Australian Plays Transform

APT Presents a free, two-day playwriting lab with playwright, Michele Lee – NEW IDEAS, SCENES, AND A PLAGUE OF RATS

The lab will be run with care, curiosity and deep respect – there’s no pressure or expectation to get things ‘right’, only to keep listening to what excites you as a writer and write towards that. Think of it as a chance to play, experiment, and meet other writers!

The lab will support you to:

  • generate a new idea for a play and develop the idea into an outline draft scene to read aloud
  • meet other writers and engage with their ideas and styles
  • discuss new ideas with others and implement and execute ideas into scenes
  • workshop and read each others’ scenes aloud, receive feedback, and feedback on others’ work
  • reflect on your existing practice and writing projects


A laptop or notebook and be prepared to write, share, and give and receive feedback.

This lab is best suited if you have some theatre experience or experience writing in another form.


Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 10am – 4pm

(including lunch break)


Q&A with Michele Lee

Tuesday 26 September

5pm – 6pm

public event, all welcome


Theatre Royal

(Campbell St nipaluna/Hobart)

Vanessa Goodwin Room (L4)


Reserve your space by emailing your name to by Thursday 21 September


Photo: Victoria Scott 


Michele is a Hmong-Australian writer working across theatre, live art, audio and screen. Her works explore otherness, Asian identity and found families, usually through contemporary narratives that privilege the experiences of women and people of colour. She is a 2022-23 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and works and lives on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. Michele is obsessed with scripts and can’t wait to meet you and hear your ideas.


Australia’s national play development, publication and licensing organisation 

It hosts the world’s largest online showcase and searchable database of the best Australian playwriting. APT seeks new voices for new times, develops plays that change the national story, links them to production, publishes them and promotes them here and around the world. 

The work of APT in lutruwita/Tasmania is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania.

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