In 2013, four local playwrights will have an opportunity to develop their work in a national context as part of a new Playwrights-in-Residence at La Boite Theatre Company. Sydney's Griffin Theatre Company (Australia leading new writing theatre) and Playwriting Australia (the national peak body for writing for the stage) have joined the program as partners.
Playwrights Maxine Mellor, Kathryn Marquet, Julia-Rose Lewis and Future Fidel will each develop a new work as part of a year-long artistic process guided by La Boite Artistic Director David Berthold, Program Manager Nicholas Paine, and visiting professional artists. As part of the residency, each playwright will workshop their piece with actors and dramaturgs, and La Boite will facilitate public readings of the four plays. The residency will also create opportunities for the playwrights to forge closer connections with the wider theatre culture through monthly meetings, masterclasses with professional playwrights, and creative development sessions.
These talented writers will become part of La Boite's fabric, and tap into artistic development programs at Griffin and Playwriting Australia.
Thanks to the partnership with Playwriting Australia, La Boite's four resident playwrights will also participate in PWA's internship program, take advantage of their script assessment process, and be automatically eligible for inclusion in the annual National Play Festival. La Boite's teaming with Griffin Theatre Company, through Artistic Director Lee Lewis and Associate Artist Jane Bodie, will ensure that these four writers and their plays are part of the practical efforts made by many around the country to develop and produce new work. Griffin's expertise in this area will be invaluable.
This Playwrights-in-Residence program has been made possible through these partnerships and funding from Creative Sparks (a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland) and the Australia Council's In The Mix initiative.
La Boite is keen to contribute to the national theatre culture in a way that is driven by the local, and this program will provide, we hope, a distinctive, fulfilling and much needed way forward.
Meet the Playwrights
Maxine Mellor is a multi award-winning young playwright from Brisbane, Queensland and the lead writer on The Wizard of Oz, La Boite's collaboration with Brisbane Festival and The Danger Ensemble. She won Queensland Theatre Company's Young Playwrights Award (2001, 2001, 2003); the George Landen Dann Award (2005), Inscription's Edward Albee Scholarship and the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier's Drama Award which will see her play produced in the main season at Queensland Theatre Company in 2013.
Kathryn Marquet completed the first full draft of her first play Another Country in 2011 and was soon after shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award. Kathryn has been cast in La Boite's 2013 production of The Glass Menagerie. Her other theatre performances include Ruben Guthrie and The White Earth (La Boite), Faustus (Bell Shakespeare/QTC), The Crucible, Maxine Mellor's Mystery Project and 25 Down (QTC).
Julia-Rose Lewis is a stage and screen writer from Queensland. In 2010 Julia-Rose graduated with distinction from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor Of Fine Arts (Drama). In 2012 Julia was selected to attend atyp's National Young Writer's Studio which saw the creation of a work titled This Feral Life, which was produced by atyp and published by Currency Press. This Feral Life is being adapted to film with atyp for shooting in late 2013. Julia has worked as a creative with companies such as atyp, La Boite, The Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tap Gallery, Metro Arts, Vena Cava Productions and The Escapists. Julia is a founding member of The BreadBeard Collective which will produce ><R&J as a part of the La Boite Indie Season in 2013.
Future Fidel was born in Congo. After the civil war in 1996, Future and some of his family members were forced to flee to Tanzania. In total, Future spent eight years in a refugee camp. Future is a multidisciplinary performer, writer, hip hop dancer and producer. Future excelled as a co-creator and actor in I am Here at Queensland Theatre Company, in partnership with Two Thumbs Up and Multicultural Development Association. Future will workshop his play Prize Fighter as part of La Boite's Playwrights-in-Residence program.