Ned Manning is a writer, actor and educator.
His plays have been produced, published, studied and adapted for radio in Australia and overseas.
His plays include Us or Them, Milo, Close to the Bone , Luck of the Draw and Last One Standing.
Plays written specifically for school aged readers include Alice Dreaming, Women of Troy and the recently released Shakespeare for Australian Schools, a collection of 10 scripts originally commissioned for Bell Shakespeare's Actor's at Work program. He was nominated for an AWGIE for Writing for Young People in 2011 for one of these (Romeo and Juliet Intensive).
His two plays dealing with the Stolen Generation, Luck of the Draw and Close to the Bone have been produced and studied internationally.
His adaptation of Women of Troy for Radio National aired in December 2012 and was selected for competition in the 2013 Prix Marulic International Competition for Radio Drama.
He is a member of 7ON and has written a number of short plays for 7ON’s anthologies No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames and Short Circuit.
He is currently working on a number of projects with 7ON.
His first work of non fiction, Playground Duty, a celebration of the highs and lows of a teaching career, was published in 2012 by NewSouth Books.
As an actor, Ned has appeared in some of Australia’s most loved film, television and theatre productions including Looking for Alibrandi, Offspring, The Farm, Shiralee, Bodyline, Aftershocks, The Sullivans and Prisoner.
He starred in the cult classic, Dead End Drive-In and recently appeared in David Parker’s new film The Menkoff Method.
He has developed a program for teaching playwriting to students and adults called Finding Your Voice.
Ned has written articles for The Age, ABC The Drum and Arts Hub.