2022 PARTICIPANTS

Christopher Paton is an Actor, Playwright and Arts Educator based in Meanjin/ Brisbane. Growing up in the regional centre of Toowoomba, he developed a keen interest in the performing arts at an early age, going on to receive the 2014 Queensland Theatre Young Playwright of the Year award for his play ‘Happens to Be’. After Completing Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at QUT in 2017 Christopher has been involved in a number of theatre and comedy performances in both Performing and Writing capacities, notably as a member of the 2021 Playlab Transmission program for emerging writers. He has also enjoyed working as a Touring Performer for Shake & Stir Theatre Company in Terrortorial, Prankster and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. He is a devoted father to his Cat, Truffle and a hobbyist uncle to his niece Ava.

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David Searston is a Toowoomba based playwright, actor, director, producer. His writing credits include The Friendzone, Bananas, and Love is Hell. He has also presented his works to independent theatres in New York City.

David has also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Modern History at the University of Southern Queensland. He has a passion in the performing arts and is excited to be participating in Playlab’s Transmission Program.

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Gemma Betros is an award-winning historian, literary critic, and emerging playwright. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from the University of Queensland, an M.Phil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and has held academic posts in the UK, the USA, and Australia. She reviews for the Australian Book Review and the Sydney Review of Books, where she was a 2021 Emerging Critic. Her work explores the nexus between women, their beliefs, and the political and social structures that shape their lives. She also writes about Paris and its history, most recently on the monument of the Chapelle expiatoire

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Ryanna Clayton is an educator and artist living and working on Yolngu Country in North-East Arnhem land. Ryanna has previously worked as a Performing Arts teacher in Meanjin. Currently she is coordinating an after-school creative arts program for neuro-diverse young people in Nhulunbuy.

In 2021, Ryanna was a featured writer in La Boite Theatre’s Assembly, a skills development program for emerging artists. She participated in Queensland Theatre’s 2019 Scene Project as Assistant Director and wrote and directed Limbus in 2008 for Vena Cava and travelled to Latrobe University in Melbourne. While studying Creative Industries (Drama) at QUT, Ryanna received a highly commended from Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program for her play The Lost Sock.

Ryanna grew up in regional and remote Queensland, from Cloncurry to Dalby, and her work is grounded in red dirt, immense heat and wild storms. She is passionate about exploring matrescence in her work, through humour and contemporary storytelling.

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