Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and music theatre. Plays include Wolf Lullaby (Atlantic, Steppenwolf, Griffin Theatre), Fortune, The Falls (Griffin), The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch (Vitalstatistix), Shot While Dancing (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award), Memmie Le Blanc (Vitalstatistix, Deckchair), Open-Cut (WAAPA), The Mysteries: Genesis (Sydney Theatre Company) with Lally Katz and Angela’s Kitchen (Griffin) with Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick. She has written libretti for musicals (The Wedding Song, composed by Douglas Stephen Rae, and directed by Jim Sharman), song cycles (Talk Show, composed by Elena Katz-Chernin, for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir), After Julia and Gothic (composed by Andree Greenwell) for ABC Radio and Vivid Festival respectively, opera (Mrs President, composed by Victoria Bond, Anchorage Opera) and for Phillip Johnston’s score to Murnau’s silent film Faust, premiered at the New York Film Festival and performed internationally.
Most recent works include a musical, Do Good And You Will Be Happy, with Phillip Johnston, The White Divers of Broome for Black Swan State Theatre Company, The Splinter for Sydney Theatre Company and Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me for the National Theatre’s Connections Program in London. Her adaptation of The Seagull was produced first by State Theatre Company SA, and then by Black Swan, who also produced her adaptation of The Red Balloon.
Hilary has been resident at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference in the US, the Russian Playwrights' Conference, and the Australian National Playwrights' Conference. She is a member of playwrights' company 7-On, and a recipient of the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award, Jill Blewitt Playwrights’ Award, Bug’n’Bub Award, Aurealis Award for Fiction, the Eric Kocher Playwrights’ Award, the 2007 Inscription Award and an AWGIE for Music Theatre. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio, NIDA, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South in Tennessee. Hilary is author of several children’s books in verse: the award-winning Alphabetical Sydney, Numerical Street and The Marvelous Funambulist of Middle Harbour.