knock 'em down theatre
knock 'em down theatre

Mary Anne Butler

Photo: Cherine Fahd

Photo: Cherine Fahd

MARY ANNE BUTLER

ABOUT

Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin-based playwright whose plays have been described as ‘poetic, evocative and muscular’. Theatre credits include Broken, Highway of Lost Hearts, Cusp, The Sound of Waiting, Alice in Wonderland (adaptation),One More Hour and Half Way There. Her playwriting awards include the Victorian Prize for Literature, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and she has twice been awarded the NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year - for Brokenin 2018, and for Highway of Lost Heartsin 2016. Nominations include the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards [for Brokenin 2016 and for The Sound of Waitingin 2018], a stage AWGIE Award and the Griffin Theatre Award. Highway of Lost Heartsis on the NSW HSC Drama Curriculum, 2019-2021. Mary Anne is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, an Arts NT Fellow, a Winston Churchill Fellow, a Regional Arts Fellow and an Asialink Fellow. She holds an MPhil in Creative Writing and an MEd in Arts Education, and is a co-artistic director of Knock-em-Down Theatre.

Publications

Highway of Lost Hearts [Currency Press, 2012]
https://australianplays.org/script/CP-2894

Broken [Currency Press, 2017]
https://australianplays.org/script/CP-3131

Alice in Wonderland [Currency Press, 2017]
https://australianplays.org/script/CP-3493

Half Way There [2009]
https://australianplays.org/script/ASC-1114


Awards

Broken:
2018 NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year
2016 Victorian Prize for Literature
2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama
2014 NT Literary Awards Best Script
Shortlisted for: 2016 Nick Enright Prize [NSW Premier’s Literary Awards], 2016 Stage AWGIE, 2014 Griffin Award,

Highway of Lost Hearts:
2016 NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year

The Sound of Waiting:
Shortlisted for: 2018 Nick Enright Prize [NSW Premier’s Literary Awards], NT Literary Awards Best Script

Cusp:
2018 NT Literary Awards Best Script

Hopetown [screenplay] winner 2012 NT Literary Awards Birch, Carroll & Coyle Screenwriting Award

Dragons winner 2010 NT Literary Awards Best Script [Darwin Festival Award]

Fellowships

NT Arts Fellowship
Sidney Meyer Creative Fellowship
Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship
Asialink Fellowship
Regional Arts Fellowship

Education

Master of Philosophy (Creative Writing) University of Queensland
Master of Education (Theatre in Education) University of New England
Diploma of Arts (Acting) Victorian College of the Arts
Diploma of Education. English and Drama. Victoria College, Rusden
Bachelor of Arts: English, English Literature. Australian National University

Contact

maryannebutler[at]bigpond.com