About the Theatre Guild
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild ('the Guild') is a not-for-profit community theatre company located at the University of Adelaide's North Terrace campus.
The Guild is the second oldest amateur theatre company in South Australia, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018. This longevity in itself is exceptional but what is remarkable at the Guild is the pivotal role it has and continues to play in the development of both amateur and professional theatre in Adelaide and in Australia.
The Guild's productions are regularly nominated for (and often win) a range of prestigious awards within Adelaide's amateur theatre circles. The Guild prides itself on the quality of all its productions and given its strong link with a globally recognised education institution, places particular importance on supporting student-led productions and fostering a learning environment through workshops, play-readings and events.
It is the Guild's intent that each season reflects an enduring focus on our strengths, the courage to embrace the obscure, a commitment to support modern Australian playwrights, and a willingness to work with new talent from our wonderful city.
The Theatre Guild normally presents three to four major productions per year in its home base, the University's Little Theatre.Over the past 80 years, the Theatre Guild has presented some 394 productions. On average, each production involves 30-40 people onstage and backstage.
The Guild's repertoire over this period has included many world, Australian and South Australian premières, most notably the first-ever performances of Patrick White's The Ham Funeral (1961), Season at Sarsaparilla (1962) and Night on Bald Mountain (1964).
A comprehensive analysis of the Guild's first 60 years can be found in Kerrie Round's As Many Lives As A Cat? -The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild 1938-1998, published in 1999 and available from the Barr Smith Library.
“I will always be grateful to the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild for being my first true theatrical home. A home where I was encouraged to be an artist, to take risks and to make mistakes. For me the Guild was transformative - it gave me the courage and the conviction to dream bigger dreams.” Chris Drummond, Artistic Director, Brink Productions, quoted in 'As Many Lives As A Cat?'
Membership of the Theatre Guild is not restricted to members of the University, and in this the Guild provides an interface between the University and the general community.
Visit the Get Involved page if you're interested in becoming a member.
The Theatre Guild is officially registered as an Incorporated Association in South Australia. The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild Inc. Public Fund is approved for tax-deductibility purposes on the Commonwealth Government's Register of Cultural Organisations under SubSection 30-300(7) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.