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wa program

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

current wa programs

WA Advanced Writers Program

We are pleased to announce the WA Writers Program Participants for 2017

Tiffany Barton

Gita Bezard

Jeffery Jay Fowler

Christopher Isaacs

Joe Lui

Liz Newell

Will O’Mahony

Sally Richardson

Clare Testoni

Mararo Wangai

Please note that submissions for this program are now closed.

Playwriting Australia is pleased to invite emerged playwrights in Western Australia to participate in our Advanced Writers Group program between September 2017 and January 2018.

The program aims to strengthen and enhance the craft of WA’s most exceptional playwriting talent. Writers with at least two professional or independent production credits are invited to participate in five weekend workshops with renowned Australian playwrights. Each intensive workshop will include a take-home writing exercise to be completed after the workshop, and you will receive feedback from the facilitating playwrights.

 

Workshop 1: Andrew Bovell, Saturday 30th of September, 10am-5pm

Workshop 2: Reg Cribb, Saturday 14th of October and Sunday 15th of October, 10am-5pm

Workshop 3:  Raimondo Cortese, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of October  10am- 5pm

Workshop 4: Kate Mulvany, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of November, 10am-5pm

Workshop 5:  Jane Bodie, Saturday 9th and 10th of December, 10am-5pm

Participants who attend all five workshops and complete all tasks associated with the group will be invited to Sydney in January for four days of Masterclasses and attendance at Sydney Festival performances in the evenings. Playwriting Australia will cover your airfares and per diems and playwrights are to arrange their own accommodation for the time in Sydney.

Places in this program are extremely limited. To express your interest in this program, please register here. Playwrights are asked to submit an example of their writing which will be assessed by a panel of peers and Playwriting Australia’s artistic staff. Playwrights are also asked to outline why they’d like to participate in the program; what they consider their strengths and areas for development as a playwright, and how this program may help them.

We strongly encourage expressions of interest from playwrights of all cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities, genders and geographic locations in Australia. We are committed to supporting an Australian theatre environment that reflects our contemporary society.

 Generously supported by

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. Please note submissions 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.

past wa programs

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

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.

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