At PSA, we leverage contemporary Australian stories as a tool to help our Acting students further develop their craft.

Why? Great playwriting creates great stories and characters, which in turn provides the best opportunity for budding performers to experience and explore world-class performance techniques.

For this reason, we are committed to supporting the development of Australian texts and endeavour to collaborate with budding, talented playwrights who seek to have their work developed and produced.

Not only does this help train our students, but, presents an exciting opportunity for emerging Australian playwrights to have their work read, spoken and listened to by industry professionals and audiences more broadly


Open to adults 18+

Submissions are open for Australian playwrights with less than three produced plays.

We are particularly interested in outstanding unproduced playwrights looking to secure a stage for their work to be showcased.

We also have a specific need for stories with multiple lead female characters or plays where the sex/gender of the characters is fluid/flexible.

Selection Process 1st Round:

Send the first ten pages of your stage play manuscript in PDF format to with the subject line ‘Playwright Pathway’ + your full name (e.g. “Playwright Pathway Jane Smith”)

Email the above to PSA by 11:59PM AEDT on January 27th in order to be considered for development/production in the 2021 academic year.

Include your name, phone number, state of residence and email address on the title page of your manuscript. We will confirm receipt of your submission but will not be able to provide feedback on first round manuscripts.

Selection Process 2nd Round:

Successful 1st Round playwrights will be asked to submit the full manuscript of their play following the same formatting instructions above.

Playwrights will receive an email from PSA requesting the manuscript [please add to your e-address book, and check junk email for correspondence].

The successful playwright/s will be notified by March 1, 2021 if their work will receive development/production support from PSA.