Entries open for Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011


Applications are now open for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011 for the development of a play or other approved performing arts project. The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 making the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award one of the richest in Australia.

Dr. Seaborn came to prominence in the performing arts community when in 1986 he purchased the Stables Theatre, Kings Cross which in turn led to the establishment of the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation dedicated to supporting the art form which was so dear to his heart.

In 1995 Dr Seaborn established the Rodney Seaborn Playwright Trust, an entity distinct from the Foundation, in order to support the annual playwright award. The award is intended for people needing income support during the writing or development of a project or to assist with the costs of production, workshops, restaging, publishing or touring. It is not intended as a prize for a finished work.

A recipient may work alone or jointly with others and might include writers, composers, designers, directors, producers, formally constituted performing arts organizations or ad hoc groups of performing arts professionals.

In establishing the award, Dr.Seaborn hoped to encourage the development of performing arts projects emphasising positive values such as faith, hope and love, in order to counter what he saw as an undue focus on the negative or less salutary aspects of life to be found in many contemporary performing arts projects. Such positive values are essential criteria for determining successful submissions for the award.

An early winner of the Award was Antony Waddington for the adaptation of The Eye of the Storm by Patrick White. Later recipients were John Misto for Harp on the Willow, Alana Valentine for The Savage Grace; and Stephanie McCarthy for Bird in a Camellia Tree. Subsequent winners have included Katherine Thomson, Ros Horin, Debra Oswald, Don Reid, Rosalba Clemente, Rachel Brown and Reg Gribb. Last year’s winner was FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER’s for his play This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.

Entries close on Tuesday 4 October 2011 and should be made on the entry form available from the SBW Foundation website www.sbwfoundation.com There is an entry fee of $20





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