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Just like a mother hen cares and nurtures her babies from egg to young spring chick, each year we take 6 emerging writers (aged 18 - 80+) and, through an outpouring of love, foster their growth as fresh Australian writers.

Incubator seeks to identify, support and develop emerging Queensland playwrights by creating a unified and nurturing environment in which to complete the first draft of a new play.

Across nine months of 2018, award-winning playwright Richard Jordan will lead participants through a range of activities designed to cultivate their own unique voice – and inspire a play they never thought they would write. Each workshop will revolve around a different “access point” to beginning a new work such as: Memory, Emotion, and Landscape, while various aspects of craft will be explored. At the end of the workshop series, each participant will hand in the first draft of a full-length play, and receive one-on-one feedback. At least one Incubator play is guaranteed entry into the 2019 Alpha Processing program.


Incubator is open to South-East Queensland playwrights eighteen years and over, in the first three years of their practice. The program will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at Playlab’s Rehearsal Room. An introductory session will take place one week before the first workshop.

Applications for 2018 are now CLOSED

Application requirements:

Interested playwrights should email the following:

  • A copy or excerpt (3 pages minimum) of what you consider to be your “best” written work to date.  This may be any form: play scripts, poetry, prose, film scripts etc.
  • A one page CV, detailing your writing experience, education, and achievements.
  • 300 words articulating why you want to take the course, and why writing for the theatre is important to you.

Applications for 2018 closed 5pm on the 20th of February.

To learn how to format your script application click HERE.


A $100 administration fee is payable upon acceptance.
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Richard-10 BW cropped 3Richard Jordan is an award-winning Brisbane-based playwright. His first play Into the Nile was shortlisted for the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Award in 2002. His second play like, dead was produced at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in 2005, revived by Vena Cava Theatre Company in 2009, and again by PLoT Theatre Society, Hobart in 2015. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme in London from 2007-08. His third play 25 Down won the 2008-09 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, and was produced by Queensland Theatre Company as part of their 2009 season. His fourth play Machina premiered as part of La Boite Indie in 2014, and won the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2015 Matilda Awards. Both 25 Down and Machina have been published by Playlab. Richard is the recipient of a Marrickville Council Artist’s Residency (2011), and a MacDowell Colony Creative Fellowship, New Hampshire (2012/13). He is a full member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, and has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Drama at the University of Queensland.


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