Playwriting Australia is the national new play development organisation.

We welcome citizens or permanent residents of Australia, of all levels of experience and backgrounds, to submit to our programs.

Please read the guidelines for each open program before submitting by clicking on 'More' below. Visit our website (click our logo above) for full details of our programs.

This year, Playwriting Australia is partnering with the Royal Exchange in Manchester, to host a live streamed Masterclass, with Joanna Murray-Smith.

Described by U.S. variety, as “Australia’s foremost female playwright”Joanna Murray-Smith’s plays have been produced all over the world. Her plays include American Song, Switzerland, Pennsylvania Avenue, Fury, True Minds, Songs for Nobodies, Day One – A Hotel – Evening, The Gift, Rockabye, The Female of the Species, Ninety, Bombshells, Rapture, Nightfall, Redemption, Flame, Love Child, Atlanta, Honour and Angry Young Penguins. She has also adapted Hedda Gabler for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage for Sir Trevor Nunn in London.

The masterclass will take place of the 4th of May. All applicants must be; in Melbourne and available from 8am-12.30pm EST on that day. This process will involve sharing your work (created during the masterclass, not previously) with those in the room, and those watching the live stream.

Playwright Australia are calling for emerging playwrights, who would like to be participants in this streamed masterclass. It is a remarkable, and rare opportunity to improve your writing craft, with one of the Australian greats. Submissions will close on the 7th of April. 

Ends on April 7, 2017
 Playwriting Australia aims to provide playwrights at all levels of their careers with time, space and creative guidance to explore and refine their work. Duologue is a new program, which will champion midcareer and established writers, the most overlooked sector of the playwriting community. Creative collaboration with dramaturgs, or other artists, is crucial to a successful process.

Duologue is a program which is designed to encourage and facilitate successful creative partnerships, for the development of new work. We are inviting playwrights to apply for a year-long creative partnership with a dramaturg or creative artist of their choosing. It might be an artist you have a long-standing relationship with, it might be someone you’re keen to start working with. The partnerships will be able to design, with PWA, the way they would like to work over this year-long development. You may choose to focus on one particular play, you may want to develop a number of projects. You may want to work with one of PWA’s resident artists, you may want to work with someone external to PWA.

 Both writer and dramaturg will be paid for their contact time, by PWA for this process. Dramaturgs will also be paid for their preparation.

All works developed through Duolouge will be eligible for selection for the 2018 National Play Festival.
Applications close by 7 April 2017. Individuals may only submit one EOI per round.

Please make sure you contact us, if you have submitted your project to another program, or you are hoping to do so in the future. If you any other questions regarding this program, or you application, please contact Tim Roseman, our Artistic Director, on 02 8274 0900. Our hope is to finalise the selection process by the end of April 2017.