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The second round of Wellspring, our professional development programme for London-based disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent playwrights, was completed in spring 2024, following a presentation of rehearsed readings of excerpts from new plays developed by the eight Writers, with mentoring support from the programme’s delivery partners.

We were so proud to support the writing of new, exciting stories from this year’s fantastic cohort:

Ellie Dunn, Emma Dawson, Mohit Mathur, Jesse Stone, Sophia Wai Yee Ginsburg, Yaz Nin, Aisling Lally and Em Prendergast.

Their scripts are all plays to be shown on stage in full in future, so if you are a producer, programmer, literary manager or just curious to get a glimpse into new work, read on and get in touch!

Read more about the exciting new plays by the Wellspring 2023 – 2024 Writers.

This year’s sharing of excerpts of the Writers’ work will take place, on Friday 23 February 2024 at Soho Theatre, Wellspring Partner.

An afternoon event where you will have the opportunity to discover eight new plays written by the Wellspring 2023 cohort and meet the Writers. Be prepared to be excited by the breadth and richness of these new stories that will make it onto our stages one day (might it be in your venue?!).

We will not reveal more about these new plays yet, instead we invite you to follow the Wellspring Writers blog from w/c October 9th to find out more from the Writers themselves.

The team is super delighted to welcome aboard Indiana Lown – Collins, an award-winning theatre director, currently Resident Associate at Shakespeare Globe. Indiana will spend the next months working with the Writers towards directing the eight pieces into the showcase event in February 2024.

A young white woman smiles to the camera. She has long blonde hair and wears a shirt with alternating shades of yellow, light green and brown. She leans against a brick wall on her left.

Indiana Lown – Collins

Indiana (she/her), is a theatre director and is currently Resident Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe. She won the 2022 JMK Young Directors Award with her production of, ‘The Solid Life of Sugar Water’ by Jack Thorne which played at the Orange Tree Theatre Oct/Nov 22 and won the OFFIE for ‘Best Production’. Indiana is also currently nominated for ‘Best Debut Director’ at ‘The Stage Debut Awards’.

She started working professionally as a director in 2016 and has had the privilege of working with new writing, Shakespeare and musicals across a number of different and exciting venues.

As an artist Indiana thrives to push boundaries; prioritising working with an uninhibited perspective and wants to make theatre that will evolve her artistic practice towards discovering radical yet sincere forms of expression. Indiana aims to tell stories that expand our understanding of the time and culture we live in. As a disabled artist she is passionate about making theatre that puts disabled voices at the centre of the story and igniting a new way of presenting theatre.

Directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company), The Purple Princess (GSC) and The Last Supper (Fresh Direction ‘Replay Project’ The Young Vic).

We cannot wait to work with Indiana!

 

We are proud to be delivering Wellspring in partnership with London theatres acclaimed for championing new writing, Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, and Theatre503 with support from fellow theatre professionals and peers: Camden People’s Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and BOLD Elephant.

Wellspring is supported with funding from City Bridge Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund supported by players of The National Lottery.

Read more about Wellspring.

Tag Archive for: Playwrights