Lachlan Philpott

Lachlan Philpott

Lachlan is a Sydney-based writer, dramaturge, teacher and director. As a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Residency, he will spend much of 2012 working with theatre companies in the USA. Lachlan writes for theatre television and film. His first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown, Catapult, Colder (Winner R.E Ross Trust Award 2007), Due Monday, Silent Disco (Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, Winning Finalist Gap Project Aurora Theatre Co. USA, 2010, shortlisted Best New Australian Work The Helpmann Awards, 2011) Truck Stop and The Trouble with Harry.

Lachlan has worked extensively with Amnesty International writing scripts for several campaigns. He was a writer in Residence at Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne in 2006 and Griffin Theatre Company Sydney in 2010. Lachlan is currently developing the screenplay of Silent Disco funded by Screen Australia. He is on the writing team of Starchild Productions new television series Dungoona.

Lachlan has extensive experience directing especially with young artists. He was Artistic Director of Tantrum Theatre, Newcastle between 2003 and 2006. Lachlan was the Literary Associate at The Australian Theatre for Young People between 2008 and 2011 where he directed the Fresh Ink emerging writers’ program. Lachlan co-founded wreckedAllprods with director Alyson Campbell in 2000 and they have regularly produced work in Australia and the UK.

Lachlan has taught extensively. Highlights include initiating an indigenous writing course for aboriginal students in inner-city Sydney, teaching scriptwriting in Kenya, The UK and The Netherlands. He currently teaches students in the post-graduate playwriting and directing courses at The National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) as well as Griffin Theatre, PlayLab, Sydney Theatre Company and MetroScreen. Lachlan mentors writers as part of programs run by PlayWriting Australia and JUMP; Australia’s national arts mentoring program. He is currently employed as a dramaturg and assessor of scripts by PlayWriting Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and Hothouse Theatre, Albury.

Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong opens at Brisbane Powerhouse from Wed 18 Aug – Sat 28 Aug!