Griffin Studio Alumni

 

Meet the artists that have moved through Griffin Studio since its inception in 2011 as they talk about their experiences with the program.
 

 

Ian Meadows
The Griffin Studio provided me with an essential avenue for developing and producing my play Between Two Waves, an opportunity which then led to a further playwriting commission. It was an invaluable step in my career and one I’m very grateful for.

Kate Mulvany
The Griffin Studio allowed me to turn my favourite children’s book, Masquerade, into a play and bring families into the theatre. I still pinch myself that the Studio made what I always thought impossible a dream come true. Now, three seasons and three cities later, Masquerade has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and it all started with sitting down once a week in the Griffin Studio and sharing stories with other artists. 

Shannon Murphy
Lots of early mornings, coffees and robust conversations were what I remember most about my Griffin Studio experience. It gave me the opportunity to be a team player, creative problem solver, objectively asses scripts, help curate a season, and mentor emerging practitioners. It allowed me to create long lasting relationships with my fellow studio members who I continue to work with and rely on for inspiration and feedback today.

Paige Rattray
During my time in the Studio program I established a number of great relationships with Australian writers and co-founded independent theatre company ARTHUR. Since then we have produced eight new works across 16 seasons nationally. The time at Griffin cemented my commitment to new Australian work and opened pathways to new opportunities in the field. I am currently in residence as the Richard Wherrett Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company.

 

 

Tahli Corin
Griffin Studio helped me to expand my skills as playwright, into those of a dramaturg. The skills that I learned through the experience have been incredibly useful, and totally transferable. I have since worked as a dramaturg not only on the development of new work in theatre, but also in dance and opera.

Tanya Goldberg
Participating in the Griffin Studio was an acknowledgment of the quality of my creative work, a platform to engage with my fellow artists and creative peers, an incubator of new ideas with the full force of a mainstage company to support them, a passport to understand the inside workings of company programming and future planning, and a stepping stone to new creative opportunities and inquiries. It has been a highlight of my career.

Duncan Graham
The only downside to the Griffin Studio is that it’s only one year, and it’s hard to find a comparable experience in any other company in the country. In that year, I read and fought for the life of so many plays, both new and older ones forgotten for a generation. Since then I have continued to write of course; but more importantly, fight for the presence of playwrights in leadership roles in Australian companies, as exemplified in the Griffin Studio.  

Suzie Miller
Griffin Studio invited me into the machinations of a working writers’ theatre and allowed for further development of my work which then went on to grace the historic stage at the Stables under the Griffin banner.  Engaging in the programming process as a Studio member sparked confidence in pitching my own work and continues to inform my professional career. There is no doubt that I still feel the results of the unique nurturing bestowed upon me by the Griffin team.

 

 

Angela Betzien
The Griffin Studio is a brilliant opportunity to incubate ideas and connect with the hottest theatre makers in the country. 

Tahli Corin
Griffin Studio helped me to expand my skills as playwright, into those of a dramaturg. The skills that I learned through the experience have been incredibly useful, and totally transferable. I have since worked as a dramaturg not only on the development of new work in theatre, but also in dance and opera.

Tessa Leong
The studio is a great opportunity to work alongside fellow artists and be inspired by their work, their ideas and their passion. Being at Griffin as a Studio Artist informed my own practice with my company isthisyours? and gave me great insight into how other artists create work. Also I once used my Studio Artist status to be included in a theatre junket at a regional French festival, and it worked – thanks Griffin!

 

 

Mary Rachel Brown
It was great to flex my muscles in robust conversations about what makes a piece of work stand out and matter and I loved fighting for the work that got under my skin. Since the Studio I have been rewarded with more opportunities, including a production of The Dapto Chaser and a subsequent 2016 and 17 tour of the work. A work I started in the Studio is now done and dusted and has a production next year. I am currently under commission by Griffin via the Lysicrates Prize. 

Jennifer Medway
Being a part of the Studio was an important step in helping me believe that I could have a future in this industry. I met dramaturgs from all over the world and connected with writers and directors whose work continues to inspire me. Since Griffin I’ve been Resident Dramaturg at ATYP and worked on numerous new play developments and productions with companies such as Playwriting Australia. This year I’m part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program.

Lachlan Philpott
Being a Griffin Studio Artist stimulated my brain and gave me a place where I felt I could belong. Through the Studio I connected meaningfully to a bunch of inspiring artists and I have come to a much better understanding of the way our leading new writing theatre operates.

Luke Rogers
Griffin Studio provided me with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the home of Australian drama, build strong relationships with artists, collaborate on the creation of new plays, and strengthen my own artistic practice as a director. Griffin doesn’t just create new Australian stories, but nurtures and supports the artists that are passionate about bringing them to the stage.

 

 

Guy Edmonds
My time as Griffin Studio Artist was invaluable. It connected me to new industry sectors and the opportunity to read all the Griffin Award submissions was an eye-opening experience. It was an insight into the collective cultural consciousness. 

Kim Hardwick

It was a ride! Words that come to mind are inspiring, rewarding, confronting and in an odd way liberating. It was a rare opportunity to discuss work, with other creatives, in an environment that was supportive and thought provoking… a hot house of ideas.

Karen Therese
Griffin Studio nurtured my practice and gave me courage to connect my ideas and work in Western Sydney with mainstream cultures.  Griffin supported a research trip to Israel, and built a network between my company PYT in Western Sydney and Griffin’s East Sydney community. This all led to the premier of my first work at Griffin, Tribunal, in August 2016.

David Williams
The Griffin Studio gave me the ability to really take the time to dig in and reflect upon my work; to ask the scary awkward questions that rehearsal rooms have no patience for. To articulate what drives my work, what scares it, what feeds it, how it might morph and shift in unexpected ways. And importantly, to ask what all that might mean, for both me as an artist, and for the artistic ecology that I work within.

Matt Zeremes
Griffin Studio forced me to get up to date with the current theatre climate. Immersing myself in new work, debating ideas and having a platform to develop my own work was absolutely brilliant!

 

 

Catherine Fargher
Initially daunted by a pile of scripts numbering in their hundreds, I was pleased to have a group of fellow artists to discuss and muse upon their content and themes. Different forms, different characters and stories, but nonetheless an active and live conversation about today’s Australia. It’s exciting to be in the company of other storytellers and to learn the various intricacies and vicissitudes that are part of bringing a work onto stage.

Sofya Gollan
The opportunity to sit in a room with other Griffin playwrights on a regular basis has been an extraordinary expansion of my view of what makes a playwright’s engine run. It’s not just telling our story that fuels that essential narrative, it’s a sense of place, identity and awareness of what’s relevant and needed for audiences today. Immersion in company that deals only in playwriting and performance has enlarged my inner narrative of what is possible and needed on stage. Thank you, Griffin.

Sheridan Harbridge
Griffin Studio put me in a room with directors, writers and administrators who shared the ins and outs of their practice with me. The insight has been invaluable, but most valuable has been the sense of community, the ethos to not work in isolation,  and encouragement to delve into the support of the arts community that the Studio opens up to you. 

Phil Spencer
The Studio has given me weekly access to a collective brain-jam of interesting mid-career theatre makers and all round inspiring artsy folks. For me it has been a rare and welcomed opportunity to talk frankly and freely about art making, storytelling and why chocolate croissants are absolutely a legitimate breakfast choice.

 

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