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How to apply

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 30 January

Am I eligible?

  • You are an experienced mid-career or established professional playwright.   (You will have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by the Federation of Scottish Theatre/Scottish Society of Playwrights, the Writers' Guild of Great Britain or other equivalent body.  You have had at least one full-length play - over 60 minutes in playing time - performed, in a full production, by a professional company, using formally contracted personnel, for more than six performances)
  • You have a particular play you would like to develop during the Residency in New Zealand
  • Your main residence is in Scotland
  • You are available between Saturday 26 May - Saturday 18 August


All partners in this project believe in the importance of diversity and aim to work actively with artists from a range of different backgrounds.

As they are currently under-represented, we strive to increase applications and representation within our Programmes from playwrights:

  • writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • based outside the central belt of Scotland
  • from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • with disabilities


How will the selection process work?

A panel that includes representatives from Magnetic North, Playmarket, Creative New Zealand and Playwrights' Studio will select the playwright to be partnered with a theatre company in New Zealand.

Only one Residency place is available. In selecting which playwright to support we will consider, how:

  • Committed you are to international collaboration
  • Original and ambitious your play idea is, and why it is suited to a residency in New Zealand
  • The Residency will allow you to try something you wouldn't otherwise be able to
  • It will contribute to the development of your writing
  • It will meet your creative ambitions


We will set up the partnership with an appropriate theatre company in New Zealand.  We welcome suggestions of a company you would wish to work with.

If necessary, we may introduce an interview process.  There will be an in depth induction with the partners and the host company.

To inform your application, we encourage you to visit the partner websites:


If you have any specific queries about the Residency, please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland - fiona@playwrightsstudio.co.uk .

How do I apply?

To streamline the application process, we use the submissions management system Submittable.

If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.

If you are unable to use Submittable, you can post your application to:

New Zealand Playwright Residency Programme, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD.

If applying by post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.

You will need to provide:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement explaining:
    - Your play idea, and why it is suited to a residency in New Zealand
    - Any ideas you have about a particular host company
    - Your commitment to international collaboration
    - How the Residency will allow you to try something you wouldn't otherwise be able to
    - How it will contribute to the development of your writing
    - How it will meet your creative ambitions
    - Confirmation that you are available from Saturday 26 May - Saturday 18 August.
  • Your current CV
  • Details of any communications or access requirements you might have or support you might need


On receipt, you will receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 30 January

Decisions will be made during week commencing 19 February 2018.

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