Leeds Playhouse, Graeae Theatre Company and Hull Truck Theatre will each nominate and support a female playwright to take part in a new writing programme announced by Sphinx Theatre.
The list of theatre companies partnering with Sphinx Theatre also includes Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Yellow Earth Theatre.
Each organisation will select and support a female playwright to participate in the recently announced Sphinx Lab, which is a pilot development programme for female playwrights.
Each playwright involved will receive a £1,000 seed commission and support from writers including Winsome Pinnock, April De Angelis and Timberlake Wertenbaker, as well as from industry leaders including co-founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group and Trafalgar Entertainment Rosemary Squire and head of theatre at the Barbican Centre Toni Racklin.
The nominations from partner theatres will be in addition to 10 previously announced places for female playwrights who will be selected through an open call.
Further partner theatre companies are to be announced.
The programme has been launched to mark the 30th anniversary of Sphinx Theatre, which was set up to support women in the arts.
Sue Parrish, artistic director of Sphinx Theatre, said: “We are delighted to announce the first half of our partnerships with leading theatres committed to gender equality as part of our 30th anniversary programme.
"Working together, we can make a difference and change the cultural landscape, as well as supporting female playwrights from each theatre in their careers."
Sphinx Theatre’s literary director Jennifer Tuckett, who designed the writers’ lab programme, added: "We hope the support announced via these theatre partnerships and our open call will help support female playwrights during the coronavirus crisis, as well as developing plans for an ongoing programme for female playwrights in the UK.
"In this time of crisis, it is good to work together to provide this support and we thank our partners for their support."