Playwriting Australia has released their 2016 program online for aspiring playwriters as well as those who are interested in playwriting.
For WA playwrighters, these details may be of interest to you.
New Play Development
In the second half of 2016, Playwriting Australia will be launching a new expanded program for WA Playwrights. Development opportunities are also offered to playwrights of Indigenous or diverse cultural backgrounds nominated by theatre companies and/or producers. For more information about this program, please refer to this link.
Indigenous Playwrights Retreat
After a successful pilot in 2015, PWA will continute this new program to bolster Indigenous playwriting in Australia, supporting a group of outstanding First Nations writers. A week‐long creative residency will focus on writing, sharing work and creating a community for exploring ideas, taking risks, mentoring and collaborating.
The program will be self‐facilitated by the playwrights themselves around a framework developed by PWA.
Selected playwrights will be provided with:
- Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate;
- Return travel from their normal place of residence;
- A separate room in shared accommodation;
- Daily meals.
Submit expressions of interest by 24 April 2016.
The retreat date is October 2016 and the venus is TBC.
For more information about this retreat, refer to this page.
National Travel Grants
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.
The applications for this are opened year-round. If you are interested in this or want to see if you are eligible to apply, please refer to this link.
If you would like to read the entire document about the 2016 Playwriting Australia program, you can via this link.
If you want to browse the PWA website, you can here.