Playwrights: This is How We Do It

Posted on September 11, 2019, last updated Sep 17 2019

Earlier this year we announced our forthcoming Playwrights: This is How We Do It podcast, and called on the community to submit a notable Australian Playwright they wanted to interview and why. We received many stellar applications boasting some of our country’s most influential playwrights. This all made for an engaging and difficult decision making process which has resulted with five successful pitches.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing with you the exciting interview/interviewee duos that will feature in This Is How We Do It.

Vidya Rajan

Vidya is a writer, comic, and performance-maker working across devised/written performance, the screen, and the page. She has a masters in writing for performance (VCA), was a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and has trained and performed extensively in improvisation and sketch in Australia and the States. Her work has also appeared in a number of online and print publications. She was selected for a Room of One’s Own Residency, Melbourne Festival’s Director’s Lab Program, Westerly’s Emerging Writer mentorship program and Film Victoria’s Plot Twist Games Writing workshop. She has recently worked with ABC Comedy, Theatreworks (associate artist program) and is a 2018 recipient of Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer initiative.

Currently, she is a writer in residence under commission at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.

I’m a huge admirer of Vidya’s work – she’s one of the smartest, funniest, and most resolutely cooked writers and comedians in Australia right now, so I’m beyond flattered that she’s going to interview me for this series. — Declan Greene

Declan Greene

Declan is a theatre-maker and Resident Artist at Malthouse Theatre. As a playwright, his work includes MelancholiaMothPompeii, L.A., Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore PornographyI Am a Miracle, and The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’, which have been produced across Australia, Europe, the US, and the UK. Awards include the Malcolm Robertson Prize, the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award, the AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences, and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing. As a director, works include Zoey Dawson’s The Unspoken Word Is ‘Joe’ (MKA/ La Mama) and Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare), Nakkiah Lui’s Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, The Listies’ Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark (STC), and Wake in Fright (Malthouse). Alongside Ash Flanders, Declan co-runs queer independent theatre company Sisters Grimm. He has directed and co-created all their shows to date including Summertime in the Garden of Eden (Theatre Works/Griffin Independent), Calpurnia Descending (Malthouse Theatre/STC) and Lilith: The Jungle Girl (MTC).

Jamila Main

Jamila is a trained actor and self-taught playwright based on unceded Kaurna land in South Australia. Most recently Jamila has worked as an actor on the development of Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s new work Set Piece. Jamila’s play How to Eat Rabbit was awarded a Merit Award by STCSA in the 2019 Young Playwrights’ Award. Jamila is also a participant in ATYP’s 2019 National Studio and took part in a masterclass with Patricia Cornelius and PWA. Jamila is an Early Career Curator for Adhocracy 2019 (Vitalstatistix) and recently curated and helped launch the inaugural season of Rumpus in South Australia.
As a playwright Jamila won the 2018 Feast Festival and Writers SA Queer Short Story Competition, received a Senior Commendation for her play Immaculate from State Theatre Company of South Australia in 2016, and was a finalist in HotHouse Theatre’s 2016 Solo Monologue Competition. Jamila’s play Butterfly Kicks has had development and showings in Melbourne for Midsumma Festival and Adelaide.
Jamila’s professional stage debut was in 2017 as a devisor and performer in Zero Feet Away with ActNow Theatre, an interactive, queer theatre performance, during their second year of acting training at Adelaide College of the Arts.

Jamila has played various leading roles in independent short films, training videos, commercials, and music videos, including I’ll Accept which won Best Music Video at the South Australian Screen Awards in 2018.
Jamila is represented by SA Casting and a proud, active member of Actors Equity who sat on the 2019 National Performer’s Committee as an Alternate and currently sits on Equity’s Intimacy Committee.

The best gifts I ever received as a young writer were from other writers sharing their stories, insights and advice. To continue that legacy of support is not only a pleasure, but an absolute necessity in keeping our industry thriving. I am so excited to chat with Jamila Main – she is already an incredible artist, and I know I’ll learn a great deal from her too. — Kate Mulvany

Kate Mulvany

Kate has a Bachelor of Arts and an Honorary Doctorate from Curtin University, Western Australia. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, librettist, dramaturg and actor. Her plays include her autobiographical work The Seed, The Danger Age, the musical Somewhere (with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin), a reworking of Medea – co-written with Anne-Louise Sarks, an adaptation of the international best-selling books Jasper Jones and Masquerade, and a seven-hour adaption of Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South trilogy, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company. Her new take on Mary Stuart also recently premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company. Kate has written for the Emmy-winning television show Beatbugs, and was a co-creator of the television series Upright which will premiere later this year.

As an actor, Kate has performed extensively across Australia, most recently as Richard of Gloucester (Richard III), for which she won a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor. Kate’s film work includes Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, The Final Winter, Griff the Invisible, The Turning, The Little Death and The Merger, both of which saw her nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award. Kate has appeared on television in many roles, including Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Secret City, Fighting Season and the upcoming series Lambs of God. Kate’s life has been covered on episodes of the documentary series Australian Story and One Plus One. She is currently in New York City playing Sister Harriet in the new Amazon series The Hunt.

Kate is a proud member of the Australian Writers Guild, Actors Equity and SAG.

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