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Zoey Dawson


Zoey Dawson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter based in Melbourne. Her work has been described as “brilliant”, “dangerously alive” and “heartbreaking” by The Age, “Terrific” by The Sydney Morning Herald, “disarmingly imaginative” and “tremendously affecting” by The Australian, “a major new force in Australian playwriting“ by RealTime, “exceptional” by Inpress, “powerful and astute” by Artshub, “the best theatre I have seen in years” by Theatrepeople, and “like watching a friend get really drunk and embarrass herself” by The Guardian.

In 2019 Zoey's new comedy Australian Realness will premiere as part of Malthouse Theatre's main stage season. Prior to this, Zoey's writing credits include Conviction (Darebin Arts) Calamity (MTC NEON Season), Madonna Arms (Next Wave/Artshouse), I Know There's a Lot of Noise Outside... (I'm Trying To Kiss You/LaMama) and The Unspoken Word is Joe (LaMama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), which toured nationally for three years and for which she was awarded the inaugural Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. She has been nominated for several Greenroom awards, including Best New Writing (Conviction).

Zoey is currently completing a Master of Screenwriting at VCA, and has a feature film script in development. She teaches Contemporary Scriptwriting and Radical Performance Writing at the University of Melbourne.

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