We encourage all playwrights (whether you are a Playmarket client or not) to pass any contracts by Playmarket or the Writers' Guild to ensure that they are as sound as possible and that you fully understand all the implications. The definition of 'producer' is a moveable feast, and we can help to ensure that everyone is clear on what is expected of a playwright/producer partnership.
Group Devised Work: The Rights of Co-Writers, Devisers, Co-Creators, Actor/Writers, etc. This free resource is available from The Play Press and contains some suggestions for ways to avoid disputes and resentment when working collaboratively, and includes some simple draft contracts to aid discussion and negotiation. Order either in PDF or hard copy from The Play Press.
Check out the Creative New Zealand website and in particular the Funding Guide.
Consider applying for CNZ funds to write, or workshop, or produce your play.
Check out what funding has been given in previous grants and get in touch with an advisor in your area - all the contacts are there - if you have queries.
Also check out free-to-use Ministry of Culture and Heritage Cultural Funding Database. Their goal is "to help artists and arts organisations search for potential sources of funding for their projects".
Check out your local City Council and see if you are eligible for any of their cultural grants.
Visit the BATS site and check out Put a Show On. This will give you all the advice you need. BATS are committed to helping all practitioners to overcome the obstacles and get their work produced.
Check out their 2015 info pack here. It has everything you need to know about staging a show at The Basement.
Find out more about Circa's programming process here
AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY
Find out about ATC's Literary programme here
Information about writing for Radio NZ here
If you are a playwright looking for a producer, let us know and we may be able to make some suggestions.
We are always on the lookout for producers who are happy to work with motivated, proactive playwrights who want to be actively involved in their premiere productions, or who are excited by the idea of working within a collective philosophy. Please let us know if you think this might be you, or if you know anyone who fits this definition, and we may be able to initiate some creative partnerships.
We offer free e-copies of manuscripts to producers looking for a work to stage.
Check out the websites of theatres and companies, here and overseas, that you think might like your play, and see if they welcome unsolicited submissions. If they do, check their conditions - whether they accept emailed copies or not, for instance, and whether you are eligible for competitions or other perks. If you would like assistance with this contact us.
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Te Karakia by Albert Belz
Middle Age Spread by Roger Hall