AUSTRALIAN PLAYS TRANSFORM

Australian Plays Transform (APT) is Australia’s national play development, publication and licensing organisation. It hosts the world’s largest online showcase and searchable database of the best Australian playwriting.

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.

It is an engine of purposeful cultural change and inspiration, centring the voice of the playwright.

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La Boite x APT | Play Development Workshops 


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Do you have a draft play that could benefit from a workshop with actors and creatives?

Utilising the La Boite Artist Company, this program will provide 10 x 3-day workshop development opportunities for playwrights and their plays. There will be a public outcome at La Boite for 5 of the projects as part of La Boite’s Artist Development Program.

La Boite is a Brisbane based theatre company that creates powerful connections between artists and audiences through stories that entertain, move, empower, surprise and transfix.

Australian Plays Transform is the national new play development, publication and licensing organisation and believe in First Nations First, Story, Belonging, Playfulness and Partnering.

We are seeking expressions-of-interest from playwrights across Australia, for a creative development at La Boite in Brisbane, QLD*.

*Travel will be in accordance with Government Health Directives in force at the time of the workshop.

Development workshops will occur between February – June 2022. Specific workshop dates will be negotiated with selected playwrights and the availability of the La Boite Artist Company and Creatives.

Five of the projects will have the opportunity to be selected for La Boite’s Play Festival in 2022, with a public reading.

APT will contract and fund the engagement of the playwrights selected, including accommodation, ground and air travel, a per diem and fee for the workshop. Participating playwrights will agree to La Boite’s consideration of the play for further development and production opportunities, and a first right of refusal for digital publication by APT.

The workshops are an opportunity for playwrights from across the country* to have work developed in a workshop setting, with access to actors, and other creatives. It is also the opportunity to connect with La Boite - one of Australia’s most respected and loved producing and presenting companies - and for a pathway to publication through APT, as well as a showing outcome.

* If health advice and directives are updated at the time of a scheduled workshop, the workshop may pivot to be online/remote.

We welcome expressions-of-interest from playwrights from around Australia, and welcome submissions from under-represented and systemically excluded playwrights.

The program welcomes playwrights working across various genres intended for a wide range of audiences.

Please take your time to also consider the members of the La Boite Artist Company and Creatives https://laboite.com.au/programs/Artist-Company and determine if they may be a good fit for your work in a workshop setting. Not all Artist Company members will be available for all developments. Timing and personnel will be discussed if selected.

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

You must have a work currently in progress. While the work need not be entirely complete, your draft (even if partial) should have sufficient bulk, for a 3-day workshop to be of significant benefit.

The assessment panel for submissions includes representatives from La Boite Theatre, Australian Plays Transform and external assessors.

To touch base with a human about this program, please contact transform@apt.org.au 


We're ​undertaking a risk assessment in relation to Covid-19 health and safety alongside vaccination status for our 2022 program of activity. We’re doing this independently and along with our partners in alignment with government health orders and advice, peer and peak industry bodies, and, any developing legislation. Once completed, we’ll share the company’s position with applicants and partners as to any requirements and/or conditions for delivery and participation in Program 2022.

Duologue 


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Duologue supports collaborative relationships and new work development for playwrights over a six-month period. The program is open to and prioritises mid-career and established playwrights. Playwrights work with a collaborator, and APT provides support for face-to-face (or remote) direct working time, with both playwright and collaborator paid for three hours, each and every month, for 6 months, from January through to June, 2022. The structure is self-determined, and focus can be on a single play or multiple works at any stage of development. Up to 6 duos will be chosen by a panel of three external assessors. At the time of application by the playwright, the collaborative peer must be named. APT welcomes submissions from a variety of playwrights that represent the make-up of contemporary Australia.


Open to: National applicants, priority focus on mid-career and established playwrights.


To touch base with a human about this Program, please contact michelle@apt.org.au



We're ​undertaking a risk assessment in relation to Covid-19 health and safety alongside vaccination status for our 2022 program of activity. We’re doing this independently and along with our partners in alignment with government health orders and advice, peer and peak industry bodies, and, any developing legislation. Once completed, we’ll share the company’s position with applicants and partners as to any requirements and/or conditions for delivery and participation in Program 2022.

