Playwriting Australia, the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists around the country, launched the program in 2012 in Sydney and has now extended to Melbourne.
MTC Literary Director Dr Chris Mead will lead fortnightly meetings that train the interns in script assessment and dramaturgical feedback over six months.
‘Dramaturgs play an essential role in the development of new plays, working with writers to ensure their scripts are the best they can be before rehearsals start,’ said Chris Mead.
‘We are very pleased to be in this new partnership with Playwriting Australia so that we can actively assist with the development of this skills base in Australia,’ said Dr Mead.
The 11 interns—Morgan Aldrich, Jessica Bellamy, Meredith Faragher, Fleur Kilpatrick, Daniel Lammin, Bridget Mackey, William McBride, Lucy Moir, Wahibe Moussa, Tamara Searle and Mark Wilson—will spend the next six months immersed in scripts, seeing and reading a vast range of new Australian plays in print, production and on screen and writing reports on them.
Playwriting Australia says that each year it supports the development and promotion of up to 30 new Australian plays, employing more than 120 artists.
Biographies of the Melbourne interns are at http://www.pwa.org.au/dramaturgy-interns-2014/