Black Swan’s annual Emerging Writers Group guides a handful of playwrights who display determination, imagination and originality through a script development program with the aim of creating work of an international standard.
Playwrights will have to pitch an idea for a full length play in order to apply for the group. Across the year the plays will receive dramaturgy from Jeffrey Jay Fowler, as well as professional guest playwrights. The scripts will be workshopped by professional actors, and plays of exceptional quality will receive a public reading.
The aim of the EWG is to create work that is suited for production in the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre under Black Swan’s banner. Members will need to understand Black Swan’s creative vision, audience and style, but never forget their own voice. Writers from the EWG to have been produced (or to have secured production) include Chris Isaacs (Flood), Gita Bezard (Girl Shut Your Mouth), Will O’Mahony (Tonsils + Tweezers) and Nathaniel Moncrieff (A Perfect Specimen).
Members will be expected to have healthy respect for their own practice and the work of fellow members. This will encourage drive, excellence, achievement and a strong sense of professionalism.