WRITENOW 2021| WITH WAYTCO
The WriteNow Program brings together eager WAYTCo members to work with professional Western Australian playwrights to develop their writing skills for theatre. Over the course of 6 weeks this program aims to empower young people to tell Western Australian stories from a youth perspective and build individual skills in storytelling, writing, performance, and character development.
Participating in this program also provides the opportunity to be selected as a writer for WA Youth Theatre Company's famous 24HR Play Generator Program.
Please note this program has ended for 2021. Keep your eyes peeled for our program in 2022!
Zac, a TO Wongi, Yamatji man, studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, specialising in acting and performance. After several years working as an actor for the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, he made his playwright debut as the writer of Kaarla Kaatijin. He continued with several other works showcased in the Yirra Yaarns project.
In 2019 he started as Yirra Yaakin’s Associate Artist, co-writing Djinda Kaatijin and Ice Land. During this time he has developed the Moorditj Wirlya workshops, facilitating the exploration of Culture and the importance of Belonging.The WriteNow Program is open to current WAYTCo Members. Become a member today!
Sam Nerida is a theatre maker, producer and award winning playwright, working and living in Boorloo on Whadjuk Noongar boodja. They are also the producer and co-founder of Static Drive Co and a Digital Puppeteer for Murdoch University. In 2020 they were a KISS Club and Perth Festival Lab artist, and are currently developing All Ages work ‘Whoops & Daisy' with The Blue Room Theatre and Barking Gecko. In 2019 Nerida created and delivered ‘Writers’ Corner’, free playwriting workshops for high school students, and continues to act as the Drama Mentor for HotHouse Company at All Saints College. Their play ‘See You Next Tuesday’ was awarded Best New Writing (The Blue Room Theatre), Best New Work and Best Independent Production (PAWA Awards) for 2019, and in 2020 they were commissioned to contribute to Playwriting Australia’s project ‘Dear Australia'. Other recent writing credits include Fumble and Tissue
Hellie is a veteran playwright/director. She won the WA Premier’s Award 2002 for Bench, and 2006 for Sardines, being short-listed for Windows, Bone Dry and Anytown. Her PAWA nominations include Billy Windlock, Bench, Anytown, Mad Fred and Project Xan. Bone Dry was the 2004 Dogswood Playwrights’ Initiative runner-up, and Billy Windlock won the 2006 Maj Monologues. Her ‘kompany M’ plays include Road Train, The Gun and Bone Dry. In 2010 The Time of Texas Wall received the Richard Burton Award, and in 2013 Hellie was 1-of-7 international playwrights invited to New York to showcase Bela Kiz.In 2015 Bela Kiz was short-listed at Theatre 503, London, Billy Windlock was show-cased in New York, and The Dreaming Hill received an AWGIE nomination. Self-portrait Masturbating and Project Xan were produced in 2016, and Lighthouse Girl staged in 2017/2018 (BSSTCo). In 2019, Bela Kiz was short-listed for the Ashland Festival in Oregon. Lesson in the Art of Butterfly was produced digitally during 2020. The Parade is currently pending production in London.JUNIOR (13-17):
Andrew is a Queer PLHIV writer and performance-maker creating between Boorloo, WA and Singapore. He holds a BA (First Class) Hons. Acting from LASALLE Singapore (Goldsmiths University), and his work draws upon embodied, collaborative, and autobiographical practices, as well as intercultural and Queer theories. He is a founding party of indie theatre outfit Squid Vicious (@squidvicioustheatre), and has twice been awarded WA’s Blaz Award for New Writing. Recent works include 30 Day Free Trial, Poorly Drawn Shark, Unveiling and a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be(commissioned by Intercultural Theatre Institute 2019). He was awarded Overland’s Fair Australia Poetry Prize 2017 and his poetry, fiction and non-fiction can be found in a raft of national and international literary publications, including Cordite, Westerly, Verity La, Crab Fat, and for Margaret River Press. He is grateful to reside on Whadjuk Noongar boodja.