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Now in its fourth year, our highly successful dramaturgy training program is expanding to support mid-career dramaturgs and theatre artists.

In 2015, Playwriting Australia continues its partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company and their Literary Director Chris Mead to offer advanced mentoring in script assessment, playwright feedback, creative development and programming.

The Dramaturgy Mentorships will provide up to 8 mid-career artists based in Melbourne with the chance to develop their existing dramaturgical skills, alongside a network of industry peers in a supportive and rewarding environment. As a result of the six-month mentoring program, at least one mentee will be offered a paid opportunity to work as a dramaturg on a new play development with Playwriting Australia.

Over a six-month period, the Dramaturgy Mentees will:

Access advanced training and mentoring by artistic staff at Playwriting Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company and other industry professionals;

Develop practical skills in script assessment through Playwriting Australia’s script submission processes and MTC’s artistic programming;

Explore a wide variety of dramaturgical processes, including feedback to writers and production dramaturgy, examining useful ways to help a writer advance their work;

Exchange with some of Australia’s leading playwrights and theatre makers during our guest masterclass series;

Learn about the day-to-day running of a busy literary office;

Take part in the selection panel for Playwriting Australia’s new play development opportunities, including the National Script Workshop;

Observe script workshops and rehearsal processes, as well as attend theatre productions offered by industry partners.


General information

Internships commence: May 2015
Internships finish: October 2015
Time commitment: Group meetings: 1 half day per fortnight / Script reading equivalent to 1 day per week
Remuneration: This is an unpaid opportunity
Training sessions: Thursday 7 May, 3-6pm & Thursday 21 May, 3-6pm
Location: Melbourne Theatre Company, 252 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Who are we looking for?

We are inviting applications from Melbourne-based theatre artists with a minimum of five years’ experience in making new works whether in the professional, independent or fringe sectors, and/or conducting tertiary research in dramaturgy or a similar field. Applications are also open to artists from other theatre making backgrounds wishing to enhance their new writing practice.

This mentoring program is ideal for playwrights, directors or dramaturgs and other theatre artists looking for a skill development opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of script development processes with a view to working as a professional dramaturg on new Australian plays in the future.

Playwriting Australia and Melbourne Theatre Company are committed to engaging with a diverse range of artists and encourage application by artists from all cultural backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and those with a disability.



Applications closing date
Tuesday 7 April, 5pm

Please ensure you download and read the full guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, mentorship tasks and responsibilities.

Application Guidelines

The below information will be requested to complete your online application:

  1. A current CV/Resume
  2. A covering letter and supporting statement addressing the following  selection criteria (2 pages max)

2.1   Your reasons for wanting to undertake this mentorship and the potential for the mentorship to contribute to your professional development.

2.2   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.

2.3   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?


Please submit your application online by Tuesday 7 April, 5pm (late applications won’t be accepted).


Further information

If you have any questions about your application, please contact:

Felicity Pickering
Administration Officer, Playwriting Australia
PH | 02 8274 0900
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Past Recipients
Meet our 2014 Dramaturgy Interns:

Program partner

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The Dramaturgy Mentorships are generously supported by the SBW Foundation through the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.



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