For Landmark Works – Ignition

Ignition sets out to enhance the ambition and diversity of Australian playwriting through the substantial commissioning and development of landmark works in partnership with producing companies.

Now more than ever, there’s a need to dream.

In 2020, PWA will commission seven major new works. Each work will then be developed in partnership with companies, ahead of a prospective production. This close relationship with producing companies is also a long term goal of the new entity we are envisioning with Australian Plays. 

PWA will provide each of the seven selected playwrights with a commissioning fee of $16,000 as well as a development/living stipend of $9,000 to help ‘buy time’ in the creative development phase.

Partner companies will be expected to invest in creative development, and in production costs in the future.

PWA will invite producing companies to each nominate up to two playwrights and their works. Individual playwrights who meet the eligibility requirements can also nominate and have the option of indicating an ideal producing company. 

The nominations will be considered by two independent playwrights and the PWA team.

To be eligible for consideration, either as self-nominated or nominated by a producing company: 

  • The work must be an ambitious work of scale (we know this is ambiguous, but we invite you to think big); and/or  
  • The playwright must identify as a First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse person; and/or
  • The new work is specifically for young or regional audiences.

Given current social distancing restrictions, creative development is likely to take place online via Zoom or similar platform. Face-to-face activity can resume when it is safe to do so.

Submissions have closed for this program.

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