First Stories Festival 2022 | Call Out Now Open

We are so excited to open call outs to our first-ever First Stories Festival in 2022! 

This is a callout to all First Nations Mob (creatives, writers, devisors & storytellers) Whether you’re a musician, playwright, composer, choreographer or shapeshifter – this is a festival that aims to inspire you. Innovation and rejuvenation!

When: 28 February – 4 March 2022  

Where: Theatre Works Explosives Factory, St Kilda VIC 


This is an initiative run #ByMob4Mob. The week-long program aims to empower emerging writers and storytellers to find their voice in their own way. First Stories Festival aims to support First Nations peeps, writers/creators to make work that celebrates cultural diversity and inclusivity. Themes of rejuvenation, inspiration and uninhibited freedom are at the heart of this festival.  First Stories Festival is led by Brittanie Shipway (Artistic Manager) and Sermsah Bin Saad (Producer). 


Each writer will bring a dream project to work on throughout the week, with the opportunity to:

  • share with the group, 
  • explore new methods to inspire them in their writing practice,
  • enjoy sessions with established industry mentors and get dramaturgical advice, 
  • collaborate in a meaningful way without having to adhere to restrictions from Western theatre companies.  

This will be a paid and supported opportunity with possible outcomes for continued development of the work created. 


To apply please email with an attached Sample Piece and CV. Please also complete the application form via Google Forms. Applications close October 29th

If you require alternate application methods , or if you have any questions – please do not hesitate to contact Brittanie and Sermsah on the email address above.


Sample Piece*

10 pages or up to 5 minutes audio/video of your work. If you nominate to film your piece, please know that it’s okay for it to be a monologue on your iPhone. We’re looking for potential here, not a polished product. We just want to go on a journey with your creativity!  

*This does not have to be the project you’d like to work on with us, but it can be if you prefer! 


A one page document that brings us up to speed on where you’re up to in your career. Don’t stress if it’s not jam-packed with work – that’s where we come in! This will just give us some insight into your interests and past projects. 


Please fill out the application form here: Don’t worry, it’s only a few short questions!


Shortlisted applicants will be Interviewed either face-to-face or via Zoom in November. 


Successful applicants will be notified in the second week of November. 

Just remember: 

  • If you are interstate, please apply! We’re finding ways to get you the financial support you need to live away from home for a week. 
  • We are looking for deadly First Nations writers from all walks of life, with a range of experience. You could be an actor looking to develop your craft as a writer, or a playwright that has lost inspiration in recent times. Whatever your story may be, we’re ready to listen. 
  • Your dream project could be just that – unformed and brand new. We’re not looking for a finished draft. We are seeking out passionate  storytellers with new ideas.
  • Get excited! We’re hoping that this experience will leave you inspired to find new ways to write the stories you want to see on stage. Plus, the mentors we have coming in for this festival are UNREAL!



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