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Curtin University
Hayman Theatre

Stage One

Performance Studies

Expressions of Interest: Playwright-in-Residence commission ($6000 fee)

STAGE ONE is an initiative of the Theatre Arts area at Curtin University. Now in its sixth year, STAGE ONE offers a Western Australian playwright the opportunity to write and premiere a new play and provides our undergraduate acting and technical students with the experience of working with a professional playwright on a new work.

We are currently seeking a 1-page Expression of Interest from Western Australian playwrights interested in STAGE ONE 2017, to be produced in the Studio at the Blue Room Theatre (4 - 9 December). It could be a new project or a play you’ve already written that has yet to be produced.

Your Expression of Interest should include:

  • A description of the ideas your play will explore
  • A description of your writing process (i.e. how you best like to work with actors and a director on a new work)
  • Any initial thoughts about casting and/or staging.
  • Your application should also include:

  • A 1-page CV of previous theatre/writing experience
  • A 5-page writing sample (either a past play or the play you’re proposing).
  • Criteria:

  • Playwright should be a resident of Western Australia for at least the past 12 months or be a graduate of Curtin’s Theatre Arts programme, and have previously had at least one professional production of their work;
  • Play should not have had a previous production (This does not include a reading or work-in-progress showing);
  • Plays that demonstrate consideration of the suitability of the roles to a predominately young cast are highly encouraged;
  • Play should be a playwright-driven script rather than a collaboratively devised project.
  • Download the full selction criteria.

    Please note that we are unable to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.

    Testimonials from previous STAGE ONE playwrights:

    “The opportunity to collaborate on a play with the students at the Hayman Theatre is a goldmine. They brought an energetic and courageous rigour and vigour to the developmental altar, with an enthusiasm and work ethic beyond their years. To date, this experience has been one of the most fulfilling of my short playwriting career and comes highly recommended to other writers yearning for a wholly collaborative and zealous venture" (Steven McCall, Teeth 2 Tail, directed by Mark Storen, 2014).

    “As a veteran of theatre in WA, I have had a career dotted with numerous abundant experiences, and I will ever look back on this project as being one of the most fulfilling” (Hellie Turner, Mad Fred, directed by Adam Mitchell, 2013).

    “Working with students from the Curtin program renewed my faith in theatre again. I could not have imagined my play Broken Valley being brought to life with such energy, courage and commitment” (Reg Cribb, Broken Valley, directed by Emily McLean, 2012).