The Mercury Theatre in Colchester has partnered with publisher Josef Weinberger Plays to launch a playwriting development programme for writers in the East of England.
Over the course of nine months, a select group of 15 writers will be guided and mentored through the process of writing their first full-length play.
Participants will meet online once a month from June for a series of workshop sessions led by playwright Kenny Emson, and will also receive one-to-one dramaturgy support.
They will be given guidance from a number of guest writers on the course, including Anya Reiss, Rachel De-Lahay, Vickie Donoghue, Guleraana Mir and David Eldridge.
Dilek Latif, Mercury Theatre’s talent development producer, said: "We are looking for fresh new voices, writers who are bold, ambitious and theatrically daring.
"To ensure we tell the most dynamic and varied stories, we are particularly keen to hear from writers who are underrepresented in this industry whether this be by class, disability, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
"Together with Josef Weinberger Plays, it is our mission raise the playwrights of tomorrow."
Mercury Theatre previously partnered with Josef Weinberger Plays for the Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018, as well as for a recent monologue competition during lockdown.
James Cawood, head of plays at Josef Weinberger, said: "I am delighted that Josef Weinberger Plays and Mercury Theatre continue to partner on exciting and engaging initiatives, unearthing new writers and helping to develop exciting new voices.
"Theatre should be a medium of perpetual creativity and Josef Weinberger Plays is at the forefront of inspiring and developing playwrights and supporting the realisation of new plays to be enjoyed by audiences across the globe."
Details on how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is June 5, with successful applicants to be announced on June 12.