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Our Playwrights

Playlab is continually on the lookout for new work to publish. Below you will find a list of current authors, and we will continually be adding to this list, so stay tuned!

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Adam Grossetti


Adam Grossetti’s plays include Dogs, Pitchfork, Lost Lagoon, Cavallo A Horse Cavallo, Bird of Prey, and Hotel. His plays have b...

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Adam J.A Cass


Having written approximately forty produced plays, Adam J. A. Cass is perhaps best known for I Love You, Bro, which afte...

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Alana Valentine


In 2013, Alana Valentine won three AWGIE Awards, including the Major AWGIE, the inaugural David Wiliamson...

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Alison Rooke


Alison Rooke is a writer and dramaturg from Sydney. A graduate o...

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Amy Bell


Based in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, Amy is inspired by remote landscapes and the darker ...

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Andrew McGahan


Andrew McGahan was born in Dalby, Queensland, but has lived and worked mostly in Brisbane. His first novel Praise (1992) was winner of The Australian/Vog...

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Angela Betzien


Angela Betzien is a multi award winning writer and a founding member of independent theatre comp...

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Angus Cerini


Angus Cerini is a write...

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Anna Yen


Anna Yen is a performer, director, theatre maker, movement teacher, writer and Feldenkrais Method ® ...

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Anne Harris


Dr Anne Harris is an American-Australian playwright and Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts Education at Monash University (Melbourne), and has publis...

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Anne-Louise Sarks


  Anne-Louise Sarks is the resi...

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Anthony Newcastle


Anthony has worked as a freelance artist with Kooemba Jdarra for the past three years. During this time, Anthony has devised and presented a numb...

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Arnold Denham


Not much is know about Arnold Denham, other than that he was born Arnold Denham Boulger, circa 1873, that he worked in a library, and that he adapted and/or plagiraised earlier versions of the Ned Kelly saga into his play ...

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Arthur Adams


Arthur Henry Adams, born in Otago, New Zealand in 1872, was a poet, playwright, journalist and novelist, committed to ...

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Benjamin Schostakowski


Benjamin Schostakowski grad...

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Binh Duy Ta


Binh Duy Ta was trained in mime and acting in Vietnam. Binh came to Australia in 1988 to attend the International ...

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Brad Jennings


Brad Jennings is the Artistic Director of Markwell Presents. Brad has been writing, directing and ...

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Breakthrough Cre8tive Training


Breakthrough Cre8tive Training's Inez Fainga’a was born in Fiji to Tongan parents and raised in a small Aborigin...

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Brendan Cowell


BRENDAN COWELL is a writer and director wor...

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Bridget Boyle


Bridget Boyle is part of the artistic ensemble for deBASE Productions, which employs a highly physical and collaborative approach to devising new w...

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Campion Decent


Campion Decent has worked in the arts for more than 20 years, most recently as Artistic Director of HotHo...

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Christine Comans


Christine Comans is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queen...

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Christopher Bryant


Christopher Bryant is a Sydney and Melbourne ba...

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Claire Christian


Claire Christian ...

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Dan Giovannoni


Dan Giovannoni is a playwright a...

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Daniel Evans


Daniel Evans is a writer, listener, libertine and pop aficionado. Partial to the fantastical and absurd, Daniel wrote his first play,...

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Daniel Keene


Daniel Keene has written for the theatre since 1979. He has won...

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David Atfield


David Atfield received a BA from UNSW in 1986, simultaneously studying acting at Hayes Go...

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David Brown


David Brown has been commissioned to write for the Brisbane Festival (1998), the FreeWheels Theatre Company (2000) and the Queensland Arts...

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David Burton


David Burton is an award-winning writer from Q...

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David Megarrity


David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of ...

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David Morton


David Morton is the Artistic Director of the Dead Puppet Society as well as a freelance d...

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Deborah Mailman


Deborah Mailman is one of Australia’s most popular and successful actors who received national ac...

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Elise Greig


Elise Greig came to writing through acting. She is a Matil...

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Emilie Collyer


Emilie Collyer writes plays, fiction and poetry. Theatre awards and shortlistings of note include: ...

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Emily Calder


Emily Calder is a graduate of NIDA’s Playwrights Studio and holds ...

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Errol O`Neill


Errol O’Neill has worked since the early 1970s as an actor, playwright, director, dramaturg and produc...

