Liz Newell is an emerging playwright and theatre producer based in Perth. She’s not very good at writing bios but here goes: Having grown up in a regional town that doesn’t have any traffic lights, she moved to Perth in 2013, which has quite a few. In 2014 she was a member of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group and in 2015 she participated in the Stages WA Ground Floor program. In 2016 she founded Maiden Voyage Theatre Company to champion gender parity in theatre and put new plays on stage, and produced her play Belated (dir. Emily McLean) at The Blue Room Theatre. In 2017 her work Alone Outside (dir. Bridget Le May) premiered as part of The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights program of FRINGE WORLD Festival, and was a finalist for the top Fringe prize, the Martin Sims Award, with performer Jo Morris receiving the inaugural ECU Performing Arts Award for an Outstanding Performance. 2017 also saw the debut of Liz’s play Toast (dir. Emily McLean), which won the 2017 Blue Room Theatre Award for Best Production, and for Best Performance (Amy Mathews), and was nominated in five other award categories. Toast was also a finalist for the 2017 Performing Arts WA Awards for Best New Work and Best Independent Production. In 2017/18 Liz was a member of Playwriting Australia’s WA Playwrights program and their Dramaturgy Training Program. As a producer and production manager Liz has worked for organisations including Perth Festival, FRINGE WORLD Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival, The Cutting Room Floor, The Open Lid Ensemble and The Last Great Hunt.
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