Opportunities

Playmarket's annual Asian Ink development programme looks for the best new and original work by New Zealand Asian writers.

The programme offers a development workshop with a professional script advisor, and actors dedicated to helping develop the play.

Plays selected for development for Asian Ink include Orientation by Chye-Ling Huang, MoodPorn by Matthew Loveranes, Let's Save the Universe by Benjamin Teh, A Moment or Two by Arun Subramanian, and Flesh Off the Boat and Scenes from a Yellow Peril by Nathan Joe.

Submissions can only be entered into this programme once and you may enter a maximum of three scripts. Plays entered under this programme may have been previously produced but may not be currently receiving other development assistance.

The judges' decisions are final.

Submit here.

Submissions close 1 June 2022.

PLAYMARKET RETREAT

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

It is just time to write. 

The retreat is held at the beautiful Strathean in Ōtaki (just north of Wellington), and meals and accommodation are provided at no charge to you. If travel to the retreat is an issue, we may be able to help with costs or arranging lifts. The meals will be prepared (to your dietary requirements) from local produce, and you will have your own room.

Due to Covid restrictions the Retreat will not run in 2022.

Email here for more information.

Playmarket's annual Brown Ink development programme looks for the best new and original work by Māori and Pasifika writers.

The programme offers two plays a development workshop with a professional script advisor, and actors dedicated to helping develop the play.

Plays selected for development for Brown Ink that have gone to professional productions include The Mooncake and the Kumara by Mei Lin Hansen, Girl on a Corner by Victor Rodger, Officer 27 by Aroha Awarau, I Ain't Mad At Cha by Turene Jones and Au Ko Tuvalu by Tavita Nielsen-Mamea.

Submissions can only be entered into this programme once and you may enter a maximum of three scripts. Plays entered under this programme may have been previously produced but may not be currently receiving other development assistance.

The judges' decisions are final.

Submit here.

Submissions have closed for 2021.

ROBERT LORD COTTAGE RESIDENCY

When co-founder of Playmarket, Robert Lord, took up a Burns Fellowship at Otago University in 1987, he bought his first home—a small cottage close to the university and the town centre of Dunedin. His tragically few years in Titan Street were happy and productive ones. Before he died, Robert put in place a plan that the cottage would become a home for other writers who choose to come to Dunedin to write, and a Trust was established to administer the plan.

Today, the cottage (three furnished rooms and a courtyard garden) is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

To date, playwrights who have lived and worked here include Gary Henderson, Renée, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar, Paul Rothwell, Rochelle Bright, and Kip Chapman.

To apply, please email here with your CV and a statement of the project you propose to work on, your preferred dates for a residency and whether you have flexibility, and why Dunedin is a suitable venue for the project

Submissions close 18 November 2022 for residencies in 2023.