Young playwright and recent NIDA graduate Emme Hoy has been awarded the NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.
Supported by Belvoir St Theatre, the Fellowship provides a prize of $12,500, with a further $7,500 available for script development, with the chance to have a play go on to be staged at Belvoir St Theatre.
“I’m so excited and grateful to have been offered the amazing opportunity that is the Philip Parsons Fellowship,” Hoy said.
“Being gifted the time, space and mentorship to develop a new work is so important for emerging writers, and I am so thrilled to have been given the chance.”
“It’s so gratifying to see many theatre companies like Belvoir support new writing, because new stories are important.
We are the stories that we tell ourselves; both as humans, and as a country – and in order to keep changing and developing we need to keep telling new stories; listening, and trying to understand more about other people, and ourselves.”
Hoy graduated from NIDA last year, and is currently a resident playwright at the Old 505 Theatre as well as the co-artistic director of The Louise Frequency.
She was one of the inaugural emerging writers recognised by the Sydney Theatre Company in their Emerging Writers Group, which was announced at the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship earlier this year.
Hoy is the second NIDA graduate to be awarded NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, after Julia-Rose Lewis (Writing for Performance, 2015) won it in 2014 for her play Samson, which she wrote while at NIDA.
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