If this time has given us anything, it's reminded us of the beauty and importance of the arts. Here at STF, members of our community have been reflecting on what student theatre has done for their lives, their mental health, their relationships, and their careers. This reflection has grown into the 'because of student theatre' campaign. A campaign centered on these stories. Your stories.
Student Theatre has existed at La Trobe since the inception of the University, way back in 1966. It has grown from its first production in 1967, The Diary of Anne Frank, to a fully fledged community that produces and supports a plethora of student-directed, student-led productions and events. A community that provides countless opportunities for students to be creative in their own way.
However, this time has also come with great uncertainty around the future of the arts and the humanities, both within La Trobe, within the broader higher education sector, and beyond. With fee changes being introduced by the Morrison government, staff redundancies within La Trobe, and uncertainty around reopening of arts venues across the country, the arts are not safe. Student Theatre is not safe.
As you may know, La Trobe cut the funding to LTSU by 50% in April 2020. This has had a direct impact on STF with significant cuts to our operational budget and our staffing. SSAF funding to STF is not secure for 2021 and beyond.
So we ask you, current and past STF members, to help us ensure that future students can gain as much as you did from our little corner of La Trobe. Please consider signing our open letter to Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar and sharing your own story of what Student Theatre has given you.
Any questions about this campaign, get in touch with STF on 9479 1198 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, that the Open Letter was closed on Tuesday 15 September to send off submissions to the University.