To all playwrights, artists and friends of PWA, we would like to update you on Playwriting Australia’s activities for the remainder of 2018 and the status of our New Play Development Program.

It’s been a huge year so far. Amongst our achievements so far this year is the National Play Festival in March, reaching the largest audiences ever in the Play Festival’s 10 year history. We’ve completed our pilot Outposts Program in Albury Wodonga and our Board undertook a national search for the next Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia. Our new Artistic Director Lachlan Philpott, along with the rest of the PWA team have made the decision to postpone submissions for this program until 2019. This decision has been made to provide PWA the time and space to consult with the playwriting community directly about this program, ahead of an evaluation and re-calibration. Our aim is to ensure that the New Play Development program, along with other programs, is best serving the interests and needs of playwrights, and that we focus on best practice.
We will be undergoing a rigorous process of consultation, to make sure that PWA is doing the best work for playwrights in the next decade. We do appreciate your understanding and patience while we complete this very important work and we will continue to communicate about how you can be part of this process.

For the second half of this year, we will continue to deliver our other play development programs including, Ignition (our partnership with theatre companies), First Peoples Playwrights Retreat, develop the work of 2018 winner of the Max Afford Playwrights as well as the final stage of our current Lotus program. Last year we piloted a very modest program, Duologue for established and senior playwrights and their collaborators. We are pleased to be able to continue this program in 2018 and details will be available online shortly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 8274 0900,

Our sincerest appreciation and gratitude,

The PWA team

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