Grants, Residencies & Fellowships


2020 – 2022 | ARC Discovery Project: Staging Australian Women’s Lives: Theatre, Feminism and Socially Engaged Art. Led by Professor Stacy Holman-Jones (Monash University) 

2015 | Artist-in-Residence embOLDen, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre

2013 | Solo Residency, Victoria University

2004 | Australia Council Residency, Nancy Keesing Studio, Cité International des Arts, Paris

2001 | ANPC/New Dramatists Residency, New York

1996 | Recipient of Australia Council Fellowship: Category A, Literature Board

2018 | Citation, The Adrian Miles Award for Innovation, presented by the Dean of the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

2017 | Runner-Up, Best Presentation: Australian Association of Gerontology – Early Career Cutting Edge Research, Victorian Division

2016 | Finalist, VicHealth Awards: Building Health Through Art Category, for embolden: Creatively Ageing at Footscray Community Arts Centre

2010 | Winner, Excellence in the Arts in Palliative Care, awarded to The GroundSwell Project at Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, Second International Arts and Health Conference, Melbourne, for intergenerational arts-and-health project: Rain-dancing For Beginners

2003 | Australian Government Centenary Medal for Services to Society – Literature

2001 | Winner, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play, Salt

2000 | Winner, ANPC/New Dramatists’ Award for Best Play, Salt

2000 | Winner, AWGIE Award, Blueback

1994 | Winner, AWGIE, Award Major Award/Stage Award, The Keys to the Animal Room

1990 | Winner, AWGIE Award, Spitting Chips


Community Contributions

2010- 2019 | Co-founder and Creative Director (retired) | The Groundswell Project

2019 | Curator of Art and Public Programs | 6th International Conference on Public Health and Palliative Care

Photo by Dorinne Blaise