Our celebrated Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program for emerging writers runs annually from April–December in selected states across Australia. The initiative has been running for ten years in varying forms and links industry professionals to mentor our young writers. To date the program has supported 69 playwrights in Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
In 2018 there are four young playwrights (aged 18-26) from each participating state. Throughout the year they produce two short works as well as attend monthly meetings with their mentor to hone their skills and build their writing community.
We couldn’t run the program without our partnerships with Brown’s Mart (NT), Barking Gecko Theatre Company (WA) and Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC).
Throughout the program participants:
- Attend a pre-arranged workshop session once a month with their mentor for 6 hours,
- Meet once a month independently of their mentor for at least 3 hours,
- Work with external directors and guests to widen networks and build skills,
- Deliver a 15 minute play for up to 3 characters in July which is then rehearsed with professional actors,
- Deliver a 30 minute play for 4 characters in November that will be rehearsed and performed by professional actors for an invited audience.
- Mentoring across the year by an industry professional
- The opportunity to work with professional actors and directors
- Opportunities to showcase their work to invited audiences
To be eligible participants will need to:
- Be aged 18-26
- Have some experience in the past with playwriting
- Be available to meet the time commitments (briefly outlined above) between April and November 2018.
Please note that there is a $400 participation fee for this program. ATYP offers scholarship places for those who could not participate otherwise, please get in touch for a scholarship application form.
Participant & Mentor biographies from past years
Moreblessing MaturureMoreblessing Maturure, the Creative Director of FOLK Magazine is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist. As an actor on both stage and screen in various projects, Moreblessing has garnered a great wealth of experience in a plethora of fields within the performing arts processes including writing, devising, performance directing and producing. THEATRE: Fallen (Sport for Jove, She Said- performer) The Bee and the Tree, Like Me, Age of Entitlement, The Way of the Wall (Mongrel Mouth-performer/writer) Hairspray: The Musical (Backstage UTS-Producer) Neighbours (Short and Sweet-Director) SCREEN: Displaced, Undefined Black Beauty, Searching for Babel, The Last Men, Marley,Someone, (Short filmPerformer) Akoni (Feature-Performer) Seen and Heard, Be in the Know, Count Me In (Gov. Videos-Performer) As a writer, Moreblessing utilises various forms of linguistic expression ranging poetic, dramatic and analytical writing. Having been published in a range of online magazines and having had her plays produced in the past, Moreblessing hopes to re-imagine what theatre can do- how to merge other forms of linguistic expression on the stage while still being engaging and dramatic. Mongrel Mouth, PWA, Eureka Street, The Q.
Disapol SavetsilaDisapol Savetsila is a Sydney-based writer and theatre-maker. His prose has been published in the Stringybark Anthology A Tick Tock Heart, Melaleuca Blue’s You’ll Eat Worse than That Before You Die, Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) Between Us, Melbourne Book’s Award Winning Australian Writing 2015, and on Seizure Online . His theatre writing credits include Unwrap Me and Hothouse (Budding Theatre), as well as Hissyfest Wyong and Hissyfest 2015 (Tantrum Theatre). In 2013, he was a winner of ATYP’s national monologue competition ‘Where in the World’ and Stringybark’s ‘Future Times Award’. He is a member of Theatre versus Everything, co-writing PressOne4Love for Crack Theatre Festival 2015 and A Walk to Remember for You Are Here 2017. He is also a University of Wollongong undergraduate.
Jordan SheaJordan Shea is an emerging Asian-Australian writer, teacher and director. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne’s MA-Writing for Performance (Hons II), his works have been performed, produced and workshopped in both Sydney and Melbourne. Upon graduating, he was appointed one of the resident playwrights at the Old 505 Theatre, and is currently a member of Belvoir’s writers group. He is also one of the invited participants for the live streamed Joanna Murray Smith Masterclass later this year. His current projects/developments include Mufti every day for ATYP, Testing Words for Old 505, Without Him for the VCA/Open House Theatre and directing Liz Hobart’s new play; Snap Season for the Sydney Fringe Festival.
His play Little Differences, dealing with race relations in youths, was published by Currency Press and performed earlier this year at ATYP. Jordan’s writing aims to give a voice to the marginalised and encourage the normalization of diversity. In order to feed an expensive theatre and travel habit, he has previously worked selling candles, concert tickets, ushering and now finds himself tutoring creative writing/playwriting to people of all ages.
Gretel VellaGretel Vella is a writer and dramaturg from Sydney. She has an undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she trained in screenwriting, directing and filmmaking. During her time at University she was able to produce a number of documentaries and shorts including her graduating comedy film ‘Pound Town’. She has also enjoyed placements at Channel Ten, post-production house, Spectrum films in Fox Studios, Australia and a role as marketing assistant, script editor and post production coordinator on Australian independent feature ‘Damaged’. ‘Damaged’ has recently been included in the official selection for the Sydney Indie Film Festival and the Sydney Lift Off Film Festival. In 2017, Gretel will complete her masters degree in Writing for Performance at The National Institute of Dramatic Art. During her time at the Institute Gretel was involved in the writing and creation of a number of shorts, a feature film and her major work – a 6 part comedy television series entitled ‘Carking It’, which was long listed for the Australian Writers Guild’s Primetime Screenwriting Competition.
Her theatre making credits at NIDA include co-creating Director’s Production ‘All That Glitters’. She has been privileged enough to receive mentoring opportunities from course coordinator and playwright Stephen Sewell, production house ‘The Dollhouse Collective’ and time in the writer’s room for Channel Nine’s Doctor, Doctor. Gretel is currently working as an associate artist with Glitterbomb Sydney with whom she has written and co-created sketch comedy ‘A Period Piece’ for the Old 505 in Newtown. Her next projects include web series ‘Hoods’ with Blackridge Productions and romantic comedy ‘No Love for Iguana’ for the Sydney Fringe Festival. Gretel has recently established arts collective, ‘Pretty Nice Company,’ with fellow NIDA alumni, Emme Hoy.
