Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated playwrights. She is known for her confronting plays that often deal with people living on the margins of society, struggling with poverty and prejudice.
Cornelius was a founding member of Melbourne Workers' Theatre and has written over 25 plays including SHIT, Savages, Slut, The Call, Good, Do Not Go Gentle…, Boy Overboard, Cunning, Love, Jack's Daughters, Opa - a sexual odyssey, Max, Platform, Lilly and May and Hog's Hairs and Leeches. Fever and Who’s Afraid of the WorkingClass? were written in collaboration with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela.
Patricia's many awards include a Gold AWGIE, numerous other AWGIEs, a Green Room Award, the Jill Blewett Award and the 2006 Patrick White Playwrights' Award. Her first novel, My Sister Jill, was published by Random House in 2002. She received the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Drama in 2011 and was the Patrick White fellow at Sydney Theatre Company in 2012.
Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation for Blessed based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? and she is currently writing a screenplay with Catriona McKenzie called Stolen with the support of Screen NSW’s Aurora program and Screen Australia. She also regularly works as a dramaturg and mentor to young playwrights.