Hilary’s plays have been produced across Australia, by The Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, Black Swan, Deckchair, La Boite, NORPA, The National Theatre of Parramatta, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Vitalstatistix and The Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Internationally her work has been produced in Europe, in the USA by companies including Atlantic and Steppenwolf, and in the UK by The National’s Connections programme.
Wolf Lullaby won the inaugural Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award. Other plays include Splinter, Fortune, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, The Falls, Memmie Le Blanc, The Red Balloon, The White Divers of Broome, Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me, Deviants, and adaptations of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Moliere’s The Hypochondriac, and Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. Collaborations include The Mysteries:Genesis (with Lally Katz), and she was associate writer on Paul Capsis’ play Angela’s Kitchen, which won Best New Australian Work at the Helpmann Awards 2010. Other awards include: Jill Blewitt, Bug’n’Bub (USA), Aurealis Fiction, the Eric Kocher (USA), Inscription and two Australian Writers Guild Awards.
She also writes lyrics and libretti for opera, musicals and song cycles. Collaborating with composers including Phillip Johnston, Andrée Greenwell, Victoria Bond, Douglas Stephen Rae, Elena Katz-Chernin, Ensemble Offspring and Greta Gertler Gold, among her music theatre works are The Red Tree, Mrs President, Starstruck The Stage Musical (with Mitchell Butel) and Seven Stories.
Hilary is the creator, with illustrator Antonia Pesenti, of several picture books, including the best-selling Alphabetical Sydney.
Hilary is a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio, NIDA, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South, Tennessee, and in 2013 the Patrick White Playwriting Fellow at the Sydney Theatre Company.
She is a member of 7-ON Playwrights.