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Entries in Australia (18)

Saturday
Dec102011

Abela, Donna (Australia)

Donna is an award-winning playwright. Her earliest plays were written for Powerhouse Youth Theatre in NSW, a company she co-founded and continues to support as a member of the board.

She has written over 30 original and adapted stage plays for youth, community, independent and mainstream theatre companies, and radio plays for the ABC and Eastside Radio. She has been commissioned to adapt stories in the public domain, develop original narratives, devise works with young or professional performers, create works based on community consultation, and to collaborate with multi-writer teams.

Her plays for young audiences include Ratbags, Reek Havoc, Circus Caravan, Quest, Tales from the Arabian Nights, Cayee’s Ukulele and Monkey, Journey to the West. Donna's play Jump For Jordan won the Griffin Playwriting Award in 2013. Other Awards include AWGIE awards, and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Award for Drama. 

Donna is also a founding member of the 7-ON playwrights' group, along with Verity Laughton, Vanessa Bates, Hilary Bell, Noelle Janaczewska, Ned Manning and Catherine Zimdahl.

Saturday
Dec102011

Aston, Manuel (Australia)

Manny Aston has a background in film and television production and extensive experience as an educational theatre writer. He was writer-in-residence for Self Raising Theatre and Theatre South, and has had a number of plays commissioned by Canberra’s Jigsaw Theatre Company. He is best known for his award-winning play for teenagers, Fossils, which has enjoyed popular seasons with professional theatres in Australia and overseas.

Manny has been a regular contributor for a number of magazines writing monthly articles on scriptwriting and creativity. His book Study Right was published in 2006 and is available from www.reedybooks.com.au.

In early 2008, Manny started his blog site, The Study Doctor (www.thestudydoctor.com) which he hopes will build into valuable and entertaining resource for teachers and students.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Thursday
Apr072011

Betzien, Angela (Australia)

Angela Betzien is co founder of artistic team Real TV. Her plays Children of the Black Skirt and Hoods have been published by Currency Press. Both plays have toured widely across Australia. Hoods was recently awarded an AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences as well as the inaugural Richard Wherrett Prize for Excellence in Playwriting. Her work Girl Who Cried Wolf, an Arena production commissioned by Sydney Opera House, premiered at ASSITEJ 2008.

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Saturday
Dec102011

Clemente, Rosalbe (Australia)

Rosalba Clemente is a writer, director and actor. She was the Artistic Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia for five years where she directed 'The Club', 'Don’s Party', 'Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love', 'Carrying Light', 'Blithe Spirit', 'How I Learned to Drive', 'House Among the Stars', 'Holy Day', 'My Life My Love', 'The Crucible', 'Death of a Salesman' and 'Trojan Women'. She has also directed productions for Vitalstatistix, Belvoir St Theatre, and Playbox. As a performer, she has appeared with Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Playbox, Vitalstatistix, Griffin, Bay St Theatre, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and in various television series and film roles. Rosalba has been nominated for and received many awards for her acting and directing work. 'Helly’s Magic Cup', her first play, won the Rodney Seaborn Australian Playwright’s Award for 2008. It was also selected for the New Voices/New Visions workshop at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC in 2006.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Saturday
Dec102011

Forde, Margery (Australia)

Margery's writing credits include Milo's Wake , co-written with her husband Michael. Milo's Wake was commissioned by La Boite. It won the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Best Stage Play, the 2000 Matilda Award, the Perform/4MBS Award and an AWGIE Nomination 2001. Milo's Wake toured nationally under the aegis of Performing Lines and was produced by the Court Theatre in Christchurch and The Chelsea Players in London. Published by Currency Press.

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Thursday
Mar292012

Hogan, Zoe (Australia)

I am a writer and playwright currently living in Timor-Leste. Short plays, monologues and longer works have been performed and workshopped at National Play Festival, Australian Theatre for Young People, Griffin Theatre, New Theatre and STC. I want to spend my life writing the unwritten stories.

Friday
May112012

Ismail, Afeif (Sudan / Australia)

Afeif Ismail was born in Elhasahisa, Sudan. A published poet and playwright, he arrived in Australia in 2003.

Afeif has published many works of poetry in Arabic: Traps and some Tracks, Bet of the Argil, A Passage to the Aroma of Invisibility, and It’s your Bird. He has published many works of poetry in English too, such as Bet of the Argil, Mum! This World Lies to Us, Orphaned Birds and The African Magician playscript.

Afeif’s plays in Arabic have been produced in cities, towns and villages across Sudan from 1985 to 2000. His play for children, The African Magician, was commissioned and produced by Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Western Australia in July 2010.

Afeif was short-listed for the inaugural Kit Denton Fellowship for Writers of Courage in 2007. He was selected to workshop this play, with co-transcreator Vivienne Glance, at Playwriting Australia’s Canberra Workshop in June/July 2008. Afeif was awarded the inaugural Australian National Playwrights’ Conference (ANPC) Bursary in 2008. In 2009 he was a recipient of an inaugural Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative for his play The Shrouds or the Dead.

