002

First major co-production
with State Theatre Company

JUTE co-production with Queensland Theatre Company- a revised award-winning version of Bag O’ Marbles by Kathryn Ash, rehearsed in Brisbane under the director Michael Gow and toured to Cairns.

2003

JUTE wins
Queensland Writer’s Centre

JUTE wins Queensland Writer’s Centre “The Johnno” Award “in recognition of out outstanding contribution to writers and writing in Queensland”.

 

2003

3rd Annual
Playwright’s Conference

 

2004

Centre of
Contemporary Arts Opens

Centre of Contemporary Arts opens, and JUTE moves into its home.

2004

JUTE wins the
laylab Award

JUTE wins the Playlab Award for “outstanding commitment to developing and presenting Queensland Stories and promoting a regional voice”

2004

Inaugural Season of 4 New Works Developed

Inaugural season of 4 new works developed out of JUTE’s own Enter Stage Write Program are produced in the first year in the JUTE Theatre at Coca.

2004

4th Annual
Playwrights’ Conference

 

2005-06

All 7 productions
home grown through JUTE’s
Enter Stage Write Program.

2005

Regional Tour
My Of-Course Life

Regional Tour My Of-Course Life by Toni Allayialis through Queensland Arts Council.

2005

5th Annual
Playwrights’ Conference

 

2006

6th Annual
Playwrights’ Conference

 

2006

Regional Theatre
Development Initiative

Bringing regional theatre makers from across Australia to Cairns to discuss future collaborations, co-productions and touring.

 

2006

Implemented Theatre
to the Edge

A regional touring cohort touring 3 productions between 5 regional companies per year across Queensland and Northern Territory.

 

2006-12

20 New Works
Developed, Produced
and Toured

Annual Regional Playwrights Conferences produced; 9 new work commissions brought to production; numerous regional writers progress through writing development programs.

2007

Initiated the
National Young and
Emerging Regional Playwrights

Initiated the National Young and Emerging Regional Playwrights – National Pilot Program.

 

2008

Initiated the
Indie Season

Initiated the Indie Season, providing resources, support and mentoring for independent producers to produce their new work.

 

2011

Director Development Program
and Cultural Leadership
in Dramaturgy

Director Development Program and Cultural Leadership in Dramaturgy undertaken across Queensland and Northern Territory.

 

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