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Eugene Gilfedder


Eugene Gilfedder has been involved with professional theatre and music performance since 1981. In that time he has accrued more than 100 theatre productions in ...

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Finegan Kruckemeyer


Finegan has had 70...

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Future D. Fidel


Future D. Fidel, 28, was born in Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Afte...

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Gail Evans


Gail Evans is a Darwin based writer and performer. She is co-artistic director of Knock-em-down Theatre (with Stephen Carleton) and also works ext...

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George Landen Dann


George Landen Dann was one of Australia’s most prominent early playwrights. Born in 1904, George d...

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Helen Howard


Helen Howard is an actor, writer, acting coach, dialect coach and co-founder (with Michael Futcher) of Matrix Theatre. As a writer in a tw...

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Henrietta Drake-Brockman


Henrietta Drake-Brockman was born in Perth in 1901 and was schooled in both Australia and Scotland before attending University in Western Australia where she studied literature. She soon became a published author with the majority of her...

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Henry Melville


Henry Melville (1799 – 1873) was a journalist, publisher and playwright living in Hobart, Australia. In March 1830 he bought the Colonial Times and later the same year he published Australia’s...

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Ian Brown


Ian (aka E.C.) Brown originally trained as an actor at James Cook University in Townsville, graduating i...

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Indija N. Mahjoeddin


Indija Mahjoeddin is an Australian-Indonesian writer/performer whose performance practice...

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Jane Bodie


Jane Bodie is a playwrigh...

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Jane Modric


Jane Modric is a writer and musician who lives in Cairns, North Queensland. She is...

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Janis Balodis


Janis Balodis was born in Australia of Latvian parents who settled in North Queensland after the Second World War. His other plays include Wet ...

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Jessica Bellamy


Jessica Bellamy is a Sydney-based playwright. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW) and has been a Griffin Theatre Playwri...

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Jo Turner


Jo Turner is a writer director and actor. He is a graduate of Melbourne University (B.A/B.COM) and the Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq.  In 2012 he was artist in residence at Sydney Theatre Company...

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John AD Fraser


John AD Fraser: Rock Surfers has produced three of John AD F...

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John Armstrong


John Armstrong is one of Australia’s leading writers of television for ...

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Julia-Rose Lewis


Julia-Rose Lewis is a writer based in Sydney. Julia has worked with comp...

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Julian Hobba


Julian Hobba is...

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Kate Mulvany


A BA graduate from Curtin University and an actress who has played leads with major Australian theatre companies in addition to TV ...

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Katherine Lyall-Watson


Katherine was a finalist in the 2008/09 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award ...

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Kathryn Ash


Kathryn Ash has worked for over twenty-five years in theatre, as a performer, writer and dramaturge and is a...

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Kathryn Marquet


Kathryn is a respected young playwright and actor from Queens...

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Katy Warner


Katy Warner is a playwright and actor based in Melbourne. She studied playwriting at the Victor...

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Lachlan Philpott


Lachlan is a Sydney-based writer, dramaturge, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency he will s...

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Lally Katz


Lally Katz is the most frequently produced Australian playwright of her gen...

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Leah Mercer


Leah Mercer is a director/deviser/writer with the ensemble The Nest which develops and produces new works for performance. She is also the co-ordin...

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Lily Fish


Lily Fish is a Melbourne based writer, director and performer. She is a graduate of the National Thea...

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Linda Hassall


Linda has worked in the theatre industry as a director, dramaturge and playwright for 20 years. Her first play Post Office Rose w...

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Linden Wilkinson


Linden Wilkinson graduated from NIDA as an actor in 1976; since then she has performed with ...

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Lisa O`Neill


Lisa O’Neill is a freelance performer, choreographer, performance director and educator working across mu...

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Liz Skitch


Liz works as an actor/ writer/ director and comedian. She studied drama at Queensland University of Technology and following this, trained at the S...

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Lorna Bol


Lorna Bol came to playwriting from a background in theatre, having worked as an actress, director and producer. Bol began writing f...

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Louis Esson


Louis Esson was born Thomas Louis Buvelot Esson in 1878 in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was three years old Esson and his recently widowed mother moved to Melbourne. He attended the University of Melbourne but it was arguably his time in...

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Lynne Bradley


Lynne Bradley has worked as a director, choreographer, performer and actor-trainer in Brisbane and ab...

