In my 20 year career I have written, directed and performed in film, television and theatre in Australia, the UK and the US. I’ve danced on the Play School stage for thousands of ecstatic toddlers, developed engaging television for kids, and written theatre for the complex brains of teenagers.
My writing career started with sketches for SBS’s cult comedy Life Support. Winning the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Marten Bequest Scholarship, I travelled to Paris for two years to devise new work with students from all over the world under the guidance of infamous clown master Philippe Gaulier, while teaching financial English to French bankers and eating way too many croissants.
My first play Art House was staged at The Old Red Lion in London & the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009, The University of Washington, USA in 2010 and The Idly Bent Theatre Company, Washington DC, USA in 2013. Other theatre projects have included Save Draft – Short and Sweet Festival 2011, Two Women – Griff Fringe, Griffin Theatre 2010, I’m Not Sure I’m an Adult Yet – November ISM Festival 2011, and A Moment in Time 2013 for Cerrone Jewellery’s anniversary event. TV writing has included Life Support, Play School, and Ambience Australian/Irish co-pro Drop Dead Weird on Ch 7.
Sugarland, (with co-creator Wayne Blair), was ATYP’s first professional production in 30 years, broke all ATYP box office records, sold out the 2014 Darwin Festival season, won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People, was published in 2015, nominated for an AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young Audience 2015, completed a national tour in 2016, won the Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production 2016, was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best New Work 2017 and a Drover’s Award 2017.
Working closely with directors such as Wayne Blair, Kate Woods, Ray Lawrence and Leah Purcell, I’ve coached young actors on feature films, TVCs, and series such as The Sapphires, ABC’s Cleverman and Fighting Season.
I write regularly for ABC’s Play School. In 2017 I was awarded an honorary fellowship at The State Library of NSW, as their first-ever Creative Fellow, which will provide research support for a play based on infamous Australian boxer Les Darcy. Also in development – The Climbing Tree, a collaboration with composer Guy Webster, Bathurst Entertainment Centre and ATYP, a play about young people in Bathurst, slated for production at BMEC and Riverside theatre late this year.