Alison Rooke is a writer and dramaturg from Sydney. A graduate of NIDA and AFTRS, Alison also has an MA (Creative Writing) from UTS. Her plays include, I Get Along Very Well Without You (Except Sometimes) (NIDA), You Are Here (Stories from the 428), Apples and Onions (Brand Spanking New), Sharks Can Smell Fear (Bare Boards Brave Hearts Festival), Combat Fatigue (2010 Sydney Fringe Festival), Heart Dot Com (Tap Gallery), A View From Moving Windows (Parramatta Riverside Theatre), The Political Hearts of Children (Tap Gallery) and High Windows, Low Doorways (Tap Gallery).Â
Alison undertook a Dramaturgy Internship at Lark Play Development Centre in NYC and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre Newcastle. She was shortlisted for the Inscription Edward Albee Playwriting Scholarship. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at NIDA and took part in Playwriting Australia’s resident Dramaturgy Internship. Alison has been a guest writer at the Lark in NYC. Her play The Blackbird and The Whale was selected for the National Script Workshop (Playwriting Australia) and received support from the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Fund for further development. She is Artistic Director of Somersault Theatre Company, which is dedicated to the development of new Australian writing and was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts JUMP grant in 2014.
by Alison Rooke
What would you do if a letter arrived addressed to you from a prisoner on death row? ...