As a commitment to nurturing artists we provide a number of award opportunities.

The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award

Applications have now closed for the 2014 Award. Shortlisted applicants will be notified mid-May.

Now in its third year, the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is the most prestigious award for Indigenous playwrights in Australia. The $20,000 award includes a $12,500 commission for a new play and a cash prize of $7,500.

Applications are open nationally to writers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. They will be assessed by a panel including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

Last year the award was won by Larrakia/Bardi/Wardaman/Yanuwa writer and performer Jada Alberts, her new play Me and Jungali is under commission and Brothers Wreck will be directed by Leah Purcell at Belvoir in 2014. She joins Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander writer, Nakkiah Lui, whose play This Heaven was programmed as part of Belvoir’s 2013 Season. Her new play Koorioke is currently in development.

The NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights

Playwright and actor Ian Meadows has won the 2013 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights for his play Between Two Waves, which premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2012. Full details.

The NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights and Memorial Lecture commemorate the life’s work of Philip Parsons AM (1926-1993). Dr Parsons was an influential teacher and mentor to many of the students, scholars, actors, directors and playwrights who created the new wave of theatre and drama in the 1970s. Both the Fellowship and Lecture are part of artist development activities at Belvoir.

The Fellowship is presented, in partnership with Arts NSW, to an emerging playwright whose work demonstrates an original and compelling theatrical voice. The Fellowship money forms a $12,500 commissioning fee for the writer and $7,500 towards a creative development, with a view to developing a new work with support from Belvoir’s artistic staff. (Note: This Fellowship replaces the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award previously offered by Belvoir and Arts NSW)

In 2013, applications were accepted from NSW-based writers whose plays have had a public showing or season in Australia or internationally within the last 12 months. Submitted plays will be assessed by the Fellowship panel and shortlisted writers chosen on the strength of these works. Shortlisted writers will be asked to submit a brief treatment and up to five pages of scene work for a proposed new piece.

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Previous winners

2013 – Ian Meadows

2012 – Kit Brookman

2011 – Zoe Coombs Marr

2010 – Matthew Whittet

2009 – Tahli Corin

2008 – Khoa Do

2007 – Tommy Murphy

2006 – Patrick Brammall and John Leary

2005 – Brendan Cowell

2004 – Kate Mulvany

2003 – Jonathan Gavin