Merlynn Tong is an Actor, Writer and Theatre-Maker. Most recently, Merlynn performed under Todd McDonald’s direction in The C Word as part of Metro Arts’ Awkward Conversations season. In 2014, she also worked with QPAC in various festivals including American Music Club as well as hosting Out of the Box Children’s Festival.
As a writer, Merlynn is passionate about creating stories that inspire conversation. She is part of the writing salon, ‘Lotus’, hosted by Playwriting Australia and Performance 4a. With Maxine Mellor as coach, Merlynn is developing a work exploring her personal journey through domestic violence in a gentle and even dark comedic manner. In the same vein, she also created, wrote and performed in the sell-out one woman performance Ma Ma Ma Mad (2013). This play explores the journey towards Merlynn’s mother’s suicide. This piece will be directed by Shane Pike in 2015.
A graduate from Murdoch University’s (Perth) English and Creative Arts degree, Merlynn appeared in the lead role for the worldwide opening of Howard Baker’s 21 for 21 (21 plays across 21 cities) tour in Wounds to the Face (2010).
Merlynn was also Company Manager of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She trained regularly with the company in The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, The Viewpoints and Butoh. She was thrilled to perform in The Golden Show (2012, Japan) with acclaimed Butoh Company, Dairakudakan. Merlynn also participates in Brisbane’s Slam Poetry scene.
In another lifetime, Merlynn completed a rigorous diploma in Mass Communication and used to wear sharp suits to work as an Advertising Executive in Singapore.
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