The African Magician was nominated for the 44th Annual AWGIE Award best script for Children Theatre in 2011and another play, Son of the Nile, was produced by Murdoch University Theatre in Education in Western Australia in 2012.

Thursday
Mar082012

Janaczewska, Noëlle (Australia)

Noëlle writes plays, performance texts, monologues, poetry and radio scripts for audiences and readers of all ages. Her work has been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas, and includes over a dozen plays written for children and young audiences, or created with youth theatre companies. In 2010 Noëlle worked with senior high school students on the documentary theatre short Smashed which explores issues of teenage drinking. (Available from  http://australianplays.org) That same year her play on an environmental theme for children, The River That Ran Out, was Highly Commended in the Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition (for audiences 11 years and under). In 2007 This Territory was produced by the Australian Theatre for Young People and Powerhouse Youth Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. Nominated for a 2008 AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) Award for Community and Youth Theatre, This Territory is published by Currency Press.  

The recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and nominations, Noëlle’s writing for young people encompasses shorts and full-length plays, monologues, solo pieces and performance poetry, large-cast works, adaptations, lyrics and visual scripts. Her work is studied and performed across the educational sector, and features widely in university drama courses.

Noëlle is a member of the 7-ON Playwrights, whose collection of monologues for drama students and young performers, No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames is published by The Federation Press in 2012.

Find out more about Noëlle’s work and read excerpts at http://noelle-janaczewska.com

 

Saturday
Dec102011

Katz, Lally (Australia)

Lally Katz is a graduate of the University of Melbourne’s School of Studies in Creative Arts and studied playwriting at London’s Royal Court Theatre. She is a core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre, which has rapidly built a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting theatre companies. Her plays include Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd, Frankenstein, The Black Swan of Trespass, The Eisteddfod, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, Criminology (with Tom Wright) and Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart. Awards include several Green Room and Melbourne Fringe Awards, the Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Independent Production and a New York International Fringe Festival Producer’s Choice Award.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Wednesday
Mar142012

Konik, Mark (Australia)

Mark Konik is a writer from Newcastle Australia, but currently resides in Sydney.

Mark has written several plays that have been performed in Australia in festivals such as Short and Sweet, The Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Sydney Fringe Festival. He has also has plays performed in The UK and the US. Additionally he enjoys writing plays for children and has had number of them published in The NSW School Magazine.


Monday
Apr112011

Kruckemeyer, Finegan (Australia)

Finegan (30) has had over 50 commissioned plays performed on five continents, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

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Monday
May162011

Megarrity, David (Australia)

David is a writer, composer, musician, performer, teacher  and theatre-maker. 

A recipient of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship, his innovative theatre works for children including Backseat Drivers, Ukulele Mekulele, Show, and Lily Can’t Sleep have played at venues around Australia and overseas. He has contributed to a number of other works for young audiences as a dramaturg.

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Saturday
Dec102011

Nantsou, Stefo (Australia)

Born in Newcastle, Australia from Macedonian parents, Stefo Nantsou has written over 50 plays and co-devised a further 65 productions.

He co-founded the Ship-O-Fools in 1980, was an ensemble actor/writer with Freewheels T.I.E. (‘83-‘84) and Sydney’s Sidetrack Theatre (’85-’87), and founded Zeal Theatre in 1989.

Zeal has created over 40 original productions, notably “JOYRIDE” (over 600 performances throughout Australia & New Zealand 92-96) & “THE STONES” (performed with co-writer Tom Lycos over 1000 times worldwide, also translated in more than 20 countries).

Stefo has also directed his plays for companies around Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hungary, New Zealand & Wales. He has also received 2 Australia Council Literature Fund grants for “ENERGY” (’93) & “THE BIG TOMORROW” (’94), co-founded Melbourne’s The Torch Company, writing/directing “THE ESSENTIALS” (’97), “MECHTRON” & “THE TORCH” (’99) and is currently the resident director at the Sydney Theatre Company where he will write/direct a large scale production about the history of Sydney called “LEVIATHAN” in 2010 & 2011. Zeal Theatre received the prestigious ASSITEJ President’s Award for ‘outstanding services to the theatre for young people industry” in Montreal in 2005.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Saturday
Dec102011

Oswald, Debra (Australia)

Debra Oswald is a writer for stage, film, television and children's fiction.

Debra's stage plays have been produced around Australia. Gary's House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award. Her play Dags has had many Australian productions and has been published and performed in Britain and the United States. Gary's House has been on the senior high school syllabus and been performed in translation in both Denmark and Japan. The Peach Season won the 2005 Seaborn Playwright's Prize. Mr Bailey's Minder broke the Griffin Theatre's box office record in 2004, toured nationally in 2006 and was produced in Philadelphia in 2008.
Debra has written two plays for the Australian Theatre for Young People. Skate was performed in Sydney, on a NSW country tour and at the Belfast Theatre Festival. Stories in the Dark, which premiered at Riverside Theatre Parramatta in 2007, won the NSW Premier's Literary Play Award in 2007.

