In One Act 2020


In 2020 In One Act developed the scripts of a new group of Victorian writers, including those pictured above. 


An annual creative partnership between Yarra Libraries and MWT, IN ONE ACT gives new and emerging playwrights from across the city the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive five-stage playwriting program. 2020 marks the fourth year of this exciting venture.

Applications for In One Act open every year on 1st March and close on 30th April. This year we welcomed the following Participants (listed in alphabetical order) to In One Act 2020:

John Carroll
Greta Doell
Matthew Grant
Mary Henkel
Karlie Hunter
Greg Jennings
Lois Maskiell
Daniel Newell
Megan J. Riedl
Lobna Rouhani
Lourdes Zamanillo

This 2020 program began with a writing workshop on 13th June and culminated in two Performance Readings on 16th and 17th September. Given the government restrictions in place in Melbourne for much of this year, all of the sessions were delivered online via Zoom. Our hard-working participants did not miss a beat, and by the end of the five-stage program had each written, workshopped, redrafted and presented an original short play.

You can read a bit more about some of our 2020 participants here.

The full Program with the names of the Writers, Actors and scripts presented at the Performance Readings can be viewed here.


The Facilitator for 2020 was Christine Croyden, an experienced Melbourne-based playwright and teacher, Christine also facilitated the 2019 program. The Director for 2020 was Mazz Ryan, a writer, actor and director. Mazz also held this role in the 2019 program, which ran as follows:

Writing Workshop 1
Saturday 13th June, 1 – 4pm

Writing Workshop 2
Saturday 20th June, 1 – 4pm

Script Development with Actors
Saturday 15th August, 1 – 4pm

Playreading Performance 1
Wednesday 16th September, 7 – 8.30pm

Playreading Performance 2
Thursday 17th September, 7 – 8.30pm

On behalf of Melbourne Writers’ Theatre and Yarra Libraries,  would like to thank everyone who participated in In One Act 2020. We hope you enjoyed this immersive playwriting experience, and wish you success with your future writing endeavours!


Happy writing,


Clare Mendes
Coordinator – In One Act 2020



Why participate in the IN ONE ACT program?

For a summary and photos of In One Act 2019, clickhere.

And you can read more about the program in these interviews with past participants:

Interview with ADELE SHELLEY

Interview with ANNA GOULD