We are very happy to announce the successful applicants for the LA BOITE x APT 2022 program!

Utilising La Boite’s recently-funded resident Artist Company, this program will provide 10 x 3-day workshop development opportunities for playwrights and their plays. There will be a public outcome at La Boite for 5 of the projects as part of La Boite’s Artist Development Program.  

The workshops will be held between February – June 2022 in Brisbane, QLD.

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2022 LA BOITE X APT PARTICIPANTS:

 

Brian Obiri-Asare is a writer of plays, poetry, and prose. His work often engages with the complexities and contradictions of a multi-racial society. A deeply surreal exploration of identity and intimacy, 'Speak of the Devil' is a racial psychodrama that asks us to inhabit the intersection of race, sex, and power relations in 21st century Australia.  

Chenturan Aran is a Sri Lankan Australian playwright, journalist, and rapper. He has been published at The Age, All The Best Radio, and is a part of the editorial team at SAARI – a blog that platforms South Asian Australian writers. He is also a tutor at The University Melbourne, teaching documentary film and mobile journalism. His script 'Pass The Damn Papadums, Katherine' won the Union House Theatre Award for Best New Writing in 2020. The script was developed during a mentorship with Samah Sabawi in partnership with La Mama Theatre. In 2021, he became a member of the Besen Writers Group at Malthouse Theatre, which supports early career playwrights to develop their work. Chenturan is also an active member of the Melbourne underground rap scene, performing under the name ‘Chen Be Quiet’.

Daley Rangi is a Māori antidisciplinary artist generating the unpredictable. A proud advocate for bodily integrity and neurodiversity, they evade categorisation and invade the status quo; speaking truth to power and reorienting hierarchies. Through autodidactic research and eclectic practice, they share rousing stories which take many forms; poetry, plays, performance art, and beyond. Their formative work is Lipstuck, a vivid deconstruction of gender binaries, and has influenced their work platforming experiences of resilience in the face of adversity. They have unearthed complexities of disability ethics and ecological sovereignty in their plays Curiosity and Tātaraimaka-moana (Beautiful Place by the Sea), both shortlisted for the Griffin Award, and the former for the Patrick White Playwrights Award. Other works have investigated tales of passive resistance, contested histories, ideological virality, and socio-architectural homogeneity. Their writing has been published by Australian Poetry, Critical Stages, Red Room Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, and Centre for Stories, with their unflinching work Takatāpui appearing in Kill Your Darlings’ New Australian Fiction Anthology. They are a member of the Artistic Directorate for experimental arts engine room, Next Wave. Daley, like their art, is inspired by ancestry and fuelled by injustice. 

Donna Hughes is a playwright based on Whadjuk Noongar land (Fremantle). She writes contemporary stories that are playful, punchy and unpredictable. When an idea grabs her, she runs with it, as fast as she can. 

Donna’s plays traverse vast subject matter, from subversive technology to surf trips, heists to high school hijinks. She writes vibrant, textured characters, drawn from her time living in metro and regional Western Australia and honing her ear for distinctively Australian stories. 

Her plays include Treading Water (2016), Disconnected (2019), Ground Swell (2020), Trackers (2020), Isolation in Lockdown (2020) and It was Tuesday (2021).

Gemma Bird Matheson is an actor/writer/producer of South African and Papua New Guinean heritage. She was a finalist for the 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship and starred in AACTA and International Emmy Nominated ABC series CONTENT, which also won a Rose D’Or.

On stage Gemma appeared in Griffin Theatre Company’s SUPERHEROES. She'll next appear in THE STRANGE CHORES (ABC/Ludo) and THE PM'S DAUGHTER (ABC/Fremantle) - which she also wrote on.

Gemma was co-creator/writer/star of the online series THE HOUSEMATE (ABC iView), and is EP on web-series The Power of the Dream, and co writer/creator/producer/star in upcoming ME & HER(pes), both funded by Screen Australia.

