The PYT pipeline

Have you ever wondered how the PYT Fairfield pipeline works? How do you go from community and pre-professional creative applications to developing a new live performance work, and then to a premiere (or tour!)?

Throughout the year, PYT Fairfield announces several residency opportunities for young, emerging, and local artists to develop ideas and works for a live performance outcome. Along with residencies, the Ensemble and Pilots programs offer artists a chance to build their acting and performance-making skills.

PYT also presents opportunities for artists and a community of art lovers to connect through community programming. Whatever the reason, there is always a chance to connect with PYT Fairfield and plant seeds.

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming opportunities that might help you decide the best way to learn more about performance-making or sink your teeth into a residency or development.

The below opportunities are for young people 18-28 who partake in our Ensemble program.


The PYT Ensemble are a selective group that meets weekly (Monday morning) throughout the first half of the year to gain intensive skills development in performance and multi-disciplinary making. The group participates in a six month program of workshops and masterclasses led by experienced artists and arts professionals and attends industry events. Several Ensemble members are then selected at the end of the six-month intensive period to continue onto PYT’s new Company program.

Applications for the 2024 Ensemble Program are now closed. Watch this space for the 2025 Ensemble program. Applications will op[en early 2025.


Company is a new PYT program that takes a select number of Ensemble members and invites them to create a live performance work to showcase at PYT Fairfield. Company participants will also travel to an interstate festival to gain knowledge and experience from some of the industry’s most significant makers.

The 2023 Company program developed new work Tuan’s Party, which premiered on 8 December, 2023.


Each year, members of the Ensemble and Company programs will be given an opportunity to apply for “micro-commissions”. A micro-commission is a small amount of funding (less than $1,000) to go towards devising a small project idea. The opportunities are endless. Previous applicants have used the funds to create short films, write a short script, undertake a photo shoot, purchase costumes, and more.

Lansdowne Scholarship

Each year one Ensemble member is awarded the Lansdowne Scholarship. The Lansdowne Scholarship is a $3,000 fee that supports one artist in a week-long residency. The residency could include the artist’s wage, a mentor or support person, equipment, or anything that supports the artist in developing a new work.

The 2023 Lansdowne Scholarship recipient was awarded to Olivia Xegas.

The Lansdowne Scholarship is proudly supported by the Lansdowne Foundation.

Artist-in-Residence EOI

Emerging and Western Sydney Artists will be able to apply for a $8,000 residency at PYT Fairfield for one week to generate, develop and workshop their creative ideas. Applications for this year’s EOI will open mid-2024.

Be sure to sign up to our e-news and socials to be notified when our next EOI opens.

Pitches and Tea

Have you ever wondered if your idea sounds good or needs more work? Pitches and Tea is an open scratch night, where western Sydney artists and creatives gather to flesh out their creative ideas and aspirations. Ten emerging artists are paid $600 to pitch their ideas to other creatives for constructive feedback.

One idea was selected by our Creative Producer panel for an artist residency.

The 2024 Pitches & Tea Artist in Residence recipients are:

  • Yvan Karezi
  • Adrian Mouhajer
  • Fairfield Poetry Slam
  • Varuna Naicker

Pitches and Tea is proudly funded by Mounties

For more information contact

The best way to hear about our upcoming residency opportunities is to join our PYT newsletter or contact one of our creative producers here.