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
   
Agent:

The Australian Script Centre. https://australianplays.org/

Playwright
The Matilda Waltz. First performed at the Sydney Fringe Festival, New Theatre 2014 and in full repertory by Factory Space Theatre Company in 2015.
The Making of Elizabeth 2009 (for Wollongong Workshop Theatre and New Theatre 2010)
Hell’s Belles 2006 (Wollongong Workshop Theatre and Factory Space Theatre Co. 2007. Darlington Theatre Players 2017. Various other companies)
The Jocasta Complexity: premiered at the Workshop Theatre June 2005
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 Theatre Sydney July 2006. Optioned for film.
Gentlemen Incorporated (currently optioned for film) and performed every year since 1992 by various companies throughout the world. Wollongong Workshop Theatre (NSW) , Revolution Theatre (Chicago USA); Melville Theatre Co (Perth W.A) ; Atherton performing Arts (Qld).

Adaptations to the stage - Written and directed stage adaptations of
Pride & Prejudice – 7 various company productions in Australia and the United States;
Les Liaisons Dangereuses - 4 various company productions in Australia and translated into Thai and performed in Thailand; and
The Scarlet Pimpernel – 8 various company productions in Australia and England.

Short Plays
Jane Austen Made Me do It. Finalist in Short&Sweet. The Candidate and The Portrait.
The Kiss : A trilogy of 3 short plays Genesis / Eviction / Betrayal. Written for the LGBT community and translated by Pablo Ropeguipa in Ecuador where his company extensively performs the set in various festivals.

Producer & Director of:
Much Ado About Nothing; 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; The Fantastics and Jesus Christ Superstar.

And my own scripts of The Matilda Waltz; The Making of Elizabeth; Hell’s Belles; The Jocasta Complexity; Cry Wolf and Gentlemen Incorporated

Education Officer : New Theatre 2015/16/17

Script Assessor : for Workshop Theatre, Short & Sweet, New Theatre and NSW Board of Studies

Artist development - successfully trained applicants to audition for acting schools Stella Adler in New York and Creative Arts at Wollongong University.
Invited fellow - Cambridge University (England) Footlights Revue

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)

Memberships
Member Ars Viva (1976-1979).Member, Playworks, Parnassus Den, Arcadians Theatre Group, Roo Theatre Company,. Founding member, Lake Theatre Group and Parramatta Theatre Company. Currently on the Boards of New Theatre and Factory Space 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). Most recently Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. (WWT 2010) An Unexpected Execution (2014)