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Marcel Dorney


Marcel Dorney is a writer, director and performer. He was born in Brisbane, graduated from the University...

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Marcus Clarke


Marcus Clarke was born in London 1846 and moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1862 following the death of his father. Known for being adventurous in terms of his career, Clarke found it hard to focus on a single profession and spent much of...

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Margaret Hickey


Margaret Hickey is a playwright and a lecturer at La Trobe University, Shepparton. She i...

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Margery Forde


Margery’s playwrighting credits include commissions for La Boite Theatre - James and Johnn...

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Margi Brown Ash


Margi Brown Ash: deviser/performer/writer/director/acting trainer/ psychotherapist. Trained/ worked in USA, Europe, Australia. Brisbane is home: writing, performing, facilitating, training as Independent Artist: the nest, co-artistic dir...

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Mark Rogers


Mark Rogers is a writer, director, and theatre maker. His work inc...

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Mark Sheppard


Born and raised in Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Mark Sheppard is a Muluridgi/ Mbarbarrum man. Currently working for La Boite Theatre Company as Associate Producer, Mark has been a chameleon in the performanc...

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Maryanne Lynch


Maryanne Lynch works across art forms as a writer, director and dramaturge, and has won several awards for her work. Recent productions in...

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Matthew Ryan


Matthew Ryan's work includes: Brisbane (Queensland Theatre Company 2...

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Matthew Whittet


Matthew Whittet is an actor and writer who has wo...

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Max Afford


Max Afford was born in Adelaide in 1906 and began writing as a repo...

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Maxine Mellor


Maxine Mellor is a multi‐award winning young playwright from Queensland. She won QTC’s Young Playwrig...

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Melita Rowston


Melita Rowston is a writer, director and sometime performer. She is a grad...

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Merlynn Tong


Merlynn Tong is an Actor, Writer and Theatre-Maker. Most recently, Merlynn performed un...

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Michael Beresford


Michael’s produced works include Persona non Grata 2, Dump, Body Parts, Ginger Boy, and Snap. Formerly artistic director of Har...

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Michael Forde


  With his partner, Margery, Michael co-wrote for La Boite Milo’s Wake (published...

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Michael Futcher


Michael Futcher has worked over the past 25 years with many of Queensland’s major theatre companies in various capacities, including actor, dir...

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Michael Watts


Michael Watts wrote Train Dancing for the Adelaide Festival and Under the Rain Tree for Red Dust Theatre Productions before...

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Mike Dickinson


After working as a director and lecturer in Britain, Mike relocated to Australia in 1994. He was appointed the Artistic Director of Theatre UpNor...

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Monkey Baa


Monkey Baa was established in 1997 by three actors, Tim McGarry, Sandra Eldridge and Eva Di Cesare. Based in Sydney, the company has achi...

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Nadine McDonald


Nadine McDonald was the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts Company from 2001 to 2004. She first joined Kooemba in 1996 ...

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Nakkiah Lui


Nakkiah Lui is a writer and Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman. She ...

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Noelle Janaczewska


Noëlle Janaczewska writes plays, performance texts, monologues, poetry, essays, gallery and online explorations, and radio ...

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Norman Price


Norman Price, (playwright/director/actor/theatre scholar), graduated from NIDA (Acting) in 1961. N...

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Patricia Cornelius


Patricia Cornelius is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and dramaturg. She...

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Rachael Coopes


Rachael Coopes was awarded the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Marten Bequest Scholarship in 2004 and studied theatre in ...

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Randolph Bedford


George Randolph Bedford was born in Sydney in 1868 and started writing as a journalist in the late 1880s in response to the increased interest in mining. ...

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Rebecca Sparrow


Rebecca Sparrow’s first novel The Girl Most Likely was published in 2003. It was the joint winner for the citywide One Book One Brisbane...

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Richard Jordan


Richard Jordan ...

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Robert Kronk


Robert is the co-founder and director of deBASE productions, one of Queensland’s leading youth theatre companies. He has a history of wo...

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Rod Ainsworth


Rod Ainsworth is a creative producer, writer and director working in Bundaberg in regional Quee...

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Roger Bennett


Roger Bennett’s (1948-1997) plays include Funerals and Circuses, Up the Ladder and Yowie. An indigenous playwright, Be...

