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National Theatre of Parramatta x APT Playwright Development Lab

NToP and APT are partnering to present a Playwright Development Lab* for early career Western Sydney Playwrights or writers interested in moving in to theatre. NToP are particularly encouraging of playwrights or writers who have had no contact with NToP.

* The Playwright Development Lab is intended to be held in Parramatta. If government health orders in force at the time alter this, the Lab will continue in a digital/remote format.

Over a 9 week period of 2 hours commitment per week, the selected playwrights will be guided by a leading new writing mentor to move from idea to story outline. Fostering a peer network, the selected playwrights will also contribute feedback to other playwrights’ work, and have the opportunity to connect with guest industry playwrights and creatives.  By the end of the development lab, playwrights will have the opportunity to pitch their work to NToP staff for further development or production consideration and the opportunity to be considered for digital publishing by APT.

We are seeking expressions of interest for this opportunity from:

  • Western Sydney-resident writers only;
  • Project ideas that are compelling, bold and connected;
  • Work that may appeal to NToP or extend NToP’s current focus;
  • Writers with stories to tell;
  • Priority will be given to under-represented and systemically excluded playwrights.


Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) is creating and presenting transformative and inspirational professional theatre experiences that reflect the world around us and the diversity that is contemporary Australia.

Hence our tagline, Putting the Nation on Stage.

As an arm of Riverside Theatres, NTofP commissions, creates, produces, presents and tours work. We are equally committed to capacity building and nurturing talent by providing opportunities for theatre practitioners both on and off stage to develop their craft. We are creating communities, access, visibility and infrastructure that supports and builds capacity for performance in our region and beyond.

Our location and leadership makes us a natural hub for inclusivity. We have an important leadership role to play in the sector.

Producing theatre that resonates with our audiences is the core of our work.


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.    
Australian Plays Transform vision is a world made more just, curious and enjoyable by Australian plays.


The assessment panel for submissions include representatives from NToP, APT and an external assessor.

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 NToP will not be in a position to provide individual feedback on project EOIs. All decisions are final.

We’re looking forward to your submission!

Program Dates: March – June, 2022 (specific workshop dates will be communicated to selected participants)

Open to: Western Sydney, NSW applicants only

Submissions Open: 1 November 2021

Submissions Close: 30 November 2021

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

APT has adopted a new Covid-19 Safe Work Policy.

The policy requires that all staff, artists, production personnel, contractors and visitors to APT work sites be fully vaccinated against Covid-19; adhere to public health orders in force in any given jurisdiction at the time of attendance; and where required, use relevant check-in apps for on-site attendance.

Evidence of immunisation against Covid-19 will need to be cited by APT staff before work or visiting commences. Evidence of a valid written medical exemption will be required for unvaccinated individuals. If this evidence is not provided, a person will not be permitted to enter or remain on work sites for the purposes of performing work or visiting.   Work sites include the company offices, workshop spaces, rehearsal rooms, meeting locations and partner organisations’ premises.

Evidence of vaccination can be provided in a variety of formats including for example a letter from a medical practitioner, a certificate of immunisation or an immunisation history statement obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register. The citing of evidence of vaccination will be requested at the time of contracting or engagement.

APT’s COVID Safe Work Policy takes into consideration the relevant State Government Public Health Orders and is subject to ongoing risk assessment and change.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.