The selection panel
Christopher Thomas was a senior secondary drama teacher for 30 years, including a stint in charge of Performing Arts at Rosny College, Hobart, from 1984 to 2005. He is an occasional actor and director, and a Drama Examiner for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (TQA). A former Moderation Adviser for Drama for the TQA, he is also a past member of the national executive of the National Association for Drama in Education and of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.
Susan Williams for many years combined her love of theatre with a career in education. She held the position of Co-Head of High School at The Friends’ School, Hobart, where she was for many years the Director of Drama. Susan taught from Years 3 to 12 during a career spanning 30 years. In addition to classroom teaching, she directed secondary and senior secondary students in shows ranging from Year 10 plays to Year 11/12 Performance exams, and in big school musicals with students from Years 5 to 12. Earlier in her career, Susan worked extensively in amateur and professional theatre and for ABC Radio National Education as a writer, producer and presenter of nationally broadcast programs. Her arts management experience included board membership of Zootango Theatre Company, committee positions with the Tasmanian Association for Drama in Education, and a term on the Drama Panel of Arts Tasmania.
Michael McLaughlin was Artistic Director of two acclaimed Sydney-based young people’s theatre companies, Shopfront Theatre for Young People and Powerhouse Youth Arts, for more than a decade. With both companies, Michael directed and commissioned a large number of mainstage, touring, and site specific projects from 1990 to 2001. Michael commissioned a number of young playwright seasons for Sydney theatre venues and has commissioned a range of Australian writers and playwrights in the creation of young people’s theatre. Michael directed Australia’s first young people’s touring program to China in 1992, and was a guest dramaturg and director at INTERPLAY, the triennial International Young Playwrights’ Festival throughout the nineties. Michael has been an Associate Lecturer in Australian Drama at the University of Western Sydney and a Visiting Lecturer in Popular Theatre at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is currently the Manager Programs and Community Engagement at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart.
Thanks to Ron Banks and Stephen Bevis from The West Australian for permission to reprint the article on Stories from Suburban Road. We thank the photographers who made their work available for us to use. Where the information has been supplied, we have acknowledged them individually. We also thank the directors, theatre companies and schools who provided us with production photos.
Editor: Lian Tanner
Large Cast was generously assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. The Australian Script Centre also gratefully acknowledges general program funding from the Commonwealth Government, Arts Tasmania, the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, and Arts SA.
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