The National Studio

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 will form 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 Copyright Agency.

Applications for the 2020 National Studio are NOW CLOSED.

the 2020 national studio

We are currently working to finalise our venue and dates for National Studio 2020.

Please note: ATYP is constantly monitoring the ever-changing status of the COVID-19 situation and actioning advice from federal and state governments and the Australian and NSW Health Departments. 


  • 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.


  • Complete the online application form (link below)
  • Email the following information to by 5pm Monday, 27 April, 2020:
    • A CV/Resume (max 2 pages) detailing writing experience, other experience in theatre, employment history and any study.  
    • A 3-page scriptwriting sample. This can be from an existing work, and can be an excerpt or whole scene. If possible, your characters should be young people.


Thanks to generous support from the Graeme Wood Foundation, the National Studio fee is subsidised and costs $450 for successful participants, regardless of where in Australia you live. ATYP offers scholarship places for those who could not attend otherwise. Please email for a scholarship form.

Participation in the Studio includes:

  • Flights and transport to and from Bundanon
  • All meals and accommodation for the week during the stay at Bundanon
  • One week of mentorship, masterclasses and small-group tutorials with leading Australian playwrights.


27 April – Applications due by 5pm
25 May – Applicants notified
6-11 July – National Studio 2020

For further information please contact us on 02 9270 2400 or


Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Information on writers and mentors from past years

  • Hannah Barr (QLD)

  • David Casey (QLD)

  • Daisy Coyle (VIC)

  • Grace Chow (WA)

  • Sophia Derkenne (NSW)

  • Bernadette Fam (NSW)

  • Lillian Gerlach (NSW)

  • Thomas Hamilton (NSW)

  • Daniel Hayek (VIC)

  • Noemie Huttner-Koros (WA)

  • Rebecca Imlach (TAS)

  • Daley King (WA)

  • Jamila Main (SA)

  • Thomas Midena (NT)

  • Julia Richardson (NT)

  • Shevaun Rutherford (SA)

  • Kasia Vickery (NSW)

  • Bradley Ward (NSW)

  • Victoria Zerbst (NSW)

  • JoJo Zhou (NSW)


  • Vanessa Bates

  • Ross Mueller

  • Lachlan Philpott

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: