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wa program

Our newly released program made specifically to foster Western Australian talent.

Playwriting Australia is expanding their work in Western Australia with a range of new exciting opportunities for playwrights and dramaturgs.

View our WA Program Brochure

Assistance for WA Theatre Makers to Attend The National Play Festival in Melbourne

We are offering $880 financial assistance to four WA playwrights or dramaturgs to attend the National Play Festival at the Malthouse Theatre July 27 – 30, as well as a Festival Pass to attend all sessions.

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Application Criteria

Your application will require a current CV and a Cover Letter addressing the following selection criteria (2 pages max) in PDF or Word format.
1. Your reasons for wanting to attend the National Play Festival and the potential for your attendance to contribute to your professional development.
2. What is your current engagement in developing, rehearsing and/or presenting new writing for theatre? This might include academic study, independent, fringe, amateur or other production experience, your own writing etc.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE NOW CLOSED

Applications closing date
Monday 4 July 2016, 11pm

Dramaturgy Training Program with The Blue Room Theatre

We are partnering with The Blue Room Theatre to present a 10 session dramaturgy training program from August to February. Participants will meet every three weeks with leading dramaturg Peter Matheson and guests. Dramaturgy Trainees will read and discuss scripts, and build an understanding of the craft of dramaturgy. This program has been kindly supported by Australianplays.org.

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Training Dates:

Training will take place over these dates at the Blue Room Perth:
1. Wednesday, 10 August, 6 – 9 pm
2. Wednesday, 31 August, 6 – 9 pm
3. Wednesday 21 September, 6 – 9 pm
4. Wednesday, 12 October, 6 – 9 pm
5. Wednesday, 2 November, 6 – 9 pm
6. Wednesday, 23 November, 6 – 9 pm
7. Tuesday, 13 December, 6 – 9 pm
8. Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
9. Wednesday, 1 Febuary, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
10. Wednesday, 22 Febuary, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Applicants must be available for all dates.

Application Criteria

Your application will require a current CV and a Cover Letter addressing the following selection criteria (2 pages max) in PDF or Word format.

  1. Your reasons for wanting to undertake this training and the potential for the training to contribute to your professional development.
  2. Your experience and/or interest in developing, rehearsing and presenting new writing for theatre and your demonstrated commitment to the performing arts. This might include academic study, independent, fringe, amateur or other production experience, your own writing etc.
  3. What are the three most significant things you use to assess if a play is good or bad, or why it does or doesn’t work?

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW CLOSED

Applications closing date
Monday 11 July 2016, 5pm

Script Development Programs

We are supporting the development of plays by WA writers in the National Script Workshops, Rapid Fire and Longform programs. Playwrights and producing companies should submit via our new play development opportunities page. The deadline is 26 August for playwrights and producing companies.

Co-commissions with WAAPA

We will commission four short plays from WA resident writers with WAAPA to be directed and produced by WAAPA students in May/June 2017. Expressions of Interest are now closed.

WA Playwright in Residence: Reg Cribb

We’re delighted to announce Reg Cribb as our 2016 playwright in residence. In this role Reg will continue to write as well as participate in our artistic planning and decision making. He will also act as our artistic eyes and ears in WA, so please do invite him to showings, readings, developments and productions of new work. You can email him at reg@pwa.org.au.

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Below you can watch Reg Cribb’s message on this announcement at the launch of PWA’s 2016 WA Program at the Blue Room Theatre on 24 June 2016.

Reg’s plays include The Return and Last Cab to Darwin (both also successfully adapted for the screen by the writer). Reg also wrote the screenplay of Jimmy Chi’s Bran Nue Dae.