IN ONE ACT 2021 


Meet our 2021 Writers …

Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, in partnership with Yarra Libraries,
was excited to welcome the following Writers to the 2021 program.
and share their new scripts with you at
The Performance Readings on Tuesday 19th October 2021.


You can watch the Recording of The Performance Readings at:


For further information about the In One Act program, please visit our In One Act page.


Barbara is new to writing for the stage but has always been passionate about theatre and performance. As an undergraduate she was an active member of the Melbourne University Theatre Department. She has also performed with St. Martin’s Youth Theatre and the Brunswick Women’s Theatre. She was the recipient of the Louise Humphrey’s Award for Best Performance in 1995. She is interested in depicting historical biographies on stage and is currently working on a number of monologues of famous women.


Sue Gunningham is an ex-teacher with a passion for writing. An avid observer, listener and writer, she likes to challenge herself to write across different genres. Her list of published work includes teacher reference and text books, memoir, poetry, short stories and various travel and newspaper articles. Being shy by nature, Sue says writing allows her to shout. She has long wanted to write a play but struggled with the shift from prose to performance and is therefore very excited to be part of the In One Act program.


Kym is a health communicator who would like a break from COVID to keep her creative pilot light on. Her first short play was about aliens who return their non-breeding humans to the pet store. She likes laughing at her own jokes and hiding chocolate from her family in bookshelves. She wishes she had a green thumb and that bees would visit her bee hotel. Just one bee….


Nick originally hails from Whangaparoa New Zealand. After spending time in NZ & the UK, Nick now calls Melbourne home. Starting as an actor, Nick has shared the screen with the likes of Charles Dance and Kitty Flanagan before turning his attention to writing . “Writing is the pure form of creativity in my eyes, and being in this storytelling space is definitely where I need to be.” Nick is also studying to become a secondary teacher, majoring in drama .




My theatre journey began a dancer, after which I completed a BA at ANU followed by a Bachelor of
Dramatic Art (Acting) at NIDA. I then worked as an actor and singer in theatre, film and television.
Later I became a high school Head of Drama where my VCE students often performed in the state
Season of Excellence Drama performances. I also assessed for VCE Drama and Theatre Studies
examinations. I then became a freelance director / writer for independent and community theatre. I
aim to complete my first full length play this year.



Richard Mealey is an American actor and Writer, originally from Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Melbourne with his wife, Caroline, in 2013 and has appeared in numerous productions across the state. His short plays and film scripts have been selected as finalists in such competitions as Humana Festival and NYC Midnight Screenwriting contest. 2020 would have seen the debut of his original one-act, “An Evening of Bad Theatre”, but was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 and has yet to be rescheduled.







Maree dreams about her play opening on Broadway. One needs to dream! She is the writer of one produced short play Imposture (Six Degrees in Melbourne, 2018) and the monologues It’s not funny (Daring Dog Monologues, 2019) and Lost (Madwomen Monologues, 2018). Short stories and flash fiction is really where she moves, having had pieces published here and in the USA and, best of all, online in SF mag AntipodeanSF.






Ian has worked as a theatre reviewer and entertainment reporter for several south-west London newspaper titles. Before that, he trained as an actor at Richmond Drama School in London and also completed an MA in Text and Performance at RADA. On returning to his hometown Melbourne, he continued to write theatre reviews for and he acted in various theatre productions. He has continued to follow his interest in new plays performing roles in productions at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. He currently teaches VCE Theatre Studies.