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Welcome to Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and pays respects to the elders past, present and future.

We acknowledge their living culture and the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island stories within the playwriting community to strengthen and enrich the heritage of all Australians.

Playwriting Australia seeks, develops and champions new Australian stories for the stage.

Playwriting Australia is the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists from all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers.

We connect talent with opportunity to extend the art of playwriting. We advocate for positive change on behalf of artists, industry and audiences.

We offer playwrights, or those who want to start writing plays, investment in the creative development of their new work, as well as the opportunity to participate in one of our professional development opportunities.

For theatre companies and producers we can help find and commission playwrights, support the creative development of a new play project, as well as assist in selecting the right dramaturg to better develop a new project.

Each year, we receive and assess around 300 script submissions to our programmes, we support the development and promotion of up to 30 new Australian plays, employ more than 120 artists and reach audiences of over 1,500 with public performances, playwriting workshops and masterclasses.

Some of Australia’s best new plays and finest playwrights have come through our programs.

Visit the playography to discover the plays we’ve supported
Explore our programs to find out how you can be involved

Support us today and help us bring new plays to life.
More info
Explore the 2016 Program Brochure online


Our supporters

Playwriting Australia is funded triennially as a Key Organisation by the Australia Council for the Arts, and receives triennial, annual and project funding from a range of state government and philanthropic foundations.









Max Afford Playwrights’ Award


National Script Workshops 2016



Outreach: Lotus Asian-Australian Playwriting Project





See list of theatre partners here


Outreach: Indigenous Playwrights Retreat
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See full list here