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The Literary Unit runs an in-house programme of play and project development at its studio at Dominion Road.
ATC Literary is committed to assisting in the development of works from the diverse cultures that reside in Aotearoa New Zealand and to bringing a diversity of voices and languages to life in the theatre.
Projects are selected for development on their intrinsic merit, the imaginative reach of the writing or vision, the commitment of the playwright/creator to explore their work and the subject matter and themes as they relate to Auckland, to Auckland audiences and to Aotearoa New Zealand.
The key focus of ATC’s development is to identify and support playwrights and theatre makers who have the potential and the ambition to make work with the scale to be programmed as part of ATC’s main stage programme at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.
Young Writers Group
In 2017 we established a Young Writers Group for emerging playwrights aged 18 – 30 years. Please contact us if you are interested in making a submission for a future workshop programme.
The inaugural NAVIGATORS season of work was presented in October 2017. Three artists were commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company to develop ground-breaking new performance work. The Navigators marked the beginning of that journey.
Artistic Associates Malia Johnston, Kate Parker and Katie Wolfe each presented a new work in the early stages of development over a festival-style weekend.
Moon by Malia Johnston was a dance-theatre piece inspired by the night sky as a place of dreams and imaginings.
The Wild Seed Thief, created and directed by Kate Parker, was an original environment fable featuring stunning visual imagery.
The Haka Party Incident, created and directed by Katie Wolfe, was documentary theatre based on an event that changed race relations in Aotearoa forever: a violent stoush between the University of Auckland engineering students preparing for their mock haka down Queen Street and members of the activist group He Taua.