A new initiative at Sydney Theatre Company aims to encourage the next generation of Australian playwrights, supporting their professional development, expanding skill sets and helping them discover and hone their own distinctive voices.

Artistic Director Kip Williams said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of Sydney Theatre Company’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group. New writing is the rejuvenating lifeblood of theatre, and I am thrilled to embark on a program that will help foster new voices and perspectives at STC and throughout our industry. The program will connect emerging story tellers with STC artistic staff, including our Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow.

“STC has been an incredible place of nurturing and development for so many artists over the years, myself included, and I’m excited to invite new writers into the company where they will learn directly from experienced practitioners, whilst developing their own unique voices,” Williams said.

The group of four emerging writers will meet regularly throughout the year-long program commencing 26 May 2017 and will be mentored by STC’s Artistic Director, Literary Manager, Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow and resident directors.

The group will attend STC productions, company runs and take part in workshops with STC artists, as well as being given opportunities to discuss the work they see and their own artistic practice. Each participant will also have the opportunity to develop a commission pitch for STC programming consideration.

Applications close 5 May 2017 and the successful candidates will be announced along with the announcement of the recipients of STC’s Patrick White Fellowship and Award on Friday 26th May 2017.