Playlab empowers diverse voices to interrogate and celebrate Australian society through excellence in new-writing theatre.

Playlab aspires to lead new-writing theatre in Australia by investing in artists to create high quality work for production. This takes dedicated time, passion and craft. So, Playlab’s Playwright-in-Residence Program was initiated to provide long-term creative and professional support for artists.

Since its inception in late 2017, the Playwright-in-Residence Program has resulted in two Playlab Productions: The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek by Kathryn Marquet which played to critical acclaim in 2018; and Horizon by award-winning playwright Maxine Mellor, which is set to open in May 2020 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A third work in the program has just commenced, Rising, by five emerging female playwrights.

Our Playwright-in-Residence Program provides a commissioning fee to allow playwrights to allocate more time to their writing; access to continual rigorous dramaturgical guidance; and when the project is ready, workshops with professional actors and a director.

Playlab also believes in fostering artistry in our young creative people and so our Playwright-in-Residence Program includes mentorship of young playwrights, with Playwrights-in-Residence taking on a mentoring role to transfer knowledge, skills and experience to emerging young playwrights.

Playlab has supported playwrights for over forty-seven years. In 2019 alone, Playlab supported over 25 artists through development programs.

To continue this vital work and take it to the next level, we seek your support.

Partner with us and forge new pathways for Australian playwrights.

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Discuss your donation by phoning our Program and Engagement Manager, Danielle Carter on (07) 3220 2763 or by email at

Playlab Partners

Playlab would like to thank our growing list of partners for their support, advocacy and belief in our vision…

Playlab is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

If you would like to explore opportunities to partner with Playlab, tailoring a unique arrangement that benefits your organisation, please contact our Program and Engagement Manager – Danielle Carter on (07) 3220 2763 or by email at

Horizon by Maxine Mellor opens at Brisbane Powerhouse from Wed 19 May – Sat 29 May!