TW First Nations Writer in Residence | Call For Submissions



We are seeking expressions of interest from female-identifying, emerging or mid-career First Nations writers to develop their script with the possibility of realising the play on the stage in future Theatre Works St.Kilda programming.

Our aim is to offer a 12-month residency that offers the following support:

– A desk space for the duration of the residency available as needed
– A monthly meeting with the other writers and mentors
– Access to professionally delivered classes / workshops
– Dedicated First Nations Dramaturg appointed to the writer
– A fee of $3,000

**If the developed play is later produced by Theatre Works the writer will receive 14% Royalties


The Participant is offered peer support, dramaturgy, mentoring and masterclasses. Their works will receive programmed play readings and professional feedback throughout development. Theatre Works aims to realise the resulting performance works on stage in future Theatre Works Seasons.

First Nations Cultural Safety principles and practices are represented in all aspects of the company’s operations, procedures, activities and tours, and ensure that the values and behaviours expected of all employees (artists, staff, cast, crew) reflect a culturally informed, safe and inclusive company


Theatre Works incubates, produces and tours new and transformative performance, creating pathways for innovative artists whose work pushes boundaries and sparks new conversations.

For more than 40 years, Theatre Works has collaborated with arts companies, producers, presenters, and funders to bring about creative and strategic opportunities for some of this country’s most exciting and diverse contemporary artists and performances.

We are committed to giving voice to the diversity of stories from the Australian experience – the First Nations experience is central to this commitment and making artists central in all that we do.

However, we acknowledge that we have not been perfect in the past and that our commitment needs to be tangible and real.


The writer must be Female Identified, based in Victoria, and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The writer must be an early/mid-career writer.

Trans women and non-binary folk are encouraged to apply. It will be a blind submission process, with writers details kept anonymous from assessors.

Simply fill out the short online form below. Make sure to attach a writing sample, this does not need to be on topic, but is just to demonstrate your writing style.

If you have any questions about the project or the submission process please contact

To apply for the TW First Nations Dramaturg Position, Click Here.
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