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APT seeks new voices for new times, develops plays that change the national story, links them to production, publishes them, promotes them, and licenses them for future productions here and around the world.

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Australian Plays Transform (APT) is now accepting EOIs from creatives who are interested in sharing their playwrighting, dramaturgical, and theatrical expertise to support the formation of our program cohorts. Read on for more info about Reading/Assessing with us. 


About APT

APT is Australia’s national play development and publication organisation. It hosts the world’s largest online showcase and searchable database of the best Australian playwriting. APT develops, promotes, and publishes plays. We look for new voices for new times and connect them with production opportunities and promote them here and around the world. 


Reading/Assessing with APT

APT runs various programs throughout the year, and the participants in these programs are chosen by different selection panels. Each panel we assemble represents the professional and lived experience of our industry and contemporary Australia.

All Readers/Assessors are paid for their time and expertise. The amount of time required can differ depending on the project or program - Readers/Assessors are contacted before the start of the project and provided with additional information about payment and time commitment. 

The process involves reading submissions/scripts, making notes via an assessment form (we use this submissions platform, Submittable, for all program applications) and meeting (often over Zoom) with the other panel members and APT staff to make decisions.

Please note: This form registers your interest in becoming part of APT's database of Readers/Assessors; submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee that you will be engaged as a Reader/Assessor. 


Completing this Form

The form takes an estimated 15-30 minutes to complete. Expressions of Interest are being accepted in text, audio, and video formats. 

If you have questions about this form or require assistance completing it, please contact and we will get back to you within two or three business days.

About the Program

Australian Plays Transform in partnership with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Moogahlin Performing Arts and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company invite Australian First Nations playwrights from around Australia to submit an Expression-of-Interest to participate in a residential writing retreat and development program.

All EOIs are evaluated by Australian First Nations theatre industry practitioners. 

The Retreat is playwright-led in that:

  • Playwrights nominate the dramaturgs they'd like to work with
  • Playwrights are consulted on what skills they'd like to develop and how they best work and this is accommodated
  • Playwrights are consulted on the next steps of the development of their work and have input into development structure and outcomes.
  • APT will work with playwrights, where requested, to forge pathways for their play toward further development and or production opportunities.

Digital publication, distribution and licensing of the plays developed is also offered to the participating playwrights through APT’s Blakstage collection:

We welcome EOI submissions from Australian First Nations early, mid, and established career playwrights. We also welcome EOI submissions from Australian First Nations writers in other genres with some playwriting experience.  

To touch base with a human about this Program, please contact APT's Senior Producer, Rachel Chant: She will get back to you within 2-3 business days.  

About the Retreat

The Retreat will be held at Bundanon, NSW (Dharawal and Dhurga land) from 14 - 24 Oct 2024.

The Retreat is an opportunity for First Nations playwrights to spend focused time on the development of a new play or plays.

Whilst the Retreat structure and rhythm is determined by the participating playwrights, playwrights will have access to story and dramaturgical support through an on-site dramaturg.

A First Nations producer will be in attendance, and will work with the playwrights and companies to produce the Retreat.  

Bundanon accessibility: There are wheelchair accessible rooms at Bundanon. If you would like more information about these rooms, or to discuss your access needs, please contact us. There is also an opportunity to outline your access needs (including any carer needs) within the application.

Other Important Information

  • Playwrights will be paid a fee of $2,520 for their participation on the Retreat. 
  • Retreat accommodation, travel, and food will be provided for by APT. This includes travel to Sydney for playwrights based outside of Sydney.
  • Up to six (6) playwrights will be selected to attend the Retreat.
  • After the Retreat there are resources to support further development of the plays, including workshopping opportunities with creatives and ongoing dramaturgical support in November and December 2024.

Completing this Form

The application takes an estimated 30-60 minutes to complete. 

If you have questions about this form or would like any assistance completing it, please contact APT's Senior Producer, Rachel Chant: She will get back to you within 2-3 business days. 

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