University of York seeking playwright for women in science playwriting commission

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York have announced a playwriting commission for 2017-18.

The University of York’s commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter and its ongoing work to address gender equality at all levels of university life has led to an exciting invitation to a dynamic playwright to create an original play.

They are commissioning a festival-length play (under 70 minutes) about women in science, to be performed in June 2018 in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s state-of-the-art Scenic Stage Theatre, directed by a professional director and performed by a cast of 4-10 undergraduate actors.

They are seeking a playwright who self-identifies as a woman, who is passionate about the idea of writing about women in science, from a historical, archival, contemporary or experimental perspective. They are interested in the play being celebratory, potentially pushing boundaries in terms of form as well as content, and they are particularly excited by ideas of forgotten or under-explored figures or stories around this subject.

The production will be held in June 2018, with the first draft of the play to be handed in by 16 March 2018, and the final rehearsal draft to be handed in by 30 April 2018.

The fee for this commission is £5000.

How to apply/what to submit: Please submit your application to Karen Quigley at This application should include a summary of your proposed play (no longer than 4 pages) and your current CV.

Deadline: 20 October 2017

Source: Direct Contact

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