Young Playwrights Program

Young Playwrights Program

With Mary Rachel Brown

Canberra Youth Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program is for emerging writers aged 16–25 years to develop their skills in writing for performance.

Led by professional playwright Mary Rachel Brown, with mentorship from professional industry guests, writers will be encouraged and supported to experiment and develop their voice as playwrights through a series of creative, practical workshops.

Young playwrights will explore creative processes to develop their writing, receive dramaturgical support, have their scripts workshopped with our Resident Artists and an ensemble of actors, and see their work performed.

This program offers young and emerging playwrights the opportunity to be part of a collaborative network with other artists, learn new skills, discover their voice as a writer, unlock creative possibilities, and create new works for performance.

Program Dates

DATES & TIMESSaturday 7 May 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 8 May 10am – 2pm
Saturday 18 June, 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 19 June 10am – 2pm
Week of 9 July, Individual Zoom Session
Saturday 23 July 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 24 July 10am – 2pm
Saturday 6 August 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 7 August 10am – 2pm
Saturday 17 September 2pm – 6pm
Sunday 18 September 10am – 2pm
LOCATIONGorman Arts Centre
COSTFull Payment: $680
Two Payments: $350+$340
GUIDELINESProgram information and guidelines can be viewed here.

About Mary

Mary has an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts and is the recipient of the following National Playwriting Awards – 2016 Lysicrates Prize, The 2008 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2007 Max Affords Award, and The 2006 Griffin Award. Mary was a writer on Betty Blokk Buster Reimagined for the 2020 Sydney Festival. Her play, Last Letters, has been in repertory at the Australia War Memorial for the last ten years. Her most recent play Dead Cat Bounce opened Griffin Theatre Company’s 2019 season. Mary’s most notable work is The Dapto Chaser, which was commissioned and developed by Merrigong and reproduced by Apocalypse Theatre for Griffin Independent, Glen Street and Hothouse. The play was recently screened at Dendy Cinemas as part of Australian Theatre Live’s program. Other works for the stage include All My Sleep and Waking (Apocalypse Theatre), Permission to Spin (Apocalypse Theatre), Inside Out (Christine Dunstan Productions), and an adaptation of Die Fledermaus (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Mary’s TV credits include sketch writing for The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting for ABC and several episodes of Home and Away for Channel 7.