In 2017, Malthouse Theatre and Footscray Community Arts Centre partner to deliver Living Now, a new program providing a residency and commission opportunity for two writers from diverse backgrounds.
Made possible by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, this program supports visionary storytellers to bring culturally contemporary stories to the stage. Living Now comprises a flexible residency based at Malthouse Theatre in 2017, where writers will develop their ideas in preparation for a mainstage commission.
Expressions of interest are invited from writers, storytellers or playwrights from culturally and linguistically diverse or Indigenous backgrounds with an interest in developing a new work for theatre. Applicants are not required to pitch an idea or submit a treatment for commission, but are welcome to include any supporting material that will provide insight into past work or concepts for exploration during the residency.
Two writers will receive: A residency of up to 8 months at Malthouse Theatre, including a writing workspace, invitation to opening nights and regular meetings with a dramaturg and selected mentors to further develop ideas for a new theatrical work; and opportunities to observe Malthouse Theatre’s productions in rehearsal.
The fee structure: Residency Fee ($2,500); New play commission ($15,000).
Interested artists are invited to attend a briefing session hosted by Footscray Community Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre on Monday, 27 February, 6pm-7pm to hear more about the program.
LIVING NOW was formed out of a perceived need to strengthen the presence of culturally and linguistic diverse and Indigenous stories in our theatres.