CULTIVATE: Emerging Dramaturgs Program

A new professional development program for emerging First Nations or PoC dramaturgs.

ATYP is delighted to introduce our inaugural 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 September 2022 for 12 months. Over the course of the program, the participants will be mentored by ATYP Resident Dramaturg Jane FitzGerald and writer, performance-maker, and story developer Jenevieve Chang. Participants will attend regular monthly meetings with the mentors to develop their craft and skills, and to build their theatre community.

There is no cost to participants for the program. ATYP warmly acknowledges that this program has only been made possible by generous support through the Australian Government’s RISE Fund.

2022-23 Program

About the program: 

  • Participants will attend 10 x 2.5-hour in-person workshop sessions once a month with their mentors. There may be some online components to the program.
  • 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 (If you are over the age of 26 but feel as though you would strongly benefit from this program, please email Jane FitzGerald at
  • Have some experience in the past with theatre, live performance, writing or screen (may include study or work as a dramaturg, writer, poet, director, designer, performer or maker).
  • Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between September 2022 and September 2023.
  • 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.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the program please address an email to either Bernadette or Jane at [email protected] and we can arrange a time to chat.


2022-23 Mentors

2022-23 Participants