meet the 2016 dramaturgy mentees

meet the 2016 dramaturgy mentees

Playwriting Australia is offering advanced dramaturgy mentoring to mid-career artists.

Led by Playwriting Australia‘s Artistic Director Tim Roseman and Resident Dramaturg Iain Sinclairthe Dramaturgy Mentorships will offer four Sydney-based theatre artists access to practical training and individual mentoring in script assessment, playwright feedback, creative development and programming over a six-month period. The mentees will be involved in Playwriting Australia’s scripts selection process for our New Play Development programs, including the National Script Workshops, and have the opportunity to meet with leading theatre makers, attend theatre productions and be immersed in the day-to-day running of a busy literary office.

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Rachel Chant

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Rachel is a freelance director and dramaturg. Graduating with a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre/Journalism) from the University of New England, she is the director of independent theatre company Eclective Productions, was an Associate Director at Rock Surfers Theatre Company (2013-2015), and was Festival Director of Bondi Feast festival (2015). In 2016 she is the Artistic and Directorial Associate for the inaugural Festival Fatale, produced by WITS (Women in Theatre and Screen). Rachel was a 2014 Playwriting Australia Dramaturgy intern and a member of Playwriting Australia’s inaugural Directors Studio. With a focus on directing and developing new works, her recent directing credits include When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, Blue Italian + Nil by Sea by Katie Pollock, Decay by Melissa Lee Speyer and Machine by Melissa Lee Speyer. In 2015 she was also Assistant Director to Leticia Caceres on  Angela Betzien’s Mortido (Belvoir + STCSA). Rachel is currently in working as dramaturg and co-director on Whitney Richards’ one-woman-show I Do I Don’t, which tours to the Winnipeg and Montreal Fringe Festivals in June, and is about to direct the Australian premiere of Lucy Caldwell’s award-winning play Leaves at Kings X Theatre.

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Larry Orkin

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Larry Orkin is a Sydney based writer, performer and script consultant. He holds Media and Law Degrees from Macquarie University, a Masters in Screenwriting from AFTRS as well as being a graduate of the AWARD School and NIDA Playwrights Studio. Larry has written for TV shows across the major networks and worked as a storyliner on Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures in the UK. He was a finalist in the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival and his play The Other Side was broadcast on Airplay on ABC Radio National. After completing a development attachment at Lionsgate films in LA, Larry was awarded a Screen NSW Talent Escalator grant to work at Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures in London. Thereafter Larry analysed scripts for BBC Films, Channel 4, Momentum Pictures, Mammoth Screen and the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Forum. He also mentored at the London Film School and London Screenwriters Festival. Upon returning to Sydney Larry was invited to join Screen Australia’s Script Factory Developer’s Initiative. He worked in Acquisitions and Development at Icon Films and assessed scripts for Transmission Films. He regularly consults on scripts for the Australian Writers’ Guild, Script Central and Film London’s Microwave Initiative. As a performer, Larry received a scholarship to study improvisation and sketch comedy at the Second City Theatre in Chicago. He currently trains and performs with the Laugh Masters Academy (LMA) at the Belvoir Theatre and Improv Theatre Sydney (Its). He still hopes to achieve his boyhood dream of becoming a penguin.      

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Nell Ranney

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Nell Ranney is both a director and producer of original and multi-disciplinary theatre work.  Nell is currently artistic associate at Belvoir. For her company In Transit Theatre she conceived and directed THEY CALL ME NINA (Escena Contemporanea/ Teatro Britanico, Peru), and THE MISADVENTURES OF ME (Rosemary Branch Theatre, UK). Her assistant director credits include GOING BUSH (Bush Theatre/ Ironbark), and the UK tours of IN PRAISE OF ELEPHANTS, THE IRANIAN FEAST, and LEAVING HOME PARTY for Farnham Maltings. As a producer in London she has worked with Battersea Arts Centre,  World Stages London, and on a new multi-sensory opera called THE OBSERVATORY (Tete a Tete The Opera Festival and Greenbelt Festival) for both hearing and deaf audiences alike. Most recently in Australia Nell has worked with Strut and Fret Production house on the creation of their original production, FEAR AND DELIGHT for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Festivals.  Previously, Nell was a producer for B Sharp namely on SILVER by Matthew Whittet and The Hayloft Project’s SPRING AWAKENING, and has stage managed for Company B Belvoir, including Benedict Andrews’ production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE. She has led workshops for devising theatre in Peru (Escena Contemporanea/ Teatro Britanico), India (Thespo Youth Theatre Festival), and Thailand (Makhampom).

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Erin Taylor

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Erin has been collaborating and directing since graduating from the University of Wollongong Faculty of Creative Arts, where she has also worked as a dramaturgy tutor and as a guest director. As Co-Founder of arts collective Rue de la Rocket (RDR), Erin has developed new work for The Sydney Fringe, Tits Up, This is My Box and OurShop and #OnTrendTravel for This is Not Art Festival (TINA). This is My Box toured to New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 and Bondi Feast 2014.  In 2013 the RDR Collective participated in a month long residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing to develop new work. Since completing an Internship with Playwriting Australia in 2013 Erin has worked with PWA as a Script Assessor and Dramaturg for the National Script Workshops. In 2014 she participated in the inaugural PWA Director’s Studio and was Literary Intern at Belvoir. In 2015 Erin was an Associate Artist with Rock Surfers Theatre Company and was Assistant Director on Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s recent production of Patricia Cornelius’ Savages. 

Our 2016 Dramaturgy Mentorship Program is supported by the Australian Script Centre, Belvoir Theatre, Currency Press, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company.

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