Incubator provides a nurturing and stimulating environment in which emerging Queensland playwrights create the first draft of a new play.

Across nine months, award-winning playwright Kathryn Marquet leads the emerging artists through a range of activities designed to cultivate their own unique voice and inspire a work they never thought they would write. Through fortnightly workshops, outings to view contemporary new-writing theatre in Brisbane and one-on-one dramaturgical feedback, the playwrights will emerge with a beautifully crafted first draft, ready to take on the world.


  • A copy or excerpt (3 pages minimum) of what you consider to be your “best” written work to date. This may be any form: play scripts, poetry, prose, film scripts etc.
  • A one page CV, detailing your writing experience, education, and achievements.
  • 300 words articulating why you want to take the course, and why writing for the theatre is important to you.


Meet Kathryn Marquet

Kathryn is an actor and a playwright. Her published/performed works include: The Secret Garden (QT Young Artist Ensemble/Dead Puppet Society); The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek (Playlab/La Boite); The Owl and the Pussycat (Little Match); Furious Creatures (QPDA Finalist/Playwriting Australia workshop participant); and Pale Blue Dot (La Boite).  In 2017, Kathryn was Playwright In Residence at Playlab, and, in 2013, Kathryn held the position of Playwright in Residence at La Boite Theatre Company. Kathryn sat on the board of Associate Artists at Queensland Theatre from 2011 until 2013. Kathryn has recently completed her Masters of Philosophy in Playwriting from UQ.

Kathryn’s theatre performances include Magpie (Playlab),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Glass MenagerieAs You Like It, Ruben Guthrie and The White Earth (La Boite), Faustus (Bell Shakespeare/QT), The Crucible, Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project, and 25 Down (Queensland Theatre), Bastard Territory(JUTE/Brown’s Mart), Prehistoric and After All This (Elbow Room),April’s Fool (Empire), Tender (…and Moor), Risk (Umber), Catholic School Girls (ThreeSisters/Mad Cat), Brontë (ThreeSisters), Cinderella, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Two Weeks with the Queen, Into the Woods, andThe Taming of the Shrew (HRTC).

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Her film and television credits include the feature film Don’t Tell (Tori Garrett), and series’ Secrets & Lies (Hoodlum/Network Ten), and Sisters of War (ABC). Kathryn was engaged in the Emerging Artist program for QT in 2009. She won the 2009 Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist, was nominated for the 2010 Matilda for Best Supporting Actress and won Best Ensemble at the 2015 Melbourne Green Room Awards for Prehistoric. She is a graduate of the acting program at the University of Southern Queensland.

Anna Loren

Anna Loren is an actor, theatre maker and educator. Former Artistic Director of heartBeast Theatre, Anna studied at The Actors Workshop, and later at the Rose Bruford College of theatre and Performance, London, after being granted an international bursary. Here she developed her skills in devised and experimental theatre practises. She has undergone training and mentorship with a diverse range of companies, directors, voice and movement specialists including Beatrice Pemberton (Complicitè), Gabriel Gawin (Song of the Goat), Struan Leslie (Movement RSC), Irina Brown (Director), Nimh Dowling (Alexander Technique). Barbara Houseman (Voice RSC), Punch Drunk, LaBoite, Zen Zen Zo and the Trinity International Playwriting Festival. As an actor she has worked with heartBeast Theatre, Cuts and Grazes, Goat Track Theatre and Theatre N16. Anna has also taught for The Actors Workshop and NIDA Open (Brisbane), and well as The Rise Bruford Youth Theatre, NCS The Challenge and the Drama Club (London).

Bronagh McDermott

Bronagh McDermott is a recent UQ graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in drama. She’s also an op shopper, kitten enthusiast and theatre maker based in Brisbane. She has been involved with a number of UQ Drama productions, in roles including set design and stage manager. This year she is a part of Underground Productions’ Exec team as one of their Festival and Development Officers and has co-written their 2019 Anywhere Festival piece, ‘In Bloom’. She hopes 2019 is the year she dives further into writing, acting, producing and directing, creating theatre she loves wherever she can.

