Jessica Bellamy is a playwright and theatre maker. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW). She has been a Griffin Theatre Playwriting Australia Associate Playwright (2011/12), Writer in Residence at Grey Projects, Singapore (2013), MTC/PWA Dramaturgy Intern (2014) and an Artistic Director for Outback Theatre for Young People’s The Echo in Our Walls (2014-15). She has worked with Malthouse Theatre on Dybbuk (2016) and participated in the Besen Emerging Writers Programme. Jessica was the writer of Convict Escapades for Sydney Living Museums (2015), and collaborated with Local Peoples on the Australian Open Kids Tennis Day 2017. Jessica is the recipient of the 2013 atyp Foundation Commission, writing Compass (nominated for Sydney Theatre and AWGIE awards, published by Playlab Press), and is winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011 for Sprout (Playlab Press). Her play Shabbat Dinner was produced by Tamarama Rock Surfers, Bondi, and Checkpoint Theatre, Singapore. In 2017, she will be working with Checkpoint Theatre in developing a new work with Huzir Sulaiman and Pooja Nansi, as well as collaborating with Arts Centre Melbourne and Dreamhouse Theatre Company on youth arts projects.
Other plays include: Everything is Everywhere Lie to Your Face (Karnabal Festival, Manila); The Dreaming of the Bones (Yeats Day 2015); TROJANS (PACT), Jack Kerouac’s Rules for Spontaneous Prose (Bondi Feast, Rock Surfers Theatre), Fight or Flight (Canberra Youth Theatre); devised work The Grief Parlour (Clockfire Theatre, True West); devised work LoveNOT (Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Manila); devised work Lovely Ugly (Griffin Theatre); A Fourth of Nature (ACT DET School Spectacular); as well as short plays for NIDA Open Programme, True West and Bondi Feast Festival. Jessica’s monologue ‘Little Love’ was adapted to a short film Bat Eyes (dir. Damien Power)(Top 10 finalist of YouTube Your Film competition, Venice Film Festival). Jessica has run workshops for atyp, OTYP, Back to Back Theatre, Beyond the Square, Grey Projects and in many high schools.