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Working towards more diverse Australian stories on our stages

We are pioneering a national search for a generation of playwrights that better reflects the Australia we live in.  One of Playwriting Australia’s key aims is to cast the widest net to discover and nurture new voices we don’t often hear.

We offer training and mentorship opportunities to aspiring playwrights, in partnership with schools, communities and theatre producers. We also insist upon diversity throughout our programs, including the National Script Workshops and in our research and development work.

What began in 2009 as a pilot outreach program has now evolved into a robust platform from which to teach and enthuse, to engage and skill up emerging playwrights from Indigenous heritage and those of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. This is a long road. Our goal is a theatre that captures the experiences of all Australians within a generation.

Get in touch 

If you are a CALD artist or an arts organisation with associates who are interested in honing their playwriting skills, please contact our Diversity Programs Coordinator Sopa Enari by email at sopa@pwa.org.au or call 02 8274 0904.


200 Stories High

Playwriting Australia delivers introductory playwriting workshops, targeting priority high schools and after-school centres for newly arrived immigrants to stir a passion for storytelling in young people with minimum exposure to the arts.

Workshops for secondary level students have been held in western Sydney suburbs including Fairfield, Mt Druitt, Canley Vale and Blacktown; in Footscray, Melbourne and in Broome, Western Australia.

Teachers who are interested in running a 200 Stories High workshop for their students, please get in touch with us by email outreach@pwa.org.au or phone 02 8274 0904

The Salon

A professional playwrights’ course, The Salon, brings together individuals with existing artistic practice in other disciplines who are interested in extending their playwriting skills base through discussions, various writing exercises and a mentored development process.

Extracts from the plays written through the Salon are showcased to major theatre companies, through the National Play Festival or industry-only ‘keyhole’ event.

Read about Lotus our current Salon for writers of Asian-Australian background.


The Muru Project

The Muru Project

Playwriting Australia in partnership with Moogahlin Performing Arts, supported by City of Sydney and Arts NSW,  are proud to present in 2016 ‘The Muru Project’, an initiative aimed at new plays to be created, produced and performed by First Peoples for First Peoples of this Great South Land.

The Muru Project provides a pathway to the First Nations community of Sydney to engage in storytelling and playwriting. An introductory workshop was provided in May, which gathered a group of very curious and deadly serious writers.  We are now moving toward the second in our path, ‘The Muru Project: A writing Salon’.

The Muru Salon will:

–           provide time, space and creative expertise to writers as they turn their ideas into a playscript.

–          provide support and guidance from established playwrights.

–          provide a unique opportunity to professionally develop your artistic life

If you are:

– a writer who has been wrestling with an idea for a play and in need of guidance,

– establishing your passion for playwriting and are looking for more grounding in the craft,

– serious about rendering the full potential of your play,

then The Muru Salon is the room you need to be in.

How to apply

We invite submissions of unproduced drafts of plays at any stage of their development.  The following information will be requested to complete your application:

  1. Contact details and demographic information
  2. Two copies of your script uploaded, including one ‘clean’ copy
  3. Play synopsis (max 250 words)
  4. Development Notes (between 500 – 1000 words)
  5. Additional Info – your bio and any creatives attached to the project.

Applications Due: 5pm Sunday 9th October 

If you have any questions about your application, please email info@pwa.org.au before the closing date.

We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Online Applications  

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Please apply online when possible. All applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on the closing date.

Mailed applications

Download and fill out the PDF Application Form.

Mail it along with all the relevant attachments to: Playwriting Australia Level 3, 10 Hickson Road Sydney NSW 2000

Mailed applications must be post-marked on or before the closing date.

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