Launched in 2010, the Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship was established as a way of remembering the great writer Patrick White and recognising the importance of the playwright to Australian theatre culture.
The Fellowship exists to provide a writer with an opportunity to continue to progress their career and deepen their relationship with Sydney Theatre Company.
Awarded annually to a writer whose work has been produced professionally in Australia in the last four years, the prize consists of a total prize package of $25,000 which includes a year-long Fellowship, and a commission to write a new play.
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Expressions of interest for the Fellowship are open on a rolling basis.
The successful Fellow will:
- be committed to and passionate about new Australian writing.
- be an experienced playwright whose career would benefit from receiving the Fellowship.
- be prepared to accept and fulfil a commission at the standard AWG rate as part of their prize as well as the nominal duties outlined below.
During the year of the Fellowship (May to April), the Fellow will:
- undertake a mentorship role with Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group. The details and commitments of the mentor role will be agreed between the successful Fellow and Sydney Theatre Company.
- if specifically required to do so, attend STC events (e.g. opening nights).
- work with the Literary Manager to develop a commissioned play to be considered for programming
The Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship is announced in May each year alongside the Patrick White Playwrights Award.
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