Frequently Asked Questions – Incubator

Q. How much writing should I submit?

A. Please submit 3 pages of your best writing. Use a 3 page extract from previous work. We don’t require any more than 3 pages, so please don’t submit more as we don’t have the resources to read more than that.


Q. What kind of writing should I submit?

A. You can submit whatever style writing you would like. Whatever you think highlights your skills the most.


Q. Do I need to know what project I want to work on before applying?

A. You do not need to know what play you intend to work on before applying for this program. The first couple of sessions of this program will help you explore ideas that you may continue to work on. You can come into the program with an idea of what play you want to write, but this is not a requirement for applying. We recommend allowing the program to guide you to the idea.


Q. What are the outcomes of the program?

A. Across the course of the program you will do sessions on form, genre, dialogue and so much more. You will progress through the stages of writing a new work, from conception to beat sheet and finally to your first and second drafts.


Q. Do I have to pay a program fee?

A. No! This development program is funded by Playlab Theatre, so all you have to do is show up and do the work!


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

A. Please reach out to us at 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. Incubator is held on Monday nights from 6pm to 8:30pm throughout the year, beginning in March. We have a downloadable schedule for you to review if you need specific dates (though these are subject to change based on the Playlab Theatre and the facilitators schedule). Incubator sessions are held at the Playlab Theatre offices on Roma St, Brisbane CBD. We are located across the road from Roma St Station, so public transport is the recommended option for travel as there is no parking available.


Q. Do you provide feedback if an application is unsuccessful?

Playlab Theatre is run by a small number of staff. Due to the large number of applications we receive, unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide formal feedback for unsuccessful applications.