ATYP National Mentoring Program


Applications are now open for the 2016 ATYP National Mentoring Program.

Now in its fourth year, this program, the only one of its kind in Australia has to date supported 36 playwrights in Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. 

In 2016 four young playwrights aged 26 or under will again be supported by a mentor in their state as they produce two short works as well as attend monthly meetings to hone their skills and be part of a community of writers.

This year the program will run in: Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Crucially, this program is able to exist because of partnerships with organisations based in each city. 

These places are:

Carclew in Adelaide

Brown’s Mart in Darwin

and VCA School of Performing Arts in Melbourne

The 2016 Mentors are:

Adelaide: Jon Halpin

Brisbane: Saffron Benner

Darwin: Mary Anne Butler

Melbourne: Ross Mueller

Sydney: Jennifer Medway

Throughout the program participants will:

  • Attend a pre-arranged workshop session once a month with their mentor for 6 hours
  • Meet once a month independently of their mentor for at least 3 hours
  • Deliver a 15 minute play for 3 characters in June which is then rehearsed with actors.
  • Deliver a 30 minute play for 5 characters in November that will be workshopped with actors first, rehearsed and performed for an invited audience.

Participants Receive:

  • Mentoring across the year by an industry professional
  • A pass to Australian for the period of mentorship
  • The opportunity to work with actors from leading actor training institutions such as VCA, NIDA, QUT, Flinders and AC Arts
  • Several opportunities to showcase their work to invited audiences

To be eligible participants will need to:

  • Be aged 18-26
  • Have some experience in the past with playwriting
  • Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between March and November 2016.

Applications are due on the 15th of March at 5pm. Download the application form hereIf you have any questions please email Jenni on [email protected] or call her on 02 9270 2400



This program would not be possible without the generous support of the Graeme Wood Foundation, the Copyright Agency and The Willink Family.