Van Badham named Malthouse Associate Artist
Media Release: Malthouse Theatre
Van Badham is an award-winning playwright, critic, screenwriter and author of the Book of the Witch trilogy. Her plays have been performed across Australia, the UK, the USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Iceland. Her achievements include being the first Australian selected for New York’s Summer Play Festival, a two- year residency at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), winning the Harold Hobson Award for Drama Criticism in the UK and receiving a Premier’s Award in Queensland for her much-lauded play Black Hands / Dead Section. She has been called “a major talent” by The Guardian, “the brilliant Australian playwright” by The Independent and “one of the leading voices of her generation” by TimeOut London. Van currently lives in London, where she is the Literary Manager of the city’s renowned Finborough Theatre, and is soon to relocate to Melbourne for this new role at Malthouse Theatre.
Marion Potts said “We are delighted that Van will be joining Malthouse Theatre. Her multi-faceted engagement in writing for the stage and otherwise, together with a demonstrated commitment to authors of all genres will enhance Malthouse Theatre's creative diversity and discipline.”
Van Badham commented “Malthouse are a world-class company and I am thrilled to be offered an opportunity to work alongside Marion and her team. It’s an inspiring prospect to join a company that’s committed to the vibrant diversity of the fantastic city that surrounds it. Can’t wait, can’t wait!”
The Associate Artist (Writing) role completes a triumvirate of associate artists at Malthouse Theatre (the others being director Matt Lutton and designer Paul Jackson). Their role is to inform and challenge the artistic identity of Malthouse Theatre.
Van Badham will commence full-time in the Associate Artist (Writing) role from early October 2011.