Playwrights

Angus Cameron

Emilie Collyer lives and writes in West Footscray on Wurundjeri country. She is an indecisive but diligent polymath, writing across forms and genres. Her work mostly asks questions of the world and of herself. She is excited and terrified at the challenge of writing in real time response to #AusVotes19

Marcel Dorney is a playwright and director, and a founding member and co-artistic director of Birraranga/Melbourne-based performance company Elbow Room. His work has been commissioned, developed and produced by Queensland Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Merrigong Theatre Company, Hothouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Next Wave Festival, and published by Playlab Press. He has been an affiliate writer with La Boite, Griffin Theatre and Red Stitch, and worked as a dramaturg and script assessor for Queensland Theatre, PlayWriting Australia, and many independent artists.

Ben Ellis was born on and spent his childhood in Gunai-Kurnai country. He has written plays and seen productions of them in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US. He won the Wal Cherry Play of the year for Falling Petals, along with the New York New Dramatists Playwright exchange. Who Are You, Mr James? won the inaugural Patrick White Playwrights Award from Sydney Theatre Company before going on to premiere as Post Felicity at the Malthouse Theatre. His plays have been short listed for four Premiers’ Literary Awards. He spent over a decade working in London, with companies such as Headlong, Theatre503 and the Bush Theatre, also awarded the first playwright-in-residence at the Langham London for The Armour, before returning to Melbourne with his young family. He is currently under commission to Red Stitch and is the resident playwright at 16th Street.

Amelia Evans wrote and directed TRAPS: A Romantic Comedy for the Modern Sociopath (One Word/Melb Fringe). She also written plays; Atomic (Malthouse Theatre), The Myth Project: Twin (Arthur/MTC NEON), Cut Snake (Arthur, Theatreworks/TRS/Brisbane Festival/Critical Stages), Lyrebird (TRS), Waltzing Wooloomooloo: The Tale of Frankie Jones (Arthur) and The Saturated World (Melbourne Fringe). As dramaturg she has worked on Voices of Joan of Arc (Next Wave), The Sea Project (Arthur, Griffin Theatre), Wrecking (TRS), Dirtyland (Arthur, The Spare Room) and Private View (NIDA, Theatre Works). She graduated from NIDA in 2010

Ross Mueller is an Australian writer. In 2002 he was the Australian playwright at the International Residency of the Royal Court Theatre in London. In March 2007 The Ghost Writer premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company and Construction of The Human Heart was short listed for the 2007 AWGIE Award for Best New Play and nominated for five Green Room Awards. He is the 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. His play ZEBRA! premiered with a sell out season at STC in March 2011. He has been a guest lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts, a mentor for the National Studio, he is the Fresh INK tutor for ATYP in Victoria. In Feb 2015 his verbatim play Darker Angels was featured by Apocalypse Theatre in their response work: Asylum. He has written six plays for Radio National and had two childrens books published with Allen and Unwin. In April 2015 his play A Town Named War Boy premiered to a sold out season at the State Library of NSW. In 2016 he completed his Masters in Writing For Performance at Victorian College of the Arts and his play I CAN’T EVEN premiered at Malthouse Theatre Melbourne. A STRATEGIC PLAN premiered at Griffin and LIFETIME GUARANTEE premiered at Theatre Works in 2017. He is a freelance columnist, a teacher, and director.

Vidya Rajan

Keziah Warner – Keziah is a dramaturg and playwright. In 2019, she is taking part in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program and in 2018, was awarded a dramaturgy placement on Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist’s Program. She is a graduate of Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Lab in the UK, where her play The Rest of the World was long-listed for their Young Writer’s Award. Her rom-com Help Yourself was presented as part of MTC’s 2019 Cybec Electric playreading series. Her sci-fi Control was short-listed for the 2017 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and is premiering as part of Red Stitch’s 2019 season.