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Ross Mueller


Ross Mueller is a multi-award winning playwright. His play, Concussion, premiered at Wh...

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Sam Watson


Sam wrote his first published novel, The Dadaitcha Sung in 1990. He won the National Indigenous Writer of the Year in 1991. He ha...

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Sandra Eldridge


Sandra Eldridge is a WAAPA acting graduate and has a Master...

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Sara West


Sara West is a Sydney-based actor and writer who has worked with s...

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Sarah Hope


Sarah Hope is an emerging playwright and theatre make...

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Sasha Janowicz


Sasha Janowicz is primarily an actor who grew up in Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from the literature department of the Silesian University...

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Sean Mee


Throughout his career, Sean has pursued his passion for creating and producing Australian theatre with a par...

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Established in 2006, shake & stir has become one of Australia's leading contemporary youth theatre companies. shake & stir theatre co curr...

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Shane Pike


Shane Pike...

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Shaun Charles


  Shaun Charles is a writer and director. As a playwright his work includes The Understudy, Three Points of Contact, The River, The Di...

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Side Pony Productions


Side Pony Productions supports the productions of director Zoe Pepper. Under her leadership the comp...

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SNAFU Theatre


SNAFU Theatre: May Jasper and Sam Wilson founded SNAFU Theatre in 2002, collaborating t...

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Steele Rudd


On Or Selection took on its first form as a book written by Arthur Hoey Davis (known as Steele Rudd) in 1899. Hoey Davis was born in Drayton in the Darling Downs area of Western Queensland, his story of Dad Rudd and the Rudd famil...

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Stefo Nantsou


Stefo Nantsou is a founder of Zeal Theatre Company, which has produced over 40 productions. Zeal Theatre received the prestigious ASSITEJ Pre...

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Stephen Carleton


Stephen Carleton is a Brisbane-based practitioner. He is the winner of the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award with his ...

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Stephen Davis


Born in Glasgow, Stephen was inspired to write by his grandfather, Alfred. ...

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Steve Pirie


Steve Pirie is an actor, playwright, and designer based in Brisbane. He is currently in his final year of his Bachelor of Creative Ar...

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Steve Rodgers


Steve Rodgers was born in Newcastle, grew up in Tasmania, and spent a couple of years i...

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Steven Gration


Steven Gration is a professional freelance Actor, Teacher, Director, Writer and Puppeteer. Steve...

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Steven Oliver


Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kukuyalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalu...

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Sue Hayes


Graduating from the Ensemble Studios, Sue has performed, co-written & devised various physical theatrical pie...

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Sue Rider


Sue Rider is a Brisbane-based director, writer and dramaturg who interprets existing works and purs...

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Sue Smith


Sue Smith is an experienced and multi-award-winning screenwr...

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Suzie Miller


Suzie Miller is a multi-award winning Australian/ International playwright. She is a N...

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Sven Swenson


Dubbed 'The Bard of Brisbane' by fellow playwright Michael Gow, Sven Swenson is acclaimed for works within his interconnected series, The Sundial Plays, including V...

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Tahli Corin


Tahli Corin graduated as an actor from the Centre for the Performing Arts (ACArts) in 2002. Her debut play ...

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Tammy Weller


Since graduating in 2006 from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts majoring in A...

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Tara Clark


Tara Clark has always found it incredibly difficult talking about herself....

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Therese Collie


Brisbane born Therese Collie toured with the Popular Theatre Troupe before studying at the Lecoq School ...

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Tobias Manderson-Galvin


Tobias Manderson-Galvin is a contemporary Australian playwright, poet and performance maker, best known as co-Founder/Creative Director of MKA: ...

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Tom Gardiner


Tom trained as an actor at QUT andworked in Brisbane Theatre for seve...

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Tom Holloway


Tom Holloway is a multi-award winning playwright whose work has been seen in...

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Tom Wright


Tom Wright started as a member of Barrie Kosky’s Gilgul in the early 90s, then with Michael Kantor’s Mene...

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Wayne Blair


Wayne Blair is an award winning writer and director for both film and theatre. His film and telev...

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Wesley Enoch


Wesley Enoch is one of Australia’s busiest theatre directors. Originally from Stradbroke I...

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Zoe Coombs Marr


Zoë Coombs Marr is a writer, theatre maker and comedian. S...

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