Closing Date:  30 Oct, 2017

​Entries Open for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19

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Entries are now open for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA), the program that assists writers and performance makers develop their first drafts or concept sketches, into a world premiere professional production, with the winner being programmed into Queensland Theatre’s 2019 Season.


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Continuation of unique award celebrating new Australian performance works

Now in its 15th year, this prestigious national award continues a legacy of successful partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland Theatre. Artists across Australia are now being invited to submit their entries for the 2018-19 cycle.

Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong said the award had ushered a generation of plays and playwrights onto the mainstage. “The current QPDA-winning play RICE, by Michele Lee, is a highly accomplished work that confidently performs new playwriting’s distinctive function of reflecting contemporary society back to itself,” Mr Strong said.

The award covers a two-year cycle. In the first year, three finalists are selected and their works undergo creative development with industry professionals prior to judging and the announcement of the winner. The second year involves further development of the winning play followed by the professional world premiere production.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 October 2017, with finalists selected in January 2018. The winning entry will be announced in July 2018. Groups, as well as individual artists are encouraged to apply.

Previous winners include:

2016-17 Michele Lee for RICE


2012-13 Maxine Mellor for TROLLOP

2010-11 Marcel Dorney for FRACTIONS

2008-09 Richard Jordan for 25 DOWN

2006-07 David Brown for THE ESTIMATOR

2004-05 Adam Grossetti for MANO NERA

2002-03 Sven Swenson for ROAD TO THE SHE-DEVIL’S SALON

HOW TO APPLY: The conditions of entry and more information can be obtained by visiting Queensland Theatre’s website atwww.queenslandtheatre.com.au/QPDA or by contacting Shari Irwin, Producer of New Work and Development, on 07 3010 7607.