Playwrights and Directors of Parramatta

Playwrights of Parramatta (POP) and Directors of Parramatta (DOP) is creating a community of aspiring and practising playwrights and directors, who are invited to attend a selection of plays throughout the year and meet with the playwrights, director or a dramaturg accompanying  the performance for an intimate discussion about the production and writing for the stage.


We are inviting applications from playwrights from Western Sydney to be part of our Playwrights of Parramatta (POP) Directors of Parramatta (DOP) program. The aim of the 2022 POP/DOP programs is to create a space for Western Sydney writers/directors to attend new productions and participate in  conversation with theatrical professionals to engage with the craft of playwriting and directing.

This is an intimate, exclusive offer See below for eligibility, application form and T&C’s. You may apply if you were a participant in previous years.

This is your chance to learn from various Arts industry professionals.

Deadline extended to Friday 28 Jan
Successful applicants notified by 4 Feb
First performance: 5 March

Contact: Sarah Mott: 

About the Program:

NTofP invites POP/DOP participants to a selection of theatrical productions at Riverside Theatres. Before or After the show, a playwright/director/dramaturg will talk about the work.   Tickets to the performances’ will be included in the program. It is mandatory that the participants attend the post or pre show discussion, as well as the performance.

This program is only open to Western Sydney artists.


  1. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to playwriting or directing.
  2. Successful applicants will be advised by the beginning of Feb 2022
  3. Applicants should be available to participate in a minimum of 80% of the shows ie 8 performances during March – November 2022.
  4. The successful applicants will need to pay a $100.00 registration fee.

There are a limited number of subsidised places available – please contact Sarah if you would like more info – 

Terms and Conditions (T & C’s)

It is compulsory that participants will commit to the following T & C’s and if participants do not, NTofP reserves the right to discontinue involvement in the program. Registration fees will not be reimbursed should this occur.

It is expected that participants will commit to the following:

  • Submit a report if requested, evaluating the performance and discussion attended of a nominated play and give end of programme feedback.
  • Successful applicants are required to join our POP/DOP Facebook group, for updates and communications. Participants are required to attend the post show discussion. We are not able to issue show tickets if participants are unable to attend the post show discussion.

Contact: Sarah Mott: 

2022 Schedule to be announced shortly.

Loved this program. Such a great idea for emerging talent to get the chance to meet creatives behind current shows” – 2020 participant

“Hearing from Kate Champion, Lee Lewis and Wesley Enoch was inspiring and validating. Definitely highlights for me!” – 2019 participant

The greatest take from participating in this program was creating bonds with fellow directors in a very safe and supportive environment.” – 2019 particpant 

Being part of POP was a wonderful experience. It allowed me to connect with other local artists, and gain insight into the artistic processes of writers, directors and dramaturg“.  Lana – Participant of 2018 POP program

“Through POP, I had access to theatre practitioners who explained how they managed to develop their works and how they overcame challenges in mounting their productions. Viewing those productions also incidentally has given me ideas for adept use of ancillary elements such as staging, lighting, sounds effects etc… particularly on a small budget.” Summer – Participant of 2017 POP program


Listen to: 

Dom Mercer (Director, Grounded)

Kate Champion (Director, Every Brilliant Thing)