Playwrights Lab

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Presented in collaboration with Black Swan State Theatre Company, CAAP’s Playwrights Lab is coming to Whadjuk Boodjar this August. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Asian Australian emerging playwrights, writers interested in playwriting and theatre makers based in Western Australia to join this program. This year's initiative is led by CAAP Artistic Director, Tessa Leong, alongside Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Kate Champion and Literary Director Chris Isaacs. The day-long program will include opportunities for participants to connect with industry leaders and a masterclass with an established playwright, offering insights into the commissioning and programming cycle at Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Looking to break in or sharpen your craft? Whether it's a short piece or a full-blown masterpiece in the making, this could be the place for you. 

An honorarium will be paid to each of the successful participants.

EOIS ARE NOW OPEN! 

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Asian Australian emerging playwrights, writers interested in playwriting and theatremakers based in Whadjuk Boodjar to join this program.The day-long program will include opportunities for participants to connect with industry leaders and a masterclass with an established playwright, offering insights into the commissioning and programming cycle at Black Swan.

 Who is Eligible

  • Asian Australian playwrights or aspiring playwrights of any age who have either written a short or full length play, or have an idea for a new work. It does not need to have been performed.
  • Writers must live and work in WA at the time of application.

Not from WA? Watch this space for more announcements to come. 

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Applications will be assessed by the team at CAAP and Black Swan. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Any questions about the application process or access needs, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Acknowledgments

Presented in partnership with Black Swan Theatre Company, generously supported by Constellation Creatives Foundation.

CAAP is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Playwrights Lab demonstrates CAAP's ongoing commitment to Asian Australian Playwrights and creating pathways to Australian mainstage theatres.

Delivered in collaboration with La Boite Theatre, a leader in new Australian work, this day-long program convenes playwrights with artistic leaders, industry experts and established writers. Through facilitated discussion, practical workshops and peer to peer introductions, participants will gain invaluable insights into the programming and commissioning processes, all while forging connections and refining their craft.

At the core of Playwrights Lab is CAAP’s mission to address the underrepresentation of Asian Australian voices on stages. CAAP’s previous playwriting program LOTUS, delivered with Playwriting Australia (now Australian Plays Transform) supported over 70 writers, leaving an indelible mark on the national cultural landscape. 

This year's initiative is led by CAAP Artistic Director, Tessa Leong, and La Boite’s CEO and Artistic Director, Courtney Stewart. The day-long program will include opportunities for participants to connect with industry leaders and a masterclass with an established playwright, offering insights into the commissioning and programming cycle at La Boite.

Who is Eligible

• Early to mid-career Asian Australian playwrights of any age who have written a short or full length play. It does not need to have been performed.
• Writers must live and work in QLD at the time of application.

Not from QLD? Watch this space for more announcements to come. 

How to Apply

Applications for Playwrights Lab, Meanjin have now closed. 

Unfortunately we are not able to offer individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

Any questions about the application process or access needs, please contact
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Acknowledgments 

Playwrights Lab x Meanjin is presented partnership with La Boite Theatre Brisbane, generously supported by Constellation Creatives Foundation.

CAAP is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.