Jackson UsedJackson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, undertaking the Bachelor of Performing Arts – Performance Making course. Prior to this, Jackson studied a Certificate II in Music Theatre at the same institution. In addition, he has recently completed Playwriting Australia and The Blue Room Theatre’s Dramaturgy Training Program. Jackson has a history of involvement in numerous amateur, independent and professional productions in a variety of roles, such as writer, director, performer, producer, dramaturg and mechanist. He has recently returned from Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio and is currently directing sandpaperplane’s production of So You Think You’re Charlie Smith.
Scott McArdleScott is a Perth-based theatre maker, publicist, and lighting designer, as well as the founder of Second Chance Theatre. He graduated Murdoch University in 2015 with Honours in Theatre & Drama, and is currently studying Arts Management at WAAPA. Under his leadership, Second Chance Theatre has produced over fifteen shows, including Between Solar Systems (Best Production Team – Blue Room Theatre Awards 2015), Coincidences at the End of Time, and Frankenstein. He was the writer and director of fourteen of these shows. As a lighting designer, Scott has worked with local independent companies such as Second Chance Theatre, The Cutting Room Floor (What’s Love Got To Do With It), The Chaos Ensemble (TANK), and Maiden Voyage (Alone Outside). Recently, Scott has pursued freelance publicity and worked on Bus Boy (Rorschach Beast – Martins Sims Award Winner and Best Theatre Award – Fringe World 2017), Her Crown (Ellen-Hope Thompson), and 4-in-50 (Hand-in-Hand Theatre).
Rachael WoodwardRachael Woodward is an emerging performance maker, creator and collaborator who is interested in performance that facilitates an experience for an audience. A recent graduate from WAAPA’s new Performance Making course interested in interdisciplinary visual performance, and has a background in physical theatre. She has devised and directed What’s Love Got To Do With It? at Blue Room Theatre (2016) and has had the opportunity to work with companies such as Snapcat (Rumble Strip, Lighting Furries), Blank Space Productions (Edge, Stage Manager) and be involved in shows such as West of The Moon (Clare Testoni) and If My Body Was A Poem (Maddie Godfrey). In 2016 she also completed the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre First Hand Training Program where she developed her show Valentine, an intimate interactive show combining clowning and shadow puppetry. Rachael is a teaching artist who loves to work with young people.
Hannah CockroftHannah is a 20-year-old creative writing enthusiast currently completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. She’s loved writing stories and getting involved in theatre since she was quite young. Hannah loves playwriting because it lets her combine both of these things. She’s have written some short stories for Pelican Magazine (the student magazine at my uni), and was recently chosen as a finalist for Frankie Magazine’s Good Stuff Awards 2017. Usually, Hannah gets writing inspiration from childhood anecdotes or Australiana, but she has also written stories about things like ghosts and ants and nude beaches. In the future Hannah hope to be able to work in a field that allows me to be creative and make good theatre.
Audrey El-OstaAudrey El-Osta is a poet, playwright, and editor. She is currently writing her Honours thesis on the poetry of Dorothy Porter at Monash University. She has performed her poetry at the MUST Container Festival and Melbourne Fringe. One day, she’ll live in a subterranean dwelling one could describe as a ‘hobbit house.’ Until then, you can find her skulking in libraries and bookshops, cackling like a cartoon witch over a meme.
Stephanie ClarkStephanie is an actor, director and writer, who grew up in community theatre in West Gippsland. In 2012, she wrote and produced her first play at age 18- which led to the beginning of her theatre company: Impact Theatre. Since then, Stephanie has written four more plays- most receiving awards in rural theatre circles. She also has a bachelor of creative arts- drama from Deakin University. She is very excited to be given this opportunity.
Louis CorbettLouis is a Melbourne-based actor, director and producer who has recently made the foray into writing. He has appeared on stage for the MTC in All My Sons (2007) and Rising Water (2011), as well as in Peter Blackburn’s VCA Master’s project Zone 4 (2016). He has appeared on Australian television and in films such as The Dragon Pearl playing the lead opposite Sam Neil, The King, as a young Graham Kennedy, Charlotte’s Web opposite Dakota Fanning and Macbeth. He has completed the Shakespeare Summer Intensive at RADA (2014, London) and last year graduated from the 16th Street Full-Time Program. Louis is very excited to be a part of Fresh Ink in 2017.
Liam MaguireLiam is excited to be welcomed into ATYP’s Fresh Ink intake and to be honing his skills as a playwright. Liam studied Acting at Western Australia’s Academy of Performing Arts where he grew enamored with not only performing, but also creating theatre. Through out the two years following his graduation, Liam has developed several original scripts that he looks forward to fine-tuning through out the year. He has also been involved in creative developments for new works by both Ilbijerri and Malthouse theatre companies, including “Little Emperors” which he also performed in earlier in 2017.
Mary Rachel BrownMary has an Associate Diploma in performing Arts and is the recipient of the following National Playwriting Awards – 2016 Lysicrates Prize, The 2008 Rodney Seaborn Award, 2007 Max Affords Award and The 2006 Griffin Award. Her play, ‘Last Letters’ is has been in repertory at the Australia War Memorial for the last eight years. Her most recent work ‘The Dapto Chaser’ was staged at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015 and toured in 2016 /17.
