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.
*Applications for the next round of Incubator applicants will be open in 2022.
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 Menagerie, As 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.
2021 INCUBATOR PARTICIPANTS
Damian Tatum is a theatre-maker and aspiring director and designer, graduating his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at QUT in 2016. Damian’s interest orbits around the expansive creative potential offered by engaging with collaborative-based practice and scenographic design methodologies.
In 2019, Damian pursued a practice development year which, amongst other creative pursuits, saw him: work for Queensland Theatre; production / stage manage and lighting design for Matilda Award-Winning La Silhouette; travel to South Australia to attend the DreamBIG Festival and an observation with Windmill Theatre company; and travel to New York to train for 4 weeks with SITI Company. It was during this time Damian started to focus on writing as a new direction in his creative output, which he has quietly harboured though 2020.
Damian’s creative credits include: For 30LD: RIDE (Backbone Festival 2018, Valley Festival 2018, as Co-director and Co-facilitator, Head Stage Manager); for Queensland Theatre: Death of a Salesman (2019, Assistant Stage Manager); as Director/ Designer: Unplugged (Metro Arts Development 2018, QUT 2016, working title), WILD WEST (development showing FAST 2017) Fragments of a Hologram Rose (specific section; QUT 2015), NUMBERS (Freshblood 2014, Co-director); as Assistant Director: MACBETH (The Danger Ensemble 2017); as Dramaturg: Bare Feet (Co-Deviser: RPAC 2016 & QUT 2015); as Lighting Designer: Umami Mermaids (Brisbane Festival 2018); as Scenic Designer: Of Mirrors and Angels (Vena Cava 2015, FAST 2015); As Stage Manager: Umami Mermaids (Brisbane Festival 2018).
Flynn Hall is a director, writer and deviser based on Turrbal and Jagera land (Brisbane). She is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts (Directing) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
As a writer, Flynn has contributed to The Good Room’s public art exhibition, These Frozen Moments, presented with Metro Arts and Brisbane City Council (2017), and Flowstate (2018). Her first short play, Fish Fingers, was written at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) National Studio in 2018. This script was then commissioned by ATYP and was published and staged as part of Intersection 2019: Arrival.
Flynn has worked as an assistant director for Queensland Theatre, Queensland Music Festival, QUT acting and NIDA acting. Flynn directed the music video for Charbel’s single, River of Neglect, in collaboration with triple j Unearthed, NIDA and Rage. For Flynn’s graduate show at NIDA she directed the first fully-realised production of Melissa Bubnic’s, When Vampires Shop, commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company (STC). Flynn was fortunate to be mentored by STC’s Associate Director, Paige Rattray on this production. Other NIDA directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in collaboration with Actors Centre Australia (ACA), Weimar Kabarett, and Un/Known, devised with students from NIDA and the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA).
Flynn also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and First Class Honours for her research investigating the craft of female directorship. Flynn’s creative practice is reflective of her passion for inciting collaboration and cultivating empowering, community-centric theatre experiences.
Kerith Atkinson graduated from the QUT Fine Arts: Acting degree. For the Queensland Theatre Company she has performed in the PlayClub reading of Sunset Strip, The Lost Property Rules, Pygmalion, An Oak Tree, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol, Vincent in Brixton and The Works as well as being chosen for the Emerging Artist ensemble. Other theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, and Operator (La Boite Theatre Company), Splendour and A Slight Ache/The Lover (Now Look Here), two seasons of Motherland (Ellen Belloo), Njunjul the Sun (Kooemba Jdarra), Colder (La Boite indie), Bronte (Three Sisters Productions), Dear Charlotte and Black Christmas (Theatre Activ8), The Tempest, Prometheus Unbound and three seasons of Amadeus (4MBS). For various independent theatre companies in Brisbane and Sydney: Three Sisters, The Heartbreak Kid, LovePuke, Dark Heart, and Like There’s No Tomorrow. Nominations include Matilda Awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Emerging Artist.
Her film and television credits include three seasons of Mako: Island of Secrets, Reef Break, Harrow, Reef Doctors, Terra Nova, All Saints, Farscape and the feature films Australia Day, Girl Clock, Talking Back at Thunder and A Guide To Dating At The End Of The World as well as commercials, short films and film clips. As Assistant Director, Kerith has worked on Constellations (QT) and Poison (EG Productions) and as Director on Alice In Wonderland (Rapidfire International), Crazy Brave (QUT) and short works for various theatre festivals. Kerith is also a voice over artist and has been a proud Equity member since 1998.
Luke Diamond is an emerging writer and performer based in Meanjin/Brisbane. Most recently, Luke has participated in the Writing Poetry workshop run by Huda the Goddess, the Writing For Theatre program facilitated by Maxine Mellor (where he wrote Connections a play about loneliness, digital intimacy and physical isolation) and placed equal first in the recent digital slam poetry event Speak Up, Own Your Own Voice. Luke has completed actor training in clowning in the Bouffon Intensive run by Clockfire Theatre, Leah Shelton’s Bitch Dojo and a Danger Ensemble physical theatre workshop series. Luke’s work attempts to speak to our current political climate with a particular focus on climate justice, personal agency within corrupt systems and the challenging of patriarchal structures. Luke is a part of Yours Sincerely theatre collective who have produced two shows, This Fantastic Plastic Planet and Sometimes It’s Hot Like The Sun.
Oliver Gough is an emerging playwright and performance maker from Coffs Harbour, and a recent graduate of Honours in Drama at the University of Queensland. His honours essay (supervised by Playwright Stephen Carleton) considered the forms of absurdism and the science play in investigating climate change on stage, and was accompanied by a one-act play which engaged with these forms and themes. This project further built an interest in interrogating climate-change ravaged futures, and using absurdism and ‘cli-fi’ to satirise top-down, celebrity focused responses to the threat. A previous 10-minute absurdist farce Disney Off Ice was produced by UQ Drama students in 2019, and the one-act Honours play X received a staged reading in 2020, and is in the works for staging by Underground Productions in mid-2021. With a background in student theatre performance, Oliver tries to create juicy comedic offers for actors, and also believes in the potential of theatre to generate ideas, debate and action.
Olivia Brand is an independent theatre maker based in Meanjin (Brisbane), working predominately as a writer, performer, and producer. In 2019 she graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama, and she is a founding member of collaborative theatre company, Chance Collective.
With a particular interest in comedic and immersive work, Olivia’s credits include shows with Backbone Youth Ensemble (Ride, 2018), for Anywhere Theatre Festival (There’s No Sex ’Til The Third Act, 2018; Dream a House, 2017), with local comedian, Geordie McGrath (Short and Sweet, 2017), and with The SUI ensemble (GAME and Suicide Show, 2015).
Her practice tends to toy with traditional theatre boundaries, encouraging work that unpacks social taboos and acts as an outlet for introspection. Channelling her skillset into community arts event and initiatives, she has helped produce Candy Social Club’s 2021 Mardi Gras, local 2019 music festival Jailbreak Festival, and both Vena Cava’s playwriting program and workshop programs in 2018. In her ongoing work with Chance Collective and in her independent practice, Olivia’s style charms and alienates audiences, re-contextualising words and space to empower communities in the process.