Opportunities

ASIAN INK

Playmarket and the New Zealand Writers Guild joint Asian Ink development programme is looking for NZ Asian writers with the best new, exciting and original work.

Offering the chance to workshop with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play or screenplay.

Visit here for more information.

Submissions for Asian Ink 2016 are now open.

 

BROWN INK

Playmarket and the New Zealand Writers Guild joint Brown Ink development programme is looking for Maori and Pasifika writers with the best new, exciting and original work.

Offering the chance to workshop with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play or screenplay.

Visit here for more information.

Submissions for Brown Ink 2016 are now open.

 

PLAYS FOR THE YOUNG

A competition to find strong, original and inventive writing for young people

Do you have an original and inventive play written for young people, whether you are new or experienced in writing for the young? We are seeking the best of all plays that have been written for the young and also those written by the young. 
There are three categories and a winner will be awarded in each category. Visit here for more information.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on 1 August 2016.

 

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD

Playmarket presents this award for the best new New Zealand play.

This is a competition open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident. To be eligible, plays must not have had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine). Visit here for more information.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on 1 December 2016, for consideration for the Adam NZ Play Award 2017.

 

PLAYWRIGHTS B4 25 

Change the world - write a play!  For this competition we are interested in young writers who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about anything you like that matters to you in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like. Visit here for more information.

Submissions have closed for 2016. 

 

ROBERT LORD COTTAGE RESIDENCY

Robert Lord's worker's cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

To date, playwrights who have lived and worked there include Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar, Paul Rothwell and Ralph McCubbin Howell. 

Applications are currently open for 2016 and 2017. You can find out more information here.

 

EXECUTIVE LIFE COACHING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

Set and realise your playwriting goals.

Rebecca Mason (theatre critic, dramaturg, script assessor, executive coach), the daughter of playwright Bruce Mason, offers an executive life coaching scholarship to playwrights who would benefit from setting and realising their goals. Rebecca is based in Nelson but is happy to work with playwrights remotely.

If you’re interested in recieving this coaching, please apply in writing to Murray Lynch with your C.V. and a one-page submission outlining your vision for playwriting and why you would benefit from the coaching. 

 

PLAYMARKET RETREAT

The next Retreat is scheduled for late June 2018.

The Retreat is a chance to focus on your writing in a distraction free, comfortable and inspiring environment. There will be no cooking or cleaning to do, no television or internet to distract, nothing to organise or prepare and no deadlines to meet.

It is just a time to write.

Meals and accommodation are provided at no charge to you. If travel to the retreat is an issue for you please let us know as we may be able to help, both with costs or arranging lifts.

The meals will be healthy and made from local produce and you will have your own room.

Contact Salesi Le'ota for more information. 

 

PLAYWRITING COURSES

We have some senior client playwrights offering tutoring services, both online and in person. They are happy to consider all sorts of requests - from beginners wanting a short 'how to start' course, to veterans wanting brief feedback, to screenplay writers wanting assistance to adapt their work for the stage.  

If you think you might like to explore this, contact us describing your area of interest and we will put you in touch with some appropriate tutors to discuss your needs.

 

YOUNG & HUNGRY PLAYWRIGHTS’ INITIATIVE

Do you have an original and engaging idea for a play?
Young & Hungry Arts Trust is currently accepting idea submissions for plays for their Festival of New Theatre. They are looking for fresh New Zealand voices to write plays for 15-25 year olds.
The playwrights accepted into the programme will develop their scripts throughout with the assistance of professional script advisors, a play-reading and directed workshops. This is a great opportunity for emerging writers to learn within a professional theatre environment. See their website here for more information.

Katydid by Lucy O'Brien

Tu by Hone Kouka

Well Hung by Robert Lord

The Lead Wait by Jo Randerson and Trouble

Pollyhood in Mumuland by Lauren Jackson

Sheep by Arthur Meek

Skin Tight by Gary Henderson

Daughters of Heaven by Michelanne Forster