Other works for the stage include – ‘Inside Out’ -Christine Dunstan Productions, ‘Die Fledermaus’ (Adaption) – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, ‘National Security And The Art Of Taxidermy’ – The Glynn Nicholas Group, ‘All My Sleep And Waking’ – TRS. Mary is currently working on commission for Griffin Theatre Company. Mary’s plays have also been showcased at the hotINK festival at Tisch University New York and at The National Play Festival in Australia.
This year Mary’s play ‘Silent Night’ will be staged at the Eternity Theatre as part of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 2017 season.
Mary’s TV credits include sketch writing for ‘The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to knife Fighting’ for ABC and several episodes of ‘Home and Away’ for Chanel 7.
Michele LeeMichele is an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage and audio. Her works are about female identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds, usually through a non-white perspective. She has been commissioned by Radio National, Next Wave Festival, Darwin Festival, Platform Youth Theatre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Westside Circus, Platform Youth Theatre, Arts House, Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.
She is currently working on new plays about single women and about female security guards.
Michele has been script advisor or mentor to the Home project; the Ribcage Collective; and to student writers through her residency this year at Union House Theatre. She has been a resident at The Playwrights’ Center, USA; a WRICE fellow in China/Melbourne; Malthouse Theatre Co.Lab participant; Ian Reed resident; and an Asialink resident in Laos. She has assessed scripts for Playwriting Australia and for the Australian Writers’ Guild awards. Michele has also been invited to numerous conferences and events to discuss diversity in theatre.
She is the 2015 recipient of the Malcolm Robertson Prize for her new play Going down. She is the winner of the 2016-17 Queensland Premiers’ Drama Award for her play Rice. Rice will be presented by Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre and Hothouse Theatre in 2017.
Her radio play See how the leaf people run won an AWGIE in 2013. Michele’s audio theatre work Talon Salon was presented in Next Wave Festival 2012 and re-mounted by invitation for You Are Here Festival 2013 and Darwin Festival 2013.
Michele’s memoir, Banana Girl, was published by Transit Lounge in 2013.
Stephen CarletonStephen Carleton is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer, and has had his work produced by Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin, JUTE, Darwin Theatre Company, Brisbane Powerhouse and La Mama. He is the winner of the 2016 Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work for Bastard Territory, the 2015 Griffin Award for The Turquoise Elephant, and the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. That play also won the New York New Dramatists’ Award, and was shortlisted for an AWGIE, and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Bastard Territory was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and the 2010 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award under the title ‘1975’. His play The Narcissist was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Drama category) in 2008. His musical comedy Joh for PM (co-written with Paul Hodge) opened the Queensland Music Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse in July 2017.
Stephen is co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre, and has written and produced plays that have been toured with KeDT in conjunction with JUTE since 2004.
He is a Senior Lecturer working within the Drama major at the University of Queensland, where he teaches courses in playwriting and dramaturgy, Australian Drama, and theatre history, specialising in postcolonial and Gothic theatre.
Stephen was also the 2016 co-Chair of the National Playwrights Committee, AWG, with Mary Anne Butler.
Piri Eddy (SA)Piri Eddy (SA) is a writer, musician and stand-up comic. He has reviewed for Heckler, Transnational Literature, and London based publication The Upcoming. Piri has also produced work for Adelaide Indaily and Southern Write Magazine.
As a stand-up comedian, he has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest comics, including Fiona O’Loughlin and Peter Berner. In 2013 Piri was a writer-in-residence at the SA Writers’ Centre, and in 2015 he commenced a PhD in Creative Writing at Flinders University.
Suzannah Kennett Lister (SA)Suzannah Kennett Lister (SA) is an emerging actor, director and playwright. She graduated from the Adelaide College of the Arts acting program in 2014. During her three years at AC Arts Suzannah was fortunate enough to be able to work under the tutelage of playwrights Nicki Bloom and Emily Steel. She has also worked with directors Corey McMahon, Cameron Goodall, Paulo Castro, David Mealor and Terence Crawford. In her final year at AC Arts Suzannah was responsible for the initial concept of Mouth Machine and became the primary writer and director of the project and played the supporting role of Julie. Suzannah is currently in development for Myriad, an original work that aims to remove stigma surrounding mental illness, which she is writing and directing. The show will premiere mid 2015.
Callum “CJ” McLean (SA)Callum “CJ” McLean (SA) is a playwright and review writer based in Adelaide. His creative work has appeared in InDaily, and was twice broadcast on Coast FM. He has written reviews for Buzzcuts (a part of Express Media) and Empire Times. He received two commendations for his script work in the South Australian State Theatre Company’s ‘Young Playwright’s Award’ competition, in 2010 for Call Me Lolita, and 2013 for The Pink Elephant.
He travelled to Guangzhou, China as part of the AsiaBound project earlier this year to mentor Creative Writing students at Sun Yate-sen University’s South and Zhuhai campuses. In 2014, he attended Oxford University’s Creative Writing summer school, and studied with playwright Shaun McCarthy. He is part of the planning and editing committee for Flinders’ public speaking event, Speakeasy, and their associated zine. He is currently completing his Honours in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University.
