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

Through workshops, mentoring, and structured writing time, Incubator participants are guided by award-winning playwright, Kathryn Marquet, through a range of activities designed to cultivate their own unique voice and develop their craft. Participants also receive detailed one-on-one dramaturgical feedback on their new work and emerge from the program with a professionally developed and beautifully crafted first draft. 

The next Incubator Program will commence in 2025. Please sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to be the first to hear when applications open.

Kathryn Marquet

“Incubator is a rigorous, challenging, and inspiring playwriting program that sees participants write two drafts of a full-length play text within a year. Supported and challenged by their colleagues, Incubator pushes playwrights to quickly grow their craft in a hotpot of activity with constant checkpoints along the way. Participants are given a ’toolbox’ for play development, which they can take with them when they complete the program. It’s our hope that Incubator, throughout the years, has created a groundswell of local playwrights who have the tools and emerging expertise to engage in world-class storytelling and create works of cultural legacy into the future.”

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.