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Prue Clark.

Who am I?

I am a Melbourne-based theatre director with a focus on new writing.

In 2012 I completed a Postgraduate Diploma at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where I was a recipient of the Orloff Family Charitable Scholarship.

What have I directed?

My most recent production was Finegan Kruckemeyer’s The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You which was Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2019 Education show and toured regionally throughout May-June. Other productions include Emilie Collyer’s Contest, a devised work with Monash University students All That Is Right, MTC’s 2018 Cybec readings, Emma Hall's Ode to Man & We may have to choose,  Katy Warner’s Reasons to Stay Inside & Dropped, MKA’s Group Show and Bryony Lavery's Bloody Chamber. I received Green Room nominations for both Dropped (2013) and Reasons to Stay Inside (2015).

I have also directed two plays with year 7-9 students at St Michael's Grammar School, Matthew Ryan's Plays From the Top of the Stairs, and Debra Oswald's Stories in the Dark, as well as playlets by Anna Samson and Michelle Lee for Red Stitch's fundraiser PLAYlist, and a rehearsed reading of Louris Van de Geer's Looking Glass as part of the VCA Masters for Writing Showcase.

I have assisted Lee Lewis on Noel Coward’s Hay Fever (MTC, 2017), Susie Dee on Patricia Cornelius’ Savages (fortyfivedownstairs 2013) and Richard Murphet on his production of Richard Forman's Eddie Goes to Poetry City (VCA Contemporary Play Season 2013).

What else?

In 2016 I was fortunate to be a participant in Melbourne Theatre Company's Women in Theatre Program. This provided leadership training, practical career advice, open access to the Company and one-on-one mentoring with former Associate Director Leticia Caceres.

In the same year I participated in Melbourne's Director's Lab presented by Melbourne Festival and Theatreworks, an eight day intensive creative laboratory offered 31 professional theatre directors from around Australia and the world, taking as its model the long-running Lincoln Centre Directors Lab (NYC).

I am part of the New Working Group, a network of independent theatre artists, bringing together the creative output, ideas, resources and skills of ten writers, directors and designers to create a support structure for new work development and presentation.

What about before?

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Politics. Before moving to Melbourne, I worked at the New Zealand Film Commission and was the personal assistant to acclaimed New Zealand film director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, BOY).

What am I working on at the moment?

I am soon to direct a series of short duologues by Marg Hickey, What We Said, at Brown Brother’s Winery in Milawa. I am also helping director and teacher extraordinaire Alex Walker (House of Muchness) with The Antidote Festival (Siteworks), a child-led festival celebrating all that is joyful and life-affirming.

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