NSW Public Schools Multicultural Playwright Program

Years 7 to 11

Supports secondary students from refugee backgrounds and students who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). Led by industry professionals, students share their stories in a forum that develops both literacy and drama skills.

Students engage in activities that develop language skills within the context of writing for theatre. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories as they develop their literacy, expressive and performance skills. Teachers will participate in a professional learning session prior to the student program. Students will then participate in a series of workshops culminating in a fantastic live streamed performance.

students during workshop

2022 program

  • Applications open – Monday 7 February, 2022 (Term 1 Week 3)
  • Teacher Professional learning – Friday 1 April, 2022 (Term 1 Week 10)
  • Mentoring weeks – Term 2 Week 2 and Week 5
  • Performances in Sydney during Refugee Week – Term 2 Week 9

Register here if you would like to be notified when information becomes available for the Multicultural Playwright Program.

Teacher professional learning

The Multicultural Playwright Program Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) complements the Multicultural Playwright Program student workshops. The professional learning is run prior to the student workshops.
The professional learning will help you develop high-level skills in making performance works, engaging in creative practices and exploring dramatic contexts for students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) and students with refugee backgrounds.

Multicultural Playwright Program 2019 - promo

Duration: 2:02

The Multicultural Playwright Program is a three-day event which is designed to give multicultural/refugee students and their teachers a scriptwriting and performance experience. On the third day the students will, after working with the tutors and their teachers, put on a showcase performance providing them with the platform to share their stories.


The Arts Initiatives team
The Arts Unit
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