Jada Alberts wins Indigenous Playwrights Award

Playwright and actor, Jada Alberts, has won The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award 2013 at an event at the Belvoir St Theatre today.

Jada Alberts wins Indigenous Playwrights Award

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The award was presented by Neil Balnaves, Director of The Balnaves Foundation and judge Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company.

Jada, who starred in a Belvoir production earlier this year called This Heaven, will be commissioned to write a play called Me & Jungali, which is based on the relationship between her father and his partner. It is a dark, romantic comedy about two lovers on the run, mostly from themselves. It will be naturalistic with a hint of the absurd.

‘The excitement, encouragement, and sense of confidence that this award brings is something I know will have a solid and lasting effect on what I hope will be a long career as a playwright,’ Alberts said.

The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is a $20,000 award which is comprised of a $12,500 commission to write a new play and a $7,500 cash prize.

Many major performing arts companies support and train Indigenous students—see AMPAG’s blog, Major Matters, posted today:Working with Indigenous children in remote communities.

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