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In a new initiative, Playlab welcomed Kathryn Marquet as our 2017 Playwright-in-Residence. The focus of her time with Playlab was on the creation of The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. To achieve this, Playlab provided a fee to allow Kathryn to allocate more time to her writing and access to continual dramaturgical guidance. As part of the residency, Kathryn took on a mentoring role with young playwright Hannah Balanszky, and additional employment as a tutor for some of Playlab’s professional development activities.

As it currently stands, Playlab can only support one playwright a year through this program. It is our intention to expand this initiative to more playwrights per year, but we need support to do this. If you are in a position to be able to help, please donate here.

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Kathryn Marquet is a Brisbane-based playwright and actor. She is a graduate of the acting program at the University of Southern Queensland and holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Writing and Editing from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a Master of Philosophy at UQ in playwriting and tutors regularly in playwriting and performance.

Her debut play, Pale Blue Dot, featured in the 2014 main stage season at La Boite and was published by Playlab. Pale Blue Dot was critically acclaimed and went on to be nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best New Australian Work. Kathryn received a grant from Playwriting Australia to workshop Pale Blue Dot with nationally-acclaimed dramaturge Jane Bodie.

Kathryn’s contemporary adaptation of the classic novel The Secret Garden had a professional staged reading in 2015, directed by Ian Lawson and is currently under development. Her ecofeminist play Furious Creatures was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2016 and received a public reading at Queensland Theatre in July of that year. Her most recent play, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, was workshopped through Playlab’s BETA Testing program in 2016. Kathryn’s plays have been workshopped by La Boite, Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, Queensland Theatre, Playlab, and the University of Queensland. In 2013, Kathryn held the position of Playwright in Residence at La Boite Theatre Company. Kathryn sat on the board of Associate Artists at Queensland Theatre from 2011 until 2013 and was engaged in the Emerging Artist Program at Queenslane Theatre in 2009.

As an actor, Kathryn has worked extensively in Australian theatre for La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, and many independent companies. She has also played roles in TV series such as Secrets and Lies (Network 10) and Sisters of War (ABC). She won the 2009 Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist and was nominated for the 2010 Matilda for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Warren in Queensland Theatre's The Crucible.

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For 45 years Playlab has existed to support playwrights through the Development and Publication of new work.  In 2017, we're evolving into a New-writing Theatre and expanding our impact to include Production.  We are proud to announce our first show in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse.

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We have a number of other surprises in our program including the addition of Alpha Processing, a Playwright-In-Residence, a Rehearsal Room available for hire and new Creative Services for playwrights.  Check out the rest of the site to see what Playlab can do for you.

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