Maxine Mellor is a multi-award winning young playwright from Queensland.
Maxine won the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Award in 2001 for Stuck, in 2002 for Boy Slaughter, and in 2003 for Little Hitler’s Ode to an Austrian Bentwood; QTC’s George Landen Dann Award in 2005 for Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats; a Matilda Award for Best New Work for Production in 2005; and a Matilda Award nomination for Best Emerging Artist in 2008.
Maxine was selected as an Australian playwright delegate for the International Festival of Young Playwrights 2005. She was made Associate Writer with QTC from 2006-2008 where she wrote Fading Franky Knight with Wooden Eyes Watching / Handicraft, and she is an alumnus of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Fresh Ink writing program 2008 and 2009, attending the ASSITEJ Festival in Adelaide. She received the inaugural Fresh Ink Commission from ATYP in 2010.
Her produced work for children includes Desiree Din and the Red Forest for the Australian Theatre for Young People (2010); Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project for the Queensland Theatre Company and the State Library of Queensland (2009); The Shakespeare Channel for Grin & Tonic Education Troupe (2009); and various other plays for schools.
Other recent playwriting credits include The Timely Death of Victor Blott for the Dead Puppets Society, and Anna Robi and the House of Dogs. Maxine has authored over twenty plays, many of which have had independent productions throughout Australia. She has worked with numerous companies as a playwright and regularly facilitates writing workshops and tutorials for budding young writers.
In 2014 Maxine was named as the recipient of the Max Afford Playwrights' Award for her script The Silver Alps.