You know you like writing plays, and you’ve got something to say and skills to do it. What you’re interested to know is how to get your plays on, and how you might go about making a living from playwriting.
Michele Lee has been making theatre for about 20 years. After doing student theatre for ages, she’s had work produced by theatre companies, put stuff on herself, and she works across forms and industries. This lesson will be her 101 framework for what a career as a playwright can look like, and is targeted towards playwrights who are starting out.
Michele Lee – Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage, live art, audio and screen. Her work is largely narrative-focused, in comedy and drama and explores stories of women, otherness and found families. She has been commissioned by Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Arts House, Next Wave Festival, Darwin Festival, Radio National, St Martins Youth Arts and Monash University.
Her plays have been nominated for or won the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award; Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Nick Enright Prize; Australian Writers’ Guild awards; Green Rooms; Malcolm Robertson Prize; Betty Burstall Prize; and Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.
Michele has mentored younger writers through Union House Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People, City of Melbourne, The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company.
She has been awarded various residencies and fellowships, and has assessed and judged for major awards/programs. Michele is a member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
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