The Writers

Writers: Donna Abela, Vanessa Bates, Jessica Bellamy, John AD Fraser, Noelle Janaczewska, Nicholas Parsons, Teik-Kim Pok, Emrys Quin and Alison Rooke.


Donna Abela

Donna Abela has written plays for audiences of all ages. In 1987, she co-founded Powerhouse Youth Theatre in Western Sydney, and her early plays reflect the company’s street theatre and circus origins. Donna went on to work extensively in youth theatre, theatre for children and young people, and community cultural development, writing plays commissioned by companies such as the Q Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre, Death Defying Theatre, Salamanca Theatre, Pact Youth Theatre, Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Bourke Youth Theatre, the Queensland Music Festival, and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. Donna also writes contemporary adult drama for stage and radio, and her play “Aurora’s Lament” won this year’s Australian Writers’ Guilds’ AWGIE Award for radio adaptation. Donna is a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 7-ON which this year published their first book “No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames: Monologues for Drama Students by 7on”. Having previously written pieces for The 428 Project and Brand Spanking New, Donna is delighted to be part of another Augusta Supple initiative.


Vanessa Bates (Writer)

Vanessa’s plays include:

Every Second, The Magic Hour, Porn.Cake , Checklist for an Armed Robber, Small Hard Things, The Night We Lost Jenny, Match, Mincemeat, The Elephant’s Ark, A Little Bit Each Night, and Darling Oscar.

Her plays have been produced by Deckchair Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Belvoir B-Sharp, Vitalstatistix, Black Swan, theatre@risk, Freewheels, Tantrum Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company as well as ABC Radio National. She has written for several multi-playwright shows with producer/director Augusta Supple including Brand Spanking New, Tales From The 428 and We Contain Multitudes.

In 2012 Porn.Cake was nominated for an AWGIE New Play Award and produced by Griffin Independent. (the play premiered in 2011 at Malthouse Theatre) The Magic Hour premiered at Deckchair Theatre in May. In January, Every Second was showcased at the 2012 National Play Festival in Melbourne and has been selected for showcase at the (US) National New Play Network’s festival in Washington in November. Vanessa is current PWA Playwright in Residence at Griffin Theatre.

Vanessa is a graduate of NIDA Playwrights’ Studio and has been recipient of a residency at Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and at Varuna .

She is one seventh of playwrights’ company 7-ON.

For television Vanessa has written for SBS drama East West 101 and the script for ABCTV documentary “900 Neighbours”. She has written two short films (The HoneyEaters, Pop’s Dream) and is currently working on a feature length screenplay.


Jessica Bellamy

Jessica Bellamy is a Sydney-based playwright. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW). In 2011-12 she was a Griffin Theatre Playwriting Australia Associate Playwright, working as a writer and member of the core artistic team creating Lovely Ugly (Griffin Theatre). She is under commission by Canberra Youth Theatre and was an Inside 130 Resident for new play Hook Up (Arena Theatre Company). Plays include Pigeon (Tamarama Rock Surfers, Bondi Feast Festival); Sprout (Old Fitzroy Theatre, winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011); A Fourth of Nature (ACT Department of Education’s School Spectacular, nominated for 2011 Canberra Area Theatre award); Celebrity Healing and Tokyo Tween Knife Brawl (You Are Here Festival, 24:7 Festival (Manchester), Griffringe); and short plays for NIDA Open Programme. She had a monologue included in atyp’s Tell It Like It Isn’t called ‘Little Love’, published by Currency Press, and adapted to a short film Bat Eyes (dir. Damien Power)(Top 10 finalist of YouTube Your Film competition, Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Dungog Film Festival, Tread Softly Festival (Sligo),  Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week). Jessica has tutored playwriting for ‘Workshops in the Arts for People with a Disability’ through Riverside Theatres, and for atyp.


Noëlle Janaczewska

Noëlle Janaczewska writes plays, performance texts, lyrics & libretti, monologues, poetry, essays, gallery and on-line explorations, and radio scripts across drama and non-fiction. Her work has been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas. The recipient of 6 AWGIE Awards, her stage plays have won the Griffin Playwriting Award, the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition (Songket) and the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe). Recent productions include: Random Red and Weeds Etc for ABC Radio National in 2011 and 2010 respectively, Eyewitness Blues for the BBC, and The Hannah First Collection, 1919—1949 for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Noëlle has a Creative Fellowship from Arts Queensland/University of Queensland (2012/2013), is a member of the 7-ON Playwrights group, and is developing new works for performance, radio and print media. As well as revisiting an early play from her ‘backlist’. Find out more about her work and read excerpts at


Nick Parsons

 Nick is a writer and director in film, television and theatre. He has directed more than a dozen stageplays, two short films, an episode of series television, a documentary TV series and a feature film. He has written three full-length stageplays, a stage musical, several one-acters, two feature films, numerous episodes of television series and serials, a documentary series, several radio plays as well as several short pieces for theatre. Nick is currently a member of the Board of Studies at NIDA and Chairman of Currency Press, the performing-arts publisher.

