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Jamie Hornsby


Jamie Hornsby is an award-winning playwright and actor. He has been described in Stage Whispers as “a major voice in Australian playwriting” and The Barefoot Review as “one of the most promising young playwrights in the country today.” His play, because there was fire, was the inaugural commission from Jopuka Productions and won Best New Work at the Newcastle Fringe Awards before embarking on a national tour. Jamie won the 2018 Flinders University Young Playwrights Award for his play, ASCEND, culminating in a week-long development and public reading with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Four of Jamie’s short plays have also appeared in Jopuka Productions’ Whatever Theatre Festival. His writing appears on Season 2 of New Wave, an audio- theatre podcast, and his work has been featured in Tantrum Youth Arts’ Hissyfest for multiple consecutive years. He has been commissioned again by Jopuka Productions for 2019, this time to write an ambitious piece of epic youth theatre entitled Transcendence, and he served as a dramaturg on their group-devised production of bogan. He was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Slingsby Theatre Company, alongside his collaborator Ellen Graham, where they developed their ground-breaking new piece of theatre for young audiences, Claire Della and the Moon, currently slated for a premiere season in 2020 before embarking on a wider tour. He is a founding member of the new Adelaide-based theatre collective, Madness of Two.

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