Writer Kat Rose-Martin is the recipient of the £10,000 Kay Mellor Fellowship, which will see her develop a production at Leeds Playhouse.
Martin, from Bradford, will spend 12 months with both Leeds Playhouse and Mellor’s Rollem Productions, where she will develop a pitch for a TV drama.
The inaugural fellowship was announced last year, and is aimed at nurturing playwriting talent in the North.
She will go to rehearsals and meetings at the Playhouse, while also attending read throughs and set visits with Rollem.
Martin said: “I am totally thrilled to have been given this unique opportunity to work with both Kay Mellor and Leeds Playhouse. The theatre world is so different to my everyday life and I’m really excited to learn how I can blend these worlds.
“I also can’t wait to learn how to create and develop work across TV and theatre while, hopefully, speaking to an audience like me. I’m really keen to get started now – I’m ready for the hard work to begin.”
Kay Mellor said Martin had “real warmth and energy”.
“She has a really clear voice and her passion for writing comes through on the page. She’s obviously hungry to get started and I personally cannot wait to work with Leeds Playhouse to develop this new Yorkshire voice,” she added.
The new fellowship, which runs from now until December 2020, was open to writers based in the North who had already written at least one professionally produced play and had an idea for a new, full-length production.