Queensland's La Boite Theatre is launching new opportunities through its HWY programme to support local theatre-makers and boost artist employment.
The new offering will provide six paid opportunities.
The opportunities include a 12-month commission for a local playwright or group of writers, a 6-month opportunity for interstate collaborators to develop a new work for an existing idea, and four 3-month development opportunities for artists/companies to seed new work for La Boite's spaces.
“Supporting local artists, particularly those who have lost employment or income due to COVID-19, is at the forefront of our minds,” La Boite Artistic Director and CEO Todd MacDonald says.
“With this fresh development opportunity for artists, we’re considering the future of programming and we understand that it must look different for The Roundhouse Theatre and our surrounding spaces – we are excited to collaborate with our communities and invite in new ideas, while also providing talented artists with resources and income to develop new work that matters.”
With so much uncertainty surrounding re-opening theatres for live performances, La Boite Creative Producer Sanja Simic says research and development opportunities are critical.
“We are excited about the breadth of these opportunities and hope to hear from artists who are inspired to write or make work for La Boite’s iconic Roundhouse Theatre," she says. "As well as spaces in La Boite’s precinct, including the La Boite Studio, Foyer and Public Forecourt.”
Successful applicants will receive a fee for their work, as well as support in areas of production and administration (among others) during the development.
La Boite is offering $15,000 for the 12-month playwright commission, $5,000 for the 6-month interstate collaboration and $2,500 per 3-month development opportunity.
Applications are open now until 13 July. Applicants will be notified in mid-August.