PFA x Australian Plays Transform | Commission and development program

Pride Foundation Australia and Australian Plays Transform are partnering to commission a playwright to write a new play over a 12-month period.

Last Updated 15/10/2021

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.  

PFA and APT will work closely with the selected playwright; entering into a commission agreement, facilitating the development of the commissioned play, entering into a further agreement to digitally publish the play, and finally, working to broker a placement of the completed commission with a presenting / producing organisation.

Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) is a national philanthropic foundation specifically focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTQIA+) community issues in Australia.

Pride Foundation Australia has a dedicated focus on advancing equity for the most disadvantaged LGBTQIA+ Australians, including advocating for systemic change and supporting LGBTQIA+ creative arts.

Australian Plays Transform (APT) is 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, promotes them, and licenses them for future productions here and around the world.

PFA and APT welcome expressions-of-interest from LGBTQIA+ mid-career playwrights living in Australia, and welcome submissions from under-represented playwrights within the LGBTQIA+ communities.

PFA and APT define ‘mid-career’ playwrights as those that have had three (3) or more mounted productions in professional presenting/producing organisations, or with professionally intentioned independent presenting/producing organisations. We also welcome submissions from writers with a body of work in other formats, who also have a minimum one (1) professional or professionally intentioned production credit in theatre.

PFA and APT welcome submissions that are bold in form, that expand the narratives of under-represented LGBTQIA+ communities and that are theatrical play texts. We welcome and encourage submissions from LGBTQIA+ community members with other marginalised intersections, such as multi-cultural, multi-faith, Indigenous, disability and gender diversity. Whilst we welcome any genre or narrative focus, we are not seeking works that could be defined as cabaret, as we are seeking to support a work with narrative form and arc as its foundation. We also strongly encourage submissions that are broad in theme but engage with LGBTQIA+ representations and perspectives.

PFA welcomes submissions from under-represented and less amplified stories from the community.

As this is a commission for a new work, we will not accept work that is already in development or placed with partners. We will accept one (1) submission per playwright. We will accept submissions for co-authored plays, although the cost of the commission will remain at the standard of $16,000. If a co-authored submission, one (1) playwright must meet the mid-career and LGBTQIA+ requirements.

Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.

The assessment panel for submissions include representatives from PFA, APT and external assessors.

All submissions will be acknowledged via email, and all submissions will be notified of the outcome at the conclusion of the evaluation process. Due to the anticipated volume of submissions, APT and PFA will not be in a position to provide individual feedback on project EOIs.

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