Brave. Gritty. Authentic.

The new brand of independent theatre


Collaborating. Growing artistically. Telling the stories.


Founded in Sydney in 2011, Troy Harrison, Zoe Trilsbach, Nick Bartlett and Katherine Beck began as a group of actors with the same goal in mind; to continue to sharpen our skills on a regular basis. Inspired by a masterclass with U.S acting coach Larry Moss we started a weekly workout with good writers and good scripts. One thing led to another and we took the initiative and started a theatre company with the dream of collaborating and growing artistically, telling the stories we wanted to explore beyond mainstream theatre. As a group of hard-working, dedicated individuals, the name ‘Workhorse’ seemed an appropriate reflection of our work ethic.

Now under the guidance of Troy and Zoe, Workhorse Theatre Company Ltd is a not for profit organisation.


Previous productions.

one of the real stunners of the independent scene
— Jo Litson, Scene and Heard
a fiercely good production
— Australian Stage Online
Unless miracles occur for the rest of 2013, The Motherf**ker with the Hat has to be right at the top of the list of best ensembles, best productions and best individual performances we are likely to see in Sydney this year
— Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise
There are, however, two unmissable productions in Sydney at present: Sydney Theatre Company’s Children of the Sun and Workhorse Theatre Company’s revival of it’s 2013 hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat
— Deborah Jones, The Australian
The most powerful hour on stage in Sydney right now
— Stage Whispers - 4:48 Psychosis
The performances and exquisitely wrought production make this an absorbing, tender, shocking and extraordinary 65 minutes
— Stage Noise - 4:48 Psychosis

Make independent theatre possible.

Workhorse Theatre Company is a not for profit organisation committed to inspiring our audience members with risk-taking theatre. Our company cannot survive on box office sales alone. With the generosity of our individual supporters and corporate sponsors, we can create, educate and entertain, ensuring the future of independent theatre in Sydney.

To donate or for information on sponsorship or corporate partnership: please contact us via email admin@workhorsetheatreco.com

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.