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BlackWrights is ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s writers’ development program aimed at bringing new First Nations work to the stages of Australia. The program creates a culturally safe and nurturing space that designed to empower First Nations artists to share our stories through theatre.
BlackWrights consists of two connecting programs – the Creators Program and Master Labs series.
The Creators Program supports two streams – the Writers Program and Dramaturg Program.
Creators Program applications are NOW CLOSED for 2020.
The BlackWrights Master Labs are a series of hands-on theatre workshops for First Nations artists and creatives.
Details of upcoming Master Labs SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED!
But sneaky clue…the first Master Lab relates to our Creators Program theme of Radio Play – “nothing cures cabin fever better than a bit of radio drama!”. In case you missed it, here is the epic radio play ad we made for the recent Creators Program call out.
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.
BlackWrights is ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s writers’ and dramaturg development program aimed at bringing new First Nations work to the stages of Australia. The program creates a culturally safe and nurturing space that is designed to empower First Nations artists to share our stories through theatre. The evolution of the BlackWrights program continues based on needs identified through each previous iteration of the program.
To date, BlackWrights has evolved through writer’s residencies; commissions; connecting and evolving programs including the Creators Program (supporting streams such as Writers Program and Dramaturg Program) and the Master Labs series (hands-on theatre workshops), all exclusively codesigned with and for First Nations artists and creatives.
Publicly presented outcomes of the program include a presentation at Melbourne Festival in 2019 of select excerpts from three fresh new scripts by cutting edge First Nations playwrights: Monica Jasmine Karo, Nazaree Dickerson and Blayne Welsh. These daring works were developed through the Creators Program, presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival in association with ILBIJERRI and Melbourne Theatre Company.