We've been at the forefront of developing new Australian plays for nearly 70 years – starting with the presentation of Ray Lawler’s iconic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in 1955, which changed the face of Australian theatre forever. Our historic commitment to Australian writers and their work has spearheaded the careers of some of our best-known playwrights, and is enabling us today to provide invaluable platforms for our next generation of iconic writers.

With the extraordinary investment of the Playwrights Giving Circle, we established the NEXT STAGE Writers Program in 2017 – a multi-million dollar commissioning and residency initiative that has set the benchmark for play development in Australia.

Read more about how NEXT STAGE is championing Australian writers and their work today, for the audiences of tomorrow.