Erin Thomas Playwright Fund: OPEN First Nations x APT: CLOSED  
Max Afford Playwrights' Award: OPEN Duologue: CLOSED  
Performing Lines x APT: CLOSED La Boite x APT: CLOSED  
National Theatre of Parramatta x APT: CLOSED Pride Foundation Australia x APT: CLOSED  

We appreciate that across the Country we are experiencing disruption in different ways and waves. For our broader, new work community, it has been an arduous time and one also of invention and collaboration in different forms. To playwrights, we know your work has been disrupted. We hope that this program announcement brings some opportunity and connection for you.

For Program 2022, APT has partnered with great peer organisations including The National Theatre of Parramatta; La Boite Theatre; Pride Foundation Australia; Performing Lines; Ilbijerri Theatre Company; Moogahlin Performing Arts; and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company to name a few. We are grateful for the support of The Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW, Arts Tasmania and philanthropic partners including The Thomas Family and individual donors, Shark Island Kangaroo Valley, and The Darin Cooper Foundation. I acknowledge the staff of APT, our Board and National Advisory Panel for their belief, work and focus through this time.

Now to the 2022 Program of Activity.

Below you will find a short overview of the programs on offer, ranging in opportunity for early career, mid and established playwrights. Some programs have quite specific requirements for submission, others are quite open. Please check the requirements carefully.

We are thrilled to offer some programs that are old favourites and some new programs: from the First Nations Retreat; workshop time with actors and creatives; commissions; playwright capacity building workshops; Duologue for peer connection and conversation; and support for regional playwrights to develop work and industry connections.

We also appreciate many of you have been in touch with us, eager to be considered for digital publication at APT. You will see that we have not announced our digital publication call-out. We will be making a further program announcement in the next couple of weeks. Do stay tuned for these further updates.

We have a terrific online panel in conversation on the nature of playwrighting in the digital age, featuring outstanding international and domestic guests, live-streamed in October and available for catch-up until November. More details are below and we encourage you to tune in.

Please scroll down, have a peruse of Program 2022 and click through to explore those activities that are of interest to you. By clicking through you will find more detail, including eligibility, when EOIs open and close, who and how to contact us if you have a question, and the link to the submission portal. Don’t delay, as some EOI windows for submission are short!

Subscribe for updates as we will regularly post news and alerts on programs as they roll out, including further announcements later in the year.

Continue writing, telling and sharing your stories, finding and forging pathways, making connection with your work, your peers, your sector and your audience.

Thank you for reading. We are looking forward to receiving your EOIs! 
Team APT  



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Are you a First Nations playwright looking for support to develop your play?

The First Nations Retreat & Development Strategy is a 6-step project aimed at seeding, developing, connecting, publishing and distributing plays by First Nations playwrights.

Philanthropic Support provided by Shark Island Kangaroo Valley.

RETREAT DATES: 15-23 February, 2022.
OPEN TO: National First Nations applicants only.



Duologue supports collaborative relationships and new work development for playwrights over a six-month period.  

Playwrights work with a collaborator, and APT provides support for face-to-face (or remote) direct working time, with both playwright and collaborator paid for three hours each and every month for 6 months. 

PROGRAM DATES: January – June 2022.
OPEN TO: National applicants, priority focus on mid-career and established playwrights.


Do you have a draft play that could benefit from a workshop with actors and creatives?  

Utilising La Boite’s recently-funded resident Artist Company, this program will provide 10 x 3-day workshop development opportunities for playwrights and their plays. There will be a public outcome at La Boite for 5 of the projects as part of La Boite’s Artist Development Program.  

WORKSHOP DATES: workshops will be held between February – June 2022 in Brisbane, QLD.
OPEN TO: National applicants.



Are you an LGBTQIA+ identifying playwright with a new play idea? One (1) commission is available. Priority for an under-represented playwright and subject matter in the Queer Community toward producing and publication consideration.  

PROGRAM DATES: Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.
OPEN TO: National LGBTQIA+ applicants only, priority focus on previously produced playwrights.


ONLINE EVENT DATE: 28 October, 2021, 4pm AEDST

APT is pleased to host an in-conversation featuring leading playwrights and creatives exploring the craft of playwriting in the digital realm.  

Please join our host Anchuli Felicia King in conversation with Chris Bendall, Jo Kukathas, Jared Mezzocchi, Richard Nelson and Rhen Soggee.  

The recording of the conversation will be released as an online free event on APT’s YouTube channel.  



Are you a playwright whose work requires bespoke cultural, artistic, formal or methodological development and producing? Two commissions with development support are available for (two) playwrights or playwright collaborations to each develop a new work toward producing and publication consideration.

PROGRAM DATES: Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.
OPEN TO: NSW resident applicants only.



Are you a Western Sydney playwright seeking support to develop a new theatre work? Over 9 x 2 hour sessions*, a leading workshop mentor will guide 5 Western Sydney playwrights, (or writers in other mediums interested in writing for the stage), from idea to story outline. With industry guests and mentoring, the selected playwrights will connect and pitch their work to NToP for further consideration.

PROGRAM DATES: March – June, 2022 (specific workshop dates will be communicated to selected participants).
OPEN TO: Western Sydney, NSW applicants only.


OPEN DATE: 15 November, 2021
CLOSE DATE: 30 January, 2022

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund commemorates playwright Erin Thomas’ optimism, her creative talent and furthers her generous contribution to the arts by helping emerging regional writers to pursue their dreams.

With the support of the Thomas family, the Fund can support regional playwrights either:

The maximum support per playwright is $2,000. We can support 2 –3 playwrights in this EOI callout.

PROGRAM DATES: March – September, 2022.
OPEN TO: National applicants living in a regional area, priority focus on early career playwrights.
ERIN THOMAS: Click here to learn more about the Erin Thomas Playwright Fund.

OPEN DATE: 29 November, 2021
CLOSE DATE: 6 February, 2022

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, whose will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband. The Awards are offered by Perpetual, as Trustee, and Australian Plays Transform.

The award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 in prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors facilitated by Australian Plays Transform. The creative development workshop will be scheduled between April and November 2022.

The full eligibility guidelines and information about the award are available below.

PROGRAM DATES: Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.
OPEN TO: National, playwrights aged 18 to 40 years old.