Beryl Silvester Award
Best New Writing for
The Broken Slipper
Hills Festival of Theatre 2015
Best Original Script for
Noosa Arts Theatre
Theatre Festival 2016
Looking at the Alps
BATS Theatre Company
2020 Edythe Brook Cooper
Ashes to Dust
I was born in Perth, Western Australia to migrant parents, and after living in Canberra for some of my adult life I made my way back to Perth.
My passion for drama, story and performance began in primary school when I was encouraged to perform comedy skits by my Year 6 teacher. Bless her. In high school I was a drama geek and had a major role in every theatre production. Since then my creative pursuits have included acting, producing, directing and stage managing for theatre, as well as developing and facilitating drama workshops, drama teaching and playwriting. If required I can sell tickets, usher and I make a mean cup of tea.
Since 2000 I’ve taught Drama to primary school students and facilitated ‘story to performance’ workshops in the community for all ages. I believe in the power of story to heal, inspire and promote positive change. In recent years, I’ve written numerous one-act plays that have been produced by community theatre groups in Perth and performed at Perth's Fringe World under my Off the Wall Productions banner.
I’m pleased to say I’ve won two local writing awards for my one-act plays The Broken Slipper (2014) and Cracked (2015).
In 2019 my one-act play, Little Angels, achieved third place in the Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition. In 2020, my one-act comedy, Ashes to Dust, was awarded third place and the Audience Award in the BATS Theatre Company Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition.
In between my creative endeavours I completed a Bachelor of Social Science at Edith Cowan University, married the same man twice, had four children and was employed for a time in the youth work field.
In 2021, I formed Gem Theatre Company under which to facilitate drama projects for young people/upper primary school students in Perth and regional WA. In June/July 2021 I completed a 2 week successful drama project at Wickham Primary School in the Pilbara giving the amazing cast a taste of the full theatrical experience with a performance at REAP, Karratha.
I look forward to many more creative opportunities and endeavours in the future, especially in regional WA.