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About the INK program.

As an actors’ ensemble that produces contemporary texts we’re passionate about, we’ve always been inspired by great writing. A meaningful engagement with Australian playwrights is both vital to our practice and an investment in shaping our cultural identity.

INK is a bespoke development program with a strong commitment to production outcomes. INK seeks playwrights who are excited about collaborating with the Red Stitch ensemble. INK offers the rare opportunity to have an ongoing relationship with other artists alongside the resources, structure and support of a program that is flexible and personal enough to accommodate each writer’s strengths and needs. INK is determined to nurture work to its fullest potential, tailoring the development process to best serve each writer’s vision while offering the support and expertise of our ensemble and associates.

Applications for the 2020 program are currently closed. Please check back here or sign up to our eNews for future opportunities to apply. 

The Red Stitch Ensemble


Current INK playwrights


Li-Kim Chuah

Dan Lee

Megan Palinkas


These gifted writers inspired us. Their new writing sparked our imaginations, and we’re excited to be working together. We thank the great many playwrights who have applied; the calibre of applications is exceptional. We look forward to further collaborations with local playwrights through our INK program and on our stage.

INK is proudly supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the City of Port Phillip, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and the Lyngala Foundation. 

Previous Writing Collaborations

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


by Jane Bodie

Director Julian Meyrick
Red Stitch Season 2018

Lamb was presented in association with Playwriting Australia through Ignition, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council and supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.


desert 6:29pm

by Morgan Rose

Director Bridget Balodis
Red Stitch Season 2017
Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China 2018

desert 6:29pm was developed with the assistance of Maureen & Tony Wheeler and The City of Port Phillip


The Way Out

by Josephine Collins

Director Penny Harpham
Red Stitch Season 2017

The Way Out was developed with the assistance of the Melbourne Fringe



by Tom Holloway

Director Kirsten von Bibra
Red Stitch Season 2016

Sunshine was developed with the assistance of the City of Port Phillip


The Honey Bees

by Caleb Lewis

Director Ella Caldwell
Red Stitch Season 2016



by Dan Giovanonni

Director Bridget Balodis
Red Stitch Season 2015
National Tour 2018

Jurassica was developed with the 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 2015
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



by Adam Cass

Director Gary Abrahams
Red Stitch Season 2013



by Melissa Bubnic

Director Anne Browning
Red Stitch Season 2010
National Tour 2012


Red Sky Morning

by Tom Holloway

Director Sam Strong
Red Stitch Season 2008
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.