James Elazzi Most recently, James’s unproduced play Cello was shortlisted for the 2021 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award. Earlier this year, his new play Queen Fatima directed by Paige Rattray was produced by Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta as part of the 2021 Sydney Festival and enjoyed a sold-out season. A prominent production company has also optioned the play. It was James’s second year at the Sydney Festival; his play Lady Tabouli was also enjoyed a sold-out season in 2020. Lady Tabouli was nominated for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In 2019 Omar and Dawn enjoyed a sell-out season at the Kings Cross Theatre, and James has been granted a place in the 2019-21 Sydney Theatre Company Emerging Writers’ Program. His play Son of Byblos (finalist for the Silver Gull Play Award) is part of Belvoir’s 25a 2022 season.

Julian Larnach is a Sydney-based playwright and is currently Literary Associate at Griffin Theatre Company.

2022 sees the premieres of his stage adaptation of Favel Parrett's award winning novel PAST THE SHALLOWS for Australian Theatre for Young People and Archipelago Productions (Tasmania), a new large-cast political comedy for Canberra Youth Theatre and a new regionally touring musical for Critical Stages. He is currently under commission with Bell Shakespeare for a new cycle of history plays and is developing a new work for Griffin Theatre Company. 

Julian has had seasons of work produced and toured by the Australian Theatre for Young People, Outback Theatre for Young People, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and the National Theatre of Parramatta.

Julian’s plays have been shortlisted for Griffin Theatre Company’s Lysicrates Prize, the Griffin Award for Playwriting, the Edward Albee Scholarship and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. He was an Affiliate Writer for Griffin Theatre Company in 2013, Resident Playwright at the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2015 and was a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group from 2017 – 2019.

Rebecca Meston A graduate of the University of Sydney and alumni of PACT, Rebecca is a theatre maker and mum of two small humans. She has had her work performed at This Is Not Art, Metro Arts, Fraser Street Studios, Format Festival, Brisbane Festival, Vitalstatistix, Adelaide Fringe and Theatre Works.

As a collaborator, Rebecca has worked with PlayLab’s Lab Rats, and on Future/Present (Adhocracy Residency 2014 with Rosie Dennis) and Second Hand Emotions (Adhocracy Residency, 2017, with SJ Norman, Mish Grigor and Sarah Rodigari). In 2018, Rebecca presented If you can learn to fake authenticity you’ve got it made in the shop front window of FELTspace Gallery. 

Rebecca’s other works include The Reunion and Suburban Boulevard (with Daniel Evans), Click Tease, Fantasy Project Gary, Tracksuit Girl and Drive. In 2015, Rebecca won first prize in HotHouse Theatre’s Solo Monologue Competition for Last of the Corsetières.

Steve Rodgers grew up in Tasmania and trained as an actor at Western Sydney University. His plays include Ray's Tempest (Belvoir St Theatre, MTC) Savage River (Griffin, MTC, Tasmanian Theatre Company) and Food (Belvoir St/ Force Majeure) which Steve co-directed with Kate Champion and which toured Australia including La Boite and Hothouse.  Steve adapted Peter Goldsworthy’s novel Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (NTOP/Belvoir St) and his latest play King of Pigs (Old Fitz/Redline) will tour Australia (Critical Stages) in 2022. Most recently Steve co-wrote the feature film Sweet As with Jub Clerc which is set for release next year. He has just completed a commission for a new play with Belvoir St titled The Future is History which concerns shift workers. Steve has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television for over thirty years. 

William Hinz is a playwright, screenwriter and game writer with a Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst attending the VCA in 2019, they were the recipient of the Orloff Family Charitable Trust for Excellence in Theatre, and were the executive programmer for the inaugural VCA theatre festival, “Discord 879”. In 2020, after the New York premiere of their play “Guerilla Sabbath”, they were listed by Playbill as one of "34 LGBTQI+ Artists to Keep an Eye On”. William is enamoured by religious, queer and fantastical themes, intersparsed with violence, contradiction, and non-linear debauchery.  Their work has been read and performed in Australia, England, and the United States, has been taught in the Queensland State English Syllabus, and published by Australian Plays Transform.