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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, playwright Kathryn Marquet 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.

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Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, and teaching artist. Her past productions with Queensland Theatre include: The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Fledglings, Riley Valentine and the Occupation of Fort Svalbard and A Tribute of Sorts. With Laboite Theatre Company: Single Asian Female and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With Dead Puppets Society: The Wider Earth and The Harbinger. Emily has collaborated on numerous independent theatre projects with Monsters Appear; Imaginary Theatre Company; and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Awards include: 2012 Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role; and a recipient of Queensland Theatre Independents Resources funding to develop a new work with fellow collaborator Ellen Bailey. Emily has worked as a teaching artist with numerous organisations across Australia and is passionate about engaging young people with the arts.


Ruby Donohoe Headshot 1Ruby Donohoe is a performance-maker whose practice is rooted in the politics of encounter and in offering defiant acts of sensitisation in the face of the tyranny of convenience. Engaging with artistic lineages from performance installation and site-specific performance, Ruby uses intuitive collisions of text and somatic process-orientated movement.
Writing credits include: LUNG WATER developed with support from Doppelgangster (UK/AUS), SITI Company (NYC), and Backbone Arts (BRIS); The Good Room’s These Frozen Moments – contributing writer (Metro Arts, 2017); An Act of Intimacy which was developed as part of MKA’s subtxt festival (La Mama, 2015) and a sold-out debut at Backbone’s 2high Festival (Metro Arts, 2015). 
In 2017, Ruby graduated from SITI Company’s 2016/17 biennial conservatory (NYC), was a SITI Lab resident artist, a Doppelgangster (UK/AUS) DeepWater artist, and was in-residency at Seoul Arts Space Mullae. 
And this one time she danced naked, painted gold in the Hakuba Mountains, Japan with Akaji Maro from Tarantino's Kill Bill. 

katrina Highres 04726 copyKatrina Irawati Graham is an Indonesian-Australian who writes across genres and formats from crime, drama and kids animation. Her true love is feminist horror.

Her short films and scripts have won multiple awards.  Raesita Grey, her Indonesian ghost feature film, was selected for development under Screen Queensland’s IncuBAIT horror genre initiative. She co-wrote the crime webseries SCOUT which screened on ABC iView and won Best Foreign Webseries at Vancouver Webfest and Best Crime/Thriller Webseries at New York Webfest.
She was a participant in AFTRS/Screen Australia’s Talent Camp – a diversity and inclusion project designed to develop stories and capacity by creatives from diverse backgrounds.
Her first play, Siti Rubiyah, has been developed through the LOTUS Asian-Australian program created by Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Australian Asian Performance (CAAP) and the Girgensohn Foundation. It is in development with CAAP at Carriageworks later this year. 

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Keavong Alson Men is a Brisbane-based actor and writer of Cambodian descent. As an actor, from 2014-2017, Keavong was a part of Queensland Theatre's Logan Theatre Youth Ensemble ‘Traction’ where he performed in theatre productions including I Love You I Love You and The Pen-Ultimate. In 2017, in regard to his writing, he was 1/6 writers in Queensland Theatre's 18-26 Playwright’s Program where he was mentored by Maxine Mellor in writing his play Train Ride Home with Pa. From 2017/2018, he was a part of the creative team for Claire Christian's creative development of her play Book Club which had its reading at La Boite HWY Festival in mid March 2018. In 2017, Keavong completed his degree from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre.





68A3D73A AEA5 4195 8631 8C16D642ACD4 Malcolm Steele has been a Drama teacher for over thirty years. Recently, that all changed when he left the profession. He has directed countless student productions, musicals, Rock Eisteddfods and other theatrical events. He was also a director for Nash Theatre. He has completed training with NIDA,  Zen Zen Zo and participated in writing workshops with Queensland Writers’ Centre, Playlab and QTC. While completing an Education degree he studied Dramaturgy with Hilary Beaton and Writing for Performance with Don Batchelor. Malcolm has written full length works for secondary students, the emerge project, 10X10, Short and Sweet and has had a major work presented at the Judith Wright Centre. In 2017, his first manuscript was shortlisted for the Publishers’ Introduction Program at Varuna House. He continues to write both fiction and plays. Acceptance into the Incubator program, is a dream come true.


15171147 579202442271201 6812946288838720256 n Sarah Wilson is an emerging Brisbane based writer. She is currently studying a dual Arts/Mathematics degree at the University of Queensland. Sarah was a member of QTC’s Young Writers Group in 2016 and part of Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights 18-26 Program in 2017. She is also involved with student theatre at UQ, including directing a piece in Underground’s Playground Theatre Festival and stage-managing ARTS UQ’s end of year showcase. Sarah also had a short story published as part of the Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers’ 2014 anthology.


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Kathryn Marquet is a Brisbane-based playwright and actor. She is a graduate of the acting program at the University of Southern Queensland and holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Writing and Editing from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a Master of Philosophy at UQ in playwriting and tutors regularly in playwriting and performance.

Her debut play, Pale Blue Dot, featured in the 2014 main stage season at La Boite and was published by Playlab. Pale Blue Dot was critically acclaimed and went on to be nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best New Australian Work. Kathryn received a grant from Playwriting Australia to workshop Pale Blue Dot with nationally-acclaimed dramaturge Jane Bodie.

Kathryn’s contemporary adaptation of the classic novel The Secret Garden had a professional staged reading in 2015, directed by Ian Lawson and is currently under development. Her ecofeminist play Furious Creatures was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2016 and received a public reading at Queensland Theatre in July of that year. Her most recent play, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, was workshopped through Playlab’s BETA Testing program in 2016. Kathryn’s plays have been workshopped by La Boite, Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, Queensland Theatre, Playlab, and the University of Queensland. In 2013, Kathryn held the position of Playwright in Residence at La Boite Theatre Company. Kathryn sat on the board of Associate Artists at Queensland Theatre from 2011 until 2013 and was engaged in the Emerging Artist Program at Queenslane Theatre in 2009.

As an actor, Kathryn has worked extensively in Australian theatre for La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, and many independent companies. She has also played roles in TV series such as Secrets and Lies (Network 10) and Sisters of War (ABC). She won the 2009 Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist and was nominated for the 2010 Matilda for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Warren in Queensland Theatre's The Crucible

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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 CLOSED

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 closed 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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