Kirsty BuddingKirsty Budding is a playwright, producer and educator with an interest in comedy and satire. Recent works include The Fairytale Channel (Winner of Best Original Work in the Canberra Area Theatre Awards), My Bitchin’ Soul (ATYP National Studio), and I Heart Love (Sydney Fringe Festival). She is currently writing a full length satire on education for Free Rain Theatre Company, Canberra. When she is not working on her own plays, she is producing work by emerging playwrights through her company, Budding Theatre (www.buddingtheatre.com), and supporting new artists in her role as the ACT Coordinator of Crash Test Drama
Maddie Nixon (QLD)Maddie Nixon (QLD) has undertaken a variety of stage management and production roles in Brisbane, and has recently started pursuing roles in writing and dramaturgy. In 2015 she will be undertaking dramaturgy mentorships under Kathryn Kelly and David Burton. Her credits include Contributing Writer: Digi Youth Atrs’ The Children’s Monologues. Stage Manager: Queensland Theatre Company’s Seven Stages of Grieving,Saison De Lamour, and the 2014 Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards; La Boite Indie’s Hedonism’s Second Album, Awkward Conversation’s Medea Redux, Imaginary Theatre’s The Voice in the Walls, and The 2014 King George Square Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Assistant Stage Manager: Queensland Theatre Company’s Black Diggers. Producer: Four Stripes and Adelaide Fringe The Show Must Goon.
Jack Kelly (QLD)With training in acting, musical theatre, puppetry and writing, Jack Kelly (QLD) is one of Brisbane’s theatre scene’s most versatile residents. Since graduating from the Harvest Rain Musical Theatre Internship in 2011, Jack has attained leading roles within many Brisbane based productions across a multitude of theatre companies. Most recent theatrical credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Underground Productions), Machina (LaBoite Theatre Company – The Loft), Boy&Girl (Oscar Theatre Company – Brisbane Powerhouse), Into The Woods (Ignations Theatre Company), Predrinks (Rocketboy Theatre Company), Avenue Q (Brisbane Arts Theatre), James and The Giant Peach, Grease, Aladdin And His Mysterious Magical Lamp (Harvest Rain Theatre Company – QPAC). Jack is also a statewide touring puppeteer for the Children’s Cancer Charity, Camp Quality. Aside from acting, Jack is also a budding, young writer, having launched his own creative writing company (Written Just Write) in 2014 where he specializes in creating custom-written scenes for actor’s showreels. Other recent writing credits include The Children’s Monologues (DigiYouth – 2 High Festival), Centre Stage Fiasco & Wilderness Winners (Brisbane Youth Theatre) Star Factor (YPAC), Boy&Girl (Oscar Theatre Company – Brisbane Powerhouse), Speaking Freely (Anywhere Theatre Festival & Short And Sweet Festival), Broadway Babies & Cabaret Del Arte (Harvest Rain Theatre Company).
Lauren Sherritt (QLD)Lauren Sherritt (QLD) is a writer and theatre maker. She wrote and directed the plays Sans Love and One Black Mark for Anywhere Theatre Festival in 2013 and 2014, has directed for Short + Sweet Festival and wrote The Hero’s Journey for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads program. Lauren has a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from USQ. She was selected to take part in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Fresh Ink National Studio in 2011 and in 2012 her film Awake was a finalist in the Love Bytes online monologue competition. Her writing has been featured online on Birdee, Australian Stage and LifeMusicMedia.
Alexander Bayliss (QLD)Alexander Bayliss (QLD) is an emerging playwright from Brisbane. His most recent play Jack is currently in development and was selected to be part of Playlab’s Lab Rats series in 2014, the reading of which was directed by Michael Futcher. In 2015 his play Learning to Love Gravity, a comedy which blurs the line between text-based theatre and circus, will be produced as part of Anywhere Theatre Festival. His other writing credits include: 12 Gauge (2010, Capillaries Festival, Vena Cava Productions), Caution: Wet Floor (2high Festival). As director: Limbus (2011). As assistant director: Limbus (2010, Festival of Australian Student Theatre), Trapped Yo! (2010, Handful of Fragments). As performer: The Choir (2012, Switchboard Arts), Caution: Wet Floor (2011, 2high Festival). Alexander holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and a Masters of Creative Industries (Creative Writing) form the Queensland University of Technology and is currently the Publication and Marketing Officer at Playlab.
Angus Cameron (VIC)Originally from Gippsland, Angus Cameron (VIC) is now a Melbourne based theatre maker and academic. In 2015 he is undertaking a Masters in Writing for Performance at the VCA and is a Coopers Malthouse ‘provocateur’. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a double major in International & Political Studies and Screen & Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2012. He works at Trinity College as head of their well-being program and takes particular interest in performance and philosophy.
Holly Brindley (VIC)Holly Brindley (VIC) is a graduate of the Flinders University Drama Centre in Adelaide. Since graduating Holly has undertaken short courses in London at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and in Barcelona at the MOVEO International School of Corporal Mime. In 2014 she played Malcolm and the First Witch in Adelaide theatre company Foul Play’s inaugural production of Macbeth (dir. Yasmin Gurreeboo). She was also on the writing team for the production, contributing to Foul Play’s innovative adaptation of the text. Holly has appeared in several short films and performed in the Wastelander Panda web series for ABC iView (dir. Victoria Cocks). During high school Holly wrote her first play EVE which was performed by Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Canberra Youth Theatre. In 2013 Holly received the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award for Blue, which was performed in a staged reading by the State Theatre Company of South Australia (dir. Alison Howard). Holly attended the 2014 ATYP National Studio.
Georgia Symons (VIC)Your name is Georgia Symons (VIC) and you have an abiding love of the second person. It unsettles people, but you persist because, as a wise oracle once proclaimed, you were born this way. Your work has been performed throughout Australia and New Zealand (“Mollycoddled”) and toured to the UK (“Am I Good Friend?” with Yve Blake & Co). In 2013, you directed and wrote the site-specific work “La Soif” for the city of Rennes, France. In Australia, your writing has been published in two UTS Writers’ Anthologies, and by Currency Press in ATYP’s The Voices Project (“Twisted”, which has since been adapted to a film with 40,000+ views online). You’ve worked as a producer on ABC Radio National’s Airplay and Poetica, and your achievements include Best New Talent, Short + Sweet Sydney 2011; and Best Student Film, Lebanese Film Festival 2012 (“Shoebox”, which you wrote and directed). In 2014, you worked on “GL RY” (a week-long installation in Melbourne’s City Square) as writer and dramaturgical assistant for the AIDS 2014 conference; and “You Are Like Nobody,” a piece of one-on-one digital theatre for Platform Youth Theatre @ La Mama.
