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AGENT - WRITERS
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The rights and interests of playwrights represented
The Playmarket Agency, headed by Murray Lynch, issues and manages performance licences, advises on and negotiates commission and collaboration agreements, manages royalty payments, maintains an archive of Playwrights’ work and materials related to it and circulates their plays to producers and theatres in NZ and internationally.
Practical support and advice to those in the business of writing plays
At the heart of the Advisory is a focus on supporting playwrights to write. Coordinated by Jean Betts with Stuart Hoar, and making use of a raft of resources, industry knowledge, partnerships and networks we work to support all New Zealand playwrights.
NZ plays available to everyone, everywhere
With a comprehensive store of New Zealand plays (published and unpublished) and managed by Pania Stevenson, the bookshop is here for all your play reading needs and enquiries. Check out our website or give Pania a call.
Maori and Pasifika development
Practical support for Maori and Pasifika playwrights
Playmarket’s Auckland office runs a development programme for Maori and Pasifika playwrights. Funded by ASB Community Trust and led by Jenni Heka, this programme acts as an advisory service and also manages a number of projects in partnership with local bodies. Jenni also works closely with Playmarket initiated writer’s group, Banana Boat.
Competitions, Clinics, readings etc
Playmarket offers and supports a range of opportunities, competitions and initiatives for writers including (but not exclusively) the following:
Clinics with professional actors and directors
Readings (public and private)
Playmarket Plays for the Young competition
Bruce Mason Playwriting Award
Write Out Loud Dunedin
Adam New Zealand Play Award
Rebecca Mason Executive Coaching
Robert Lord Cottage Residency
Pasifika Playwrights development
Playmarket Playwrights’ Retreat
Matariki Playwrights development
Y&H Playwrights’ Initiative
Publications and communication
Coordinated by Aneta Ruth, Playmarket uses a range of tools and media to communicate with our clients, producers, supporters and the public.
A series of NZ Plays published annually
Documenting and discussing the major developments for New Zealand drama on our stages for New Zealand and international readers.
Published monthly and distributed via email, the eBulletin provides news, opportunities, interesting articles and a calendar of what is happening around the country. Published the first Friday of each month February – December.
A bulletin sent out to schools bi-annually encouraging the continued growth of the NZ play in education and offering resources and opportunities to teachers.
An exciting and inspiring challenge
17 May 2013
This year’s ensemble – Andrew Patterson, Ria Simmons, Carrie Green and Joe Dekkers-Reihana – directed by Emma Robinson, make manifesting 37 very different roles in excerpts from an eclectic selection of 16 plays look easy, such is their talent, skill and preparedness. The focus is therefore squarely on the characters, relationships and works in question. [
Name of 1990s play??
14 May 2013
Name of 1990s play?? [
SHE’LL BE WRITE (2013)
14 May 2013
From the Classics to the Contemporary 16 Plays About Us Theatre in Schools – Your Schools She’ll Be Write to tour your town May – July 2013. The best of the best of Aotearoa – EnsembleImpact, in association with The Play Press and Playmarket, proudly announces a reprise season of She’ll Be Write, a fifty-minute schools’ programme devoted exclusively to New Zealand plays and playwrights. [
The annual PLAYMARKET PLAYWRIGHTS b4 25 competition challenges young playwrights (ages 24 and under)to write aboutanything that matters to them in any way they like, for any kind of audience they like.
9 May 2013
The annual PLAYMARKET PLAYWRIGHTS b4 25 competition challenges young playwrights (ages 24 and under)to write aboutanything that matters to them in any way they like, for any kind of audience they like. [
Reds in your Head
24 Apr 2013
Since his stage debut in 1974, New Zealand playwright Dean Parker, who last year was awarded the inaugural Playmarket award for making a a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand, has been a consistent voice from the left worldview. His last work staged in Auckland was The Hollow Men in 2008, the farcical doco-theatre adaption of Nicky Hagar’s political study into the Brash years of the National Party. [
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