4X4 Emerging Playwrights 2017

Four new playwrights, four new plays, Fortune Theatre Studio



Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative is looking for passionate, local writers with a long-term interest in writing for live theatre.

There are four places for young or emerging writers, to join this project for ten weeks of development beginning Saturday, 11 March, 2017

The selected playwrights will meet for ten weekly sessions with local playwright and theatre practitioner Emily Duncan to develop the new work. The scripts will be presented in a public staged reading by experienced local actors at Fortune Theatre on 29-30 May.

This is an exciting opportunity for four writers to observe first-hand all the processes that go into developing a new work, creating live theatre, and working alongside industry professionals.


Please contact Shannon Colbert (education@fortunetheatre.co.nz) with any enquiries.



E-mail a script you have written and a statement of intent to: Artistic Director Jonathon Hendry: JonathonH@fortunetheatre.co.nz

Subject line should read: “YOUR NAME – 4X4 2017 Application”

The script may be any length, and does not have to have been previously performed.

The statement of intent should outline your plans for a short (15 minute) piece of theatre to be developed over the ten weeks, and should explain how you expect to benefit from the initiative.
DEADLINE for applications: Noon, 17 February.


Applicants may be asked to attend an interview within the week of 20-26 February.
This course is free for the selected writers to attend.