You also completed the Master of Writing for Performance at the VCA. This year, your work has been programmed in the Digital Writers Festival (“Three-Legged Race Around the World”), ASYLUM (“A Puppet Show for All Ages”), Fresh Air Festival at Federation Square (“The Alien Meteorites of Federation Square”) and Metanoia Theatre’s Live Works Season (“In the Dark”). In addition to participating in ATYP’S Mentorship program, you are working with a number of other youth theatre companies this year: as a lead writer on Western Edge’s “Iago”, as co-director of Platform’s Creative Generator, and as a resident artist at Arena Theatre Company. You knew this bio would descend into monotonous listing eventually.
Fiona Spitzkowsky (VIC)Fiona Spitzkowsky (VIC) is a Melbourne based writer, who has only just developed the ability to call herself that without the support of semi-sarcastic air quotes. Her first produced work was Room 62791 at the Canberra Youth Theatre in 2009. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media), graduating with distinction. During her time at university Fiona penned scripts for the Central West Short Playwriting Festival (2013) and Sprung Festival (2012, 2013), including the highly successful comic cabaret A World Without Sex, which toured to Sydney and Brisbane. She was also a finalist in ATYP’s Fresh Ink Competition in 2013 with Paris. She is currently completing a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne, paying the bills as the Digital Editor for Big Stories, an online documentary project, and maintaining her passion for theatre through her work with Attic Erratic and fledgling theatre company We Happy Few.
Elias Jamieson Brown (NSW)Elias Jamieson Brown (NSW) received a Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage) from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2014. During his studies, he was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Award for Academic Excellence (2014), and the CSU Foundation Scholarship (2012, 2013). He was selected for the Bell Shakespeare Graduate Course (2015), and has also undertaken short courses with NIDA, 16th Street, Master Voice Teacher Isobel Kirk, James Evans and Les Chantery. In 2013, he was an adjudicator of the Annual Music, Dance and Drama Festival at the Illawarra Grammar School. As an actor, he has performed in a variety of roles including Happy in Death of a Salesmen (SOACT), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (CSU), Solyony in Three Sisters (CSU), and Hal in Loot (SOACT). In May Elias will play the role of Louise in Angels In America (Chalkdust Theatre). His latest play, Missy and her Master (A Fable), was staged by Apocalypse Theatre Company as part of the Asylum theatre festival. All proceeds of this socially conscious theatre festival went to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. He has also written two other full-length plays Primary Colours and Crux, the latter of which was shortlisted for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop (2013, 2014). He was executive producer and co-writer of Ambrosia (Solid State, Steve Jaggi, The Ridge Productions), and co-wrote and performed in Thicker (University Theatre Ensemble). He has written and directed for the 10×10 Playfest and, in 2013, directed A Portrait of Anna Moraova for the ABC’s Open Online program. Elias Jamieson Brown is a proud member of MEAA.
Jason Kos (NSW)Jason Kos (NSW) graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2013. Jason was recently in Miracle City at the Hayes Theatre. He can be next seen in Sport for Jove’s production of The Merchant of Venice, and later in the year in Arms and the Man, at Sydney Theatre Company. While at NIDA his theatre credits included Woyzeck, A Lie of the Mind, Sunday in the Park with George, Othello, Darlinghurst Nights, and Electronic City. Jason’s writing credits include Seeker (short film) and Noah (Play). He has written, directed and features in a web-series called ANTI-ADULTS.
Tasnim Hossain (NSW)Tasnim Hossain (NSW) is a playwright and performance poet. Her work has been staged by ATYP and Apocalypse Theatre Company, and published by Currency Press. Her first solo show was developed through Playwriting Australia’s Lotus Program for Asian-Australian Writers and premiered at Perth’s Fringe World, with a second season at You Are Here festival in Canberra. She was an Associate Artist at Canberra Youth Theatre in 2013 and is currently participating in The Hive, The Street Theatre’s script development program with Peter Matheson in Canberra. She has a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University.
Julia Patey (NSW)Julia Patey (NSW) is an emerging playwright, director and theatre-maker based in Sydney. Julia’s work has been performed in theatres, pubs and backyards across Australia, including at the Australian Theatre for Young People, The Blue Room Theatre, and Holden Street Theatres. In 2014, Julia was commissioned to write a monologue, Sure, for the Voices Project: Between Us for ATYP’s 2015 season. Sure was later published by Currency Press. As a theatre-maker and director, Julia’s work includes We Are All, The Hand of Time (Not Suitable for Drinking), Where There’s Smoke/ Burnt (99seats Theatre), and Stockholm. As Assistant Director; A Town Named War Boy (ATYP), The Magic Hour (Performing Lines WA) & Spur of the Moment (ATYP). Julia holds a Bachelor of Communication in Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and is a recipient of The Blair Milan Memorial Scholarship, which she was awarded in 2013 for her graduate production, Burnt. Julia is a founding member of 99seats Theatre, and is currently resident director for Not Suitable for Drinking,a theatre collective dedicated to producing new writing with emerging artists. Julia is very passionate about creating new work and is thrilled to be a participant in ATYP’s National Mentoring Program for emerging playwrights.
