Ground Floor, an initiative presented in association with The Blue Room Theatre is a ten-month Playwright Mentorship for four emerging playwrights from WA.
Stages WA has announced Jessica Messenger, Kevin Mararo Wangai, Ian Sinclair and Melissa Egan as the successful participants in 2013.
Ground Floor aims to develop the quality of new WA theatre by supporting the technical skills of a talented new generation of emerging playwrights currently creating, or preparing to create, new theatre in WA.
The selected applicants are supported in developing their script with a range of opportunities such as dramaturgy, mentorship, observing WA’s professional theatre companies in rehearsal, showcasing their work to industry professionals and strengthening their networks within the arts sector.
WA Stages Director, Talei Howell-Price, is excited about the program. “There are so many emerging playwrights in WA who are showing strong creative talent who need this sort of opportunity and support.
“It is a chance for them to have professional dramaturgs work with them before, during and after the construction of their script – to really work on grounding their dramatic technique.
“Many young writers are creating work in isolation and lack the opportunity to hear their work read by professional actors and have feedback from the industry about their work.
“There is a need and an opportunity for these writer’s skills to develop in a critically rigorous and creatively supportive environment.
“I believe the panel have selected quite an eclectic, diverse group, all at different stages in their career and from interesting backgrounds – some with little theatre experience at all but all showing great passion!
“It will be a wonderful journey for them over the next ten months, giving them many opportunities and I am proud that Stages WA can support this wonderful initiative.”