Nick wrote and directed the feature film DEAD HEART produced by Bryan Brown and Helen Watts, distributed through Village Roadshow.

Nick has a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy from Sydney University, a B.A. in film and television from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and a diploma in directing from NIDA.

Awards include the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, three AWGIE Awards, the Australian Human Rights Award, the Film Critics Circle Award and the Ian Reed Memorial Grand Prize for radio drama. He also has an AWGIE nomination for best stage play, two AFI nominations (for Best Short Film and Best Screenplay), and an ASTRA nomination for Most Outstanding Short-Form Program. Seasons One and Two of My Place, for which he wrote several episodes, each won the Logie for Best Children’s Drama Series.

A full lists of his credits can be found here:

Nick Parsons Credits


John AD Fraser

John’s third play All the Rage premiered at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, following Rock, Paper, Scissors and The Last Great Roadhouse in Paradise.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, his last collaboration with Leland Kean, was developed at the National Play Festival and has performed been as a moved read in Edinburgh and London.

John is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio has had a dozen short plays performed in the UK and Australia, winning several awards. He has several plays in development.

John was born in Scotland and moved to Australia at the turn of the century.


Teik-Kim Pok

Teik-Kim is a theatre-maker, performance artist and a secondary drama teacher. On Sydney’s independent stages, he has performed in two of Patrick Lenton’s works- The Bermuda Love Triangle (New Theatre dir. Augusta Supple 2009) and Sexy Tales of Paleontology (Sydney Fringe Festival dir. Anne-Maree Magi 2010). As a theatre-maker and performance artist, Teik-Kim’s main inquiry lies in transgressing
identity and boundary constructions expressed within popular culture. Responsible for solo 
performance works, Post-Op Chamber Piece (UNSW 2002), The Ozzie Citizenship
Series (2006-7) and a series of performance lectures, The Guest Project (PACT & Griffringe) a
mild distortion of his own research into his Hakka-Chinese cultural heritage, he is also creator
of audience-activated live installations, Karaoke Massage (2005-) and I’m not a psychic, just a
performer (Tin Sheds Gallery 2011). In the realm of live art, he has appeared in spat+loogie’s supermarket installation new!shop 
and video-goggled tourist experience Holiday (Next Wave Festival 2006-8). He has been a
featured performer in Stories East and West directed by William Yang and Annette Shun-
Wah since 2010.

On screen, he was featured in Corrie Chen’s short feature Happy Country (MIFF 2009,
 Flickerfest 2010, La Mirada Film Festival 2011) as the Dance Instructor in Deborah 
Kelly’s award-wining Tank Man Tango, which was a viral video memorial and live art project.

He is currently at Playwriting Australia, coordinating the Outreach program, which seeks to
engage and skill up emerging playwrights from Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically 
Diverse backgrounds.


Emrys Quin

Emrys is 22, he’s a student and a Sydney based emerging playwright who has recently been published for a third time by Currency press as part of ATYP’s ‘One Sure Thing’ monologue collection. In late 2011 Emrys wrote and directed his first production, The Future Historians, in association with Studio Four at UNSW. In 2010 he underwent a writing residency with the now set-for-demolition Queen Street Studio, the site of which he plans to visit with flowers and nostalgia on a monthly basis.


Alison Rooke

Alison Rooke is a writer from Sydney. She is a graduate of the Playwrights Studio at NIDA and has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from UTS. She has written plays, poetry and film and is currently completing her first novel. Her plays include The Space Between (NIDA Playwrights Studio), I Get Along Very Well Without You (Except Sometimes) (NIDA Playwrights Studio), You Are Here (Stories from the 428), Apples and Onions (Brand Spanking New) and Sharks Can Smell Fear (Bare Boards Brave Heart Festival). Her play Combat Fatigue was developed as part of the Off The Shelf Residency at Queen Street Studios and was an official selection in the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival. Alison is also a graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Screenwriting and in 2011 undertook a Dramaturgy Internship at Lark Play Development Center in New York.  In 2012 she was selected as the Artist in Residence at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle. Her short film Consolation was recently filmed in NYC and her theatre work will feature this year in HeartDotCom (Tap Gallery) and A View from Moving Windows (True West, Parramatta Riverside Theatre).