Wednesday, March 15 2017

FRESH INK – Playwrights’ National Mentoring Program

Artistic Director's Notes, General
image by: ATYP


FRESH INK is Australian Theatre For Young People’s national mentoring program that has supported more than 50 playwrights over the last four years. FRESH INK is the only program of its kind in Australia. Barking Gecko Theatre Company are proud to partner with ATYP to bring FRESH INK to WA.

The program is designed to create opportunities for committed and talented playwrights to help bridge the gap into professional practice.

The program pairs emerging playwrights with a mentor for a series of workshops that will result in a 15 minute three person script delivered for rehearsal with professional actors and a 30 minute script that will be rehearsed with a professional cast.


WA Mentor: Will O’Mahony

Throughout the program participants will:

  • Attend a pre-arranged workshop session once a month with their mentor for 6 hours
  • Meet once a month independently of their mentor for at least 3 hours
  • Work with external directors and guests to widen networks and build skills
  • Deliver a 15 minute play for up to 3 characters in July which is then rehearsed with professional actors
  • Deliver a 30 minute play for 4 characters in November that will be rehearsed and performed by professional actors for an invited audience


Participants Receive:

  • Mentoring across the year by an industry professional – Will O’Mahony in WA
  • A complimentary subscription provided by AUSTRALIANPLAYS.ORG for the period of the mentorship
  • The opportunity to work with professional actors and directors
  • Several opportunities to showcase their work to invited audiences


To be eligible participants will need to:

  • Be aged 18-26
  • Have some experience in the past with playwriting
  • Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between April and November 2017.

You can apply online here:

Fees and Scholarships

Please note that there is a $400 participation fee for this program. ATYP offers scholarship places for those who could not participate otherwise, please get in touch for a scholarship application form. 


Applications are due on the 27th of March at 9am.

Fill in the application form HERE. If you have any questions please email Jenni on or call her on 02 9270 2400