About Playwriting Australia

Established in 2007, Playwriting Australia’s (PWA) purpose is to develop new Australian plays and provide the best development and career pathways for Australian playwrights at all levels of their careers. We seek, develop and champion new plays for the stage that tell Australian stories celebrating, investigating and provoking questions about our lives and the state of our nation. To get the best plays to stage, we invest in playwrights, offering them a range of professional development programs accessible to all ages and backgrounds. Playwriting Australia’s has a strong track record supporting First Nations and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse writers and our long‐term vision is to effect generational change in Australian theatre; contributing to a society where new plays are consistently excellent, more widely produced, representative of Australia’s evolving diversities, and embraced by audiences as central to Australian life.

Each year, we receive and assess around 300 script submissions to our programmes, we support the development and promotion of over 40 new Australian plays and employ more than 200 artists. In 2017 Playwriting Australia- supported plays reached over 92,000 people across Australia through professional productions by major, small to medium and independent theatre companies.

About the Role

Playwriting Australia is seeking applications from senior and mid-career artists for the role of Associate Director. This role is based in Sydney and is four days per week.

The Associate Director is a key team member, essential to the delivery of PWA’s ambitious vision. Working closely with the Artistic Director, the role works across all PWA’s programs, planning activities, collaborating with artists, companies and communities across the country.

Some of the activities and duties you will have a key role in include:

  • Reading and assessing submissions submitted to PWA’s programs.
  • Leading the development and delivery of new script development programs and writer development programs.
  • Working with playwrights as a dramaturg on new and existing work.
  • Working with the team across PWA’s planning, consultation and programming activities.
  • Developing relationships and partnerships with theatre companies, universities and a range of other stakeholders.

A full role description can be found here

Candidates should respond to the following key attributes in their application:

  • Experience, passion and expertise working with playwrights of all experience levels.
  • A broad understanding of the Australian theatre sector and the current issues faced by playwrights.
  • Demonstrated contribution to new Australian writing and a track record of positive collaboration with other artists.
  • Excellent dramaturgical skills.
  • Inter-cultural and cross-cultural experience and competencies in a theatre and wider cultural context.
  • A capacity to work productively, independently and as part of a small team.

Salary Package

$60,000 per annum plus 10% Superannuation contribution for four days per week (i.e. 30.4 hours a week). The pro rata rate for this salary is $75,000.

How to Apply

Applications close at 2.00pm Friday 22nd of March 2019.  Please include a CV and no more than 2 pages outlining your response to the key attributes, and an overview of why you’re keen to join PWA as Associate Director. Please send your application to Michelle Kotevski, General Manager michelle@pwa.org.au

First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are very essential to the future of playwriting. PWA very much encourages and welcomes submissions from people who are First Nations and/or culturally and linguistically diverse.

If you’d like more information or to discuss the role, feel free to get in touch with Lachlan Philpott, Artistic Director/CEO at 02 98247 0900 or Lachlan@pwa.org.au

To read the full job specification please click here.


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