STC has a proud heritage as a creative hub and incubator for Australian theatre-makers. Through a number of different programs, they provide professional development opportunities, access to key personnel and resources, and encouragement and support of emerging talent in the industry.
Rough Drafts are week-long creative developments that give playwrights, directors or ‘makers’ the opportunity to try out new ideas. The artists are given a week with actors in a rehearsal room to work on an existing early draft of a script, or to generate scenes in collaboration with performers.
Rough Drafts are scheduled at the beginning of each year but projects are generally not assigned to the slots until a couple of months before they happen. This allows the STC to respond to projects or artists that come to their attention during the year.
Whilst Rough Drafts are open to all theatre practitioners, STC is increasingly starting to use the program to encourage emerging and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) artists. Historically there have been few CALD artists working in in the field of theatre, many who STC identifies from theses backgrounds are relatively inexperienced. Rough Drafts provide an ideal safe space to build relationships with these artists while assisting them to develop a piece of theatre and their professional skills.
Generally, each Rough Draft culminates in a free, one-off public showing. This provides the artists with a test audience, showcases their work. Often the projects that STC does not pursue are picked up by other companies.