Creative Development: Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts are week-long workshops that give theatre makers the opportunity to develop a new work for the stage. 

Writers and directors are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to complete a first draft of a play or they may choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. 

At the end of the workshop week, an audience is invited into the development process to have a sneak peek of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings provide artists with a test audience and a platform to showcase their work to the industry. They also give audiences with an appetite for novelty access to the freshest playwriting. 


If you wish to be considered for Rough Drafts please submit your CV, 15 pages of your script and a 200 word (max) summary of the play you want to develop. Please send your email to artisticteam@sydneytheatre.com.au and the words Rough Drafts Expression of Interest and your name in the subject line. You will receive an email acknowledging your submission and if your project is appropriate for the program you may receive follow up correspondence from a member of the Artistic Team.

We strongly encourage script submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD writers. If you identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples or from a CALD background, you may wish to read STC’s Cultural Representation Pledge.

Please note: Due to staff changes submissions for Rough Draft are currently on hold. Check back at this page to see when we have reopened.


Rough Drafts are free, but bookings are essential. Dates and information on how to book are included in our monthly enewsletter. Sign up to our enewsletter.