Griffin Studio is one of the longest-running artist programs in Australia, with a solid track record of ushering vibrant—and important—new works to the stage. In 2024, we are looking for another batch of playwrights to join us for a one-year residency. 

Over 2024, Studio playwrights will develop a new play with support from Griffin’s Artistic team, while undertaking workshops on aspects of playwriting and theatremaking. 

Playwrights will become deeply embedded in the fabric of the company as they attend opening nights, get behind-the-scenes peeks of our 2024 shows and assist with play assessments—helping to shape future seasons. 

You don’t need to have a specific project in mind just yet—Griffin Studio is all about exploration and wrangling the brilliant ideas swirling around in your brain, before committing them to paper.

What You'll Get
  • Financial support to write the first and second drafts of a new play 
  • Tailored dramaturgical support from Griffin’s Literary department
  • An in-house table read and public showing of your work  
  • Mentorship from a member of the Literary department and/or the Suzie Miller Award winner 
  • Tickets to all of Griffin’s 2024 productions and accompanying events


What You'll Contribute
  • Your valued participation in Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic planning and programming
  • A workshop for Griffin Ambassadors
  • Periodic insights into your work-in-progress
  • A full draft of a new play

Griffin Studio is open to residents of Greater Sydney who are emerging/in the early stages of their writing career.  

Eligible writers are in the first eight years of their practice and have demonstrated experience writing plays or live works for theatre audiences through:  

  • Having developed a work with a theatre company or a recognised play development pathway; 
  • Having a produced season/s of their work curated at an independent venue/youth theatre, and/or; 
  • Being actively engaged in the development of their craft as a playwright, including tertiary training, participation in masterclasses, receipt of arts funding, etc.  

This opportunity is not open to: 

  • Writers with a mainstage credit 
  • Writers with more than two professional credits  
  • Writers who are currently participating—or who have previously participated—in a similar program with another company 
  • Writers who work exclusively in other medium: screenwriters, novelists, podcasters, etc.  

If you’re unsure about your eligibility, please give us a yell at [email protected] 

We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, people from non-Anglo cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people from Disabled and d/Deaf communities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.  

How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 Studio program are now open.

Submit your application now! Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 15 November, 2023.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be interviewed, and more samples of your work will be requested.