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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.

"The support and connection that this program fosters is exceptional."

"I would never have finished a draft if not for this program!"

"The drafting feedback and access to Playlab staff was beyond useful." 

Across nine months of 2019, 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 2020 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 2019 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 2019 closed 5pm on the 15th of February.

To learn how to format your script application click HERE. 

A $100 administration fee is payable upon acceptance.

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Kathryn Marquet is a playwright and actor, based in Brisbane. Her eco dark-comedy, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, had its world premiere at La Boite Theatre Company in February of this year to critical acclaim. The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek was workshopped through Playlab’s BETA program in 2016 and then through their Playwright in Residence position in 2017. Kathryn was commissioned to write the book and libretto for the original children’s opera, The Owl and the Pussycat, by Little Match Productions, which premiered at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and 2018 Brisbane Festival. Her debut play, Pale Blue Dot, featured in the 2014 main stage season at La Boite. Pale Blue Dot was critically acclaimed and went on to be nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best New Australian Work. Her eco-feminist 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. It went on to be part of the National Playwriting Workshops in 2017 with Playwriting Australia. 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 as an actor at QT 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 appeared in TV series such as Secrets and Lies (Network 10) and Sisters of War (ABC) and the feature film Don’t Tell. She won the 2009 Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist and was nominated for the 2010 Matilda for Best Supporting Actress for The Crucible. She was part of the four-person ensemble that won the 2015 Melbourne Green Room Awards’ Best Ensemble in Elbow Room’s Prehistoric. She is a graduate of the acting program at USQ  and has recently completed her Masters in Philosophy (playwriting) from UQ  for her neo-Victorian, eco-focused reimagining of The Secret Garden, which is currently under development with one of Australia’s most exciting independent companies.  

Kathryn is an experienced workshop leader and teaches playwriting and performance studies casually at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and the University of New England. Kathryn is committed to telling stories that encourage Australian audiences to consider their relationship with the Earth and its creatures, in the hope that she may contribute to fostering positive change and conversation around ecological and ecofeminist issues.

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Anna Loren

Bronagh McDermott

Cameron Hurry

Chuxiao Kang

Honor Webster Mannison

Jessica Palfrey

Jonathan OBrien

Rachael S. Morgan

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