We’re delighted to announce our 2016 INK playwrights.

Thanks to the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, we’re able to accept a record number of new works for development in 2016-2017.

These extraordinary writers are at varying stages in their careers, ranging from emerging artists to very experienced playwrights. Each has inspired the Ensemble with their proposal, and we can’t wait to jump into script development!


Jane Bodie

Li-Kim Chuah

Dan Lee

Megan Palinkas


In 2016 we’re also continuing to work with current INK playwrights, the wonderful Josephine Collins and Morgan Rose.

A big thank you to all the writers who submitted their work this year, and congratulations to those who were shortlisted:

Jessica Bellamy
Jane Bodie
Mary Rachel Brown
Mary Anne Butler
Angus Cameron
Li Kim Chuah
Christine Davey
Future Destin
Fleur Kilpatrick
Dan Lee
Megan Palinkas
Christine Rogers

About the INK program.

Red Stitch actors are inspired by great writing. INK is Red Stitch’s initiative to develop new Australian plays.

We believe a meaningful engagement with Australian writers is vital to our theatre community and an investment in helping to shape our cultural identity. We love Australian stories and we want to bring a variety of voices to our stage from both at home and abroad.

INK seeks playwrights who are passionate about an original idea for a new play who also have an interest in collaborating with the Red Stitch ensemble actors. We want to work with writers who are committed to their idea and ready to go the distance, as we understand that play development is a complex process. INK is determined to develop and nurture work to its fullest potential in the pursuit of artistic collaboration and excellent writing.

If you are a playwright with a story you believe in and a desire to collaborate with our ensemble, we want to hear from you!

INK is proudly supported by our Kindred patrons the Kestin Family. Stay tuned for updates for 2017 Application dates & deadlines. 

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed, and will reopen for 2017 submissions later this year.

Applications that do not include all the requested submission materials by the deadline are considered ineligible and cannot be assessed. If you have concerns regarding your application, you can contact us at ink@redstitch.net no later than five business days before the submission deadline.

Applicants must satisfy one of the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • One previously performed season of writing for theatre or film, either short or long form (to be submitted) OR
  • A graduate diploma, bachelor or higher writing course or recommendation from respected industry writing professional

INK 2015

Josephine Collins  – The Way Out

Caleb Lewis The Honey Bees

Morgan Rose – Untitled

We sincerely thank all the applicants for their proposals. We were so encouraged by the response from the diverse group of writers from around Australia.

Previous Writing Collaborations

We’re proud to have collaborated with the following artists.


The Honey Bees by Caleb Lewis

Director Ella Caldwell
Red Stitch Season 2016


Jurassica by Dan Giovanonni

Director Bridget Balodis
Red Stitch Season 2015

Jurassica was developed with assistance of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne.


Dead Centre by Tom Holloway

Director Julian Meyrick
Red Stitch Season 2015
Darwin Festival 2015
Brisbane Festival 2015Director Julian Meyrick
Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney 2015

Dead Centre was developed with the assistance of the City of Port Phillip


The Mesh by Elise Hearst, Collaboration with Arthur

Director Paige Rattray
Red Stitch Season 2014

The Mesh was developed with the assistance of the Robert Salzer Foundation and the City of Port Phillip


Stop.Rewind by Melissa Bubnic

Director Anne Browning
Red Stitch 2010 Season
National Tour 2012 [/one_third]


Red Sky Morning by Tom Holloway

Director Sam Strong
Red Stitch 2008 Season
The Fairfax Theatre Arts Centre (2009 Full Tilt)
National Tour 2010

Red Sky Morning was developed with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, The RE Ross Trust and Arts Victoria.


ROAM by Adam Cass

Director Gary Abrahams

“Together we’ve produced a work that is deeper and has infinitely more layers than anything I’ve come close to creating before.” – Adam Cass, Red Stitch Writers