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Calling all Māori playwrights - tono mai!

Job details

Te Pou Theatre
1 May 2020
National, Northland, Auckland
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Performing Arts


Ka tangi te pīpīwharauroa, ko te karere a Mahuru

Te Pou Theatre is calling Māori playwrights, storytellers and theatre makers to tono for our sixth annual Kōanga Festival Playwrights Programme. Since starting in 2015 our playwrights programme has supported sixteen new Māori theatre works in their development including two te reo Māori theatre shows from emerging and highly experienced playwrights. 

2020 Programme Overview
In response to COVID-19 and the impact on our sector we are investing more urgently into playwrights at this time providing a longer period of development for their work as well as our workshop and reading in September as part of Kōanga Festival. This will be live or digitally presented depending on the state of the world at that time. This is an opportunity for all levels of playwrighting experience.  Playwrights will spend May – September developing their scripts for a rehearsed reading in September. Over the four moth time frame writers will meet regularly online as a ropu and with dramaturge and script advisors to support, motivate and provide expertise. 

The Opportunity

Your play will be developed over a four-month (16 week) period and presented during Kōanga.

  • Script Development Programme - A 16-week writing and research period with 1:1 dramaturgy sessions and regular hui 
  • Script Workshop – A five-day workshop with dramaturge, director and actor/s arranged by Te Pou Theatre
  • Your play will be read at a Kōanga Festival hosted event (live or online)
  • ​Total writers stipend of $4000.00 ($250 per week)
  • Te Pou team will consult with you about how to further progress your play following the workshop.

Conditions / Requirements:

  • This programme supports Māori playwrights at any level of experience 
  • Stage plays intended for professional presentation 
  • Plays must not have had any prior presentation season 
  • Commitment to development of your concept or existing draft over a four month period resulting in a full script reading in September.
  • Auckland based or Northland based a priority. However if not Auckland based be able to travel and accommodation in Tāmaki Makaurau over the workshop period in September.

Important Dates:

Friday 3 April 2020 - Applications open
Friday 1 May 2020 - Due Date for submissions (by midnight)
Friday 8 May 2020 - Notification 
18 May to 6 September – Programme dates (16 weeks). More dates for hui and script deadlines will be confirmed in May

All applications are considered the beginning of a conversation, the beginning of a relationship with Te Pou. Regardless of whether the work is developed in this year’s festival we will seek to find ways we can assist the development of your work.  


How to apply

What you need to do to submit an application:
By midnight Friday 1 May 2020 to please send us: 

  1. Application form. This can be completed in any of these ways: 
    - Google Form 
    - Download and return google doc version
    - Request a form that will be emailed to you to complete
    - Send in a video / voice clip that includes the content of the application form to email or over facebook messenger

  2. Your whakaaro:
    - A Treatment (up to 5 pages) and/or a script in progress

If you have any questions if you’d like to have a casual kōrero about this opportunity please contact Amber Curreen, Te Pou Theatre on or 021775276

Kia haumaru te noho,

Te Pou Theatre 

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Te Pou Theatre

2 Apr 2020