Ang Collins awarded the inaugural NSW Incubator Fellowship
Playwright Ang Collins has been selected as the first recipient of the inaugural Incubator Fellowship, established through a new partnership between Create NSW and Griffin Theatre Company to support an emerging playwright in a self-directed program of professional development.
Ang will receive $30,000 through the Fellowship and will use the funding to write a play combining comedy and crisis about climate change in Australia through a program of self-directed research and drafting, investigating theatre within the climate crisis.
Incubator Fellowship recipient Ang Collins said, “I’m over the moon with gratitude and excitement right now. To be the recipient of the Incubator Fellowship as a young playwright is so heartening and artistically affirming—it feels like the past few years of writing, staging work, and working very hard has been leading up to this incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to write what I’m most passionate about: comedy, our rapidly changing climate, and detailed portraits of contemporary Australia.”
Ang was one of four emerging theatre practitioners in the early stages of their career who was selected for a three-month residency at Griffin, undertaking creative development of new work and professional mentorship with the company. During their residencies, the participants explored their project with input and support from Griffin to challenge and expand their practice.
The three other shortlisted applicants – Justice Jones, Frieda Lee and Claudia Osbourne – will continue to receive creative and professional support from Griffin Theatre Company and its wider industry networks.
About Ang Collins
Ang Collins is an emerging playwright originally from Newcastle, NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) from NIDA. Collins was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2017 and the Phillip Parsons Award in 2018. Her play MATE was awarded Highly Commended in Playwriting Australia’s Max Afford Award in 2018. In late 2018 she was the recipient of Create NSW’s Young Creative Leaders Fellowship, for which she wrote a new one-act play, Fruit Bat, in partnership with ATYP.
Image: Playwright Ang Collins, 2020 recipient of the inaugural Incubator Fellowship, in partnership between Create NSW and Griffin Theatre Company. Image supplied by Griffin Theatre Company.
Published: 11 September 2020