The School of the Arts & Media Creative Practice Lab (CPL) supports teaching and practice-led research across a diverse range of subject areas. We manage the school's performance venues, rehearsal studios and technical resources. 

CPL staff members are industry professionals, technical magicians, filmmakers, producers, sound-makers and production designers. We work closely with students, researchers and artists to develop new work, and hold a range of inspiring events throughout the year. 

We also support Visiting Artists & Creative Projects and host the SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant.

Mark Mitchell

Before joining UNSW Mark had a wonderful time working with many theatre companies including Performance Space, Griffin, Belvoir, Performing Creatures, Performing Lines, Chunky Move, Sydney Theatre Co, and many other diverse groups and festivals. He enjoys working with students and staff at the school helping them realise their ideas for live performance.



Paul Matthews

A multi-disciplinary designer and dramaturge, Paul's practice crosses live performance, installation, and graphics. Since graduating from the Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Design) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2007, he has been resident designer with the UNSW Creative Practice Lab at UNSW Sydney. Within this position, and as a freelance artist, he collaborates with artists and students across diverse contexts including dance, performance, text-based theatre, festivals, installation, puppetry, and photography.

  • We have resources and information in all areas of production for live performance and screen arts. There are many performance and rehearsal spaces attached to the school as well as costumes, sets, props and equipment that you may find useful. 

    You can use any of our performance venues for filming, just make sure you book ahead as they are in high demand. There are also rehearsal studios on the third floor of the Robert Webster building.

    The CPL team support the creative practices in the School of the Arts & Media. The many facets of the CPL's work include producing, supporting and instructing in the development of performance and cross-media works, operating and maintaining resources and facilities, and linking the University with the professional creative industries. 

    For more information on the facilities, props and costumes, technical resources and range of venues and spaces available for hire, visit Venues & Hire

    **Please note: In light of COVID-19, venue, costume, prop and set hires are currently closed until further notice**