About Areté

Extending on our Ancient Greek origins, allow us to introduce Areté. The word Areté originates in ancient Greece and has many interpretations.  While difficult to accurately translate, it is generally understood to mean striving for excellence, being the best that you can be and is also wound up in the notion of moral virtue. For Dionysus Theatre, Areté is a festival of short plays written specifically to the theme. This is a company initiative eventually to become an annual event.

Each year a new theme will be released and writers can submit their short scripts for consideration. Anyone is welcome to submit. Writers can be published, previously performed or virgin wielders of the theatrical pen. Local writers are encouraged. Submissions will also be invited from interested directors and artists who wish to respond to the theme in their own mediums with work to be exhibited at and/or used within the performance itself. Dionysus also welcomes alternate interpretations on the theme. For example, in Areté’s inaugural year (Areté Alpha– 2014) the program included a self-devised, one-woman performance in a series of interludes.


Dionysus aims to present a theme each year that not only sparks reflection of our society and its morals but also to provide a platform for artists of all theatrical natures to hone their craft, providing support for excellence and an audience for feedback.



Areté Alpha


Areté Beta


Areté Gamma


Areté Delta 2018 Submissions


I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

                                                                      CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. Her essay We Should All Be Feminists, adapted from her 2013 TEDx talk, has remained on the bestseller lists.
A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.


Submissions can be (but are not limited to):

  • Completed one-act scripts
  • Expression of interest to be a Director
  • Proposal for alternate performance interpretations
  • Applications to be an Artist-in-Residence:
  • Artist exhibiting visual work in the foyer
  • Performance artist for the ‘Episodes’ that divide the plays
  • Expression of interest for any other role/s within the project

CONTACT MELANIE THOMAS with any further questions at: melanie@dionysustheatre.com.au


PLAY LENGTH:    maximum of ten pages

CAST:                     maximum of four

SET:                        maximum of three small manageable items


Each playwright needs to allow for a minimalist set, to be performed in a black box style theatre.

Each year we specify a particular set item that is artistic in nature and open to interpretation within the theme. The design and specifications of the Areté Delta can be viewed at the end of this brief.

(Please contact Melanie if you wish to see further images)

*NOTE – The set piece does not have to be interacted with or moved during your script (This choice can be left to directors’ discretion if you wish.)

In your submission please include:

  • A current Resume – with contact details
  • A 150 word biography (maximum)


In your submission please include:                                         

  • A current Resume – with contact details
  • A 150 word biography (maximum)
  • A brief statement that includes the following information:
  • Why you would like to work on Areté Delta
  • Why a company like Dionysus Theatre is of interest to you
  • What you hope to gain from the process

–      Prior experience relating to skills required for Areté Delta

*Please ensure this statement is no longer than one page in length.

 *NOTE- If you are submitting a proposal for an alternative performance interpretation, an application to be VISUAL or PERFORMANCE artist-in-residence or any other role (existing or proposed by you), be sure to include within your statement a clear vision and/or design for what you’re proposing.

* Images can be additional to the one page limit.

All submissions must go through the company website:


Proposed date for Season – May 3rd, 4th, 5th 2018

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Artist in Residence – Set Piece ARETÉ DELTA 2018 – HOME QUILT

View the Pillar of Wisdom art piece concept

Annelise Scott – Printmaker

“Domestic objects remain physical, as souvenirs of events, moments and lifetimes. After the child grows up, after the family disintegrates, after we move and replace old with new. The family home and its furnishings embody the experience of memory.  Through the production of print based artworks I investigate the power of place and the passage of time with a particular focus on the emotional attachment formed with domestic objects. My work is an exploration of memory that has been inspired by nostalgia for origins and an obsession with authenticity.”

View the Pillar of Wisdom art piece concept
View the Pillar of Wisdom art piece concept