The National Studio

National Studio 2020: Covid Edition

connecting young writers with Australia’s leading playwrights

Each year, twenty emerging writers (aged 18-26) are selected from all over Australia to spend a week at Bundanon, Arthur Boyd’s beautiful property on the Shoalhaven River in NSW.

During the residency, the writers are mentored and nurtured by three leading playwrights through masterclasses, small group tutorials and one-on-one sessions in a formative creative experience. A selection of the pieces created during the week forms our showcase production Intersection during the following year.

For the first eight years of The National Studio, participants worked to develop their craft and in the process created a 7-minute monologue for 17-year-old actors as part of The Voices Project. From 2016, the brief for the writers changed to incorporate works for one, two or more actors and the production Intersection was born. 

We couldn’t run National Studio without the support of the Graeme Wood Foundation, Copyright Agency, and the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.

Applications for the 2020 National Studio are NOW CLOSED.

the 2020 national studio

Due to COVID 19, we are unable to hold a residential National Studio this year. Instead, we are offering an online program from Mon 5 – Fri 10 October – National Studio 2020: COVID Edition.

Although we won’t be together in person, the National Studio program will still be made up of the same elements – 20 emerging writers from across Australia, 4 amazing playwright mentors, and a week of inspiring masterclasses, group tutorials and one-on-one sessions, all via Zoom! Emerging playwrights will be paired with one of the mentors to develop a 7-minute piece across the week.


Writers must be aged 18-26 years old at 6 July 2020
Writers can be based anywhere in Australia. Applications are encouraged from writers based outside NSW
Writers can be of any experience level from beginner to professional.


27 April – Applications due by 5pm
25 May – Applicants notified
5-10 October – National Studio 2020

For further information please contact us on 02 9270 2400 or [email protected].


Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Information on writers and mentors from past years

  • Eric Jiang (NSW)

  • Ryan Dell (NSW)

  • Laura McInnes (NSW)

  • Harriet Lugsdin (NSW)

  • Jacob Parker (NSW)

  • Simon Croker (NSW)

  • Diana Reid (NSW)

  • Sevgi Murphy (Regional NSW)

  • Alexandra Travers (Regional NSW)

  • Claire Ferguson (NSW - Western Sydney)

  • Hannah Belanszky (QLD)

  • Katherine Sortini (SA)

  • Michal Hughes (Regional SA)

  • Rosemary Cann (TAS)

  • Isabel Knight (VIC)

  • Benjamin Nichol (VIC)

  • Zachary Sheridan (VIC)

  • Vivian Nguyen (VIC)

  • Sian Murphy (WA)

  • Jacob Sgouros (WA)

  • :: MENTORS ::

  • Vanessa Bates

  • Mary Anne Butler

  • Jane FitzGerald

  • Chris Isaacs

the voices project 2011-2016

Each year from 2011 – 2016 ten monologues were selected from the work created by the participants of the National Studio to go on to form The Voices Project production. It brought together the best new monologue writing from ATYP’s emerging playwright program, giving it a place on stage. Check out more in our Past Productions.

Some of the outstanding monologues from The Voices Project were  adapted for film. Hightlights below: