The Laramie Project and the Tectonic Theater Playwrighting Scholarship

In an Australian first, New York’s Tectonic Theater Project together with the American Australian Association present a Staged Reading of The Laramie Project in Sydney. To celebrate this exciting new collaboration, the American Australian Association announces the Tectonic Theater Project Playwriting Scholarship.

Specifically allocated for a self-identifying Queer Australian playwright to embark on a 2-week creative development in NYC, this scholarship includes observing a training with Tectonic Theater Project’s Moment Work Institute. The primary objective is for an Australian artist to immerse themself in Tectonic’s distinctive theatrical methodology, with the aim of harnessing this invaluable experience to craft a compelling new Australian play.

The selected playwright will be granted a dedicated writing period and a writing space with unparalleled views of Manhattan at the American Australian Association’s new headquarters. They will use this time to develop their first draft, with the submission of this draft the creative outcome of the scholarship in the hope of it having a future on Australian and American stages.

The scholarship includes:

1. USD $10,000 to fund playwright commissioning fee and 2 weeks accommodation in NYC
2. Qantas return economy airfare from Australia to New York
3. Observance of a Moment Work Institute training with Tectonic Theater Project
4. Access to a writing space at the American Australian Association headquarters in Manhattan

Applications open at 9am AEST on Friday 17 May, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.


About The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project is the true story of the aftermath following the 1998 murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, that catalyzed revolutionary LGBTQIA+ legislative change in America.

On the 25th anniversary of the development of the play and in commemoration of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, this collaboration between nations and generations holds a mirror to how far LGBTQIA+ rights have come, and how far they have to go.

An all-star Australian cast including Nicholas Brown, Casey Donovan, Benjamin Law, Zindzi Okenyo, Tony Award-nominated Tony Sheldon and Lyndon Watts unite with Dennis Shepard – father of the late Matthew – who will deliver his powerful courtroom speech from the 1999 trial.

Join Dennis Shepard, along with director Dean Bryant and cast for a post-performance Q&A about the role of the arts in social justice movements.

All proceeds will go towards the new American Australian Association Playwriting Scholarship and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.