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indigenous playwrights retreat

A new program for Indigenous playwriting in Australia, supporting a group of outstanding First Nations writers.

After a successful pilot in 2015, we continue our new program to bolster Indigenous playwriting in Australia, supporting a group of outstanding First Nations writers.  A week‐long creative residency will focus on writing, sharing work and creating a community for exploring ideas, taking risks, mentoring and collaborating.

The program will be self‐facilitated by the playwrights themselves around a framework developed by PWA.

Selected playwrights will be provided with:

  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate;
  • Return travel from their normal place of residence;
  • A separate room in shared accommodation;
  • Daily meals.


Expressions of interest have been extended.
Please contact our Diversity Programs Coordinator Sopa Enari:
Retreat Dates: TBC
Where: TBC


2015 Retreat Participants

Jada Alberts (NSW)
Tammy Anderson (Vic)
Kylie Coolwell (NSW)
Jane Harrisson (Vic)

Nakkiah Lui (NSW)
Kelton Pell (WA)
Rhoda Roberts (NSW)
Glenn Shea (Vic)
Yvette Walker (QLD) 

The 2015 Retreat took place in the idyllic surrounds of the Bundanon Trust in the Shoalhaven River Valley (Regional NSW), land of the Wodi Wodi people of the Yuin Nation. Over seven days, the ten selected playwrights were given precious time to write, imagine and dream with fellow artists in a peer-led community celebrating the exchange of ideas, creative collaboration and professional growth.

We acknowledge the support provided by the Bundanon Trust and Sydney Opera House in making the inaugural Indigenous Playwrights Retreat possible.

Principal Partners

Indigenous  Retreat Partners



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