Wyndham Theatre Company has been entertaining audiences in Melbourne's West for 50 years!
50 Years of Quality Community Theatre
The Wyndham Theatre Company has a rich history in Wyndham spanning 50 years starting 1968.
Originally the idea of an amateur theatre group in Werribee was an idea proposed by members of a local book club. Their first production was a one-act play performed for the Werribee Lions Club at the Centenary Hall (now redeveloped as the Wyndham Cultural Centre) the play ì Festival Nightmare was directed by Mr. Jan Tulen, in 1968.
We have produced 130 productions included 2500 cast and crew, entertained 25,000 local residents
We have invested around $500,000 locally in the productions.
From 1974 our home was the theatre at Werribee Park. We shared the dressing room with possums but the theatre was comfortable and had a great atmosphere. The patrons were often treated to a sherry on arrival, and encouraged to buy the usual raffle ticket.
The loss of Werribee Park as a venue was a blow to the Company, but the newly built Tattersall's Theatre in the Wyndham Cultural Centre was an exciting addition to Werribee and opened up new opportunities for the company. The Theatre Company contributed to the establishment of the Green Room with a donation of $10000. We had the privilege of holding the first full production in the Theatre. Jesus Christ Superstar.
We performed all of our productions in the Tattersall's theatre until 2007 totalling.
Due to cost issues in using the Wyndham Cultural Centre we moved our smaller plays to our Crossroads Theatre which we continue to develop.
In 2020 thanks to a State Government Community Partnership Grant we look forward to moving to a new home and performance venue at the 180 seat Joy Bevan Theatre at Werribee Secondary College so exciting times ahead.
We currently have 4 Life members Peter Ross (previous councillor and mayor of Wyndham) , Elizabeth Ross, Pam Tullen, Alan Thompson current President and 2016 Wyndham Arts and Tourism Volunteer Award recipient.
Our mission is to develop a thriving community theatre in Wyndham through exciting and challenging experiences in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Community: grow and share with our community. Value and nurture partnerships. and respect all communities.
Creativity: value the creative process, not just the end result. Allow innovation and out-side-the-box thinking.
Learning: inspire growth, skills and understanding.
Inclusive: Value diversity, acceptance and inclusion.
Sustainability: grow our audience and members. Financial stability, Good Governance.
Wyndham Theatre Company is an amateur community theatre company that is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. we are based in Wynhdam and operate from and have access to a number of venues. our main performance space at the moment is Crossorads Hall (corner of Synnot street and Duncans Road). We have a strong connection with the Wyndham Cultural Centre and at times use that as a performance space.
we are a non-denominational group who have been running for 50 years as at 2018. Our main goal is to find a home for the company.
Our Mission Statement
2020 - 2021
President: Chris De Zeeuw
Vice President: TBC
Artistic Director: TBC
Treasurer: Alan Thompson
Front of House Leader: Jeremy Withers
Technical Leader: Alan Thompson
Marketing Leader: Joshua Ferguson
Wardrobe & props Leader: Joshua Ferguson
Youth and diversity: TBC
Facebook: Renee Belsey
Website: Kaylee Rossetto
Instagram: Chris De Zeeuw
Graphic design: Stephanie
Essence productions: Alaine beek
Minute Taker: Rachael Voisey
The Crossroads Theatre seats 100 and is an ideal venue for smaller plays and comedies, it's what amateur theatre is about. The theatre is part of the historic Crossroads Uniting Church complex located at the corner of Synott St and Duncans Rd with ample parking opposite the theatre. Refer to the current productions tab for ticketing details for individual productions.
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Located on Watton St.
The Wyndham Cultural Centre is a literal arts hub, Providing a platform for Australia’s finest production companies and independent artists.
Crossroads Uniting Church
Werribee Secondary College
Wyndham City Council
Wyndham Cultural Centre