First Nations Fellowship


Arts South Australia and Brink Productions are committed to supporting new work by South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre artists.


Two Fellowships are available for two emerging First Nations playwrights/storytellers, to each develop their practice, to work within a supported process on creating a script for a new theatre work, and to gain further professional and industry networks over a 12-month period.

This Fellowship is aimed at supporting artists telling stories specifically borne out of South Australia, with a commitment to telling those stories in a theatrical form. This Fellowship recognises that stories can come from any starting point, be it true life, dreaming, Country, music, painting, dance, pop culture, or pure imagination, and that in the theatre these stories can take on any form. This Fellowship seeks to support whatever methodology best suits the successful applicants.

The Fellowship will provide each Fellow the opportunity to work as a resident artist within Brink, in a schedule to be managed individually and according to their own availability.

The placement will also provide both Fellows with professional development and networking opportunities, connected to the wider South Australian and national industries.

In addition to financial support over the 12-month period for each Fellow, some resources will be provided to the development of their projects alongside ongoing mentorship and dramaturgical support.

The Fellowship model seeks to be deeply collaborative. Creative milestones, placement opportunities in the wider industry, resourcing and collaboration will all be discussed with each Fellow in accordance with their own requirements, with the overall program addressing four key areas of focus:

1. Developing Own Practice/Ideas

2. Making/Producing Work

3. How a Company Works

4. Industry Networking (Emphasis on Leading First Nations Artists/ Companies)

Expressions of Interest [EOI] will be accepted from artists of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are playwrights within the first five years of their professional practice, or artists seeking to become the lead storyteller of their own work for the first time.

Expressions of interest will be considered by a panel of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.


1 November 2023 EOI Submissions open
15 December 2023 EOI Submissions close
January 2024 Meet shortlisted applicants
February 2024 Fellowship recipients announced

Click here for the full guidelines.
Click here for the Expression of Interest submission form