We are very happy to announce the successful applicants for APT's 2022 Duologue program!

Duologue supports collaborative relationships and new work development for playwrights over a six-month period.  

Playwrights will work with a collaborator, and APT will provide support for face-to-face (or remote) direct working time, with both playwright and collaborator paid for three hours each and every month for 6 months. 

Duologue will take place between January and June 2022.

2022 DUOLOGUE PARTICIPANTS ARE:

David Woods & Warsame Ali

David and Warsame (Sami) are neighbours and worked together on THIS for Rising Festival 2021. Sami has lived in Sweden and Australia and has Somali heritage, David has British heritage and emigrated to Australia in 2004. Sami coaches soccer, David Athletics, Sami likes to sing and rap, David likes to draw. David has worked in theatre television and film and is co artistic director of independent company Ridiculusmus. This will be Sami’s second performance project.

The work will explore an inside view of the Melbourne public housing tower lockdowns on the 4th of July 2020.

Jane Bodie & Belinda McClory

Jane Bodie is a playwright, screenwriter, director and mentor. Her plays, including Water, Lamb (Songs by Mark Seymour), Savage, Music, Hinterland, This Years' Ashes, A Single Act, Still, Ride and Fourplay have been performed worldwide - from London to Australia. She won The Victorian Premier Literary Award in 2006 for A Single Act and a Green Room Award in 2003 for Still. In 2019 she won The Griffin Theatre Lysicrates Award for Tell Me You Love Me. Jane has written for TV and radio, including The Secret Life of Us, Crash Burn and Moving Wallpaper. Radio includes Seeing Somebody for RN and Well for Radio 4. Her short film 'Alice', directed by Garth Davis was selected for screening at Cannes Film Festival.

Jane worked at The Royal Court Theatre in London as a writing tutor and at Central School of Speech and Drama. She was The National Theatre Studio Artist in 2006. Jane was Head of Playwriting at NIDA from 2009 – 2012, Associate Artist at The Griffin Theatre in 2013 and Artistic Associate at Playwriting Australia in 2014. Jane has worked as dramaturge on many standout productions, including Emily Sheehan's Hell's Canyon, Katie Beckett's Which Way Home and Michelle Lee's Rice.

Belinda McClory is a VCA graduate and has worked extensively in film, television and theatre, working for all the major Australian theatre companies, and on stage in Paris, London and Vienna. Her most recent work includes the year-long immersive theatre event Because The Night, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, Edward II, Dance of Death, Pompeii L.A. and The Trial (Malthouse Theatre); Cosi, Di and Viv and Rose, The Waiting Room, Queen Lear (Melbourne Theatre Company); Gross Und Klein, The City, Holy Day, Concussion (Sydney Theatre Company); The Almighty Sometimes (Griffin Theatre);

Feather in the Web, Splendour and Hir (Red Stitch), Let Bleeding Girls Lie, My Sister Feather (VIMH/La Mama. Belinda’s recent television work includes five series and two telemovies for The Doctor Blake Mysteries. In film she appeared in The Matrix, Redball, Mullet, darklovestory, Acolytes and The Wheel. Belinda co-wrote and performed in features X and Turkey Shoot. Belinda has received a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for her theatre work.

Katherine Lyall-Watson & Matt Scholten

Katherine Lyall-Watson is an award-winning Australian playwright and the Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative, which was company in residence at Queensland Theatre from 2019-2020. She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Queensland, was the chair of Playlab for five years and regularly mentors and supports emerging writers. 

Matt Scholten is an award-winning director, writer, producer, educator and acting coach based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Queensland Australia. Matt works in theatre, film, television and university settings and he is the Artistic Director & Creative Producer of independent theatre company If Theatre (est. 2006). 

Haven is a new verbatim theatre work about the remarkable real people behind the #hometobilo campaign. It tells the true story of a regional community fighting to bring the Murugappan family back to their home of Biloela, Queensland. Haven speaks to the power of love, the fight to survive and the search for peace and asylum.

Photo credit: Barbara Lowing.

