About me

I started when I was 16 when a wonderful English teacher introduced me to the world of theatre.  Let's hear it for teachers! Until then, I had no idea such as thing existed! There have been some hiatus(es) over the years but to now, I have directed over 20 plays  and written 9 major plays – all of which have been performed several times to box office and critical success. I still do the full length play and indeed, it is my first love. Over the past three years I have been a  in the Short+Sweet Festival Sydney,  PAC member and Education Officer for New Theatre and Literary and Project Manager for The Factory Space Theatre Company.

Additionally, a keynote speaker and entertainment director for the annual Jane Austen Festival, held in Canberra each April.

Post graduate qualifications: taught English literature and Drama and been an examiner for both areas for the NSW Board of Studies. I have trained applicants for acting schools all over the world (including Stella Adler in NYC) - all have been accepted with high entrance marks. 
 

Academic achievements

Bachelor of Arts (University of New South Wales)
Diploma of Education (University of Wollongong)
Diploma of Applied Science (Library) (Edith Cowan University)
Certificate in Theatrical Direction (NIDA)

Other achievements

Literary and Project Manager for Factory Space Theatre Company (current)
    Judging Co-ordinator Short+Sweet Festival Sydney 2012 ,  2013 and 2014
    Judge: From Page to Stage
   
As a Playwright
 :
Adaptation to the stage - Written and directed stage adaptations of Pride & Prejudice - performed in Australia and the United States; Les Liaisons Dangereuses - performed in Australia and translated into Thai & performed in Thailand 2012; and  The Scarlet Pimpernel - performed in Australia and England. The Making of Elizabeth: a contemporary adaptation of Shaw's "Pygmalion" (Australia). Most recently Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (Australia).and Pride & Prejudice (anniversay 2013 for FSTC)
Professional Producer/Director of over 20 plays : Much Ado About Nothing (Genesian Theatre 2017);  Bully Boy (A Night of Play 2016); Britannia Waves the Rules (New Theatre 2015). Otheer play include Julius Caesar, Don’s Party; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Arsenic and Old Lace; Blithe Spirit; Valentino – The Musical; Julius Caesar; Whose Life is it Anyway?; Butterflies are Free; Harlequinade; Goodbye Charlie;  Macbeth; The Fantastics and Jesus Christ Superstar
Writer and Director : The Matilda Waltz (2015) Cry Wolf (Honorable Mention New York New Works of Merit Playwriting Competition 2003),  performed in New York at 13th St Repertory Co. Oct/Nov 2004). Performed at Workshop Theatre, July 2004 and Factory Space Sydney July 2006. Currently optioned for film. Pipe Dreams; Gentlemen Incorporated (currently optioned for film); The Jocasta Complexity: June 2005; Hell’s Belles April 2007 / October 2008 ; The Making of Elizabeth August 2009
Adaptor / Director / Producer:  Sense & Sensibility July 2012;  Pride & Prejudice for a bi-centennial produciton 2013; The Scarlet Pimpernel (2001). Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1997)
Short Plays : Jane Austen Make Me Do It ; The Kiss ( a 3-part short play for LGBT community) ; The Portrait.
Artist development - successfully trained applicants to audition for acting schools Stella Adler in New York and Creative Arts at Wollongong University. Attended La Mama International Playwrights' Symposium 2009 and La Mama International Directors' Symposium 2013.
Invited fellow - Cambridge University (England) Footlights Revue 1973
President of the Illawarra Council for the Performing Arts (1984‑85) successfully securing of funds and completing the construction of the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
Business Manager (and Life Member) of Wollongong Workshop Theatre (1978-2001)
Life member Workshop Theatre
Member Ars Viva (1976-1979).
Founding member, Lake Theatre Group and Parramatta Theatre Company.
Actor – early years in theatre played various roles including Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Raina (Arms & The Man) and Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream). More recently, Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?