Resident Director


Elizabeth Walley is an actor, writer, director and dramaturge who works professionally in theatre, film, television and radio, and trained with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios in New York.

Living in London for almost a decade, Elizabeth’s first short play, Commodities was produced for the Covent Garden Fringe (London), and expanded for a second season at the New End Theatre (Hampstead). During this time she was engaged by Angus & Robertson to dramatise the book G’Day: Teach Yourself Australian for a UK book tour. She later optioned the book for television and produced a pilot for the BBC.

Other original works include Louder Than Words, which received a 3CR Best New Australian Play Award, and was produced at Chapel Off Chapel and La Mama Courthouse. Elizabeth’s most recent composition for theatre is The Trauma Project presented as part of La Mama Explorations 2017.

Directing credits include: Dark Stark Albert Park (Melbourne Fringe 2018), Madwomen Monologues (Butterfly Club, 2018), The Melbourne Monologues (2015 – 2018), St Kilda Stories (Fringe, 2017), Trash Goes Down The River by Clare Mendes (Bluestone Church Arts Space, 2017), Six Degrees in Melbourne (La Mama Courthouse, 2017), The World Without Birds by Christine Croyden (La Mama Courthouse, 2016) and The Agreement by Clare Mendes (La Mama Courthouse, 2015).

Elizabeth worked with Alec Gilbert to devise his cabaret show Smart Alec for the Butterfly Club and together they staged an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure at the Northcote Amphitheatre. They wrote, directed and performed the touring cabaret homage to Noel Coward, An Evening With Noel, and in 2010 launched their production company Double Garage. Elizabeth has also written and directed a number of theatre works for the Double Garage drama studio ‘Confidence for Kids’. Her acting credits include regular appearances in theatre, television and commercials, most recently in Neighbours and Offspring.

Elizabeth’s role as Resident Director of MWT sees her providing ongoing dramaturgy and directorial support to the writers and performers involved in the creation of MWT’s annual seasons of new work. She also works with MWT’s writers in the development of their individual scripts, and in 2017/18 as facilitator for IN ONE ACT a creative partnership between Yarra Libraries and MWT. Elizabeth’s association with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre began in 2013, with the direction of a rehearsed reading of Sales Pitch by Clare Mendes. This went on to become the full-length play The Agreement, which she directed as the featured play in MWT’s 2015 season of new work, Page to Stage for which she also directed the inaugural season of The Melbourne Monologues.

Elizabeth holds an MA (Creative Writing) and a a B App Sc. (Speech Pathology) and is currently completing her PhD (Playwriting) at RMIT University.