CULTIVATE: Emerging Dramaturgs Program


ATYP is delighted to once again offer our program for emerging dramaturgs who identify as First Nations or a Person of Colour. This program will provide participants with skills development and industry connections.

Four emerging dramaturgs will be selected to be part of this in-person program, from June 2024 for 12 months. Over the course of the program, the participants will be mentored by ATYP Resident Dramaturg Jane FitzGerald, and story-developer, writer and performance-maker Jenevieve Chang.

Participants will attend regular monthly meetings with the mentors to develop their craft and skills, and to build their theatre community.

“[Cultivate] has had a profound impact on me as a dramaturg and theatre practitioner. I’m particularly grateful for this program because it offered an educational experience that I think wouldn’t be found at a traditional institution. Specifically, I found the emphasis on relationship building, how to give and receive feedback, and the mental frame of mind when going into dramaturgy useful… This program has taught me ways to have a much more measured approach, and I think I can use what I learnt in other areas of my life as well, even outside theatre.”
–Varuna Naicker, participant, Cultivate 2022-2023

2024-25 Program

About the program: 

  • Participants will attend 10 in-person workshop sessions once a month with their mentors (sessions will vary between 2 hours and 4 hours).
  • Sessions will cover practical aspects of dramaturgy, approaches to dramaturgical practice including non-Western dramaturgies, script assessment and communicating with writers.
  • Sessions will include professional guests to offer a wide range of dramaturgical perspectives and to further develop knowledge, skills and industry connections. 

To be eligible participants will need to:

  • Identify as being First Nations or a Person of Colour. 
  • Be aged 18-26.
  • Have some experience in the past with theatre, screen, live performance or writing (may include study or work as a dramaturg, writer, director, designer, performer or other creative or performing arts roles).
  • Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between June 2024 and June 2025.
  • Reside in the Greater Sydney region or be willing and practically able to travel to Sydney – sessions will be in-person at ATYP.

We strongly encourage applicants with intersectional experience including but not limited to people from Disabled and d/Deaf communities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.


The Cultivate program costs $400 for successful participants. 

Payment plans and scholarships can be negotiated for successful applicants who could not otherwise participate. Please contact ATYP at [email protected] to discuss prior to submitting your application. 

Mon 3 June – Applications due by 12pm (noon) AEST
Mon 17 June – Applicants notified
Sat 29 June – sessions begin

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program please email Jane at [email protected].

2024-25 Mentors

2022-23 Participants