Cameron Hurry

Cameron Hurry is a Brisbane-based actor, theatre maker and clowning/comedy workshop facilitator. His theatre credits include THE WOMAN IN BLACK (Home of Arts/White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble), THE LONESOME WEST (Troop Productions). TASHI (Imaginary Ltd.) FRANKENSTEIN (Fractal Theatre), SUCKERS (LOLipop Productions), MACBETH (JUTE Theatre), ANGERY YOUNG WOMEN (Mixed Company), THE AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN, JANE EYRE, ALICE (Harvest Rain), and THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE (AStheatre). His film and television credits include WANTED (Matchbox/Channel 7), AVULSION (ScreamFest 2018), DOLLS (Flickerfest 2019), THE ALPHA (ScreenQld); and THE F WORD (Cannes Film Festival). He is a Matilda nominee for Best Emerging Artist and a proud member of Equity. Cameron looks forward to creating and writing stories that bring all people together through.

Chuxiao Kang

Chuxiao Kang is a Chinese-Australian writer based in Brisbane. Currently, Chuxiao is studying a Master of Business Information Systems; previously he completed a Bachelor of Business Management/Arts dual degree in 2018 as well as a Bachelor of Digital Media in 2012. Being an emerging writer, Chuxiao’s previous writing credits only include poems in the independently published zines Ariel 2: electric Boogaloo, I hate it when you sleep, for you are so f**king hideous yet so very aware of it, and Symposium, all of which were published by his university poetry club. His playwriting career started at the Festival of Australian Student Theatre where he participated in the 24-Hour Play Project with a solo play called Out of Sight, Out of Mind. It was, in his own words, “Not very good,” but it ignited a love of writing plays which has persisted up until now.

Honor Webster-Mannison

Honor Webster-Mannison is a Brisbane-based theatre maker, playwright and performance artist. Honor has been involved in programmes such as the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studios and Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program. She developed a short play called Bottlefeeders that was published as part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Voices Project and was subsequently staged at the Sydney Wharf Theatre. She has written and performed shows at the festival of Australian Student Theatre and has had artist residencies at House Conspiracy and Backbone Youth Arts. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, where she is majoring in Creative Writing.

Jessica Palfrey

Jessica Palfrey is a writer, director and designer from Byron Bay, Australia. She also has experience as a dancer and choreographer, and has worked as an English and Drama teacher in numerous secondary schools in both Brisbane and London. Theatre credits include: When The Friendship Has sailed – writer/designer (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018), The Milk of Human Kindness – writer (Theatre 503), N83 – dramaturg (Matchstick theatre London), Exit, pursued by a bear – co-writer/presenter (Podcast), Ragtime: there Will Be Blood! – co-writer/director (Anywhere Theatre festival 2016), Lady Macbeth and Macbeth vs. The World! – director (Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe), Sunnytown – assistant director (la Boite Indie 2015), The Pillowman – director/designer (Underground Productions), The Comedy of errors – adapter/director (Gold Coast Renaissance Faire), Autobahn – designer (Underground Productions), The Rover – costume designer/choreographer (UQ Arts).

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Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien is a Brisbane-based writer, editor, and creative producer. He has been described as “a fresh and exciting voice” by the Guardian Australia, and was awarded the State Library of Queensland Young writers Award (2017) as well as the QUT Undergraduate Creative writing prize (2014). His work can be found in publications such as The Lifted Brow, Scum Mag, and Voiceworks, and has been featured in the National Young Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, and Anywhere Theatre Festival. In 2016 Jonathan founded Brisbane arts residency space House Conspiracy, and was the Editor of the 2018 arts anthology ‘The Conspirator’.

You can find him on Twitter @jonobri, on Facebook, or at his website

Rachael S. Morgan

Rachael S. Morgan is an award-winning Australian fiction writer as well as a screenwriter, script editor, and screenwriting teacher. A former journalist, she was awarded the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize in 2011 for her short story, Tryst. She was also awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers Prize, has undertaken several residencies at Varuna – The writers House, and has been published numerous times in journals and magazines both here in Australia and internationally.

Rachael’s film and television credits include Wanted for Network seven and Matchbox Pictures; Mako Mermaids for Network TEN, Netflix, and Disney; and essential Media’s The Timeshifters. She has numerous film and television projects of her own in development, teaches screenwriting at New York Film Academy, and was recently awarded an Honourable Mention at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival for her feature film script, Preservation. Rachael is incredibly excited about exploring playwriting as a form and takes her philosophy from writer Anais Nin – “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”