A long-form residency programme for early-career playwrights that prioritises writer development and advocacy for their work
Type of work supported
This two-year residency brings a group of writers together to develop their practice through a studio programme run by the residency leader, as well as through numerous public presentation opportunities and industry engagement. We are on the lookout for playwrights who:
Identify as an early-career playwright with a demonstrable commitment to the craft, a strong interest in developing their practice, and a desire to work at a professional level
Have had 1 full-length staging, whether self-produced or as part of a festival/company season
Have received some form of training in the form of mentorships, workshop intensives, formal courses
A pilot version of this residency is currently in progress, from 1 Sep 2022 to Oct 2023. Four playwrights have been selected through a by-invite expression of interest process.
The pilot version of the Playwright’s Professional Development Residency will support four early-career playwrights who will undergo a one-year journey together as a cohort with Programme Leader Joel Tan.
We are thrilled to announce the four inaugural residents:
Start: 1 September 2022
Who is this platform for?
Early-career playwrights who have had at least 1 full-length staging, whether self-produced or as part of a festival/company season. They should also have received some level of training in the form of mentorships, workshop intensives, or formal courses.
What kind of residents are you looking for? How do you decide the suitability of the application?
We are looking for playwrights who have a demonstrable commitment to the craft, a strong interest in developing their practice, and a desire to work at a professional level. Selection is via an expression of interest, writing sample, and interview.
What kind of support will you provide?
This is a dedicated long-form residency with a structured studio programme designed and run by the residency leader, complemented by numerous public presentation opportunities in the form of reading events, and a small-scale production. Centre 42 will also seek ways to engage the residents in workshop opportunities, and actively connect the residents with professional theatre-makers. The residents will also receive a modest stipend for the duration of the residency.
What is expected of the Playwrights in this residency?
Active commitment and participation throughout the residency, which we hope the residents engage with as a professional opportunity.
How often does this residency take place? How may I apply for it?
This residency runs for two years and takes in a new studio once every other year. Applications are not currently open. We are running a pilot model of this residency starting from September 2022, with a group of invited playwrights. The next residency is slated to commence in 2024.