Ned Manning is a writer, actor and teacher.
He has written many plays for both adults and young.
Among his published plays are Us or Them, Milo, Close to the Bone and Luck of the Draw (Currency) as well as short plays in the anthologies Short Circuit and No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames (Australian Plays)
Other plays for adults include Kenny’s Coming Home and Last One Standing.
He has written many plays for young people including Alice Dreaming(Cambridge University Press/Australian Plays), Gods of War, an adaptation of Women of Troy and Shakespeare for Australian Schools.
He was nominated for an AWGIE for Romeo and Juliet Intensive.
His radio adaptation of Women of Troy was nominated for the Prix Marulic Festival of Radio Drama in Croatia in 2013.
Ned’s first work of non fiction, Playground Duty, (NewSouthBooks) is a celebration of the teaching profession and a survival guide for young teachers.
His latest play Tsunami was short listed for the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2015.
As an actor, Ned has appeared in some of Australia’s most loved film, television and theatre productions including: Looking for Alibrandi, Offspring, The Shiralee, Bodyline and Aftershocks. He starred in the 1980’s cult classic Dead End Drive-In. His latest appearance was in the 2014 feature film, The Menkoff Method.
Ned has worked as a teacher and dramaturg, designing playwriting courses for both students and adults.
He is committed to working with playwrights of all ages and providing them with support and professional guidance.