Page to Stage 2024

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PAGE TO STAGE is an intensive six-month dramaturgical program offered every year by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre. Submissions for Page to Stage 2024 open on 1st March and close on 30th April. The 2024 Entry Form is below.

Four MWT playwrights will be supported through the 2024 program. Between June and November, these playwrights will meet regularly with their partnering dramaturges to develop their scripts through a process of collaboration and redrafting. The scripts will then receive workshopping in The October Workshops and final polishing at The November Rehearsals prior to public presentation in The Stage Door Readings. These Readings, held at Theatre Works in 2023, are the theatrical outcome for the Page to Stage program.

This year’s program will again be administered with the generous support of the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation through a grant from the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.


Applications for Page to Stage 2024 will open at 9am on 1st March and close at 11.59pm on 30th April.


To enter, please click on the Entry Form below.
You will be asked to respond to some brief questions
and upload your script as a PDF.
(Estimated completion time: 30 minutes)








* Plays submitted for Page to Stage 2024 must be new and previously unproduced in a theatrical setting – this includes community theatre, independent theatre and Fringe/Comedy Festival/Midsumma productions. They may have received a public script reading or script development elsewhere prior to being submitted for this program, but must not be scheduled for a theatrical season occurring before 1st December 2024.

* Scripts must be submitted WITHOUT the playwright’s name appearing on any of the pages, including the title page. This is to ensure an equitable and merit-based selection process.

* Playwrights may submit one play for consideration.

* Submitted plays must have a running time of between 50 – 75 minutes. Shorter or longer plays cannot be considered.

* Plays must have a maximum of five characters. (Doubling-up of characters is permitted.)

* Plays submitted in previous years, but not selected, may be submitted again in 2024.

* Plays must be full-length works. Monologues, short plays and short play collections are not eligible.

* Playwrights submit their work with the understanding that they will be required to write further drafts under the guidance of their assigned dramaturge.

* Submitting playwrights must be Australian citizens or holders of a Permanent Residency visa AND be living in the state of Victoria.

* Submitting playwrights must be members of Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, or join MWT at the time of submitting their play. JOIN MWT



STAGE 1: Selection        April
Submitted scripts are sent to our 2024 independent selector for reading, feedback and selection of scripts.

STAGE 2: Reading of scripts by Dramaturges        May
Each playwright is paired with a dramaturge, with whom they will work closely on the further development of their script.

STAGE 3: Meeting between Playwright and Dramaturge     June
The playwright and dramaturge meet for a one-on-one discussion of the script.

STAGE 4: Playwright submits 2nd draft to Dramaturge     July
Using feedback received at the Meeting, the playwright completes and submits a 2nd draft of their script

STAGE 5: Feedback from Dramaturge     July
The dramaturge provides feedback on the 2nd draft.

STAGE 6: Playwright submits 3rd draft to Dramaturge    August
The playwright completes and submits a 3rd draft of their script.

STAGE 7: Directors receive Scripts    September
The scripts are sent to Directors, who cast and prepare them for reading at The October Workshops

STAGE 8: The October Workshops    October
Closed workshopping of the scripts over four nights – attended by playwrights, dramaturges, directors and actors
1st – 4th October 2022    6pm – 9pm each night

STAGE 9: The November Rehearsals    November
A rehearsal of the final scripts, in preparation for The Stage Door Readings
11th – 14th November 2022    6pm – 9pm each night

STAGE 10: Playwright submits 4th draft (Final draft) to Dramaturge    November
Based on feedback received from the Workshops and Rehearsals, the playwright completes a Final’draft.

The scripts are presented to audiences in rehearsed readings on dates to be confirmed.


Below: Images from The Stage Door Readings 2023, presented at Theatre Works on 18th – 19th November. For details of the 2023 program, click here. To learn about the 2023 playwrights and their plays, click here.


PAGE TO STAGE 2024 will be administered with a grant from the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.
We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation for this program.