The Event

The Process

The first step happens when the Griffin Theatre sends out an invitation to established Australian playwrights for the first act of a play. Once those first acts have come in – the response rate has risen in the two years of the Lysicrates Prize – an expert committee from major Australian theatres sifts through them and emerges with a list of six semi-finalists. The first acts on this list are then read by members of the Lysicrates Foundation Board, and by Lee Lewis, the Artistic Director of the Griffin Theatre, and the three finalists are selected. The last step, of course, is for the members of the audience to vote on which of these three first acts they most wish to see developed into a full play.