Biography

Alana Valentine

In 2019 Belvoir will remount the AWGIE Award nominated Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich. First presented in 2017 it was nominated in the Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian work and Best Original score. Also in 2019 a jazz song cycle Flight Memory will be presented at The Street Theatre in Canberra and the Seymour Centre will present Made To Measure, a commission from the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, where Alana was Writer in Residence in 2018.

In 2018, Ear to the Edge of Time, winner of the 5th International Playwrighting Award, premiered at the Seymour Centre, directed by Nadia Tass. Letters to Lindy, first produced by Merrigong Theatre Company in 2016, completed a 21 venue National Tour, The Sugar House premiered at Belvoir and was nominated in the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian Work. Currency Press published Bowerbird: the Art of making theatre drawn from life. Alana also worked with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Dark Emu and Dubboo: Life of a Songman and in 2017 on their Helpmann-Award winning Best New Australian work Bennelong.

Alana is the recipient of two Tasmanian Theatre Awards 2017 for The Tree Widows, which received the Best Writing in a Professional Production Award as well as the Judges Award for 'creative integration of community, culture and heritage'. Alana was also nominated for best director for a Professional Production for that work. In November 2017, Venus Theatre Company (USA) world premiered The Ravens which also won the BBC International Radio writing Award in 2013 and the National Libraray of Australia published Dear Lindy. Her plays Parramatta Girls and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah are both currently on the NSW Schools Syllabus in Drama and English respectively.

In 2016 Griffin Theatre Company presented Ladies Day and Campbelltown Arts Centre presented One Billion Beats (co-written and co-directed with Romaine Moreton). In 2015 Head Full of Love completed a National Tour and Barefoot Divas appeared at the Hong Kong Concert Hall.

Alana Valentine

In 2014 Alana worked as dramaturg on Bangarra's Patyegarang. Alana co-wrote The Fox and the Freedom Fighters with Dharug Elder Aunty Rhonda Grovenor-Dixon, 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.

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.