LEEDS PLAYHOUSE IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING A LARGE, NOISY SPACE FOR PLAYWRIGHTS AND NEW WRITING.
Our aim is to nurture bold, new voices and to share and showcase rich, diverse stories about how we live in Leeds, in Yorkshire, and in the world.
Our writer development programmes offer opportunities to writers living or working in the North of England to connect, to learn and share skills, and to receive bespoke dramaturgical support.
We have a number of significant partnerships with other arts organisations focused on writing. These include:
- The School of Performance and Cultural Industries(PCI) at Leeds University and Leeds Playhouse work together to build links between the Playhouse’s Writer Development programmes and the University’s Masters Course, Writing for Performance and Publication, with Playhouse staff delivering course content, students taking part in workshops and a number of placement opportunities.
- Kali Discovery is a new program for emerging women writers of South Asian descent who aspire to be playwrights. DISCOVERY gives an opportunity for writers to engage with their local theatre and Kali in new national playwriting hubs in 2020/2021. The call out for Kali Discovery at Leeds Playhouse will go out in May 2020.
- The Kay Mellor Fellowship is a collaboration between Leeds Playhouse, Kay Mellor, and Rollem Productions to support a playwright to develop their writing for stage and screen over the course of a year. Submissions for the inaugural 2020 Fellowship are open until October 21, 2019.