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erin thomas playwright fund

With the support of the Thomas family, Playwriting Australia has established a playwright travel bursary in memory of playwright Erin Thomas.

It can be tough getting your playwriting career going if you live outside of the capital cities – opportunities to engage with the theatre industry are rare and expensive. The newly established Erin Thomas Playwright Fund  has been created to support emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to attend opportunities or events that would help them develop their careers.

Supported by the Thomas Family, the Fund seeks to commemorate Erin’s optimism and her creative talent and further her generous contribution to the arts by helping emerging writers to pursue their dreams.

To be eligible, playwrights need to:

  • Reside in a regional, remote or rural area of Australia; and
  • Be at an early stage of their career and have had no more than two professional productions

Funded travel costs can include airfares, accommodation, per diems or other relevant expenses. Playwrights may apply to attend events and opportunities, such as:

  • Rehearsal Room internships at PWA’s events
  • State Exchange collaboration on a new work with an interstate artist or theatre company
  • attendance at our annual National Play Festival (in Adelaide from 22-25 July 2015)
  • Other external projects or opportunities that will benefit the writers’ professional career development

Successful playwrights will be selected by a committee including Playwriting Australia’s key creative staff, representatives from the Thomas family and appointed artistic advisers.


Submission Guidelines

Please ensure you download and read the full guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, acceptable script format and information required, and how to apply.

The following information will be required in your application:

  1. Application Form completed (click here to download)
  2. Your CV/resume
  3. A short project proposal (max 500 words)
  4. Travel budget  (download budget template)
  5. Optional material including letters of invitation or support (max 3 pages)

Download the Application coversheet and email with required documents to with the subject line Erin Thomas Playwright Fund

Print out the Application coversheet and post with required documents to:

Playwriting Australia
Level 3, 10 Hickson Road
Sydney NSW 2000

Closing date 
There are no closing dates for the Erin Thomas Fund, applications are accepted year round.


Previous Recipients

2014 Recipients
Amy Bell,  Daintree Rainforest, North Queensland
Michael Lill, Murwillumbah, NSW
Margaret Hickey, Glenrowan, NSW
Tasnim Hossain, Palmerston, ACT

Emerging playwrights Amy, Michael, Margaret and Tasnim received travel funding from the Erin Thomas Playwright Fund to attend the National Play Festival 2014 in Sydney from 12-15 June.

Eleni Conomos-Hoare, QLD
Dot West, WA
Melody Dia, WA
Mari Lourey, WA

Eleni, Dot, Melody, Mari received travel funding to attend the AWG Day of the Playwright in Perth on 22 November 2014.

2015 Recipients
Caitlin Richardson, West Hobart, TAS

Emerging playwright Caitlin Richardson received funding to travel to Sydney to see her  monologue ‘Night Shift’ performed at ATYP’s Between Us: The Voices Project 2015, and to meet with local theatre companies.


About Erin Thomas

Born and raised in Tamworth, NSW, Erin Thomas studied theatre at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean and screenwriting at RMIT. Erin jointly won third prize in the ICI Australia and Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights’ award.  Her play’ 5 Ways’was winner of the Griffin Searchlight prize in 2005 and she received a Cultural Development Grant for the city of Port Philip to create a children’s play, ‘From Russia with Love’. Her writing has been performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and she worked at ABC Television, AFTRS, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, the Barbican, Tate Modern and Edinburgh’s Underbelly, and also mentored, and produced the works of others while pursuing her own career.



Donate to the Erin Thomas Playwright Fund

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund has been made possible through the generosity of the Thomas family and some of Erin’s closest friends. Playwriting Australia gratefully acknowledges this support, without which we would not be able to offer this unique opportunity to playwrights.

Tax deductible donations can be made to the Fund through Playwriting Australia’s secure giving portal here or contact us for more information on donating.


The Thomas Family
Augusta Supple
Bridget Bantick
Catherine Hill
Chris Williams
Fenella Kernebone
Frances Cook
Jackie Hartley
James Beach
James Doumani
Judith Salonga
Kate Bookallil
Lynne Beach
Marika Aubrey
Patricia Anne Clegg
Ryan Tate
Stephanie and Matthew McCann
Susan Daly
Tom Ballard
Zan Rowe



More info
Read more advice about applying to Playwriting Australia
Head to the PWA Blog to read more about Michael’s experiences at the Play Festival.
If you have any questions about applying or donating to the Fund please contact us.

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