The Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) is the public performing arts and cultural arm of Monash University. MAPA’s facilities are vital to the cultural life of the University, and act as a doorway to the surrounding community.
MAPA welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to Monash each year by programming a diverse range of performances and hosting community/school events in its on-campus venues including the Robert Blackwood Hall, the Alexander Theatre and the George Jenkins Theatre.
The Alexander Theatre is an architectural landmark of Monash University’s Clayton campus is undergoing a major refurbishment. It will re-open it’s doors to the public mid 2018 and will be part of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts which will be completed in 2019. You can read about the redevelopment here.
MAPA provides four core functional services:
1. Presentation and production company
MAPA manages an ambitious program of performing arts events known as MLIVE which compliments those traditionally sought in the CBD or Southbank, and is a beacon of cultural activity for Victoria’s rapidly growing south-eastern suburban and regional populations.
2. Venue hire
MAPA is dedicated to servicing its communities by providing exceptional performance facilities for hire by amateur and professional productions, students, community groups, schools and local residents.
3. Monash Academy Orchestra
MAPA manages the Monash Academy Orchestra (MAO), a symphony orchestra and flagship ensemble which consists of Monash students and musicians from the wider community. Performances by the MAO form part of MLIVE’s annual season program of performing arts events.
4. Supports Monash’s performing arts schools
MAPA supports students from Monash’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the Centre for Theatre and Performance with production, venue hire and funding for performances.