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State Research & Development

State R&D is designed to provide support to artists when they have the very beginnings of an idea. Since its inception, it has seen projects including Phillip Kavanagh’s Jesikah and Elena Carapetis’ Gorgon progress to the stage. State R&D is an important support mechanism for artists with the germ of an idea, providing time and space to explore themes and concepts in the development of a pitch or treatment that may then go on to full commission. The program provides small scale funding for artists to develop their ideas

Other artists to utilise the program include Rosalba Clemente, Caleb Lewis, Tim Overton and Damian Callinan. We will be continuing to issue R&D offers through 2018 as part of our desire to support artists at all stages of the creative process. Over the past few years we’ve supported more than twenty South Australian artists in their quest to bring their ideas to life. Duncan Graham’s new version of Creditors started out as a State R&D Project, and we are proud to have it as part of our 2018 Subscription Season.

If you wish to discuss a State R&D proposal please contact Artistic Program Manager Shelley Lush.

Leading Makers Masterclasses

For theatre makers training never truly ends and at State Theatre Company we believe in investing in the skill base of our local artistic community. When possible we provide masterclasses with industry leaders to a range of Adelaide artists for free.

Over the past few years we’ve had classes delivered by our co-producers on Things I Know To Be True: ex-Royal Shakespeare Company voice and text coach Charmian Gradwell and Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly. We also hosted sessions with some of Frantic Assembly’s practitioners. All the masterclasses included a mix of established and emerging artists as well as a small number of elite students from Flinders University and AC Arts. More masterclass opportunities will be offered throughout 2018.

State Resident

Our residency program has been running since 2013 and has so far supported 10 different groups of independent artists developing their work. Participants in State Resident are provided with a week’s rehearsal space at our Lion Studio, a budget for artists’ fees and creative and production support from the company

Since 2013 our residency program has supported the creation of works including Torqueshow’s hit show Madame (staged as part of the 2015 State Umbrella Program in partnership with Vitalstatistix), Stone/Castro’s Decomposition (which toured to Portugal in 2015), Emily Steel’s Rabbits (our Umbrella production in 2017) and a new piece from isthisyours?, Angelique.

In 2018 the brilliant storyteller and performance maker Emma Beech will be in residence and will use her time to turn the lens on the other half of the theatrical equation, the audience, to create a new piece, In Conversation With An Audience.

  • Commissions

    At State Theatre Company, our vision is that the Company will, alongside its work with reinvigorated classics and extant Australian repertoire, be a powerhouse for the development of outstanding new work. At the heart of that process is our commissioning program.

    The 2018 Season will feature several new commissions, including:

    In The Club – Patricia Cornelius – 23 February – 18 March

    Terrestrial – Fleur Kilpatrick – 23 May – 2 June

    Creditors – Duncan Graham – 20 July – 5 August

    The Gods Of Strangers – Elena Carapetis – 9 November – 2 December

    Other recently commissioned projects to appear in State Theatre Company seasons include:

    The Kreutzer Sonata – Sue Smith
    Hedda Gabler – Joanna Murray Smith
    Maggie Stone – Caleb Lewis
    The Seagull – Hilary Bell
    Jesikah – Phillip Kavanagh
    Little Bird – Nicki Bloom, with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant
    GorgonElena Carapetis
    Things I Know To Be TrueAndrew Bovell
    TartuffePhillip Kavanagh

    Since 2013 we’ve shepherded a massive number of new works through our best practice development model achieving over an 85% ‘page to stage’ success rate.

    Writers currently under commission include:
    Alexis West
    Phillip Kavanagh
    Emily Steel
    Glenn Shea

    Jill Blewitt Award

    This prestigious Award, established in memory of Company Chair Jill Blewett, is granted biennially and includes a full commission to the winner, along with a week long creative development Program.

    The call for entries closed on 30 June 2017 and the winner will be announced during Writers’ Week at the Adelaide Festival.

    Previous winners have included Nicki Bloom (Vale) and Phillip Kavanagh (Tartuffe). The 2016 Jill Blewitt award winners were commissioned to write new productions for the State Theatre Company’s 2018 season: Fleur Kilpatrick’s Terrestrial, and Duncan Graham’s Creditors.

    Supported by:

    The Government of South Australia through Arts SA
    State Theatre Company SA Foundation

    For more information on Flinders Young Playwrights Award

    Unsolicited Scripts

    We do not receive unsolicited submissions from unproduced writers.

    If you would like a written assessment of your work we refer you to the Australian Writers Guild.
    Information on their script assessment services can be found here.

    You can also seek further resources and assistance from Playwriting Australia or the SA Writers Centre.

    Professionally produced playwrights and agents should contact our Resident Artist Elena Carapetis