Details about the playwrights' presentations, workshops, readings will be announced over the course of the residency.
The pilot version of the Playwright’s Professional Development Residency will support four early-career playwrights who will undergo a one-year journey together as a cohort with Programme Leader Joel Tan.
We are thrilled to announce the four inaugural residents:
This is a dedicated one-year residency with a structured studio programme designed and run by the residency leader, complemented by numerous public presentation opportunities in the form of reading events, and a small-scale production.
The underlying philosophy of this residency is to develop the writer, not just the play. It is not focused on the writing of a single play, but several creative projects and activations, parceled out across duration of the residency. The aim of the residency is to keep these writers busy, visible, and presenting regularly.
Centre 42 will also seek ways to engage the four selected residents in workshop opportunities, and actively connect the residents with professional theatre-makers. This residency is an expression of interest and confidence in the work of these four playwrights.
This residency aims to:
On the guiding philosophy of the residency, creative associate and programme leader Joel Tan says:
This residency is the cornerstone of C42's recently launched suite of New Writing Development initiatives, which aims to put writers at the heart of the programmes. Throughout this process, we’ve asked ourselves: how do we meet writers and their plays at their point of need? How do we better advocate for writers to the people with producing power? How do we spotlight, support, and develop writers alongside their plays? As a result, all of these programmes are writer centric, but also make it a priority to hold writers within a network of other practitioners– directors, dramaturgs, actors, and producers.
The 2022-2023 pilot residency is a one-year studio programme comprising two phases:
Phase 1: Sep 2022 - Feb 2023
Residents, together with the residency leader, read, discuss, and write around the idea of the contemporary and global, focusing on how to respond to the present moment through playwriting.
Phase 2: Apr 2023 - Oct 2023
Over the course of this phase, residents will develop a short play that will then go into a multiple bill production at the end. This play will be written to a specific brief, e.g. student actors, plays for specific communities.