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.
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.
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
Gorgon – Elena Carapetis
Things I Know To Be True – Andrew Bovell
Tartuffe – Phillip 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:
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:
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
We do not receive unsolicited submissions from unproduced writers.
Professionally produced playwrights and agents should contact Resident Director Elena Carapetis