Australian Plays Transform

Australian First Nations Retreat and Development Support – EOIs NOW OPEN


Australian Plays Transform in partnership with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Moogahlin Performing Arts and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company invite Australian First Nations playwrights from around Australia to submit an Expression-of-Interest, to participate in a residential writing Retreat and development program.

All EOIs are evaluated by Australian First Nations theatre industry practitioners. 

The Retreat is playwright-led in that:

  • Playwrights nominate the dramaturgs they’d like to work with
  • Playwrights are consulted on what skills they’d like to develop and how they best work and this is accommodated
  • Playwrights are consulted on the next steps of the development of their work and have input into development structure and outcomes.
  • APT will work with playwrights, where requested, to forge pathways for their play toward further development and or production opportunities.

Digital publication, distribution and licensing of the plays developed is also offered to the participating playwrights through APT’s Blakstage collection:

We welcome EOI submissions from Australian First Nations early, mid, and established career playwrights. We also welcome EOI submissions from Australian First Nations writers in other genres with some playwriting experience.  

To touch base with a human about this Program, please contact


The Retreat will be held at Bundanon, NSW from 1 – 10 Sept 2023.

The Retreat is an opportunity for First Nations playwrights to spend focused time on the development of a new play or plays. Whilst the Retreat structure and rhythm is determined by the participating playwrights, playwrights will have access to story and dramaturgical support through an on-site dramaturg. A First Nations producer will be in attendance, and work with the playwrights and companies to produce the Retreat.


  • Playwrights will be paid a fee for their participation on the Retreat. Accommodation, travel, and food will be provided for by APT. 
  • Up to 7 playwrights will be selected to attend the Retreat.
  • After the Retreat there are resources to support further development of up to 5 of the plays, including workshopping opportunities with actors and other creatives and ongoing dramaturgical support in October and November 2023.


As part of APT’s COVID-19 Management Plan, and to ensure the safety of their colleagues and any others in the workplace, attendees agree to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 during the period of  The Retreat. Attendees must provide, if requested, evidence that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance. This includes: 

a. Online immunisation history statement or

b. COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register. 

If the attendee is unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, they must provide evidence of a medical exemption from a medical practitioner, if requested, in the form requested by the Employer.

EOIs close Sunday 13 August, 11:59pm AEST

This program is supported by the Australian Government through Creative Australia.

We acknowledge that we live and create on unceded lands. We pay our respects to the First Peoples of Australia, and to their elders past, present and future.

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