Saffron Benner (QLD)Saffron Benner is the former Executive Director of Playlab and a professional dramaturg and arts educator with over 15 years experience. Saffron has taught drama and arts education at Griffith University, QUT, and USQ. She has worked with the Queensland Theatre Company, La Boîte Theatre, Tasmanian Theatre Company, ATYP, Metro Arts, Backbone Youth Arts, deBASE Theatre, Vulcana Womens’ Circus, and many independent artists. Saffron was also a feature writer and the Arts in Education Editor for Lowdown magazine.
Ross Mueller (VIC)Ross Mueller is an Australian playwright. Winner of the New York New Dramatists Playwright exchange for his play Concussion. In March 2009 Concussion premiered at Sydney Theatre Company. In April 2009 his play Hard Core was shortlisted for the Patrick White Award. He is the winner of the Wal Cherry Play of the year 2007 for his play The Glory. In March 2007 his play – The Ghost Writer was premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Construction of The Human Heart was short listed for the 2007 AWGIE Award for Best New Play and nominated for five Green Room Awards. In 2002 he was the Australian playwright at the International Residency of the Royal Court Theatre in London. His play ZEBRA! premiered with a sell out season at STC in March 2011. He is completing his Masters in Writing For Performance at Victorian College of the Arts. In Australia he is represented by Anthony Blair at Cameron’s: [email protected]
Jennifer Medway (NSW)Jennifer has been the Resident Dramaturg and Writing Coordinator at ATYP since 2014. For ATYP she has been running programs to support writers under the age of 26 and being a dramaturgical resource for writers of this age. In 2014 she was a Griffin Studio Artist where she was the production dramaturg on Jump for Jordan by Donna Abela. In 2012 she was the Associate Artist- Dramaturgy at Belvoir and worked on Strange Interlude by Simon Stone after Eugene O’Neill and was Assistant Director on Death of A Salesman. Prior to this she was Belvoir’s Literary Assistant in 2011. She was also Co-Artistic Director of the Crack Theatre Festival as part of This is Not Art in 2013. She has assessed scripts for Playwriting Australia, Griffin, Belvoir and for STC’s Patrick White Award. Jennifer has been a dramaturg on: The Bleeding Tree (Playwriting Australia development), Vile (Playwriting Australia development), Jump for Jordan (Griffin), By the Sea Freedom (Festival of Dangerous Ideas/Applespiel), How it is or As you like it (Ashfield Council/9th Women Playwrights International Conference), Blood Pressure (Rock Surfers) and in 2015 will complete work on Animal/People (Rock Surfers), Between the Clouds (ATYP) and The Trolleys (ATYP).
Fresh Ink mentoring in 2014 ran in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. We were thrilled that for the first time we were able to offer the programme in Adelaide and Perth. This was made possible thanks for the support of the Graeme Wood Foundation and Copyright Agency.
Grace Chipperfield (SA)Grace Chipperfield (SA) is in the middle of her Honours degree in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University, South Australia. She participated in the National Studio (2013) and applied to the 2014 Fresh Ink Mentoring program to continue her playwriting education. For the past eighteen months she has been involved in a collaborative university innovation grant project in which she co-wrote a play adapted from the Nart Sagas of the Caucasus. It will be performed at the Bakehouse Theatre in June this year.
Lochlin Maybury (SA)Lochlin Maybury (SA) is a 2013 Flinders University Drama Centre acting graduate who, during his training, performed in Punk Rock, A Mouthful of Birds, Dangerous Liaisons, Melancholy Play, Unity (1918), Blackrock, The Blue Room and Tusk Tusk. He is currently working as an actor/writer with ActNow Theatre on The Law Project; a series of workshops centred around creatively engaging with young people and the criminal justice system. He is also due to appear in Polygraph Collective’s production of Man in a Bag later this year. Lochy is a keen playwright and seeks to employ performative and writing skills to form an Adelaide-based theatre company in the coming years.
Lucy Haas-Hennessy (SA)Lucy Haas-Hennessy (SA) grew up in Queensland, where her earliest writing projects involved transcribing favourite childhood films and changing the names of the characters to cover her tracks. She moved to Adelaide at age twelve, by which time she had thankfully moved on to writing her own (unplagiarised) stories. She was inspired to try her hand at writing theatre in high-school after discovering the works of Samuel Beckett, and wrote and performed several self-devised pieces before going on to study Drama and English at Flinders University. In 2010 she was a winner of the State Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (with commendations in 2013 and 2014.) She was a member of the 2013 Urban Myth Senior Ensemble as a playwright, and continues to write for the Sub(urban) Collective. Her Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama (with Honours in English literature) adequately qualifies her for her day job in a video game shop. Her hobbies include thinking about cats, trying not to think about the inevitability of death, and getting into arguments on the Internet with strangers and loved ones alike.
Peter Beaglehole (SA)Peter Beaglehole (SA) is beginning a PhD at Flinders University and works as a tutor in the Drama department. He has reviewed theatre for stagemilk.com, performed as musician and stand-up in Adelaide Fringe and written for Urban Myth Theatre Company as part of the 2013 Come Out Festival and for the Inkpot Diaries project. Recently his play May Day was shortlisted in the final five for the State Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights’ Award 2014.
Sophia Simmons (SASophia Simmons (SA) is currently in her second year of studying acting at the Adelaide College of the Arts and was a winner of the Flinders University Young Playwright Award last year with her play ‘Brightness’. She has been involved in many theatre and film projects over the last few years including some teaching and directing work for Urban Myth Theatre and as an actor with Act Now Theatre, but playwriting is relatively new for Sophia. She is very honoured to be a part of the Fresh Ink Mentoring program and is excited to be working with others artists and to see what she is capable of.
