The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) invite playwrights to apply to attend a theatre making professional development workshop which forms part of ACT’s Creative (un)Conference.

The rigorous programme includes practical guidance on the costs of staging a play presented by award-winning playwright, Mike van Graan. Mike will unpack the challenges that independent theatre-makers face when getting their work on a stage and producing a touring production.

Participants will also attend refresher courses in business and administrative practice and discuss how to raise one’s profile and update one’s professional practice to attract funding and creative opportunities.

Award-winning novelist and playwright, Craig Higginson, will also run a playwrighting workshop. Participants will have sent in a scene from a play they are working on, along with a short synopsis of the play as a whole, prior to the workshop. Craig will give them feedback on their work during the session while also discussing a range of things to consider when developing a play – from initial conception to final production. Participants are encouraged to come to the session with questions they would like to discuss.

The day will conclude with an experimental, interdisciplinary expression of serious play in a process-driven exercise presented to no audience.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants and will take place on Saturday, 20 July in Maboneng, Johannesburg. Applicants must submit one original writing extract for consideration. Please email one scene and a brief synopsis of the play to for an undisclosed panel to review. Please note only successful applicants will be contacted with further information.

Deadline : Monday, 24 June

For more information and the full ACT Creative (un)Conference programme, click 2019 ACT CREATIVE (UN)CONFERENCE for Playwrights (1).

 Notes to editors

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance. The support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) is a multipurpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers, which it then distributes back to the correct copyright-owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. 2017 is DALRO’s 50 year Jubilee anniversary, having served the copyright needs of the creative industry since For more information, please visit