Designed to bridge the gap between burning ambition and professional practice, Incubator provides a nurturing and stimulating environment in which emerging Queensland playwrights create the first draft of a new play.

Through workshops, mentoring, and structured writing goals led by award-winning playwright Kathryn Marquet, Incubator participants will be guided through a range of activities designed to cultivate their own unique voice, develop their craft, and create an original new work. They’ll also receive detailed one-on-one dramaturgical feedback on this work to emerge from the program with a professionally developed and beautifully crafted first draft.


PROGRAM FACILITATOR – KATHRYN MARQUET

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.

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, and The Taming of the Shrew (HRTC).

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.


2022 Incubator Participants


Amy Chien-Yu Wang

Amy Wang is a playwright, theatre-maker and director. Formerly a multimedia journalist with SBS and the 2018 winner of the Queensland Multicultural Awards, Amy has interviewed thousands of people of multicultural backgrounds over many years.

A Taiwan-born, Aotearoa-raised 1.5 generation migrant, Amy sees her mission as telling powerful stories of under-represented migrant communities. She is particularly interested in exploring mental health, intergenerational and interracial issues based on her own experience of growing up and living as a migrant in Aotearoa and Australia.

Like many, Amy also suffered heightened depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Amid chaos and devastation, Amy discovered her hidden love in performing, playwriting and theatre-making.

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Her first mini play, AI May, was shortlisted in the US-based Wheaton 10-Minute Play Festival. In order to produce an online entry for the festival, Amy cast, produced, directed, crowd-funded the short film version of AI May within a month followed by two live showcases a month after.

Amy is excited to join the 2022 Playlab Theatre Incubator Program to jumpstart her career in theatre-making. Her goal is to create culturally-sensitive work that inform, inspire, educate and entertain the wider public.


Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson is a writer and artist from Brisbane. Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019) is her first full-length poetry collection, which won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. In 2020 Anna won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (Open Creative Nonfiction), was awarded a Queensland Writers Fellowship, and was shortlisted in the Spark Prize. In 2018 she won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies including Chicago Quarterly Review, Griffith Review, Australian Poetry Journal, CorditeMeanjin, Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry, and more. Anna’s poetry chapbook The Last Postman (Vagabond Press, 2018) is part of the deciBels 3 series. She is a PhD candidate at QUT specialising in memoir. She holds a Master of Philosophy in poetry (QUT 2018), a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (UQ 2019), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing) (QUT 2015), and a Bachelor of Photography with Honours (Griffith University 2009). She was a finalist in the 65th Blake Art Prize, 2019 Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing and 2009 Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture. She won the 2009 Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge. Her website is www.annajacobson.com.au


Felicity Morton

Fliss Morton is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based playwright, director, and producer. She is the co-founder of T!TS AKIMBO; a new theatre collective for badly behaved creatives to tell female centric stories. She is also a soon to be graduate from QUT’s BFA Drama.

She wrote and directed her first play Growing Pains in 2020, which was performed at BackDock Arts. Her next writer/ director project was the following year when her play The Only Kind of Soulmate was performed at Vacant Assembly. In 2022, Fliss is co-writing, co-producing and co-directing T!TS AKIMBO’s debut work The Politics of Vodka Lime Soda.

These projects, plus the co-creation of T!TS AKIMBO, have helped Fliss find her voice as a feminist storyteller whose work subverts the norm and normalises the subverted.


Kurt Duval

Kurt Duval graduated from Q.U.T. (B.A.Drama) 1998, specializing in Physical Theatre. His stage debut was in 1989 with Lyric Opera Queensland, Production of Carmen.

His achievements include being: a member of the elite Cirque Du Soleil performer bank, a recipient of Arts Queensland funding to study at the School of Physical Theatre in London, and was a founder and president of the Vena Cava Theatre Company.

Kurt has trained and performed with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company, Rock’N’Roll Circus, Circa, Trix Circus and with members of Circus Oz and Legs on the wall.

His film credits include Scooby Doo, and The Magician for Village Roadshow Pictures, The Condemned for Lionsgate and WWE Films, Step Sister from Planet Weird for Disney Films, Akoni for One Love Films, Bondi and many other Australian short films.

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Kurts’ TV, Netflix and TVC credits include Irreverent as Auctioneer, Sea Petrol (Episode 7), as Setiawan, Dan Murphys’ Christmas Deliveries as Malcom.

His stage credits include: South Pacific for Opera Australia/Frost Productions, Apparatus and Hand for Queensland Theatre Company and Opera North, The Little Dragon for REM Theatre (Seoul, Korea) and Macbeth with both Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company and Grin and Tonic Theatre Company.


Michael Sams

Michael Sams is an award-winning playwright, actor and director originally from Brisbane but currently residing in Townsville. His short plays have been performed around Australia and overseas. He is a published playwright (Together – via Australian Plays Transform) and short story writer. Michael has also performed with several notable companies in Brisbane (QT, Matrix/QPAT, 4MBS) and Townsville (TheatreiNQ, Grey Rose). In 2019, Michael performed his one-man comedy show The Specialists at the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts. Michael has worked with several dramaturgs to develop his full-length plays, notably including Michael and Margery Forde. He studied drama at QUT and is currently completing a Masters of Creative Writing at Macquarie University. Michael is a script assessor and Regional Literary Manager (Queensland + New Zealand) for the international Short + Sweet Festival. He is a previous committee member of the Townsville City Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund and currently a TheatreiNQ acting ensemble member.


Tammy Weller

In 2010, Tammy wrote, produced, and performed Single Admissions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and a sell-out season at Metro Arts, Brisbane. Single Admissions was nominated for six Matilda Awards including Best Independent Production and Best New Australian Work. In 2014, Single Admissions was published by Playlab. In 2019, she co-produced, co-created and operated IM.mortal for Melbourne Comedy Festival; a one-woman show starring Alex Hines. Her latest play, Pocketful of Pebbles, was in collaboration with Lisa Smith and Victoria Carless and performed at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. She was the Associate Festival Producer of the Wynnum Fringe Festival in 2021.


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