The New Writing Development suite of programmes works directly with playwrights from beginner to early/mid-career phases to provide opportunities for exposure, writing-support, and professional development. Through these residencies and activities, we aim to advocate for the work of playwrights with the public and industry. The programme suite creates opportunities for playwrights to work closely with mid-career independent directors, dramaturgs, and other writers, as well as creating presentation opportunities to showcase their work.
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The suite of programmes is an outcome of a 6-month long research project mapping the new writing landscape in Singapore. This project was conducted in partnership with independent playwright Joel Tan and independent producer Shridar Mani, and supported by the National Arts Council's Self-Employed Persons Grant (NAC-SEPG), from Nov 2021 to March 2022.
As part of the research to understand the landscape and developments in the local theatre scene in the most recent 5 to 10 years, the project team conducted:
3 key challenges were identified from the scope of interviews collected:
With a desire to bridge some of these gaps, the project team modeled a suite of residencies centered around building an ecology of support for new writing development for playwrights, directors and dramaturgs. Discussions and consultations with practitioners were conducted to receive feedback on the feasibility of such programmes.
The New Writing Development Programmes was borne from this research. A pilot iteration will take place in 2022 - 2023, with the aim of refining the programmes for 2023 and beyond.