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Erin Thomas Playwright Fund 


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The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund commemorates playwright Erin Thomas’ optimism, her creative talent and furthers her generous contribution to the arts, by helping emerging regional writers to pursue their dreams. 

With the support of the Thomas family, the Fund can support regional playwrights either:

  • via a travel bursary to connect with the wider Australian theatre industry; or,
  • to pursue a deep creative connection over a period of time with a mentor dramaturg or development director, as the playwright develops a new play.

The maximum support per playwright seeking a travel bursary is $2,000. Support for dramaturgical mentorship provides a fee of $1,000 for the playwright and a fee of $1,000 for the mentor. The playwright/mentor fee is to cover 8 hours of contact time between the playwright and their collaborator/mentor, and any preparation time.

In this uncertain time, the Fund is being responsive to the needs of playwrights. Whilst the travel bursary is available, it will be dependent on the Playwright’s intended plans and any limitations regarding given health orders and/or travel restrictions in force at the time.

To be eligible for the fund, playwrights must:

  • Reside in a regional, remote or rural area of Australia; and,
  • Be at an early stage of their career and have had no more than two professional productions of their writing.

Funded travel costs can include airfares, accommodation, per diems or other relevant expenses. The mentoring will cover fees for both the playwright and the mentor dramaturg or development director.

Playwrights may apply to attend events and opportunities, and if you are applying for the travel bursary, you may apply for activities such as:

  • rehearsal room internships with a professional company or presenting organisation
  • a state exchange collaboration on a new work by the playwright with an interstate artist or theatre company
  • an intrastate opportunity on a new work by the playwright with an intrastate artist or theatre company
  • attendance at industry events or conferences that will benefit the writers’ professional career and/or play development

For those playwrights seeking a mentor, if selected, APT will work with you to select, contact, contract and remunerate an appropriate mentor.  If you and your mentor live in the same area, you may elect to work face-to-face, health orders permitting. If you do not, you will undertake your work together over phone, email and video-calling. You may also apply with a confirmed mentor.

Successful playwrights will be selected by a committee including Australian Plays Transform’s key staff, representatives from the Thomas family and appointed external playwright peers.

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund has been made possible through the generosity of the Thomas family and some of Erin’s closest friends and wonderful donors who believe in supporting regional and remote playwrights connecting nationwide.

“We are proud the Erin Thomas Playwriting Fund has continued to evolve and support emerging regional writers over the past 9 years and reflect the creativity and generosity of our beautiful Erin.” The Thomas Family

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

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