The R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards were created in 2003 to support Victorian writers’ script development and foster Victoria’s theatre industry.
Each successful playwright receives financial support toward developing their script, based on a budget and development plan they have created. We aim to support the development of plays as works-in-progress. Funds may be used to support further work with a director, dramaturg, script editor and/or actor(s) through workshops.
In conjunction with Playwriting Australia, an initiative was introduced in 2008, where one of the winning plays could also be nominated for additional development and support.
To provide opportunities for these scripts to be heard, the Trust expanded the Awards to include the Flashpoint program, where award winners from previous years develop their scripts into rehearsed readings.
The grant towards the Script Development Awards concluded in 2014.