Playwriting Australia
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It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Playwriting Australia (PWA), the national body for developing playscripts, needed a new artistic director. Acclaimed playwright Lachlan Philpott was looking for a new challenge.

“I came to Playwriting Australia at a time when it was acknowledged that an organisation that works with and for playwrights should also be playwright-led, and there was wide enthusiasm for the potential renewal of the org,” he told Crikey in an email.

Philpott is known for his hustle. The former high school teacher grew up around the theatre: his parents ran a youth theatre company in the Sydney suburbs. After stints as a director and artistic associate, his playwriting career took off in the early 2010s.