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Stage One

Stage One is an initiative of the Theatre Arts area at Curtin University which 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.

The inaugural production for Stage One was Reg Cribb’s Broken Valley, directed by Emily McLean at the Subiaco Arts Centre in 2011.

Expressions of interest

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Western Australian playwrights interested in Stage One 2019, to be produced in  December 2019.

It could be a new project or a play you’ve already written that has yet to be produced.

Deadline: Friday May 31 2019 (close of business)


“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