Monday, 10 March 2008

Hilary Bell

Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and music theatre. Plays include Wolf Lullaby (Atlantic, Steppenwolf, Griffin Theatre), Fortune, The Falls (Griffin), The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch (Vitalstatistix; The University of the South in Tennessee), Shot While Dancing (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award), Memmie Le Blanc (Vitalstatistix, Deckchair), Open-Cut (WAAPA), The Mysteries: Genesis (Sydney Theatre Company) with Lally Katz, Angela’s Kitchen (Griffin) with Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick, The White Divers of Broome (Black Swan / Perth International Arts Festival), The Splinter for STC,  Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me for the National Theatre’s Connections Programme, and Mrs President, composed by Victoria Bond and produced by Anchorage Opera. As well as opera, she has written libretti for musicals (The Wedding Song, comp. Douglas Stephen Rae, dir. Jim Sharman), song cycles (Talk Show, comp. Elena Katz-Chernin, for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir), and for Phillip Johnston’s score to Murnau’s silent film Faust, premiered at the New York Film Festival and performed internationally. She recently collaborated with illustrator Antonia Pesenti on the best-selling children's / art book, Alphabetical Sydney, published by NewSouth Books.

Her work has been developed through the Australian National Playwrights' Conference, 1994 & 2006, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference USA, 1997 & 1999, and the Russian Playwrights' Conference, 1997.

In 2014: Do Good And You Will Be Happy, a musical with composer Phillip Johnston, showcased by Merrigong; an adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull for STCSA in March, with another production by Black Swan in August; and a production of Wolf Lullaby in August at the New Theatre, Sydney.

Hilary is a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio, NIDA, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South in Tennessee. Hilary also works as a mentor and dramaturge, and as a playwriting teacher.

Hilary is represented by RGM Artists
PO Box 128, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel. 612 9281 3911

Hilary's plays can be purchased via Currency Press (Fortune, Wolf Lullaby, Angela's Kitchen, Short Circuits); The Australian Script Centre (The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, Conversations With Jesus, Memmie Le Blanc, The Falls, The Seven Needs); Bloomsbury (National Theatre Connections 2012); NewSouth Books (Alphabetical Sydney); Federation Press (No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames) and by direct email for everything else: Email Hilary Bell.

Patrick White Fellowship, 2013
Inscription Finalist, 2013
Inscription Award for 'Memmie Le Blanc' 2007
Tennessee Williams Fellowship, University of the South, Tennessee, USA 2003-2004
Music Theatre AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild) ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch’ 2003
Bug’n’Bub Award for ‘The Falls’, UA 2001
ASK Theatre Projects Writers Retreat, USA 2000
Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist, 1999
Hegebrook Writers’ Colony, USA1998
Juilliard Playwright Fellow, USA 1997 and 1998
LeCompte du Nouy Award, USA 997 and 1998
Eric Kocher Award, USA 1997
Jill Blewett Playwrights' Award, 1996
Aurealis Award for Young Adult Fiction, 1996
Philip Parsons Memorial Young Playwrights’ Award, 1994

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