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State Research & Development

Our quick response research and development program, 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. Other artists to utilise the program include Rosalba Clemente, Caleb Lewis, Duncan Graham, Tim Overton and Damian Callinan. We will be continuing to issue R&D offers through 2017 as part of our desire to support artists at all stages of the creative process.

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 ex Royal Shakespeare Company voice and text coach Charmian Gradwell and Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, our co-producers on Things I Know To Be True. 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 2017.

State Resident

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 isthisyours? new piece Angelique.

Our 2017 State Resident projects include:

Thank You Brain
Actor Tim Overton (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll) and director Corey McMahon (Eh Joe?) will team up to develop a one-person piece about one of the scourges of modern life, anxiety.

Three of South Australia’s leading performance makers, Ashton Malcolm (Othello), Josephine Were (romeo&juliet) and Meg Wilson will combine to create a new performance work.

  • 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.

    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:

    Patricia Cornelius
    Alexis West
    Elena Carapetis
    Phillip Kavanagh
    Duncan Graham
    Fleur Kilpatrick

    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.

    The next call for entries will come in mid 2017 and the winner will be announced during Writers’ Week at the Adelaide Festival.

    Previous winners include:

    Nicki Bloom
    Phillip Kavanagh
    Duncan Graham
    Fleur Kilpatrick

    Supported by:

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

    Young Playwrights Award

    Click here to view the Young Playwright’s Award page

    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 Resident Director Elena Carapetis