Opportunities

PLAYWRIGHT'S OASIS WITH PAUL KALBURGI

A one-day workshop for playwrights to rediscover, refresh, and recharge.

Working with playwright, and screenwriter, Paul Kalburgi (author of The Writer's Toolkit), this one-day workshop for experienced playwrights offers an exciting opportunity to develop your craft and sharpen the tools in your writing toolkit. The workshop will incorporate a writer's wellness check-in, offering tips and ideas for maintaining a healthy writing practice and staying in the game.

This workshop is designed to inspire and empower playwrights through a mix of practical exercises and group discussions. Here's what participants can expect...

Workshop overview:

  • A scene surgery, in which we'll fine-tune scenes to define characters, raise the stakes, and increase dramatic potential.
  • A challenge to go beyond the everyday, exploring the greater and more expressive possibilities of theatre through the exploration of shape and form.
  • A discussion of the dramatic structure at play in the current draft of our plays, considering how alternate structures might elevate our writing and inspire new possibilities.
  • An exploration of our unique voices as writers - how we define them, and how they translate onto the page and stage.
  • Tips for utilising often forgotten tools and secret weapons in our writer's toolkit to elevate our writing.
  • A discussion and sharing of proactive tips and ideas for play development.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

  • Writers who have had previous work produced or developed.
  • Those who seek to refresh their skills and further develop their craft.

Workshop details:

9am - 5pm Saturday 09 March 2024

Playmarket office, Wellington

Cost $200

Limited to 10 participants only

Email here to register.

Download the flyer here.

WRITING RESIDENCIES AND BURSARIES:

Caselburg Trust Residency

International Institute of Modern Letters Emerging Māori Writer in Residence

International Institute of Modern Letters Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence

International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence

Karekare House Residency

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary

Michael King Writers Centre Residencies

NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship

NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award

Randell Cottage residency

Todd New Writers Bursary

University of Canterbury Ursula Bethell Residency

University of Otago Robert Burns Fellowship

University of Waikato Writer in Residence

Updated 2023

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 each year. Plays entered under this programme may have been previously produced.

The judges' decisions are final.

Submit here.

Submissions close 1 July 2024.

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 close 1 October 2024

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 have closed for residencies in 2024.