Perth Theatre Company



 Perth Theatre Company (PTC) is Perth’s leading contemporary theatre company presenting innovative, thought provoking work on stage in Perth, Western Australia. Alongside national collaborations, PTC develops and manages tours that promote West Australian artists and voices on the national and international stage.


To create and curate a dynamic and diverse program of contemporary theatrical experiences, that engages and cultivates West Australian audiences, artists and arts practice.


To have a profound impact on the cultural fabric of our city through the delivery of high quality contemporary theatre and the creation of opportunities that place Western Australian artists at the core of the national conversation.


Perth Theatre Company (PTC) presents a program of exciting breakthrough contemporary theatre. Under the Artistic Directorship of Melissa Cantwell, PTC is an impassioned advocate for innovative Australian work, providing new opportunities for Western Australian artists, as well as engaging in ground-breaking collaborative practices and seeking out audience interactivity and discourse.

PTC has enjoyed over 30 years of history and remains Perth’s longest running theatre company. The Company (originally SWY Theatre Company until 1994) has been producing and supporting award-winning, professional contemporary theatre in Western Australia since 1983. The Company found a home at The Playhouse Theatre under the direction of Alan Becher who steered the company until his passing in 2009 and presented award winning works including Stories from Suburban Road, Vagina Monologues, The Turning, Face to Face and Gasping!

In 2011, PTC became resident company at the new State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, presenting a full year of productions in the Studio Underground. Melissa Cantwell joined PTC in 2007 as Associate Director, and worked alongside Alan Becher as well as writing and directing her own work, taking the reins as Artistic Director in 2009. An artist in her own right, committed to theatre in Western Australia, Melissa continues to work with both emerging and mid-career artists in a mentoring and nurturing capacity. Highlights of Melissa’s tenure include Equus, The Removalists, The Ugly One, A Number, It’s Dark Outside, Blackbird and Tender Napalm.