Merrigong Theatre Company has a long history of developing and producing new work by Australian playwrights. Merrigong Theatre Company and the South Coast Writers Centre are both dedicated to leading from the regions and nurturing the next generation of creative writers and artists. For this reason, Merrigong and the SCWC have formed a partnership to invest in the next generation of theatre storytellers via a long-term development program for those with an interest in writing for the stage.
The 2022 SCWC/Merrigong Playwrights’ Program aims to create a space where writers are encouraged to develop their writing projects among a safe and supportive group of peers. Capped at 10 participants, this is a 10-month program that will run from March-December 2022. The group will meet monthly on Saturdays at Coledale Community Hall or Wollongong’s IPAC to workshop the participants plays in development. Over the course of the program, participants will also see and discuss five Merrigong shows (either from the Main Season or Merrigong X) and will learn from guest industry teachers. The program will conclude with an evening of readings from the works in development in January 2023. The group will be convened by Tom Peach, the president of Stanwell Park Arts Theatre and an alumni of the Merrigong Playwright’s Program.
This program is open to anyone aged 18 and above. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBQTI people. Participants will need to be members of the SCWC. We are committed to providing an inclusive culture and program where all our artists are valued and recognised for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives.