Following two rounds in the seasons 2020/2021 and 2021/22, ETC will support two new European contemporary drama texts and their international trajectory in the season 2022/2023 by circulating them within its membership and financially participating to their translation into English, thus expanding its pool of interesting contemporary texts from all over Europe.

Interested ETC Member Theatres are asked to apply with one text of a contemporary author they work with and they see as relevant for international audiences.

The applying theatres will receive a grant (up to €1,500) for translation into English of the two plays which will be selected this season. The ETC theatres that have proposed the selected plays will be in charge of organising their translation into English.

The selected plays will also be integrated in the programme of the upcoming Spring ETC International Theatre Conference (10-14 May 2023 in Opole/Poland) in the form of participatory readings by the conference participants.


Application guidelines:
The play must have already been completed but not yet translated into further languages.

You will be asked to:

  • send a plot summary (one page, including presentation of the main characters) in English
  • send a biography of the author (including a list of already published plays)
  • explain the relevance of the play for European audiences (including main topics of the play, one page)
  • include a translation into English of the first two pages of the play.

The more attention paid to your application, the better chance the text and its context will have to be understood and seen as relevant by the Committee. Plan enough time for the application. You can download a printable version of the application form here.

Selection process:
The ETC Drama Committee then selects 2 plays. The theatres will then receive a grant (up to €1,500) for translation into English.


Selection criteria:

  • Relevance for European audiences
  • Need for support for the author’s career internationalisation
  • Geographical balance

Deadline: 8 January 2023


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