Fuel your Fire!

Focused on providing emerging First Nations Directors and Dramaturgs the necessary real-world experience to flourish, Fuel provides a creative and supportive space for First Nations artists to join a rehearsal room and participate in the development of new work.

Beginning in September 2024, participants will work under a one-on-one mentorship with directing and dramaturgy mentors to contribute across rehearsal and development rooms, gain insight into dramaturgical and directorial processes and refine their artistic instincts.

In addition, participants will also receive a $2500 stipend to support their engagement in the program. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be available to attend all in-person sessions from September – November 2024.

Applications close August 22, 2024.

Fuel comprises of two streams: Directing and Dramaturgy.

Stream 1 – Directing

Mentee’s will largely be observing the rehearsals of Playlab Theatre’s production of Eat, Slay, Zombie by Alinta McGrady with mentor Lisa Fa’alafi across the month of October.

Additionally, mentee’s will also join mentor Alexander Bayliss in the direction of three newly developed works produced by the ‘Ignition’ Program. Taking place across two non-sequential days in November, actors and directors will explore and test the script, before rehearsing and performing works in a public reading,

Stream 2 – Dramaturgy

Mentee’s will observe and participate in the dramaturgy of three new works being developed as part of Playlab Theatre’s ‘Ignition’ Program with mentor Kathryn Marquet. Mentee’s will observe one-on-one meetings and workshops, offer feedback to playwrights and complete dramaturgy reports throughout September and October.

Q. Can I apply if I am not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? 

A. No. This program is specifically for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community members. 

Q. What if I don’t have any prior experience? Can I still apply? 

A. Absolutely! As long as you are available to attend all in-person sessions you are more than welcome to apply. 

Q. Can I apply for both dramaturgy and directing streams? 

A. Yes. 

Q. Will there be cultural support in the program?

A. Yes! The ‘Ignition’ program is supported by QPAC First Nations Team, and Playlab Theatre’s Aunty-In-Residence: Aunty Roxanne McDonald. 

Q. Will I be remunerated for my time?

A. Yes! This development program is funded by Playlab Theatre, and you will receive a $2500 stipend, divided across three payments to participate in the program. However, if you are unable to complete the program or cannot attend all of the program events, the payments may be reduced or cancelled.

Q. What if I have special circumstances or accessibility requirements?

A. Please reach out to us at info@playlabtheatre.com.au before applying if you would like to chat about the ways we can best support you in this program.

Q. Where is this program held?

A. This program will be held in Brisbane.

Q. Can I apply if I am not from Brisbane?

A. To be eligible participants must be able to attend the program in-person. However, if you are interested in participating in this program, and cannot attend in person or only partially in person, please reach out to us at info@playlabtheatre.com.au to discuss.

Aunty Roxanne McDonald is descended from the Mandandanjii, Wangan & Darambal tribes of Central Queensland. She has worked as an actor with leading Australian theatre companies for over 30 years in over 65 main-stage theatre productions. Her recent Stage, Film and TV Credits include: Hit Productions: The Sunshine Club currently touring the country. LaBoite Theatre: Away & Tiddas, Queensland Theatre Company: Our Town. Television: Queen of Oz Film: Australia Day. Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award – Actors Benevolent Fund (2022); Matilda Awards Special Commendation (2000). Roxanne has voice over, creative development & many arts related projects to her credit. She co-directed Face to Face for Playlab Theatre; Queensland Theatre’s Don’t Ask What The Bird Look Like & Belvoir St Theatre’s Tiddas (co-produced with LaBoite). Aunty Roxy was appointed Artistic Elder with Queensland Theatre in 2023.
Kathryn Marquet 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.

Alexander Bayliss is a playwright from Brisbane. In 2019 his play Squad Goals was produced by Share House Theatre Company and the script published by Playlab Theatre. Currently Alexander is writing the book and co-writing lyrics for the musical On the Docks which had a work-in-progress showing as part of the Griffith University Conservatorium of Music’s 2015 concert series. His play The Ghastly Anatomy of Dr Wilson (formally titled: Formaldehyde) was long-listed for the 2017/2018 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, and was developed as part of Playlab Theatre’s Lab Rats program in 2014, and Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights Program in 2017. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and a Master of Creative Industries (Creative Writing) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and in 2015 was mentored by Saffron Benner as part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program.