Anti-Establishment Since 2010

Based in Melbourne, MK-Alpha has been producing new work by established writers, new writers, and introducing overseas artists to Australian audiences since 2010. MKA has presented work across Australia; as well as in Germany, the UK and the USA.

No Fixed Address

Save for offices and storage, MK-Alpha is a buildingless theatre; and as well as conventional theatre work and shaking up existing performance centres; MK-Alpha has been awarded and acclaimed for performance work in unconventional spaces, sector renewal and site specific performance.

Now Playing

HYPRTXT/subTXT Initiative; AUTOCANON Print; Hot!Hot!Hot! Festival; and a consistent flow of new and touring work for stage such as Sugar Sugar by Yve Blake, The Economist by T. Manderson-Galvin and Unsex Me by Mark Wilson; and installations such as Expen$$$ive: VIP.

R&D

Research and development are integral to MK-Alpha's raison d'etre. At MK-Alpha new work is tested through performance, practice and criticism. This is supported by a Literary Staff, Artistic Directorship, and in-house provocateurs.

The Corporation

MK-Alpha
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Staged Writers

35

Major Works

24

PopUp Spaces

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police visits

MK-Alpha is the new writing theatre of Victoria, Australia. Since 2010 MK-Alpha has been presenting bold, dynamic and challenging text-based work in the live performing arts.

 

MK-Alpha expands the horizons of Victorian artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The company showcases acclaimed international, Australian and local artists work both in Australia and abroad. MK-Alpha inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships internationally.

 

MK-Alpha is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Australia’s best and an incubator of brilliant new writing for performance.

 

MKA Incorporated is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

MK-Alpha is a company of national importance—artistically respected, greatly admired and highly valued as a catalyst for cultural change and action.

MK-Alpha engages and enriches audiences and artists with adventurous contemporary works in a spirit of innovation and dialogue.

  • Present the very best in new writing for performance,
  • Develop new, unparalleled and extraordinary works through innovative partnerships and collaborations,
  • Serve new and existing audiences for the performing arts,
  • Stimulate audience and performing arts industry engagement through forums, outreach and ancillary activities that generate dialogue and exchange,
  • Showcase the innovations of leading Australian artists and their work,
  • Encourage cultural export by linking Victoria with a national and international network of collaborators, co-presenters and producers
  • Explicit politics
  • Transformative experiences
  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Dialogue
  • Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Inspiration
  • Innovation
  • Diversity

MK-Alpha has been passionately welcomed as a long-awaited shot of adrenaline to the heart of Victorian audiences and artists. Since its incendiary but modest beginnings in 2010, the company has grown exponentially; now enjoying high regard within Australia, and increasingly internationally. An important catalyst of new writing, the company produces and commissions unparalleled work while provoking and encouraging dialogue and exchange.

May 2015 marked the first HYPRTXT Festival of New Writing and Performance which had over 65 performances and events in 5 performance venues over 21 days; as well as the launch of the AUTOCANON publishing wing.

MK-Alpha was first founded in bricks and mortar, at 2/24 Tanner Street, Richmond. Founders, Artistic Director, Tobias Manderson-Galvin; and General Manager/Head of Programming Glyn Roberts; built a fifty-seat venue in the Australian Knitting Mills. The venue was not to last long before the company pulled up stumps, but while there the massive iron AKM sign stood between the theatre and the nearby metropolitan Richmond Railway Station. When one walks from the latter to the former, the sign reads ‘M.K.A.’, so that’s why the the K is usually written backwards.

Of course, if you ask either of these two they’ll tell you otherwise.

Glyn Roberts: “It stands for Freedom, and Duty-Free Scotch.” He then walked away.

Tobias Manderson-Galvin: “It stands for Mind Kontrol – Alpha, an ongoing CIA-funded program, that started in the 1950s.”

Like all black spots there is no knowable reason as to why the logo of MK-Alpha is a black spot.

MK-Alpha is unique among Australian companies. Curated, strictly-disciplined, local and international in scope—MK-Alpha stands alone in its commitment to bring together the best new writing under the umbrella of a single company. MK-Alpha highlights new ways of storytelling, new forms of staging, new approaches to the discipline, and new perspectives on urgent ideas and philosophies.

 

MK-Alpha is as an entertainer, an iconoclast and a dare-devil.

