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pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

PWA Lab Dates:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

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  • Closing: 27 February 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.

Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email:

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:

  • LONGFORM: six months of individual sessions with a PWA dramaturg

  • RAPID FIRE: a day-long workshop with actors and creatives
  • NATIONAL SCRIPT WORKSHOP: an intensive development workshop of one or two weeks
    Read the full guidelines for more information about submissions and our selection process. Please note that this submission date within the guidelines is incorrect, the correct dates are below.

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    • Closing: 24 July 2017
    • Categories: Literature, Theatre
    • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

The National Folk Fellowship is offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, and supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Dance, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney invites applications for the above-named fellowship. The successful applicant would spend her/his time at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the period January-May 2018. The fellowship will be an award of US$10,000. In addition, the fellow will receive support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts

Community Presenter Touring Grant

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.

The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions in community-run venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.

Community presenters can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more community-run venues in regional NSW;
  • support a new tour to two or more community-run venues in regional NSW.

There are two grant rounds offered in 2017, closing dates as follows:

  • April 10, 2017 for projects between 1 June, 2017 and 31 December, 2018 (Applications for round 1 open 13 March 2017)
  • September 25, 2017 for projects between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2019. (Applications for round 2 open August, 2017)

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 25 September 2017
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
Submissions close 19 November 11.59pm EST
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: 19 November 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals