The National Studio

connecting young writers with Australia’s leading playwrights

Since 2010 ATYP’s iconic National Studio has been dedicated exclusively to emerging playwrights and their practice. Each year, 20 emerging writers (aged 18-26) are selected from all over Australia to spend a week in rural 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. 

Over the course of the week, writers create a short piece for the stage. From 2010 to 2015 participants created a seven-minute monologue for 17-year-old actors, titled The Voices Project. Since 2016, the writers have written scenes for one or more young actors under the title Intersection. These scripts, published by Currency Press, have been purchased and presented by schools around Australia. 

Now we introduce The Intersection Festival!

Schools and youth theatre companies around Australia curate their own season from the scripts created at The National Studio. Each participating group can present up to ten of the new works. Plays selected are published by Currency Press so they can go on to be performed around the country for years to come. 

Ten of the most interesting performances presented are invited to participate in The Intersection Festival at ATYP’s new home: Pier 2/3 on Sydney harbour. The event is a celebration of new Australian playwriting delivered in partnership with Australian high schools and youth theatre companies.

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.

Unfortunately, this year’s ATYP National Studio, due to be held from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 July at Bamarang Bush Retreat, NSW, has had to be postponed until Monday 29 November – Saturday 4 December.

Please note: ATYP is constantly monitoring the changing status of the COVID-19 situation and actioning advice from federal and state governments and the Australian and NSW Health Departments. In light of this, the National Studio may need to be postponed to a later date or pivoted to an online program.

Applications for the 2021 National Studio are now closed

the 2021 national studio


  • Writers must be aged 18-26 years old at 19 July 2021.
  • 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.
  • We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, gender identities, and all levels of mobility to apply.


  • Complete the online application form below.


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 [email protected] for a scholarship form.

Participation in the Studio includes:

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


10 May – Applications due by 5pm
7 June – Applicants notified
19-24 July – National Studio 2021

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


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Please upload a PDF of your CV/resume.

Maximum 2 pages detailing writing experience, other experience in theatre, relevant employment history, and any study.

Please upload a PDF of your 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.

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Information on writers and mentors from past years

  • Eric Jiang (NSW)

  • Ryan Dell (NSW)

  • Laura McInnes (NSW)

  • Haz 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. Highlights below: