Biography

Alana Valentine

In March 2017 The Street Theatre in Canberra will present Alana’s adaptation of Frank Moorhouse’s Cold Light, and in December Belvoir will present Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich. Also in 2017 the National Library of Australia will publish Dear Lindy, a compilation of letters from the Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection and Currency Press will publish Letters to Lindy, Cold Light, Barbara and the Camp Dogs and Bowerbird, a memoir about Alana’s verbatim writing. Alana will work this year as dramaturg on Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong. After recording their biggest box office ever with Alana’s Soft Revolution production in November 2016, Venus Theatre Company in the USA will world premiere the stage version of The Ravens, which won the BBC International Play Award in 2014. This stage version includes the Shakespeare poem The Phoenix and the Turtle and will premiere in November, 2017 at the Venus Theatre in Maryland.

In 2016 Griffin Theatre Company presented Ladies Day, Campbelltown Arts Centre presented One Billion Beats (co-written and co-directed with Romaine Moreton), the Tasmanian Theatre Company presented Tree Widows which Alana also directed and Merrigong Theatre Company, Canberra Theatre Centre and the Seymour Centre presented Letters to Lindy, a stunning new work exploring the public's relationship with one of 20th Century Australia's most iconic figures.

In 2015 Head Full of Love completed a National Tour. Other work included the acclaimed Parramatta Girls, Run Rabbit Run and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah and Barefoot Divas (Hong Kong Concert Hall). Two new works written and directed for radio, Cool Hunter - London and Kimberley Queerboy, were broadcast on ABC Radio’s Earshot program. In 2014 Alana worked as dramaturg on Stephen Page and Bangarra’s Patyegarang. Alana co-wrote The Fox and the Freedom Fighters with Dharug Elder Aunty Rhonda Grovenor-Dixon about her father Aboriginal activist Chicka Dixon. The work was performed by Rhonda and her daughter Nadeena and opened at the Performance Space, Carriageworks in Sydney. Alana won the BBC International Radio Competition for The Ravens and an AWGIE Award for Community/Youth Theatre for Comin’ Home Soon. In 2013 she won three AWGIE Awards including the Major Award and the Inaugural David Williamson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Australian Theatre for Grounded. She was also nominated for Head Full of Love for Radio Adaptation.

Alana Valentine

In 2012 she won the 5th STAGE International Playwriting Award for Ear to the Edge of Time. This prestigious award is given to a play about science or technology and attracted over 200 entries from 19 countries. The judges were Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Tony Kushner, David Lindsay-Abaire and Donald Margulies, and Nobel Laureates Robert C. Richardson, Frank Wilczek and David J. Wineland. 

Her plays Parramatta Girls and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah are both currently on the NSW Schools Syllabus in Drama and English respectively. Her writing has also been nominated for a 2011 Queensland Premier's Award for Best Drama Script, 2007 Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Play, awarded the 2004 Queensland Premier's Award for Best Drama Script, the 2003 NSW Writer's Fellowship, the 2002 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award and an International Writing Fellowship at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. She also received a 2001 commendation for the Louis Esson Prize, a 1999 AWGIE Award, a residency at the Banff Playwrights' Conference in Canada, the ANPC/New Dramatists Award in NYC and a Churchill Fellowship, the NSW Premier's Award and a Centenary Medal.

Alana’s plays are published by Currency Press.


News

ALANA VALENTINE wins the 2014 BBC/British Council International Radio Playwriting CompetitionALANA VALENTINE wins the 2014 BBC/British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition in association with Commonwealth Writers and Open University.

The BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition is the only global competition for radio playwrights, run by the BBC World Service and the British Council.

Alana Valentine's script for the International Radio Playwriting Competition, called The Ravens, is the winner in the section for writers with English as a first language.

“It’s about a young woman trying to get out of being a sex worker,” Valentine told The Australian.

“She gets a big payout and comes under pressure from all sorts of people as a result.”

Judges considered the 53-minute radio drama superior to other finalists from the US, Ireland, Sweden and Kenya, and it will be produced by the BBC on October 23 and 24 for broadcast on the World Service in either late December or early 2015. The World Service has a potential audience of 40 million.

The competition, which is in its 24th year, seeks submissions from writers outside Britain for a drama with up to six characters. This year it attracted nearly 1000 entries from 86 countries.

The judges said: “An ambitious play, admirably creating an authentic world of addiction, with a naturalism of language and believability of character. The play truthfully captures the brutality and violence, but with an attempt at tenderness, deliciously graphic for radio.”

For more details on the competition, visit bbcworldservice.com/radioplay


Alana Valentine at the AWGIE AwardsALANA VALENTINE wins 2014 Australian Writers Guild Award for Comin’ Home Soon.

Alana Valentine has won the 2014 AWGIE award in the Youth and Community Theatre category for Comin’ Home Soon.

Commissioned by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Alana worked with inmates at Goulburn Correctional Centre's Aboriginal Art Unit Nura Warra Umer, as well as with the children of prisoners and the Shine For Kids organisation at Silverwater Correctional Centre, and also drew on experiences working at Junee Correctional Centre and the Shine For Kids centre there.

Alana curated an exhibition of art works made by both the inmates and children of inmates and shown at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery in 2012.

The play was presented at the Lieder Theatre in 2013 to critical acclaim and intense community support. It featured the participation of a large number of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous performers and was supported by the Pejar Land Council.

The play had a limited publication run in 2013, supported by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Currency Press are currently considering re-publication of the now award-winning work.

Her 2014 AWGIE win follows Alana's 2013 triple AWGIE win in the same category for Grounded including the inaugural David Williamson award for excellence in theatre writing and the major AWGIE for the best overall script of 2013.


Alana Valentine at the AWGIE AwardsAlana Valentine wins Major AWGIE Award for 2013.

It was a fairytale finish for the winners of the Annual AWGIE Awards, which were held on Friday 4 October in the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.

Hosted by Sammy J, the awards now in their 46th year, celebrate the integral role of the writer in Australian film, television, theatre radio and interactive media. The AWGIE Awards are the only Australian awards judged solely by writers on the basis of the script – the writer's own vision.

AWG President Jan Sardi said, “The calibre of this year’s nominees is testimony to the outstanding achievement of this year's AWGIE Award winners, judged by their peers as being the best in what has been a top shelf year for Australian performance writing”.

The Sydney Morning Herald called it "Valentine's Day" after playwright Alana Valentine was the toast of the evening picking up three awards including the Major AWGIE Award for Most Outstanding Script of 2013 and the inaugural David Williamson Prize. David Williamson AO was in attendance, as Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts presented Valentine with the $25,000 prize.
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Alana Valentine Wins 2012 Stage International Script CompetitionAlana Valentine Wins 2012 Stage International Script Competition.

Ear to the Edge of Time, by Australian playwright Alana Valentine, is the winner of the 5th STAGE International Script Competition for the best new play about science and technology. The script was chosen from nearly 200 entries from a dozen countries and announced as the winner live on air on the BBC World Service Science in Action program on August 10th. STAGE will present the award to Alana at a ceremony in Dublin on October 21, 2012.

Valentine’s play was selected by a world-class panel of judges: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Tony Kushner (Angels in America) David Lindsay- Abaire and Donald Margulies; Nobel Laureates Robert C. Richardson and Frank Wilczek; and winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science and the Franklin Medal, Dr. David J. Wineland. The US-based STAGE award, which is designed to bridge the divide between art and science, is admired among playwrights for the opportunities it brings and the rich $10,000 prize. Read the full press release »


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The following three media links are all in response to her current fellowship to research Lindy Chamberlain's archives.