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2022
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About the Prize

The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.

Plays written by more than four authors are not eligible for the Play Award. Assessment will be made entirely on the literary merit of the written text, and not on the merits of a particular production. The prize money will be paid to the playwright/s. In the case of a work of music drama, the judges may decide that the award should be shared by the writer and the composer. In this instance, the composer must be a living Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status.

Please note that for the 2022 Nick Enright Prize, the guidelines have been amended. A play or work of music drama that had a scheduled first production in Australia between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 but has been cancelled or deferred due to COVID-19 restrictions or had an online reading only, is eligible for entry. Please contact us via email prior to submitting your script if it is submitted under these amendments.

The Judging Panel

David Berthold

David Berthold

Chair

David Berthold is a prominent Australian cultural leader and director of theatre, festivals and arts organisations. He has directed for most of Australia's major theatre companies, as well as internationally, and has led transformational change at several significant arts organisations as an Artistic Director and CEO. He is currently Director in Residence at NIDA, where he leads the artistic planning and programming. He was recently Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, one of Australia's major international arts festivals, directing five record-breaking festivals, 2015-19. He has been Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company, Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company, Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People, and Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company. He is a member of the NSW Government's Theatre and Musical Theatre Arts Advisory Board, a Board member of Australian Plays Transform (APT), a Trustee of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, and a member of the Theatre Panel of the Helpmann Awards.

Headshot of Jada Alberts

Jada Alberts

Jada is a First Nations actor, writer and director from the Bardi, Wardaman, Larrakia and Yanyuwa peoples. In 2013, Jada was the recipient of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. Their debut work, Brothers Wreck was first produced in 2014 at Belvoir to critical acclaim. It received a nomination at the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian Work, a nomination for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a nomination for Best Stage Play at the 2015 AWGIE Awards. In 2016, Jada was awarded the inaugural Mona Brand Emerging Writer Award. 

Joanne Kee

Joanne Kee

Joanne Kee is the Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta responsible for the artistic and strategic direction of the Company. Her career includes being Artistic Director of Sydney Improvised Music Association, Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Places + Spaces.

She also worked at The Song Company, Sydney Opera House, Carnivale multicultural festival and the Powershouse Museum. She has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Women’s Money and was Editor of Jazz Australia. Joanne is committed to building capacity in an equitable and inclusive manner and is currently delivering platforms for playwrights and theatre-makers to challenge and inspire audiences with innovative and transformational work.

She is a member of the Create NSW Theatre panel and as former Chair of Ausdance NSW was instrumental in setting up Critical Path, choreographic lab.

Past winners and shortlist

2021
Milk
The Street Theatre
Winner
2021
Queensland Theatre/ Sydney Theatre Company
Shortlisted
2021
Lady Tabouli
National Theatre of Parramatta
Shortlisted
2021
No Pay no way
Sydney Theatre Company
Shortlisted
2021
The Visitors
Moogahlin
Shortlisted
2021
Packer & Sons
Belvoir
Shortlisted
2020
Counting and cracking bookcover
Belvoir and Co-Curious
Winner
2019
The Almighty Sometimes
Winner
2018
Image of the play Black is the New White
Sydney Theatre Company
Winner

About Nick Enright

Nicholas Paul “Nick” Enright (1950-2003) was an Australian playwright and dramatist. After his graduation from Sydney University, he worked for Sydney’s Nimrod Theatre before being appointed as trainee director at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He won an Australia Council Fellowship to study directing at New York University where he began writing plays. After his graduation in 1977, Enright joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia as actor and director before becoming Head of Acting at NIDA in 1983 and 1984. All of his plays, including Blackrock and On the Wallaby, have been performed by the major Australian theatre companies. Enright also wrote three musicals, Variations winning the NSW Premier’s Literary Play Award in 1983. He was co-nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of Lorenzo’s Oil (1992).