Queensland Premier's Drama Award | Queensland Theatre

Entries are now closed for QPDA 2018-19.

About the Award:

The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is a national development award assisting writers and performance makers to grow their first drafts, pitch documents, sample scenes, concept sketches, or creative development findings into a production-ready text.

The Queensland Government, through Queensland Theatre, is seeking submissions from individual artists and collectives of all levels of experience working across different performance practices, for the 2018-19 cycle of the Award.

The goals of this Award are:

  • To produce a platform for Australian theatre makers and playwrights to develop new works that reflect our contemporary culture, and expose audiences to this work.
  • To promote the creation of high quality, original, artistic work
  • To recognise and develop creative artists, their work and their standing within our society.
  • To enhance the employment of Queensland actors, creative teams and production artists

Artists are invited to submit material (such as first draft scripts, recordings or pitch documents) that will form the basis of a new theatrical performance of quality and relevance to Australians today.  Long-listed entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel to speak further about plans for their work, and in early 2018 three finalists will be selected to further develop their project. The process of development includes workshops with industry experts and culminating in a play-reading of the artists’ work for the judging panel. The finalists will each receive a development fee during this period of work.

Following the presentation to the judging panel, a single a winner will be announced. The The winner will work with industry experts and Queensland Theatre towards a fully staged professional production in Queensland Theatre’s 2019 Season, and receive standard box office royalties.

For further information contact Shari Irwin, Producer (New Work and Development), 3010 7607 or sirwin@queenslandtheatre.com.au

Queensland Government


Michele Lee, Rice (winner)
Kathryn Marquet, Furious Creatures
Suzie Miller, I Looked Up and There You Were

Tim Benzie, The Overflow
Daniel Evans, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (winner)
Megan Shorey, One in Seven (music-theatre)

Stephen Carleton, 
Bastard Territory
David Megarrity (for The Human Company), The Empty City
Maxine Mellor, Trollop (winner)

Rebecca Clarke, 
Philip Dean, Unreliable Bodies
Marcel Dorney, Fractions (winner) 

Richard Jordan, 25 Down (winner)
Katherine Lyall-Watson, Tinder
Sven Swenson, Dangerfield Park

David Brown,  The Estimator (winner)
Anthony Funnell,  The Tram
Michael Riordan,  String

Adam Grossetti, Mano Nera (winner) 
Stephen Carleton, Constance Drinkwater and the Last Days of Somerset
Philip Chappell, Welcome to Dreamland

Sven Swenson, Road to the She-Devil’s Salon (winner)
Kathryn Ash,  Flutter
Bruce Clark, The Kaufman Letter
Simon Ratcliffe, Conurb
Hugh Watson,  The Valley
Gayle Wilkinson,  Goat Head Burs