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Melbourne Theatre Company launch Next Stage Writer's Program, investing $4.6m into Australian talent

Melbourne's Theatre Company has launched its Next Stage Writer's Program, a $4.6 million investment in Australian writers.

Funded by the visionary donors of MTC's Playwrights Giving Circle and Melbourne Theatre Company, the five-year program will introduce the most rigorous playwright commissioning and development process ever undertaken by MTC.
 
This sets a new benchmark for play development in Australia that will enhance the fabric and legacy of Australian live storytelling.
 
As part of the program, a national group of advisors has been established from a broad range of performance and literary fields including Tony Ayres, David Berthold, Lee Lewis, Rachael Maza, Kate Mulvany, Simon Phillips and Morry Schwartz.
 
Next Stage will provide a minimum of 35 new play commissions and up to 15 writer-in-residence opportunities for playwrights to embed themselves in the Company for up to three years.

MTC's Next Stage Writer's Program commences in July 2017.