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 fortnightly workshops 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 will open early 2021.


2020 Participants


Meet Kathryn Marquet – Facilitator

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, and The 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.


Bianca Bality

Bianca Bality is a Brisbane-based playwright, theatre maker and founding member of independent theatre collective, The Naughty Corner.

Her credits as playwright include: ROCKETMAN (Backbone Festival – 2019). SAFE. (HWY Festival – 2019). SOMETHING IN THE WATER (MetroArts, 2019 & Festival of Australian Student Theatre, 2018).

She has also been involved in programmes such as; DPS Academy (2017), La Boite’s 21 creatives program (2019) and was recently an Artist in Residence at Backbone Youth Arts, along with fellow members of The Naughty Corner (2019).

Bianca’s writing style is best described as contemporary and macabre. An exploration of controversial themes surrounding Australian; youth, community, family and the influential environments in which human relationships develop and reside. Through the integration of magical realism, absurd plotlines and bold thematic choices, Bianca aims to present her macabre style of storytelling to audiences in a way that entertains, intrigues and provokes.


Ellen Shanley

Ellen Shanley is a Brisbane-based writer and teacher. In 2019, she completed the Professional Program in Writing for Television (Drama) at the University of California, Los Angeles and won the program’s competition for best TV Drama pilot. She was also longlisted for the Australian Writers’ Guild’s John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science Fiction Writing and was a Quarterfinalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition. In her spare time, she co-chairs the Brisbane Screenwriters group. Ellen has worked as a Drama, English and Literature Teacher at Secondary Schools in Queensland and the United States. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education as well as dual Bachelors of Journalism and Arts (Drama and English) from the University of Queensland. Ellen’s writing has been published in Writing Queensland Magazine. Her short play Grief was performed in Newcastle at Hissy Fits Play Festival in 2013.


Esther Dougherty

Esther Dougherty is an independent artist living and loving in Brisbane. Since graduating a BFA Drama at QUT she has worked across a range of creative disciplines – from solo playwriting to collaborative immersive theatre making. Her first original play, The Moon Men, debuted in 2015 with performances at Fresh Blood Festival and the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, before a season at Anywhere Theatre Festival 2016. From 2014 – 2019 Esther was a member of The SUI Ensemble. She was a creator and performer for the group’s last work La Silhouette, which toured to London’s Battersea Arts Centre in 2019 before returning to a sold out season at Brisbane Powerhouse’s MELT Festival. La Silhouette was awarded Best Independent Production at the 2020 Matilda Awards.


Indiah Morris

Indiah Morris is a Brisbane based artist, writer and theatre maker. She is a current QUT student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drama after studying Theatre and Visual Art at the Queensland Academies for the Creative Industries. Throughout her career she has trained and performed within other external youth ensembles such as Backbone Youth Arts Performance Ensemble, Queensland Theatre’s Young Artists Ensemble and is currently training with the physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo.  She was the 2018 winner of Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights Award for her play ‘The Bleachers’.

Her theatre credits include WHITE PICKET FENCE (Collaboratively Devised for 2019 MUSE festival), THE TRIAL (Queensland Theatre Young Artists Ensemble), RIDE (Backbone Performance Ensemble), RICHARD III (Brisbane Boys Grammar Senior Production), THE HOWL (Queensland Academy for Thee Creative Industries), AMATERASU (Butoh Performance in association with Mark Hill), DIDO AND AENEAS (Collaboration with Queensland Youth Ensemble and Opera Queensland.

You can find her on instagram @inkimo.


Madeleine Border

Madeleine Border is a Brisbane based theatre maker, performer, and writer. She has created shows for UQ’s Underground Playground Festivals 2016 and 2017, and performed in Underground’s 2018 production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’. She recently co-wrote, directed and performed in the play ‘Sometimes It’s Hot like the Sun’, staged at Vena Cava’s 2018 Freshblood Festival and then taken to FAST 2018. Her latest projects include performing in ‘In Bloom’ for this year’s Anywhere Theatre Festival and currently undergoing a theatre residency at Backbone Youth Arts for 2019. After completing her undergraduate studies in drama and political science, she is now in her final year of a Masters of Writing, Editing, and Publishing at the University of Queensland.


Nicholas O'Hara-Boyd

Since graduating from Bond University with a Bachelor of Film and Television in 2011, Nicholas has worked extensively as a writer, developer and script reader.

As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned to both write and develop feature films (Empire of the Son, Dracula) for independent producers and production companies in Asia and the United Kingdom.

In 2019, Nicholas was based in London as the principle script writer for video production studio Simpleshow UK. He continues to consult with them on a freelance basis and is responsible for training new writing talent within the company.

As a script reader, he has assessed screenplays for production companies such as Kudos, Next Wednesday Films and Ballpark Film Distributors. He is currently working as a story assessor for the Australian Writers’ Guild, where he was recently invited to be on the judging panel for the 2019 Monte Miller Awards.