I am an experienced and award-winning playwright who has worked with a variety of companies across Australia, as well as in Singapore and the Philippines. Previous clients include Tennis Australia, the Department of Education ACT and Sydney Living Museums, as well as theatre companies Australian Theatre for Young People, Outback Theatre for Young People and Rock Surfers Theatre Company.
I have also been a long-time blogger of a “Hot or Not” page called Would Jess Like It, which has now migrated onto this website. I also write non-fiction, comedy and humorous essays. I have been published online and in print by Time Out Melbourne, Daily Life, The Vocal, Urban Walkabout, Feminartsy and more. I have also read out work at a variety of speaking events, such as Late Night Library, Story Club, Ghost Stories and Erotic Fan Fiction.
I am a teaching artist who loves working with talented young people, and I have taught writing and devising programs across Australia and internationally, in schools and community organisations. I have also worked with adults who identify as having a disability, through companies Back to Back and Ruckus Ensemble.
So, what’s with the dog shtick?
This website will feature a lot of dog shtick. Dogs, for me, are pretty important. Dogs are consistently optimistic, curious, loving and alert. Dogs are joy-bundle reminders of how un-serious most of life really is. The arts industry is unreliable, challenging, and often exhausting. It is in such a difficult place right now that it’s easy to forget why we started making in the first place. Therefore, I try to put little joy-nuggets in everything I do. Sometimes we all just need to just watch a dog sniffing another dog’s butt to remember what we’re really searching for, when we write, shape and make. We want connection. We want wonder. We want the good smells, the ones that make all our senses go tingley and the hairs on our body stand up.
If you would like to read my more officious artistic biography, you can find it here.
Can I hire you for your writing/artistic services?
Probably – let’s discuss your project and see if we’re a good fit.
What sort of projects are you looking to work on?
As you might have gleaned from the dog spiel above, my style could be described as “optimist despite the circumstances”. I look for projects that try to create a few warm and fuzzy things: community cohesion, confidence building, personal expression, and the all-important spinal shiver that comes with connection. I like to work on projects that make the world feel a little smaller, more connected and more accountable. I predominantly work in theatre. I am looking to gain more experience in online writing and screenwriting.