Studio 4×4 2016

Four new playwrights, four new plays at Fortune Theatre 


Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Young Playwrights Initiative is looking for local passionate young 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, 9 July 2016.

The selected playwrights will meet for ten weekly sessions with award winning playwright and Robert Burns Fellow, Victor Rodger to develop the new work. In addition to the ten weekly sessions, writers will also receive one-on-one coaching. The scripts will be directed by two up and coming young directors under the guidance of Artistic Director, Jonathon Hendry for a public rehearsed-reading by experienced local actors at Fortune Theatre on 20-21 September.

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


E-mail a script you have written (in WORD and a manageable size please) and a statement of intent to: Artistic Director Jonathon Hendry

Or mail to: Fortune Theatre. Attn: Jonathon Hendry, P.O. Box 5351, Dunedin 9058

Or hand-deliver to: Fortune Theatre, Attn: Jonathon Hendry, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016

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: 5pm Monday, 20 June.

Applicants may be asked to attend an interview within the last week of June.
This course is free for the selected writers to attend.