Keziah Warner & Julian Meyrick

Keziah Warner has been awarded the Patrick White Playwright's Award and been shortlisted for the Griffin Award, the Martin-Lysicrates Prize and the Rodney Seaborn Award. She is currently under commission with Malthouse Theatre.

The only entity that has been able to travel freely in the last two years is Covid itself - this play examines the virus as a free agent and puts it in its own words. A risky experiment in empathy that encompasses personal grief, international crisis and what it means to live through - or cause - a historical turning point.

Julian Meyrick is Professor of Creative Arts at Griffith University, 2020- , and was Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University, 2012-19.  He is Literary Adviser for the Queensland Theatre, General Editor of Currency House Press’s New Platform Paper series, and a board member for both NORPA and CHASS. He was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) 2002-07 and Artistic Director of kickhouse theatre 1989-98. He has directed over 40 award-winning theatre productions, including Angela’s Kitchen, which attracted the 2012 Helpmann for Best Australian Work.  He has published histories of the Nimrod Theatre, MTC, the Paris Theatre, the Hunter Valley Theatre and Anthill Theatre, and numerous articles on Australian culture and cultural policy, including 85 articles for the Conversation. He was a founder member and Deputy Chair of PlayWriting Australia 2004-09 and a member of the federal government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group 2008-10.  His book Australian Theatre after the New Wave: Policy, Subsidy and the Alternative Artist appeared in 2017.  What Matters?  Talking Value in Australian Culture, co-authored with Robert Phiddian and Tully Barnett, was published in 2018. Australia in 50 Plays, his next book, will be published by Currency Press in 2022.

Michele Lee & Morgan Rose

Michele Lee is a Hmong-Australian writer working across stage, audio, live art and screen. Her work is largely narrative-focused and explores stories of women, otherness and found families.  

Her play RICE won the 2016-17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the 2018 Australian Writers’ Guild stage drama award and was a finalist for the 2018 Nick Enright Prize. GOING DOWN was a finalist for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Drama; 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Nick Enright Prize and 5 x 2019 Green Room Awards.

Project: One woman goes #vanlife into the wildnerness and jungles where she attempts to battle nature but meets a mirror image of herself from a parallel world. The two women journey back from the wilderness, back into urban life and by the time they return to the city, there is only one of them.

Photo credit: Victoria Scott.

Morgan Rose was born in New Orleans, grew up in New Mexico, and currently lives in Melbourne. She is an internationally produced playwright, performance maker, and dramaturg. In addition to her text-based work she has a background in physical theatre and devising. Recent works include: Virgins and Cowboys (writer, Theatreworks, Griffin Theatre), Everyone Is Famous (writer, Riot Stage/Speakeasy), Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise (writer, MKA/MTC NEON), The BachelorS17E05 (co-creator, The People/La Mama), and desert, 6:29pm (writer, Red Stitch). She currently teaches dramaturgy at VCA. She is a co-founder of the company The People. More at roseisnotarose.com.

Saman Shad & Jennifer Rani 

Saman Shad is a writer, journalist, and playwright who has been involved with storytelling for a number of years. Her first novel was acquired by Penguin Random House, out in Feb 2023. She is developing a novella for Audible, out in 2022. Her play The Marriage Agency will be performing at Kings Cross theatre in September 2022.

The Jinns: A couple immigrates to Australia from Pakistan, but something's not quite right. As we follow their journey we discover whether it was a spiritual possession or just the change of moving to a new country that has made them both unrecognisable from who they were before. 

Jennifer Rani is an actor, director, creative producer of Anglo-Indian heritage.

She is currently Directing Window, Cricket Bat by Hilary Bell at the Australian Design Centre for Sydney Festival. Selected for the Sydney Theatre Company/Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Director’s Initiative 2019-2021, Jennifer has delivered seminal events and programs for visionary Australian arts houses MONA and Carriageworks, was the Artistic Associate for WITS Festival Fatale in Sydney and is the recipient of an Australia Council grant for Emerging Cultural Leadership.

A series regular on ABC’s Rosehaven, she has appeared in The Gloaming (STAN), on stage in Extinction of the Learned Response at Belvoir 25A and Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT at the Theatre Royal Backspace and was Assistant Director to Jessica Arthur on Mosquitoes at STC.