Writers Workshops: Deckchairs, Research and the Knife

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Hosted by MTC Literary Director Chris Mead, with guest playwrights, NEON’s Writers Workshops return in 2014, offering the opportunity for playwrights and dramaturgs to partake in one of three sessions.

Most of us know that feeling of working on a play when it’s akin to shifting deckchairs on the Titanic. With opening night imminent, is another trip to the library really going to help make sense of any play? Is there a best case scenario for production dramaturgy? And actually, when it comes to rehearsals, isn’t the time for dramaturgy over?

Wednesday 16 July
2pm – 6pm
Southbank Theatre


Chris Mead

Chris Mead

Chris is Literary Director of Melbourne Theatre Company. He has been the inaugural Artistic Director of PlayWriting Australia; Literary Manager of Company B Belvoir; Curator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference; Festival Director of the International Festival for Young Playwrights; and Wharf 2LOUD Producer and Literary Manager of Sydney Theatre Company. His recent directing credits include Ian Wilding’s Rare Earth (NIDA 2011) and Quack (Griffin 2010); and Damien Millar’s The Modern International Dead (Griffin 2008), which won Best New Play at the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Awards and the WA Premier’s Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW, Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Chris has a PhD from Sydney University, was awarded an inaugural Dramaturgy Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2004 and was selected to attend New Visions New Voices at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in 2008. His monograph What is an Australian Play? on institutional racism and outreach strategies was published by Currency House in June, 2008; and he has recently written introductions to Currency Press volumes by Lachlan Philpott and Lally Katz.

In 2009, Chris was named as one of Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts as part of the Creative Sydney Festival. He sat on the steering committee for the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum and on the Board of Arena Theatre Company from 2008-13, is on the artistic directorate of Hothouse Theatre, and has just joined the Board of Theatre Network Victoria.