First Nations & APT | Retreat & Development Support 


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

The First Nations Retreat & Development Support is a 6-step project aimed at seeding, developing, connecting, publishing and distributing plays by First Nations playwrights.

The Retreat will be held in regional NSW* from 15-23 February 2022.

*Travel will be in accordance with Government Health Directives in force at the time of the Retreat.

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

Up to 7 playwrights will be selected to attend the Retreat.  After the Retreat there are resources to support further development of up to 5 of the plays, including workshopping opportunities with actors and other creatives and ongoing dramaturgical support.

Digital publication, distribution and licensing of the plays developed is also offered to the participating playwrights through APT’s Blakstage collection: https://apt.org.au/blakstage

Playwrights will be paid a fee for their participation on the Retreat. Accommodation, travel, and food will be provided for by APT.

APT will work with playwrights, where requested, to forge pathways for their play toward further development and or production opportunities.

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

This program is a playwright-led program and will be led and all EOIs evaluated by First Nations theatre industry practitioners.


To touch base with a human about this Program, please contact hayley@apt.org.au 



We're ​undertaking a risk assessment in relation to Covid-19 health and safety alongside vaccination status for our 2022 program of activity. We’re doing this independently and along with our partners in alignment with government health orders and advice, peer and peak industry bodies, and, any developing legislation. Once completed, we’ll share the company’s position with applicants and partners as to any requirements and/or conditions for delivery and participation in Program 2022.

Pride Foundation Australia x APT | Commission and Development Program 


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Pride Foundation Australia and Australian Plays Transform are partnering to commission a playwright to write a new play over a 12-month period.

PFA and APT will work closely with the selected playwright; entering into a commission agreement, facilitating the development of the commissioned play, entering into a further agreement to digitally publish the play, and finally, working to broker a placement of the completed commission with a presenting / producing organisation.

Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) is a national philanthropic foundation specifically focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTQIA+) community issues in Australia.

Pride Foundation Australia has a dedicated focus on advancing equity for the most disadvantaged LGBTQIA+ Australians, including advocating for systemic change and supporting LGBTQIA+ creative arts.

Australian Plays Transform (APT) is Australia’s national play development, publication and licensing organisation. It hosts the world’s largest online showcase and searchable database of the best Australian playwriting.

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.

PFA and APT welcome expressions-of-interest from LGBTQIA+ mid-career playwrights living in Australia, and welcome submissions from under-represented playwrights within the LGBTQIA+ communities.

PFA and APT define ‘mid-career’ playwrights as those that have had three (3) or more mounted productions in professional presenting/producing organisations, or with professionally intentioned independent presenting/producing organisations. We also welcome submissions from writers with a body of work in other formats, who also have a minimum one (1) professional or professionally intentioned production credit in theatre.

PFA and APT welcome submissions that are bold in form, that expand the narratives of under-represented LGBTQIA+ communities and that are theatrical play texts. We welcome and encourage submissions from LGBTQIA+ community members with other marginalised intersections, such as multi-cultural, multi-faith, Indigenous, disability and gender diversity. Whilst we welcome any genre or narrative focus, we are not seeking works that could be defined as cabaret, as we are seeking to support a work with narrative form and arc as its foundation. We also strongly encourage submissions that are broad in theme but engage with LGBTQIA+ representations and perspectives.

PFA welcomes submissions from under-represented and less amplified stories from the community.

As this is a commission for a new work, we will not accept work that is already in development or placed with partners. We will accept one (1) submission per playwright. We will accept submissions for co-authored plays, although the cost of the commission will remain at the standard of $16,000. If a co-authored submission, one (1) playwright must meet the mid-career and LGBTQIA+ requirements.

Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.

The assessment panel for submissions include representatives from PFA, APT and external assessors.

All submissions will be acknowledged via email, and all submissions will be notified of the outcome at the conclusion of the evaluation process. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, APT and PFA will not be in a position to provide individual feedback on project EOIs.

To touch base with a human about this Program, please contact transform@apt.org.au



We're ​undertaking a risk assessment in relation to Covid-19 health and safety alongside vaccination status for our 2022 program of activity. We’re doing this independently and along with our partners in alignment with government health orders and advice, peer and peak industry bodies, and, any developing legislation. Once completed, we’ll share the company’s position with applicants and partners as to any requirements and/or conditions for delivery and participation in Program 2022.

Australian Plays Transform