In 2014, 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 Future Fidel and Eleanor Jackson will each develop a new work as part of a year-long artistic process guided by La Boite Artistic Director David Berthold, Program Manager Glyn Roberts, 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 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 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 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
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.
Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian playwright, poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster. Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and National Poetry Slam finalist, Eleanor has featured at the Overload Poetry, Queensland Poetry, Sydney Writers, Melbourne Writers, Brisbane Writers, Anywhere Theatre and Woodford Folk festivals.
Her audio poems have been published in Overland Journal, Going Down Swinging and the Cordite Poetry Review, while recordings of her work have been featured on RRR’s Aural Text, 3CR’s Spoken Word, ABC Radio National’s Night Air and the online poetry channel, IndieFeed: Performance Poetry. Her video poetry collaboration with Doubting Thomas Just before you died was the winner of the Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge in 2012 and has been featured on Wunce Magazine, the Sydney Writers Festival App and Slam TV.