20 Feb 2018




Carin Mistry, Executive Director at Australian Plays welcomes John Kachoyan to the role of Literary Manager. John joins the team in February and will work from his Melbourne base. Australian Plays bids farewell to outgoing Literary Manager Tom Healey who has been a strong curatorial voice for the organisation since 2010.


The Australian Script Centre trading as Australian Plays has appointed a new Literary Manager, John Kachoyan who commences in February. John is a freelance theatre director and dramaturg and will fulfil this part-time role from his base in Melbourne. John, who has an MA in Dramaturgy from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, is a passionate advocate for Australian playwrights and the neglected Australian canon – having created the ‘Pub Plays’ reading series with Currency Press as well as founding IronBark in London; presenting the best new Australian writing to UK audiences. He was most recently Creative Director of multi- Green Room Award winning MKA: Theatre of New Writing and part of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program.


John Kachoyan said I’m thrilled to join the team curating the ASC’s already significant catalogue of Australian playscripts and publishing initiatives - building on Tom’s excellent legacy. Australian plays and playwrights are the cornerstone of our contemporary industry – and a true passion of mine. The ASC catalogue also represents an amazing connection with Australia’s rich (but often neglected) theatre history – one worth exploring and illuminating further. I look forward to connecting with the industry in this part-time role, as I continue to make and develop new Australian plays across the country.’


John Kachoyan steps into the previously held by Tom Healey for 8 years. Executive Director of Australian Plays, Carin Mistry stated;

'We're delighted to welcome John into this pivotal role at Australian Plays. He has a broad range of skills and knowledge and a dynamic network across theatre sectors nationally and internationally that'll ensure that we continue to stay connected with theatre trends and issues. We'll use this knowledge and insight to ensure that we provide services that make a real impact on the support and promotion of Australian plays and playwrights.’


Carin Mistry added;

'John will bring a new and exciting perspective to the role of Literary Manager building on the strong foundation forged by our previous Literary Manager, Tom Healey. Tom introduced many new programs, including State of Play and Red Door, confirming our commitment to being an essential voice for Australian playwriting and I know John’s appointment will ensure we remain a key resource for the professional, education and community theatre sectors.'




John Kachoyan 


John Kachoyan 

John is a freelance director, writer and dramaturg who works internationally in theatre, opera and screen. John is currently on Film Victoria's Key Talent Register, the Australian Writer's Guild's Pathways programme and just completed the inaugural Advanced Diploma in Script Editing & Development at AFTRS. He was most recently Creative Director and CEO of multi Green Room Award-winning MKA: Theatre of New Writing and previously Director In Residence for Bell Shakespeare. John holds an MA (Advanced Theatre Practice) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and originally trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). 


John was a member of the Australia Council's 2015 Emerging Leaders Development Programme and the inaugural Melbourne Lincoln Centre Director's Lab. He spent 2007-2012 working with leading new writing theatres in London where he co-founded IronBark - producing the best Australian writing for UK audiences. After returning home, he founded 'Pub Plays' with Currency Press presenting neglected Australian classics and was a Critical Stages Resident in 2013. 


John has collaborated with writers like Angus Cameron, Emilie Collyer, Ben Ellis, Julian Larnach, Caleb Lewis, Ross Mueller, Kate Mulvany, John Romeril, Alana Valentine and Chi Vu and his directing credits include; in Australia; Red Stitch, Vessel Arts, Lab Kelpie, MKA, Lyric Opera, Blue Room, Mind's Eye, ATYP/Under The Wharf, Rock Surfers and Darlinghurst Theatre and in the UK; IronBark, Finborough Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Soho Upstairs, Edinburgh Fringe and Old Red Lion. 


John is an accomplished public speaker and his arts writing has been published in Cream, Filmink and Dwell. He has taught at RSCCD, University of Sydney, VCA, NIDA & Monash and is currently developing an adaptation of Joan London's critically acclaimed novel, 'Gilgamesh' for stage and screen. 


Carin Mistry, Executive Director, 
+61 3 6223 4675, admin@australianplays.org


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