Being an actor is being a storyteller and so writing is often an extension of performing. I have always enjoyed making up tales and performing them. As soon as I learnt to write I started committing stories to paper. I became something of a pain in the neck for my family as I insisted they take part in my productions, pestering them till they were all involved including my older brother’s best friend. The big boys became trees in an enchanted forest, my dad a wolf, my mum a witch and I was naturally always the heroine who saved the day.
Later I practiced for living in a capitalistic system when I started publishing a family newspaper and every member had to buy one, borrowing was not allowed.
Once I started my studies at the Public School of Arts I devised shows for kindergartens, which I wrote and directed. My cast mates and I then packed a huge bag full of costumes and props and we took our show on the road. I felt like a strolling player from the old days. The bonus was getting out of school.
My love for writing and directing never receded and so I later pursued it at the University of technology Sydney. Since then I have been commissioned to write and direct numerous productions. Some were for professional actors and others for community theatre groups. Some were intimate performances with a small cast such as CLOWNS that was performed at the Seymour Centre. Others were huge events such as the Harmony festival for the City of Ryde that had a cast of over 100 performers with the youngest being only 5 years old and the oldest 95.
I have also done a lot of writing for performing arts schools. That is particularly challenging, as one has to come in a write for different ages and often for different skill levels too. On many occasions there is a theme that covers the entire concert and drama is used to hold all performance numbers (dance, singing, acrobatics) together.
I have also had the great pleasure of working with recent refugees and helping them find their voice. That is particularly rewarding work as one really sees the participants, who are often children and young adults, blossom. I try and focus on teaching them that language and words are not as important as we often think and meaning can be conveyed in many different forms. I try to instill a sense of confidence and security in my students and the participants helping them write down and perform their stories. These are often traumatic and getting them out is cathartic and freeing and often very emotional. In my work with the Liverpool Migrant resource Centre particularly I have come to know many wonderful kids and adults whose stories inspired me and who showed incredible resilience in surviving the most horrendous experiences.
My other writing experience includes being an editor for an on line magazine Parramatta On Line which taught me about deadlines and content and news, looking for and writing about the current affairs.
I have also published a book WICKED WELCOME FOR MY PRIVATE LITTLE HELL, a book for young adults.
Currently I am writing a children book for primary school children as well as a nursery rhyme collection. My two daughters are my inspiration and my aim is to nurture the love of reading in young children.
I have put together a number of writing workshops along with an author talk, details can be found on this website on the WORSHOP page.