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Twelve Wellington Playwrights To Attend Conference

Twelve Wellington Playwrights Get Invited To Attend Conference In Hamilton.

Ten out of the 24 delegates selected for the Aotearoa Playwrights'
Conference are from Wellington.

Aotearoa Playwrights Conference (APC)
18th-24th June 2006

This biannual event is presented by Playmarket, New Zealand 's leading
script development agency, in association with the NZ Fuel Festival,
University of Waikato and the Fuel Festival, in Hamilton, 17-24th June,

Selected Wellington Playwrights include Ellie Smith (renowned actor and
director), Vivienne Plumb (winner of Bruce Mason Award), and Renee (one of
NZ's most respected playwrights).
Cheryl Amos, Diane Spoderak, Lorae Parry, Paul Rothwell, Sarah Delahunty,
and Sonal Patel join 24 delegates from all over New Zealand and Australia
who are invited to attend the biannual conference as part of the Fuel
Festival of New Zealand Theatre.
Other playwrights attending: Michael Galvin (Shortland St actor), Thomas
Sainsbury (one of NZ's most exciting new young playwrights), Pip Hall
(co-writing work with father Roger Hall), Albert Belz, Arnette Arapai,
Bronwyn Elsmore, Fiona Graham, Jackie van Beek, Kelly Kilgour and Lauren

A week intensive conference for national Playwrights.

In 1980 Wellington playwright Renee presented classic New Zealand play
Wednesday to Come to the public for the first time at Playmarket's first
playwrights conference. This year she returns with a new work as one of
24 playwrights at the Aotearoa Playwrights Conference 2006.

In association with the NZ Fuel Festival and University of Waikato,
Playmarket is thrilled to once again present APC in Hamilton.

The conference brings together 24 invited professional playwrights from
all over New Zealand, and one from Australia, for eight days. They will
work alongside four leading script developers, Simon OConnor, Elizabeth
OConnor, Catherine Fitzgerald, and Peter Matheson (Australia).

Playwrights will work intensely on their new scripts in a selection of
workshops, labs with actors and directors, discussion groups, and public
presentations at WEL Trust Academy, Hamilton Friday-Saturday June 23-24
(see for more
presentation information).

Mark Amery Director of Playmarket says: “This a very rare and special
opportunity for any professional playwright. It is a chance to explore and
experiment with their work in a supportive environment led by playwrights.
Its rare to get the chance to spend eight full days and nights focused on
your creative process and have a full range of options for your play, be
it a one on one with a leading dramaturg, exploration of theatrical
elements or a public presentation.”

Now running every two years, the conference fosters new plays from
experienced playwrights and has seen many plays go on to significant
success, helping New Zealand playwrights be recognised both here and


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