Production Advice


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. This resource Working Together: Theatre Producers, Writers and Makers may be helpful

If you're involved in a collaborative project this resource Working Together: Writing or Devising Collaboratively provides practical advice and ways to ensure that everyone's rights are protected. It's designed to help you through the process while keeping your collective friendship intact.


Check out the Creative New Zealand website. They have information on their funding programmes as well as other sources of funding.

Consider applying for Creative New Zealand funds to write, 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.






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  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. You can email here to request scripts.


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.