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University of Auckland Drama Programme Frances Allan and Ian Narev Visiting Theatre Artist (playwriting) Commission

Job details

University of Auckland Drama programme
8 May 2020
Work type
Contract, Awards, grants & residencies, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Performing Arts


The University of Auckland Drama programme is pleased to announce to a playwriting commission, for a project to be undertaken in the period of 2020-21. The project is funded as a Visiting Theatre Artist residency through the generous support of Frances Allan and Ian Narev.

The Commission

The Drama programme invites applicants to submit proposals for a full-length playscript (approx. 1 hour), suitable for performance by a cohort of approximately 30 undergraduate students. The script must be suitable for a low-budget production in a small black-box studio space.

We encourage applicants to submit proposals ranging from contemporary adaptations of classical texts, to original dramas in any genre. We ask that applicants keep in mind the diversity and character of Auckland city in crafting their ideas. We welcome proposals that utilize devices such as a chorus to take account of the large cast size.

The script will be performed in September 2021, and will be directed by a professional director. The commission will include two opportunities for workshopping the script-in-progress in 2021, with the writer to be supported during these workshops by a mutually agreed-upon dramaturge.

In addition to delivering a rehearsal-ready script, the writer shall be available over an agreed six to eight-week period of residency to offer both up to 10 hours of guest teaching related to the subject of playwriting and face-to-face meetings with graduate students undertaking playwriting projects, as appropriate. If the writer is not based in Auckland, the Drama programme will assist with transportation and accommodation for the guest teaching period. Office space will be provided if required.

The fee offered for the commission is the amount of $10,000. The writer will also be entitled to performance royalties.

The work is to be undertaken on a schedule to be arranged with the Drama programme, with the script to be completed by July 2021.

The writer shall be available for University promotional activities.

How to apply

The Proposal

Applicants should submit a proposal that includes the following:

  1. The basic idea including concept, setting, an indication of characters and narrative as appropriate to the form. Whilst the idea will be provisional, as much detail as can be provided to paint a picture of the world that the writer envisions would be helpful.
  2. Explanation of why this material will matter for the student cohort and its audience – Why this idea? Why here? Why now?
  3. Up to five pages of sample material
  4. A CV related to relevant creative practice and educational experience

We ask that proposals be submitted no later than May 8, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2020.

Proposals and enquiries may be submitted to Dr Emma Willis: emma.willis@auckland.ac.nz

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University of Auckland Drama programme

17 Mar 2020