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Selection criteria

Expressions of Interest: 

Playwright-in-Residence commission ($6000 fee)

Selection for the role of Artist in Residence is undertaken by a panel of staff from the Theatre Arts major at Curtin University.

To assist in the selection the panel take into account the following:

  • The potential of the proposed play to provide opportunities for our students to develop their craft;
  • The quality of the play;
  • CV of the playwright;
  • Suitability of the play for younger actors;
  • Networking opportunities for our students;
  • Stageability of the play at the venue;
  • Potential for the playwright to be able to have the play produced at other tertiary settings in the future;
  • Playwright being Western Australian;
  • Potential for the production to promote our course.

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). If the play is completed, the application should include a copy of the full play.

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

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