Mari Lourey is a playwright, dramaturge, and facilitator of performance writing workshops.
She was recently awarded the 2014 Rodney Seaborne Award and an Australia Council Literature Board grant to complete a major new performance work Dirt Cloud after its development at Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop. Her most recent independent play Bare Witness completed a national tour (Performing Lines) in 2012, following a sellout 2010 season in Melbourne presented by La Mama Theatre at fortyfivedownstairs directed by Nadja Kostich.
Recent 2014 projects as a freelance dramaturge include: Jacob Boehme’s Blood on the Dance-floor for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company; 2014 Ross Trust Award winner Dan Lee’s Frogs Cry Wolf (2015 Cybec Readings, MTC), and Bathurst Performing Arts Centre’s Local Stages Program.
Mari has worked as a dramaturg for Playwriting Australia, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and on independent projects for various writers.
She has a particular interest in ongoing skills development – her own and others – alongside her own disciplined practice. She currently divides her time between Broome WA and the east coast. In Broome she co-facilitates a professionally tailored performance writing program for Goolarri Media, an Indigenous media and arts organisation. Between 2010-2013 she co-facilitated ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Black Writers Program which seeded several new works.
Between 2002-06 Mari was Associate Artist for the ground breaking community arts company The Torch Project, for which she worked as researcher/writer/performer on several major works. She was researcher and writer on The Bridge - 2004, winner of Green Room and Vic Health Awards - directed by Rachael Maza, north-west Vic tour and Melbourne season. Other plays include the acclaimed Dirty Angels, (La Mama 2003, regional Vic tour 2004) directed by Lynne Ellis.
She holds a MA Performance Writing at the VCA, University of Melbourne, studied performance writing at RMIT, and has undertaken various modes of theatre training. In the 90s she sang and played in various bands and performed widely around Victoria and NSW with shadow puppet theatre company Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt. She is a proud member of the Australian Writers Guild.
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