Artist Opportunities

Fringe Common Rooms: New Voices Commission

We’re looking for an emerging playwright to create a new work, responding to the history and values of Fringe Common Rooms’ home, Trades Hall. We’re talking protest, solidarity and social change. The commissioned writer will receive $15,000, mentorship, residency at Fringe Common Rooms and a whole lot more. Up your alley? Keep reading, and get applying.

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What do you get?
  • A commissioning fee of $15,000
  • A bespoke mentorship program
  • Access to Fringe Common Rooms for creative development
  • Free venue hire for a rehearsed reading
  • A free Festival event registration
  • Priority programming at the Festival Hub
  • Producing, marketing, development and production support from Melbourne Fringe staff
What are we looking for?

We’re looking for a new work by an emerging playwright, of approximately 50-60 minutes. We particularly invite applications from under-represented voices on Australia stages, particularly voices that are First Nations, Deaf, disabled, culturally and linguistically diverse and from people of colour.

The selection panel will assess applications against the following criteria:

  • Previous experience as a writer with an emergent body of work
  • A demonstration of interest in exploring, experimenting and innovating within the artform of text-based works
  • An innovative and original idea for a new or substantially new work to be developed that responds to the thematic provocation:  issues of protest, solidarity and social change
  • A clear understanding of form and genre for the proposed work
  • A contribution to the diversity of Australian theatre
Expressions of Interest

To express your interest in being part of this program, please complete this form before Sunday 7th March, 11:59pm. Submissions after this date will not be considered.


Stone Motherless Cold, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020. Photo by J Forsyth.