Vanessa Bates


Vanessa Bates is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, radio dramatist and playwriting tutor. Her latest play is A Ghost In My Suitcase for Barking Gecko (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018, Sydney Festival and Perth International Festival 2019).

She is currently writing/developing an Australia Council/PWA funded new play Captain Dalisay. Other works include Awkward Dancing, The Petting Zoo, The River and Chipper. In collaboration with Ross Mueller, she is writing a full-length play; Something About The End Of The World.

Produced plays include Trailer, Light Begins To Fade, Every Second , The Magic Hour, PORN.CAKE, Checklist For An Armed Robber and Darling Oscar. She has been produced by STC, Malthouse , Belvoir B-Sharp, Griffin, Vitalstatistix, Deckchair, The Ensemble, atyp, Tantrum, Darlinghurst Theatre, Rock Surfers, Stooged, Freewheels and ABC Radio. Her plays have been read in the US, UK and in Paris.

Various monologues and the plays Checklist For An Armed Robber, Darling Oscar, PORN.CAKE and Trailer have been published.

Vanessa has won a NSW Premiers Literary Award, AWGIE Award, Inscription Chairman’s Award, Inscription New Work Award and two CONDAs. She has been shortlisted for several major awards including Victorian Premiers Literary Award, AWGIE Mainstage Play, STC Patrick White Award, Griffin Award and Theatre 503's New Play Award. She was awarded a Varuna Residency and a Keesing Studio Residency at the Cite Institute des Arts, Paris. Her plays have been selected for Playwriting Australia’s New Script Workshops and New Play Festival and the USA National New Play Network Festival.

As a playwriting/monologue tutor and guest lecturer Vanessa has taught at NIDA, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, atyp (Fresh Ink and National Studio mentor), NSW Department of Education State Drama Camp, NSW Writers Centre – and was also Director of their 2015 Playwrights’ Festival.

She is 1/7 of playwriting alliance 7ON.

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