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pwa lab

Re-imagining the role of the playwright in the theatre-making process

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

The PWA Lab supports non-traditional forms of theatre, multi-authored text and non-writer-led work. We are inviting proposals from artists, collectives and companies with a desire to workshop a new idea, a new partnership or a new form. Proposals must have a writer involved and include details of other creative team members attached to the project.

Eligible projects could include:

  • established writers experimenting with new forms or genres;
  • cross-artform collaborations with artists working in other disciplines;
  • adding writers into devising ensembles;  or
  • creative teams looking to explore a new idea or working methods.

Each project will be given up to one week creative development studio to experiment with new forms of storytelling and collaborative ways of making theatre.  The PWA Lab may be proposed as a one-off activity or part of a larger development plan incorporating support from other sources.


What do we offer?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support


PWA Lab Dates:  
August/September 2016
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

To be confirmed with selected participants




Closing date
Thursday 24 March 2016, 5pm

Submission Guidelines
Download and read full guidelines for detailed information on eligibility and the program terms and conditions.

Mailed submissions
If you would like to send your submission by mail, please download an application form here.



Make sure to contact us if you have any questions about your application.

Phone             (02) 8274 0900

 2016 Recipients

Against The Tide
Think+DO Tank

2015 Previous Recipients

Duncan Graham and Tessa Leong

Bright World
Elise Hearst, Andrea James, Paige Rattray and Tom Hogan

2014 Previous Recipients

Project 84: Part One
Melissa Lee Speyer, Felicity Nicol and Grant Moxom

Births, Deaths and Marriages
POST and Sue Smith

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Melissa Lee Speyer, Felicity Nicol and Grant Moxom invite us inside the world of Project 84: Part One following their development at the PWA Lab in November 2014.