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Just like a mother hen cares and nurtures her babies from egg to young spring chick, each year we take 6 emerging writers (aged 18 - 80+) and, through an outpouring of love, foster their growth as fresh Australian writers.

Incubator seeks to identify, support and develop emerging Queensland playwrights by creating a unified and nurturing environment in which to complete the first draft of a new play.

Across nine months of 2018, award-winning playwright Richard Jordan will lead participants through a range of activities designed to cultivate their own unique voice – and inspire a play they never thought they would write. Each workshop will revolve around a different “access point” to beginning a new work such as: Memory, Emotion, and Landscape, while various aspects of craft will be explored. At the end of the workshop series, each participant will hand in the first draft of a full-length play, and receive one-on-one feedback. At least one Incubator play is guaranteed entry into the 2019 Alpha Processing program.


Incubator is open to South-East Queensland playwrights eighteen years and over, in the first three years of their practice. The program will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at Playlab’s Rehearsal Room. An introductory session will take place one week before the first workshop.

Applications for 2018 are now OPEN

Application requirements:

Interested playwrights should email the following:

  • A copy or excerpt (3 pages minimum) of what you consider to be your “best” written work to date.  This may be any form: play scripts, poetry, prose, film scripts etc.
  • A one page CV, detailing your writing experience, education, and achievements.
  • 300 words articulating why you want to take the course, and why writing for the theatre is important to you.

Applications for 2018 close 5pm on the 20th of February.

To learn how to format your script application click HERE.


A $100 administration fee is payable upon acceptance.
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Richard-10 BW cropped 3Richard Jordan is an award-winning Brisbane-based playwright. His first play Into the Nile was shortlisted for the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Award in 2002. His second play like, dead was produced at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in 2005, revived by Vena Cava Theatre Company in 2009, and again by PLoT Theatre Society, Hobart in 2015. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme in London from 2007-08. His third play 25 Down won the 2008-09 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, and was produced by Queensland Theatre Company as part of their 2009 season. His fourth play Machina premiered as part of La Boite Indie in 2014, and won the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2015 Matilda Awards. Both 25 Down and Machina have been published by Playlab. Richard is the recipient of a Marrickville Council Artist’s Residency (2011), and a MacDowell Colony Creative Fellowship, New Hampshire (2012/13). He is a full member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, and has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Drama at the University of Queensland.


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Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 11.30.30 amDavid Stewart is a Brisbane based writer and performer. He is the writer and co-founder of enigmatic musical comedy trio The Architects of Sound. The band’s latest work The Architects of Sound: Arena Spectacular was commissioned by Brisbane Festival in 2016 and has since travelled to Fringe World, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival. His recent writing credits include Numb and Non-Vegan Hoagies and Other Signs of the Impending Apocalypse as part of ATYP Fresh Ink National Studio 2016, An Intimate Evening with the Architects of Sound (Wonderland, Melbourne Fringe Festival; 2015, Woodford Folk Festival 2014), Slug (Rock Surfers Theatre Company 2014) and The Art of Conversation (Short + Sweet BEST COMEDY winner 2013). David is also a recent graduate of the NIDA Writing for Performance Masters in 2015.

Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 11.59.00 amHeidi Harrison is an emerging writer and performance maker from Brisbane. Last year she graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drama with a minor in Creative Writing. This year she is undertaking her Honours degree with a focus on the relationship between feminist theory and physical performance. She has a keen interest in contemporary, highly physical performance that experiments with form.






Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 12.05.32 pmZachary Boulton is a graduate of both Griffith University and Southbank Institute of Technology, Zachary performed lead roles Sven Swenson's The Truth About kookaburra's (2012) Dangerfield Park (2014) Beautiful Souls (2015). Since graduating Zachary has also toured The Box and An Experiment With The Caucasian Chalk Circle through Artslink and Backbone (2013-17). In 2015 Zachary Performed a one man show called The Fever by Wallace Shawn at The Anywhere Theatre Festival and most recently he performed in Hanako by Belloo Creative (2016). Currently Zachary is teaching acting at QUT and Yeronga State High and acting in numerous short films and TVC's.

Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 12.06.04 pmEileen O’Hely is the award-winning author of the Penny the Pencil and Kitten Kaboodle books for primary school children and PEP Squad for older readers. Her debut book Penny the Pencil won the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Honour Award 2005/2006, and both Kitten Kaboodle books were shortlisted for awards in 2015 and are on the Premier’s Reading Challenge in several Australian states. Her books have been translated into three languages, and she is published in five countries.
In addition to writing novels for primary-aged children, Eileen is expanding her practice to develop work for Young Adult readers and more interactive audiences, including locative fiction for Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Reads and most recently writing for the stage. 
Eileen’s path to becoming a writer and aspiring playwright is unconventional. With a double degree in Arts/Science (Hons) and a PhD in Astrophysics, she has worked as a university tutor, IT professional, English teacher and sports journalist.

Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 12.06.33 pmOlivia Hall-Smith.  At the end of 2015 as part of Underground Production's Playground Festival, she produced and performed in a short musical she had written based on the television series The Bachelor, called Roses Are Red (And So Is Blood). She is always writing in her spare time, as well as continually editing, reading and collaborating on scripts either on her own or with other creatives, all in addition to constantly working and creating with The Miscreants.





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Merilee Ettia is a writer and performer of musical theatre and theatre practice. Her play Fallen Olympus was the highest selling show of MUSE Theatre Festival in 2015 and later won first runner up in QT’s Young Playwright’s Award. As an actor she has trained in realism, comedy, classical and contemporary theatre with QACI, QT’s Youth Ensemble and QUT Drama. Some of her notable roles include Coral in Away, Hamlet in Hubris and Alex in QT’s Landmine is Me. As a singer she has advanced vocal qualifications and has performed solos at QPAC and the Powerhouse. She has also sung in various musicals, playing the Genie in Aladdin, Gabriella Montez in High School Musical and originating the role of Melania in You’ve Been Trumped. Her other passions include marketing and arts management, as a three time La Boite Ambassador and a member of Vena Cava Productions.


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