BlackWrights

ILBIJERRI Artist Development Program

BlackWrights

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW UNTIL 10 JULY!

Get your work developed

Ripen your creative skills

Collaborate with other First Nations artists


BlackWrights is ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s writers’ development program aimed at bringing new First Nations work to the stages of Australia. The program will create a culturally safe and nurturing space that will empower First Nations artists to share our stories through theatre.

This intake of the program spans from Aug 2020 to July 2021. BlackWrights consists of two connecting streams – the Creators Program and Master Labs series.

The Creators Program supports two programs – the Writers Program and Dramaturg Program.

The BlackWrights Writers Program is a paid opportunity to develop your work with intensive support from ILBIJERRI and your own dramaturg over 12-months. The theme for 2020 is Radio Play – “nothing cures cabin fever better than a bit of radio drama!”

The BlackWrights Dramaturg Program is a paid opportunity to see you develop and practice your dramaturgical skills, working alongside a Writers Program writer, with support from Kamarra Bell-Wykes and ILBIJERRI.

The BlackWrights Master Labs are a series of hands-on theatre workshops for First Nations artists and creatives.

Successful applicants for the Writers Program and Dramaturg Program must attend all Master Labs, Creative Developments and Presentations throughout the 12-month period.

Apply here!

Applications close 5pm Friday 10 July

BlackWrights is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only. First Peoples of Victoria are strongly encouraged to apply.


BlackWrights is supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Languages & Arts Program.

 

Image: BLACKWRIGHTS MASTER LAB: INTRO TO DRAMATURGY. Photographed by: Tiffany Garvie.

Writers Program Application

WRITERS PROGRAM 

The Writers Program delivers real industry opportunities for dynamic First Nations storytellers. We are seeking applications from First Nations playwrights and theatre devisors – from emerging to established, concepts to developed works – all proposals are eligible and will be considered. The intake period spans from Aug 2020 to July 2021.

Over 12 months, 3 successful applicants will receive:

  • $10,000 writers fee each
  • Regular one-on-one sessions with a dramaturg
  • Participation in 3 Master Labs
  • 10 paid days of creative development with performers and creatives
  • Public premiere of your work at the end of the 12 months
  • The opportunity to showcase work to presenters  

HOW TO APPLY 

Applications must be submitted online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Q5FPZ7

You cannot save or return to your application so please have everything ready to submit as per the instructions below.

Applications must include: 

  1. Completed online EOI form 
  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Gender description
  • Mob/Nation
  1. Bio 

Your bio should be a maximum of 1 page and include an explanation of your artistic practice, previous experience, training, skills, and any other relevant personal information.

Bios must be uploaded as part of the online submission process. Only PDF, DOC, DOCX files are supported. 

  1. Artistic Statement 

Please provide information about the project you plan to develop though the Writers Program. This could include:

  • The idea you want to explore
  • An outline of your work-in-development or concept
  • Specific themes, stories or content you will be working with
  • How your idea can be explored through a radio play medium
  • Your creative process or how you plan to work over the 12 months
  • What outcome you hope to achieve

Artistic Statements must be uploaded as part of the online submission process. Only PDF, DOC, DOCX files are supported.

Optional supporting material: 

  • Examples of writing or current work (10 pages max)

You do not have to pitch or submit a fully developed idea or script, but treatments and past examples of work will be accepted. Examples can be uploaded as part of the application process. They must be in a single document in PDF, DOC or DOCX format. 

  • A web link to video of your previous work (maximum 1 link)
  • A web link to photos of your previous work (maximum 1 link)

Deadline for Writers Program Applications: 5pm Friday 10 July 

Successful applicants to the Writers Program are guaranteed a place in all Master Labs.

Click here to apply!

If you have any further questions about BlackWrights please contact:

Caleb Thaiday Associate Producer caleb@ilbijerri.com.au

Or give us a call on 0437 484 766

Dramaturg Program Application

DRAMATURG PROGRAM

As part of the BlackWrights program, ILBIJERRI will support three First Nations artists to get hands on paid experience as dramaturg for an emerging or established playwright in the Writers Program. We’re seeking applications from emerging or established dramaturgs or experienced writers. This is a great opportunity for skilled writers who want to expand their skillset and understanding – step into a dramaturg role with close support by the deadly Kamarra Bell-Wykes and ILBIJERRI. The intake period spans from Aug 2020 to July 2021.

Over 12 months dramaturgs will receive:

  • Paid professional development opportunities in Master Labs
  • One-on-one support from Kamarra Bell-Wykes
  • Regular paid one-on-one dramaturg sessions with writer
  • 10 days of paid creative development as dramaturg
  • Support and use of ILBIJERRI facilities
  • Chats with industry professionals

 

HOW TO APPLY 

Applications must be submitted online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Q5FPZ7

You cannot save or return to your application so please have everything ready to submit as per the instructions below.

Applications must include: 

  1. Completed online EOI form 
  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Gender description
  • Mob/Nation
  1. Bio 

Your bio should be a maximum of 1 page and include an explanation of your artistic practice, previous experience, training, skills, and any other relevant personal information.

Bios must be uploaded as part of the online submission process. Only PDF, DOC, DOCX files are supported. 

  1. Experience

Your experience document should be max. 2 pages that include the following:

  • List any experience (formal/informal) you’ve had working as a dramaturg
  • What does dramaturgy mean to you?
  • What do you see as the key skills of a dramaturg?
  • Describe a positive experience you have had working with a dramaturg. What were the key elements that supported your process as a writer during this experience?
  • What personal style/approach do you think you would offer as a dramaturg?
  1. Practical Exercise

Please read and analyse the linked script excerpt and complete the following in document form:

  • Write a short synopsis for this excerpt.
  • What would you describe as its strengths?
  • What elements do you think require attention?
  • How would you offer this feedback to the writer?
  • What dramaturgical exercises/approaches would suit the development of this work?

Your experience document must be uploaded as part of the online submission process. Only PDF, DOC, DOCX files are supported. 

Click here to apply!

Deadline for Dramaturg Applications: 5pm Friday 10 July

Please note successful applicants to the Dramaturg Program are guaranteed a paid place in all Master Labs.

QUESTIONS? 

If you have any further questions about BlackWrights or the application process after reading this, please contact:

Caleb Thaiday Associate Producer caleb@ilbijerri.com.au

Or call on 0437 484 766