Kevin Mararo Wangai (WA)Kevin Mararo Wangai (WA) is Kenyan born, an avid writer, and a media graduate with a passionate interest in multiple forms of story telling. He believes in the strength and importance of story telling; how they allow for subjects to be approached in an intimate and responsible manner, combined with the multitude of emotions and experiences that they can communicate to an audience. Film making is another of Kevin’s artistic ventures and as with theater he is attracted to stories that deal with issues of humanity and the challenges that we encounter in the state of world affairs.
Sarah Young (WA)Sarah Young (WA) is a Perth-based comedian, writer, actor and voice over artist who has been widely involved in the Australian entertainment industry for almost ten years. After receiving formal training in classical singing at WAAPA, she moved to Sydney to continue acting studies at the Actors Centre Australia. Most recently, Sarah performed as a support act for comedy troupe The Puppetry of the Penis (2014).
Finn O'Branagáin (WA)Finn O’Branagáin (WA) is a graduate from NIDA’s 2012 Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting). In 2014 she is co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival. She wrote the immersive, interactive ‘When Leaving Earth, Please Turn Out the Lights’ for THAT Production Company’s 2014 Play Reading Season and will dramaturg their upcoming development of ‘In My Steps’ by Future Destin Fidel. In 2013 she wrote ‘Envelope’, based on audience stories, for The Vertebras as part of Backbone Youth Arts and Metro Arts Elevate program. She was a NIDA Independent Artist for performance poetry show ‘The Epic’ with Scott Sandwich. Her performance poetry and physical theatre show ‘2880 Minutes Late’ was performed by Painted Tree at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and NIDA Student Festival. She dramaturged for the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art’s ‘Salon’ for Choreographer Tim Brown and Expressions Dance Company’s ‘Apples and Eve’ for Choreographer Lucas Jervies. She has been a finalist of the NT Young Achiever of the Year Arts award, and a winner and finalist in the Fist Full of Films Festival. Her work has been presented at the Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, 2High, The State Library of Queensland, and the World Theatre Festival. She has been feature poet at the National Young Writers’ Festival, Off the Page, Wordstorm, Tease Festival, National Science Week, The Spinning Room, a Buddhist temple, and the inaugural Nightwords festival at the Sydney Opera House, after winning Wild Card in the 2008 National Poetry Slam finals. In 2011, Finn was mentored by award winning playwright Lachlan Philpott as part of the Australia Council’s JUMP program, worked as a Darwin Theatre Company Independent Artist, Australia Council Cultural Leader, Backbone Ensemble Member and Express Media National Young Writers Month Ambassador. In 2010, Finn’s co-written work ‘Dancing Back Home’ toured with JUTE and Mudlark theatre, and she was a writer in ATYP’s show ‘The Voices Project’, which was published by Currency Press.
Tyler Jacob Jones (WA)Tyler Jacob Jones (WA) is a Perth-based actor, singer, playwright and director with a range of theatrical credits encompassing musical theatre, plays, light opera, cabaret and children’s theatre. He forms one half of the creative partnership Holland St Productions, along with collaborator Robert Woods. The pair have written two successful original musicals; Falling to the Top: the Musical Trashtacular (ArtRage Theatre Award – Best WA Theatre Production, Fringe World 2013) and Point & Shoot (Artrage Theatre Award – Best Theatre Production & the Martin Sims Award for Best WA Production, Fringe World 2014). Tyler’s first play, F**k Decaf, premiered in May 2014 at the Mary Street Bakery in Perth. Tyler has played principal roles in the WA Premiere productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Monty Python’s Spamalot, bare: a pop opera, Falsettos, Second Samuel and Curtains. Professionally, he has appeared in Blood Brothers with Amanda Muggleton for Janus Entertainment, and toured Perth schools with Perform Educational Musicals. As a director, he has staged a number of productions for WA theatre company Playlovers Inc., winning the Mary Webb Award for Best Director of a Musical at the 2011 Robert Finley Awards for his production of Side Show: the musical. He also directed the premiere seasons of Falling to the Top – The Musical Trashtacular and Point and Shoot.
Ava Karuso (NSW)Ava Karuso (NSW) is a playwright/performance maker based in Sydney. Her first writing credit was the short play Spoons and Forks, which was performed and published in 2008 as part of the Page-To-Stage festival. Since then her love of playwriting has grown, and in 2012 her first full length play Rope Burn was performed as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, with the script later published by Australian Plays. She was also artist in residence at the Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre creating the edible piece Life.Death.Food. Last year Ava took part in the Griffin Theatre Company’s Story Lab at Casula Powerhouse where she worked with artists from many cultural and artistic backgrounds to explore the means of storytelling. Ava is currently developing the play The History of the World from Now which is to be produced in 2015.
