Bell Shakespeare’s Writers Fellowship is an opportunity for a mid-career Australian playwright to take up a residency within the company for a period of two years, enabling them to benefit from the practical resources we can offer as a major arts organisation, together with the specialised skillset of its artistic leaders and network. Writers have unlimited access to the Company and are fully supported in their endeavours by industry professionals. It is envisioned that as part of this initiative, a new artist would commence each year, allowing for mentorship and collaboration, toward creating a network of supported Australian artists into the future.
Our current Writing Fellows are Kate Mulvany and Jada Alberts, proudly supported by the Intersticia Foundation.
As well as offering traditional commissioning agreements, the Company actively supports each writer’s preferred creative approach to ensure the best and most robust creative development process. Writers then have the chance to safely and actively investigate their ideas through research, workshop and exploration, testing the theatrical feasibility of their piece as well as receiving feedback and comment from collaborators and industry peers. Each commission spans an average of 2 years and this funding would enable a new writing commission to be undertaken annually for two years (a total of 2 commissions).
If you would like to know more about this initiative, please contact Debra Reinecke, Head of Development, on 02 8298 9082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Shakespeare’s development wing, Mind’s Eye, is devoted to supporting the creation of new Australian work that takes inspiration from Shakespeare and the classics. Established in 2008, Mind’s Eye is a leader in artistic innovation, created in response to the absence of opportunities for writers and artists to stretch themselves, test and develop their ideas, and experiment with practitioners from different performance disciplines. We are interested in how Shakespeare has informed all artists and what his work means to Australian writers and artists of the 21st century.