After spending seven weeks in regional NSW developing the writing skills of young people, Outback Theatre for Young People is offering a play writing commission to a successful young playwright. It is open to ages 16-26 and submissions close on Wednesday 23rd April 2014.
Outback Theatre for Young People is offering a $10,000 playwriting commission and mentorship for a young regional playwright to create a work (50 Minutes to and hour, one act) that brings regional voices and stories to the stage.
The EMERGE Commission will nurture an emerging Playwright’s professional growth through a mentoring process in 2014, resulting in a play that shares an authentic regional voice and the potential for it to be staged as part of OTYP’s 2015 season.
You can find the application pack HERE or else read below.
We understand that developing a submission, as a new writer can be an overwhelming process. We encourage you to call and talk to us and we can help guide you through the process. Call Creative Producer Claire Harris on 0417 164 641 for further information.
NB: Please compile your submission into one document for easy distribution to our judging panel.
Please email your submission to email@example.com
We have appointed an expert panel of judges to review all submissions. If you’re shortlisted we will call on you to meet with us, and/or to provide us with more information about your proposal in order for us to make a final decision.
We may call on the shortlisted participants to join us for a one-day writing intensive to further explore the themes of your proposed work and assess writing ability.
You will be named the inaugural winner of the EMERGE: Riverina Playwright Award!
OTYP have developed a strategy so that the winner of the EMERGE commission is offered various professional development opportunities as part of the mentoring and play writing process. These include:
NB: It is an expectation that if you are awarded the commission that you will be available to partake in all of the above. OTYP will endeavour to schedule the residencies at a time suitable for the playwright.
The commission would not be possible without the support of our supporters at Arts NSW, The Australia Council and the Ian Potter Foundation.
Q: I DON'T LIVE IN THE RIVERINA, AM I ELIGIBLE?
A: We are looking to share regional stories from a Riverina perspective. If you have a connection to the area and can demonstrate that, please apply. We would love to hear your idea.
Q: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE COMMISSIONING FEE?
A: The commissioning fee will be paid in installments.
$2,000 on signing contract. $2,500 on completion of first draft. $2,500 on completion of second draft (after in-schools workshop process) $3,000 on final draft.
Q: WILL THE PLAY BE STAGED?
A: There is the potential to stage the production as part of Outback Theatre for Young People’s 2015 season. With all our programs, this will be dependent upon funding and resources.
Q: WHERE DO I SEND MY SUBMISSION?
A: Please email your submission in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than the Wednesday 23 April 2014. Any submissions after this date may not be considered.
Q: I HAVE A QUESTION, WHO DO I TALK TO?
A: You can call OTYP’s Creative Producer Claire Harris on 0417 164 641. She will be happy to answer any of your questions. Or email email@example.com