2017 Mentors

Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based playwright whose play Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the 2014 NT Literary Award for Best Script and was shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Award. Broken premiered to a 2015 sold out season at Browns Mart Theatre with a Sydney season at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in August 2016. Mary Anne’s play Highway of Lost Hearts premiered at the 2012 Darwin Festival to a sold out season with a 2013 return season by demand, and a 2014 three-month Australia-wide tour. In 2015 it was adapted to a four-part radio series for Radio National’s RadioTonic.Mary Anne was awarded month-long Bundanon residencies for playwriting [2016 and 2010]. She is a 2014 Churchill Fellow, member of the Australian Writers’ Guild Playwrights’ Committee, peer advisor to the Australia Council for the Arts and co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre Company [Darwin/Brisbane]. She holds a Masters in Arts Education from UNE and a Master of Philosophy [Creative Writing] from the University of Queensland. Both Broken and Highway of Lost Hearts are published by Currency Press.


Ross Mueller is an Australian writer. In 2002 he was the Australian playwright at the International Residency of the Royal Court Theatre in London.  In March 2007 The Ghost Writer premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company and Construction of The Human Heart was short listed for the 2007 AWGIE Award for Best New Play and nominated for five Green Room Awards. He is the Winner of the New York New Dramatists Playwright exchange for his play Concussion. In March 2009 Concussion premiered at Sydney Theatre Company. In April 2009 his play Hard Core was shortlisted for the Patrick White Award. He is the winner of the Wal Cherry Play of the year 2007 for his play The Glory. His play ZEBRA! premiered with a sell out season at STC in March 2011. He has been a mentor for the National Studio, he is the Fresh INK tutor for ATYP in Victoria. In Feb 2015 his verbatim play Darker Angels was featured by Apocalypse Theatre in their response work: Asylum. He has written six plays for Radio National and had two childrens books published with Allen and Unwin. In April 2015 his play A Town Named War Boy premiered to a sold out season at the State Library of NSW. In 2016 he  completed his Masters in Writing For Performance at Victorian College of the Arts and his play I CAN’T EVEN premiered at Malthouse Theatre Melbourne. A STRATEGIC PLAN premiered at Griffin and LIFETIME GUARANTEE premiered at Theatre Works in 2017. He is a freelance columnist, a teacher, and director. In Australia he is represented by Anthony Blair at Cameron’s.





Will O’Mahony is a multi award-winning actor and writer who began directing in 2012. Directing credits include Body Farm (Blue Room Theatre), Tonsils + Tweezers (BSSTC), The Mars Project (WAAPA), Great White (Blue Room Theatre), Punk Rock (WAAPA), The Boys (WAAPA) and Fire (WAYTCO). Founder of the critically acclaimed independent theatre company The Skeletal System, Will has written seven plays - Great White, Coma Land, Marshmallow Men, Tonsils + Tweezers, Helium, The Mars Project and Overnight. Great White was awarded Best Script at the PAWA awards and its debut production received three 2013 Blue Room Theatre awards. Tonsils + Tweezers won the 2014 Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Best New Play Award and received production in January of 2016. Coma Land will be presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company in July 2017


Jane FitzGerald is a Sydney dramaturg. Her work for ATYP has included Intersection: Chrysalis, Wonderfly, The Big Dry (co-production ATYP and Ensemble) and MRock (co-production ATYP and Sydney Theatre Company). She has been a Mentor/Dramaturg for the Fresh Ink writers' program and at the National Studio. She is one of Ensemble Theatre's Literary Managers (shared position) and recently was Dramaturg on Neville's Island for the company. For Sydney Theatre Company Jane has worked as Literary Manager, Artistic Associate and Administrator of the Patrick White Playwrights' Award as well as Dramaturg on mainstage productions including The Herbal Bed, Volpone and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was also a dramaturg on STC's Blueprints new writers' program. She has worked on National Script Workshops for Playwriting Australia and has worked as a script reader for the Royal Court London, ANPC, Playworks and STC Young Playwrights' Award. She has also worked for 15 years as a Mentor with Year 12 students on HSC creative writing projects.