A vibrant, cultured nation is engaged in open dialogue, exploring and questioning contemporary life and society. The work of playwrights is a vital force in stimulating that discussion.

By raising the standard and maximising the production of contemporary Scottish plays we aim to enrich the quality of cultural life. Through our work we will increase awareness of the wealth of creative talent within Scotland, both at home and internationally.

We encourage the creative voice of the playwright. We aim to ensure that the playwright's artistic vision and imagination is always at the heart of script development. We will work to develop the art form of theatre, examining and expanding the playwright's role within it.

We will work continuously to provide resources and services, and initiate and deliver projects and activities, to help playwrights improve the quality of their work and sustain their careers.

Artistic selection is made by the Creative Director with the guidance of the Associate Playwrights and the support of a Board, which aims to always have three professional playwright members.


Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is the nation's only arts organisation exclusively dedicated to the long-term support, development and promotion of Scotland's playwrights.  We work actively and creatively with playwrights, connecting them with audiences and organisations, for the ultimate enrichment and enjoyment of the people of Scotland and beyond.


The aims and objectives inform all of the choices Playwrights' Studio makes, including its resources, services, projects and personnel. They represent the current collective vision of the Board and employees of Playwrights' Studio and are reviewed regularly. All organisations need to evolve through time and, whilst adhering to the fundamental principles they contain, some of the detail may adjust in response to internal and external changes.

Delivering our mission to directly engage the people of Scotland with new playwriting, we will seek to:

  • Strengthen and provide vital support and resources for Scotland's playwrights.

  • Actively promote Scotland's playwrights, their plays and the craft of playwriting.

  • Facilitate critical thinking about playwriting through encouraging and facilitating debate and discussion and advocating for Scotland's playwrights.

  • Increase the efficiency and sustainability of Playwrights' Studio for the benefit of Scotland's playwrights and the people of Scotland.

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