Gary Abrahams

Since graduating from The Victorian College of The Arts in 2009 (Masters of Theatre Practice) Gary has worked extensively as a director, writer, dramaturge and actor. While at VCA he was the recipient of the Grace Wilson Trust Award for writing, and the Jim Marks Scholarship for Artistic Practice. He participated in the 2009 Lincoln Centre Theatre Directors Lab in New York City as well as working as a dramaturg at the Playwriting Australia’s Graduate National Script Workshop.

He is currently the resident dramaturg at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, developing new work for the ensemble through their playwriting program. In 2010 he wrote and directed the plays Acts of Deceit (Between Strangers in a Room) based on a novella by James Baldwin and Something Natural But Very Childish based on the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, both of which enjoyed critically successful seasons at La Mama Theatre. He recently directed the world premiere of Joanna Murray Smith’s Day One. A Hotel. Evening for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Other directing credits include Jerker (Gasworks Theatre 2009) , Oh Well Never Mind Bye (Red Stitch 2010) and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Red Stitch 2011). He has worked as an assistant director at the Melbourne Theatre Company on the plays All About My Mother, and on the Joanna Murray Smith plays Songs for Nobodies, and The Gift. He was awarded a Greenroom Award for Best Director: Independent Theatre for his work in 2010.

His adaptation of Emile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin was selected as part of the 2012 Playwriting Australia Play Festival and received a performed reading at The Malthouse Theatre.

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