New organisation to rise from the ashes of Playwriting Australia

A wide-ranging report into the future of PWA has recommended it merge with Australian Plays and create a new entity dedicated to the support and development of Australian plays and playwrights.

Following a wide-ranging review conducted by REĂ Consulting’s Richard Evans, the peak body Playwriting Australia (PWA) today announced its intention to create a new organisation by merging with the online body Australian Plays.

Based in Hobart, Australian Plays is dedicated to the support and publication of Australian plays. Last year the organisation was advised by the Australia Council for the Arts that it had not been invited to apply for four-year organisational funding – news that Australian Plays’ chair, Paul Dwyer, described as a ‘potential catastrophe’.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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