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Pacific Island and Maori Playwrights Opportunity

13 July 2004

Pacific Island and Maori Playwrights Opportunity

Playmarket and Auckland City Council are thrilled to be able to offer four new and existing Maori and Pacific Island writers the opportunity to create and develop their new plays as part of our upcoming

Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum
Pasifika 2005 and AK05

They are open to anyone of Maori or Pacific Island descent with a good story to tell and a passion for writing for performance of all kinds.

Two successful applicants will receive:
The support of a professional dramaturg (drama tutor) between September 04 & March 05
A week-long workshop and public presentation of their draft as part of the Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum at Pasifika 2005, Auckland, March 6-12

A further two successful applicants will receive:

The support of a professional dramaturg (drama tutor) between September 04 & March 05

A reading of their draft as part of the Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum at Pasifika 2005, Auckland, March 6-12

Applications must be in writing to: Mark Amery, Pasifika Playwrights, Playmarket, PO Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington

Your submission must include in writing: A working title A short synopsis of your story. What is it about? A scene by scene breakdown: This may be a list of events or a more detailed account of the action of planned scenes. An outline of the characters. Who are they? What kind of journey will they go on? A sample scene. This shows us that you have promise in writing in the dramatic form. Include dialogue and stage directions. You can include a full scene, or sections from different scenes.

Plays already at first or later draft are acceptable for application but must not have been previously produced professionally. A personal statement about playwriting. Why do you want to write for the stage? A covering letter explaining who you are, outlining your writing background (if any) and personal background, and why you have submitted this proposal. Your full name, address, phone number and email. Number the pages of your script.
Any questions or enquires welcome to:
Dianna Fuemana, Auckland City Council:
Mark Amery, Playmarket: or Ph. (04) 382 8462)

This script development programme has been designed to provide Maori and Pacific Island playwrights support with their ideas reaching full dramatic potential. The successful applicants will be appointed a dramaturg on being selected and work towards a first draft due by November 2004, a second draft in February 2005, before completing a final draft for the Pasifika Playwright Development Forum.

Playmarket is New Zealand's leading script development organisation and playwrights agency. Its National Script Development Programme is made possible with core funding from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. This programme is made possible by a partnership with Auckland City.


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