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Women In Science: A Playwriting Commission from the University of York

Posted on 22 September 2017

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York is delighted to announce a playwriting commission for 2017-18.

The University of York’s commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter and its ongoing work to address gender equality at all levels of university life has led to an exciting invitation to a dynamic playwright to create an original play. We are commissioning a festival-length play (under 70 minutes) about women in science, to be performed in June 2018 in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s state-of-the-art Scenic Stage Theatre, directed by a professional director and performed by a cast of 4-10 undergraduate actors.

We are seeking a playwright who self-identifies as a woman, who is passionate about the idea of writing about women in science, from a historical, archival, contemporary or experimental perspective. We are interested in the play being celebratory, potentially pushing boundaries in terms of form as well as content, and we are particularly excited by ideas of forgotten or under-explored figures or stories around this subject.

Timescale and Application

Application deadline: 20 October 2017

First draft deadline: 16 March 2018

Final rehearsal draft deadline: 30 April 2018

Production: June 2018

Fee: The fee for this commission is £5000

Application: Please submit your application to Karen Quigley ( by 20 October 2017. This application should include a summary of your proposed play (no longer than 4 pages) and your current CV. We look forward to hearing from you.