Writers and Other Theatre-Makers
Belvoir works with the most exciting writers in the country in the shared pursuit of inventive and engaging theatre. We think plays, in all their myriad forms, are wonderful things. We are as interested in the possibilities of content as we are in works that challenge what we might traditionally think of as theatre.
We develop and produce new work which is surprising, compassionate, well-crafted, adventurous, and, most of all, theatrical.
We look for stories with big ideas about original, diverse, urgent and occasionally outlandish subjects.
And we look to nurture writers from culturally diverse backgrounds who have the potential to take on positions of cultural leadership.
We do not accept unsolicited submissions from unproduced writers.
Development Opportunities for Plays and Writers
Belvoir commissions and programs a variety of new work every year, and we are always keen to find out about new writers and their work. If your play is on at an independent venue and you would like someone from Belvoir to see it, get in touch with our Associate Producer, Luke Cowling. Generally, Belvoir is not a company that programs writers without production credits.
Belvoir commissions writers of undeniable ability to write ambitious and original new works for production in one of our two theatres. Commissions are by invitation, and the company will work closely with writers to support the work from commissioning to production. Occasionally, writers will be invited by Belvoir to write about a specific subject or to write for a specific project.
Some emerging writers are also eligible for commission via the Parsons Fellowship, see below.
The Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights
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). Previous winners have included Julia-Rose Lewis, Ian Meadows, Kit Brookman, Zoe Coombs Marr, Brendan Cowell, Khoa Do, Jonathan Gavin, Kate Mulvany, Tommy Murphy, Tahli Corin and Matthew Whittet.
For full details please see the Awards page.
The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award
On 27 May 2015, Katie Beckett was awarded the 2015 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. Read the media release here.
The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is a $20,000 award for the creation of a new play by an Indigenous playwright. This national award will be presented for the next three years. The award comprises $7,500 prize money and a $12,500 commission for a new play each year. Applications will be accepted from writers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. They will be assessed by a panel including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. For full details please see the Awards page.