Nick Atkins (NSW)Nick Atkins (NSW) is a theatre and performance maker. He graduated from UNSW with a BA Media, Theatre & Performance (Hons 1st Class) where he received the Cate Blanchett Award. In 2011 he presented his first solo work Unsex Me as part of Riverside Theatre’s inaugural ‘True West’ season. He has completed residences with Urban Theatre Projects, Blacktown Arts Centre, CAMAC Art Centre Marnay Sur-Seine, and completed the Pentales Hemmingway Writers Fellowship, Berlin. He performed in a regional tour of ‘Dance Hall Days’ a new work devised collaboratively with the Q Theatre Company (dir. Katrina Douglas). He recently presented his latest solo work ‘A Boy & A Bean’ in partnership with PACT and PP&VA. ‘A Boy & A Bean’ was awarded Best Performing Arts event at Sydney Mardi Gras and was later presented at the New Theatre, Dublin. He has worked as the Co-Artistic Director for the Crack Theatre Festival, and is currently a Board Member of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
Emily Sheehan (NSW)Emily Sheehan (NSW) is an actor and playwright. She studied improvisation and comedy writing at The Second City Training Centre in Chicago. This year Emily is one of Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Interns. Emily was one of the mentees at atyp’s National Studio in 2013 where her monologue Eating Sunshine was produced and published as a part of The Voices Project. Credits include collaborating with theatre companies Q Theatre, atyp, Rock Surfers Cut&Paste, Factotum, Perform Educational Musicals, The New Theatre, Genesian Theatre, and Epicentre Theatre Co. Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at the Actors College of Theatre & Television and the University of New England.
Jake Brain (NSW)Jake Brain (NSW) is a writer living in Sydney. Graduating from UTS in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communications, he previously attended Fresh Ink National Studio in 2013, his work featuring in the 2014 ATYP production Bite Me. He is passionate about film and theatre, and has work for Matchbox Pictures as a Script Assistant.
Nicki Bloom (SA)Nicki Bloom’s debut play Tender was first produced by nowyesnow in May 2007 as part of the B-Sharp downstairs season at Company B Belvoir Street in Sydney. This production then toured to Hothouse Theatre (Albury) and Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney), playing as part of the main stage subscription seasons at both theatre companies. In July 2009 Tender was produced by the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater’s Anspacher space in New York City, USA Tender also received a reading at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 2010. Tender is published by Currency Press. Bloom’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts was produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in October 2008, and is published by Phoenix Press. She jointly adapted Shakespeare’s romeo&juliet with director Geordie Brookman, and this adaptation was first produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 2010. Additional publications include Summer, published by Currency Press in a collection of plays entitled ‘Short Circuit’, and additional productions include Summer by Griffin Theatre Company in 2008, and Footso/diers by. Stone/Castro and Reel Time Collaborators for Brink’s Gorge Festival in 2009.
Bloom’s awards include the 2006 Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize (Tender); the 2007 Inscription Chairman’s Award for Best Play (Tender); the 2008 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (8/oodwood) and the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (8/oodwood) and the Henry Lawson Prize for Prose. Her work has also been shortlisted for several awards, including the 2008 New South Wales Premier’s Play Award (Tender); the 2007 Philip Parsons Playwriting Award (Tender); and the 2006 Max Afford Playwriting Award (Tender). She has been the recipient of two Goethe lnstitut scholarships to Germany- the first a language study scholarship in May 2008 and the second to attend Berlin’s ‘Theatertreffen’ as part of an international forum of theatre-makers in May 2009. Bloom was a 2008 resident writer at Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney. She is an affiliate artist with Brink Productions in Adelaide and co-artistic director of performance company nowyesnow.
Adam Mitchell (WA)Adam Mitchell is an award winning theatre director known for his inventive contemporary theatre productions. He was the Associate and Resident Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company. For Black Swan he has directed Flood, Death of a Salesman, The Motherfucker With the Hat, Boy Gets Girl and When the Rain Stops Falling. He was the Artistic Director of Black Swan’s HotBed Ensemble, production highlights included: Yellow Moon: The Ballad Of Leila and Lee, The Shape of Things, pool (no water), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Laramie Project, Falling Petals and the world premieres of Portraits of Modern Evil by Robert Reid and The Dark Room by Angela Betzien.He regularly directs both Opera and Musical Theatre for The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) , and has worked with Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Companies, Playwriting Australia, and is a member of the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors Lab (New York).
He was awarded the 2008, 2010, 2013 Equity Guild Award for Best Direction, 2010 Equity Guild Award for Best Production (The Shape of Things), 2003 Blue Room Award for Best Independent Production and the 2014 PAWA Awards for Best Production.
Lachlan Philpott (NSW)A Sydney based dog person, Lachlan is a playwright who has worked with Australian Theatre for Young People, Belvoir Sydney, Bell Shakespeare, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Bush London, Canberra Youth Theatre, Cre8ion, Crowded Fire San Francisco, Edinburgh Festival, Feast Adelaide, Focus Theatre Sydney, Glen St Theatre Sydney, Griffin Sydney, Hothouse Theatre Albury, Kansas State University, La Boite Brisbane, The Lark NYC, London Pride, Magic Theatre San Francisco, Mardi Gras Sydney, The Mac Belfast, Midsumma Melbourne, Melbourne Festival, MKA New Writing Theatre, The New Theatre, NIDA, Outburst Belfast, Oval House London, Perth Theatre Company, Playwriting Australia, Q Theatre Penrith, PACT Sydney, The NSW Drama Ensembles, The Playwright’s Centre Minneapolis, The Playwright’s Foundation San Francisco, Rock Surfers Sydney, Singapore Writers Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Tantrum Theatre Newcastle, Red Stitch Melbourne, St Martins Melbourne The VCA and The Victorian Arts Centre.
Lachlan co-founded wrecked all prods with long-time collaborator Alyson Campbell in 2000. He writes for Amnesty International and in his extensive work as a teacher, mentor and dramaturg, Lachlan has worked for theatre companies, schools and tertiary institutions around the world. In 2013, Lachlan was awarded an Australia Council Cultural Leadership grant which included residencies at The Playwrights’ Centre and The Lark Play Development Centre in The US. As the inaugural Australian Professional Playwright Fulbright Scholar, he will travel to The USA in late 2014. Lachlan is Chair of the Australian Writer’s Guild Playwrights’ Committee.