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The National Melbourne
Celebrating a Rich History, Nurturing a Bright Future

The National Melbourne is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of people like you to help us cultivate creativity and excellence in the performing arts through our historic theatre and our ballet and drama schools.

You may choose to support the future stars of stage and screen through our Arts Education and Training Fund (including our Scholarship Fund) or to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of our historic premises through the School Building Fun and campaigns such as the Rainbow Relief Fund.

Rainbow Relief Fund

At The National Theatre, we are committed to improving every moment of our visitor experience and to ensuring all members of the community feel welcome, safe, respected and valued.

The Rainbow Relief Fund will help us to bring our historic restrooms into the 21st Century with more toilets, new basins, gender neutral bathroom, new tiles and a fresh coat of paint.

Thanks to generous support from Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 Program all funds raised will be matched – up to $25k!

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The National Melbourne has Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Status, so all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your donation will be warmly welcomed and will support the activities and facilities at the National Melbourne including our historic venue, drama school and ballet school. 

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Bequests are an important source of support for The National Theatre and its Schools. They ensure we continue to thrive and make it possible to continue and expand the range of activities. 

Wills must meet certain legal requirements, so we recommend you seek legal advice from a public trustee or solicitor. If you already have a will, you can simply add a supplement setting out your bequest instructions.

We recommend making out your gift for the general purposes of National Theatre. For further information, please contact the CEO on (03) 9534 0221, or via email:

Please let us know if you intend to include the National Theatre in your will or ask your solicitor to inform us. Your enquiries will be handled in confidence.

Corporate Sponsors and Partners

As a corporate sponsor or partner of The National Melbourne your organisation will join a long history of supporters who have allowed us to continue to train and present artists for more than 80 years. Our sponsorship opportunities include Principal sponsorship of the organisation; Naming rights for prominent areas of The Theatre, Scholarships for the students and support for the upkeep of this heritage listed building.

For further information, please contact the CEO on 03 9534 0221 or via email:


The National Ballet School and Drama School offer scholarships to gifted and dedicated students who may not otherwise be able to pursue professional studies. Your provision of a Scholarship or donation to the current scholarship fund will give a young ballet dancer or budding thespian the experience of a lifetime, enabling them to hone their craft in one of Australia’s leading performing arts training institutions.

Other Ways To Donate

Via mail:
We accept cheques via post: PO Box 1173 St Kilda South 3182.
To be made out to
 The Australian National Memorial Theatre Ltd Arts Education and Training Fund

Via phone:
Contact our Administration on (03) 95340221 during business hours.

Via direct debit:
Direct donations can be made to our Bank account:
Account name:  Australian National Memorial Theatre Ltd Arts Education and Training Fund
BSB: 013-427
Acc number: 2557 49929
Please include your name and ‘KEEP’ in payment description.

ABN: 7800 7306 283

The National Theatre would like to thank our generous partners.


Government Partners
Creative Victoria
City of Port Phillip
Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1

Trusts and Foundations
Bowden Marstan
William Angliss Charitable Fund (VIC)
The Bertalli Family Foundation
The Cybec Foundation
The Estate of Gertrude Johnson
Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation
The Gerda Nicolson Trust
Palais Theatre Community Fund
The Scanlon Foundation
The Estate of Jean Stewart
The Tallis Foundation
The Urquhart Charitable Fund

Business Partners
Body world
C P Consulting

Community Partners
Berry Street
Linden Gallery
Mirabel Foundation
Palais Theatre

Corporate Partnerships
CMC Talent Management

The National Theatre would like to thank our generous patrons.


Our 2022 Patrons

Diana Gibson OA

Susan Thacore
The Bertalli Family Foundation

The Scanlon Foundation

Christine Fleer
Linda Herd
Palais Theatre Community Fund
Karina Woolrich

Natalie Frazer

Lead Triple Threats
Diana Gibson AO
James Ostroburski OAM
Susan Thacore
Karina Woolrich
Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 Match Funding

Triple Threats
Bess Andrews
Sarah Angliss
Graeme Ballard
Gail Bevan
Margot Brock
Deirdre Cowan
Dr Kim Durban
Christine & Gavin Fleer
Natalie Frazer
Helen Hale
Lee-Anne Harrison
Linda Herd
Shane Hewitt
Michelle Hirst
Peter Holles
Sarah Hunt
Rachel Irons

Triple Threats
Namrta Kaur-Kittelty
Patrick Kevans
Monica Lim
Julie Mundy
Digby Norris
Peter Norris
Nicholas Opolski
Greg Randall
Sarah Ransome
The Scanlon Foundation
Alan Schwarz
Jon Sebastian
Van Straten Turley Foundation
Peter Sutton
Rosemary Walls
Tony Ward
Coco Xavier