Commissions will be available for writers who have had experience writing for a major theatre company’s mainstage. We will also commission writers and artists of calibre from allied media, embracing a diversity of ideas and talent while maintaining our commitment to our audience and MTC ‘s programming priorities. MTC will have the flexibility for larger commissioning fees to assist writers in creating works of greater scale and vision, or works that require research elements in their development.

By the end of the five-year program, a minimum of 35 writers will have been commissioned to write one full play, and some may be invited to undertake a second commission within the program.

In selecting writers to join the NEXT STAGE program, MTC will consult its group of advisors from various fields about writers of promise and ability.