PAST PLAYWRIGHTS IN RESIDENCE

SEANNA VAN HELTEN (2016) 

Seanna is a writer, researcher, dramaturg and co-Artistic Director of independent theatre company She Said Theatre. Works for She Said Theatre include the award-winning HART (co-written with performer Ian Michael), which premiered at Melbourne Fringe 2015, and is currently touring to New Zealand and South Australia; Laika and Wills (Melbourne Fringe 2013); Breaking (co-authored and co-directed with Penny Harpham, Melbourne Fringe 2012); and she is currently developing Salt and Fallen for the company. Since the founding of She Said in 2006, Seanna has also produced Noelle Janaczewska’s Historia at Brisbane’s Metro Arts and worked as dramaturg on Adam J. A. Cass’s Bock Kills Her Father (La Mama 2015). She has contributed as an arts writer to Milk Bar Mag, is the former Arts Editor of Brisbane’s Rave Magazine and has published writing in Griffith REVIEW and Voiceworks. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland and of the University of Melbourne, where she received the Percival Serle Prize for her MA thesis. In 2014, Seanna completed the Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, under Raimondo Cortese. She is a recent recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart development grant.

Georgia Symons (2016) 

Georgia is a theatre maker and game designer, often working in youth and community contexts. Originally from Sydney, she moved to Melbourne in 2014 to undertake her Masters in Writing for Performance at the VCA. Since graduating, Georgia has been the recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant; an ‘Inside 130’ Residency at Arena Theatre Company, and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellowship. She has worked as a lead artist with Western Edge Youth Arts and with Platform Youth Arts, and her work has been showcased in the Melbourne Fringe keynote program Uncommon Places II, and in Metanoia’s selected Live Works season. Her theatre & game works from 2015 include: Three Legged Race Around the World (game, Digital Writers Festival); A Puppet Show for All Ages (theatre, ASYLUM Series by Apocalypse Theatre); Alien Meteorites (game, Fresh Air Festival/Federation Square); Iago (theatre, Western Edge/Coopers Malthouse); Wash Your Hands (interactive theatre, MUDFest); TurboDetective 3000 (game, National Young Writers Festival). Georgia is looking forward to a year of art-making, milkshake-drinking, and fun-having with Lonely Company.

ALLEE RICHARDS(2016) 

Allee is a playwright from Melbourne where she’s had two plays produced by Theatre 451. Her most recent play, Beers & Trees, was performed at La Mama as a part of the 2015 Explorations Season. An earlier draft of Beers & Trees was read at the Five Point One Reading Sessions in Adelaide. Last year Allee was a part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio where she was mentored by playwright Lachlan Philpott. She also writes short fiction and has been published in Voiceworks and Visible Ink.