 

MK-Alpha ignites relationships between existing audiences and artists, while providing an occasion for dialogue and exchange with new communities. Premieres by local artists are presented alongside works that have garnered national and international acclaim. Works by established artists are presented alongside the work of artists that have never been presented before. Works of conventional style or substance are presented alongside the formally and culturally challenging. Artists, administrators and audiences are invited to an animating perspective of experiments, innovations and the unknown from across Australia and around the world.

 

Professional development opportunities at MK-Alpha take many forms and forums. Highlights include newly launched annual SUBTXT new writing workshop, resident artist positions within the company, and writing awards and relationships MK-Alpha hold with major learning institutions..

2010
Co-Founded by Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Glyn Roberts

2011
Tobias Manderson-Galvin inaugural Artistic Director
Glyn Roberts inaugural General Manager

2012
Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Glyn Roberts become joint Creative Directors

2014
Tobias Manderson-Galvin holds position.
John Kachoyan new Co-Creative Director.

2015
Tobias Manderson-Galvin becomes Artistic Director / C.O.

And what about those Police visits…

20%
Accused of Running a Brothel / Live Sex Show
45%
Accused of Running an Illegal Bar / Gambling / Drugs
25%
Told to Keep the Noise Down
10%
Congratulated on Opening a Theatre
MK-Alpha | MAP

The MKA Map

Every venue MK-Alpha has ever built, ever played at, and ever had shut down.

Every show that ever happened.
Every top secret development period/day at the beach/black ops mission.
Where all our playwrights have come from.

The MK-Alpha team have only just started making the map,
and there’s six years to add… We’ll have it up online soon,
and you can explore the world with us.

Awards&Nominations

Winnings
Vault Festival Award

Outstanding Original Production (2015)
‘Please Dont Talk About Me When I’m Gone’

Green Room Award

Independent Theatre | Direction (2014)
Alison Campbell for ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award

Independent Theatre | Production (2014)
‘The Trouble with Harry’

Melbourne Fringe Award

Best Experimental Performance (2013)
‘Kids Killing Kids’

Green Room Award

Special Contribution to Independent Theatre (2012)
‘MKA Winter Season’

Melbourne Fringe Award

Melbourne Festival Discovery Award (2012)
Zoey Dawson for ‘The Unspoken Word is Joe’

St Martins National Playwriting Award

Full Award, 2010
Tobias Manderson-Galvin for ‘dogmeat’, produced by MKA

2015 | Nominations

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Male Performer)
Kevin Kiernan-Molloy ‘Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Female Performer)
Jan Friedl ‘Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise’

 Sydney Theatre Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production
Natasha Herbert ‘The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe”

2014 | Nominations

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Writer)
Lachlan Philpott ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Female Performer)
Maude Davey ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Female Performer)
Caroline Lee ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Set/Costume)
Eugyeene Teh ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Lighting)
Rob Sowinski ‘The Trouble with Harry’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Sound)
Chris Wenn ‘The Trouble with Harry’

2013 | Nominations

Fringe World Award (Perth) Theatre Award
‘dogmeat’ by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Fringe World Award (Perth) Critics’ Award
‘dogmeat’ by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

2012 | Nominations

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Performer)
Whitney Boyd, sex.violence. blood. gore.

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Sound Design)
Claudio Tocco, sex.violence. blood. gore.

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Performer)
Georgina Capper, The Unspoken Word Is Joe

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Performer)
Nikki Shiels, The Unspoken Word is Joe

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Direction)
Declan Greene, The Unspoken Word is Joe

‘The Stage’ Awards (Edinburgh Fringe) Best Actress
Zoe Dawson, The Economist

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Production)
MKA, ‘Triangle’ by Glyn Roberts

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Set)
Eugyeene Teh, ‘Triangle’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Lighting)
Rob Sowinski, ‘Triangle’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Direction)
Tanya Dickson, ‘Triangle’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Writing)
Glyn Roberts, ‘Triangle’

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Performer)
Janine Watson, ‘Triangle’

Patrick White Playwrights’ Award
‘Triangle’ by Glyn Roberts

2011 | Nominations

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Ensemble)
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Green Room Award Independent Theatre (Direction, Van Badham)
The Economist by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Artshub Awards ‘Achievement in the Arts’
Season One 2011

Artshub Awards ‘Achievement in the Arts’
‘J.A.T.O.’ by Vedrana Klepica