She is the author of three 'Aussie Bite' books for kids, including Nathan and the Ice Rockets, and five novels for teenage readers: Me and Barry Terrific, The Return of the Baked Bean, The Fifth Quest, The Redback Leftovers and Getting Air.

Debra's television credits are Bananas in Pyjamas, Sweet and Sour, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us and award winning episodes of Police Rescue.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Saturday
Dec102011

Ryan, Matthew

Matthew’s theatre writing credits include: So You Die a Little co-written with Tony Brockman (Pandemonium Theatre, 1998 and shortlisted for Queensland Theatre Company’s 1999 George Landen Dann Award), The Dance of Jeremiah (Australian Theatre for Young People, 2000 and La Boite Theatre Company, 2005 and winner of Queensland Theatre Company’s 2000 George Landen Dann Award), Julia Rose (Queensland Theatre Company’s “The Works”, 2003 and shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2005 Patrick White Playwrighting Award), Summer Wonderland (La Boite Theatre Company, 2007 and currently in development as a feature film with New Holland Pictures).

Summer Wonderland and The Dance of Jeremiah were published by PlayLab Press in 2007. Matthew served as co-creator and writer of Attack of the Attacking Attackers! (La Boite Theatre Company, 2008 and winner of 2009 Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work). Matthew has written several plays for young people for Backbone Youth Arts, including Lost Property Rules, The Tree House, Rules of Thumb and The Wall. Matthew is a workshop facilitator for Backbone Youth Arts and a co-founder of The Escapists. He is represented by Kubler Auckland Management.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Saturday
Dec102011

Ryding, David (Australia)

David Ryding has worked as a director, dramaturg and Arts worker, working consistently with new Australian scripts and new Australian writers. He was most recently Artistic Director for Mainstreet Theatre Company, a company dedicated to new Australian writing about regional Australia. Prior to his role with Mainstreet, he was Associate Director for Barking Gecko, for whom he wrote 'Sarenas Song', 'Hot Dogs' and 'Littlest Bird', which toured Western Australia in 2004.

Other writing credits include 'The Three' for ABC Radio National, 'Myra' for Australian Theatre for Young People’s 'RE: MacBeth', 'Nesmith' for the Blue Room and the screenplay 'Ant's Hills' (winner of a ScreenWest New Screenwriters' Grant). He also wrote 'Shift Swapping' (Audax Productions) and 'Chat' (Skimpy Theatre), and his short play 'The City of Lights' was part of 'Dullsville' (Perth Theatre Company).

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.

Friday
Nov092012

Thompson, Chris (Australia)

Chris Thompson is a Melbourne-based writer, director, artistic director and teacher. A former Artistic Director of St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Union House Theatre in Melbourne and founding artistic directorate member of Albury's HotHouse Theatre, he is currently a member of the Artistic Directorate of Jigsaw Theatre in Canberra. He has been Director of the Monash Schools Theatre Festival (winner of the 2007 Drama Victoria Award), MUDfest at Melbourne Uni, and the Biting Dog Theatre Festival in Albury.

His plays for young people have been nominated for five AWGIE awards, winning three times for SHADY CHARACTERS (1996), THE BRIDGE (2003) and THE SADNESS OF MISTER SAISSON (2012). His screenplay for the feature film THE TUMBLER was nominated for the QLD Premier’s Literary Awards and won the 2007 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

For the Victorian Arts Centre, Chris wrote LILY LASSETER & THE FLOATING ZOO for the Chookas Children’s Festival and wrote and directed an adaptation of Sonya Hartnett’s WILFUL BLUE, as well as the workshop-performance projects SPIN and SPINOUT. This year the Arts Centre is presenting his new work, POSTi, a non-linear play for primary schools delivered via the internet.

Recently he co-wrote the music-theatre piece, HAPPY for the Fringe Festival, wrote DEBS a youth and community play commissioned by Outback Theatre for Young People and THE GRIMMUSS for students at St Michael’s Grammar in Melbourne. His play STOP MEANS GO toured Canberra schools in 2012 and his new play, MICHAEL FRANCIS WILLOUGHBY IN ELOHGULP will premiere at the Canberra Theatre Centre in 2013.

Chris reviews teenage fiction for Viewpoint Magazine and lectures at ACU in theatre and playwriting.


His plays are available at australianplay.org.  THE BRIDGE is published by Currency in the collection, Refuge.

Saturday
Dec102011

Tulloch, Richard (Australia)

Richard Tulloch is as an actor and director who has written over twenty plays for young audiences including two published by Currency, Space Demons and Body and Soul. He has also written a number of children's books. His television writing credits include the children's shows The Miraculous Mellops and Bananas In Pyjamas. He adapted Robin Klein's Hating Alison Ashley for both stage and film.

For more information and to view the plays of this playwright, check out the playwright listings at australianplays.org.