Monday, December 1, 2014

Julia-Rose Lewis awarded 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights

by Frank McKone

Formerly known as the Young Playwright’s Award, the 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, made possible by the generous support of Arts NSW, was awarded on the occasion of the 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture, Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Street, Sydney on 30 November 2014.

Past winners include Zoë Coombs Marr (Is this Thing On?), Kit Brookman (Small and Tired), Brendan Cowell (Ruben Guthrie) and Kate Mulvany (The Seed).

Julia-Rose Lewis was selected for her play Samson from a short list which also included Jessica Bellamy (Shabbat Dinner), Christopher Bryant (The Mutant Man), Philip Kavanagh (Jesikah), Phil Spencr (You and Whose Army?) and Chris Summers (King Arthur).

The award is given to an outstanding playwright who is in their first eight years of professional practice, and the winner receives a writer’s commission and creative development of their play by Belvoir.

[Lewis’s] play Samson generated buzz at the PWA National Play Festival after its selection in their National Script Workshop after some development with La Boite Theatre Company’s Playwright-in-residence program. Lally Katz is mentoring her as part of the Australia Council’s JUMP Mentorship Program and she’s currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts (Playwriting) at NIDA. She’s written for productions and readings with Griffin, The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp), La Boite, The Brisbane Powerhouse, The Rock Surfers Theatre Co. Hothouse Theatre Company, Grin & Tonic. Julia’s monologue This Feral Life has been produced for both stage and as a short film.

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