IN ONE ACT 2021
Meet our participating Writers!
Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, in partnership with Yarra Libraries,
is excited to welcome the following Writers to the 2021 program.
We look forward to sharing their new scripts with you
at the Playreading Performances on 13th and 14th October.
For further information about the 2021 program, 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.
Teame Ersie is an Ethiopian-born Australian international artist who specialises in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre Performance. He is an RMIT University Graduate in Master of Arts (Arts Management) and an NICA (Swinburne University) graduate with a Bachelor of Circus Arts. He has created both solo and ensemble shows and performed extensively across Australia and internationally, including as a freelance artist with Multi-Cultural Arts Victoria and as one of the main Character and Solo artists on Franco Dragone’s show “The Dai Show Theatre” in China. He has appeared on international stages, in newspapers, and on TV. Currently Teame works at Footscray Community Arts Centre as Receptionist and Business Support Officer.
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….
Steven hails from the USA, but has made Melbourne his home for the last two years. Across his career, Steven has turned a love of storytelling and passion for sociopolitical issues — homelessness, mental health, climate change, election fraud, etc. — into a wide range of creative and advocacy/communications-related work. He wrote the comic book series STYX TAXI and co-wrote a political thriller graphic novel, EVERYMAN: BE THE PEOPLE, and most recently, his climate fiction short play FOR A CARROT was selected for Theatre Alliance’s Hothouse 10-minute play festival in Washington DC. He is hard at work on editing his first full-length play and scripting his first audio drama series HIGH ABOVE YOU.
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 Theatrepeople.com 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.