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Maxine Mellor has authored over thirty plays, and had work produced throughout Australia.


Awards include the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Award (2001, 2002, 2003), the QTC George Landen Dann Award (2004), and a Matilda Award for best new independent work for Performance (2005) for Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats. In 2012 she won Inscription’s Edward Albee New York City Residency Scholarship, and the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Maxine won the Max Afford Playwriting Award for 2014 for The Silver Alps. In 2017, Maxine received The Lord Mayor's Young & Emerging Artists Fellowship to undertake professional development across Singapore, Iceland and the UK. In 2022 she was awarded the AWGIE award in the Original Stage Play category, and won the David Williamson Prize for Playwriting. Her play, O'Mighty Make-Believe won the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for 2023.


Recent productions include Horizon (Playlab Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (a collaboration with the Danger Ensemble for La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival), Trollop (Queensland Theatre Company), Awkward Anthem (part of mka’s Group Show), and Anna Robi & The House of Dogs (Under the Radar). Other works for children include Sleeping Horses Lie (Terrapin Puppet Theatre), Desiree Din & the Red Forest (ATYP), and Maxine Mellor’s Mystery Project (QTC & The State Library of QLD). Her adaptation of The Wind in the Willows toured nationally and through Queensland regions in 2017. 


Maxine was selected to attend Inscription’s USA Playwriting and Screenwriting Tour in early 2015, and is currently working on her first feature film.


Her work is published with Playlab and the Australian Script Centre. She is a regular presenter of creative writing workshops.

Check out her EPK and CV for more details.


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