Aidan Fennessy

Aidan Fennessy

Aidan Fennessy is an award-winning writer, director and dramaturg. His plays have been produced by Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, HotHouse, Playbox, Black Swan State Theatre Company and many more.

Most recently, Aidan’s musical play, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls debuted at MTC and was nominated for the Helpmann Awards and The Green Room Awards for Best New Work. It toured nationally in 2017. The House on the Lake had a premiere season at Black Swan State Theatre Company and a second production at Griffin Theatre in 2015. It is currently enjoying seasons in both Spain and Greece. The Way Things Work premiered at the Rock Surfers Theatre in Sydney and had a sold-out season in 2017 at Red Stitch Theatre Melbourne.  His play Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee won the Wal Cherry Award and was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His 2002 comedy festival collaboration The Trade won the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His play, Brutopia won the 2010 Griffin Award and National Interest won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Premiers Literary Awards.

In 2018 he was given the Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Direction. His directing credits include Peter Houghton’s A Commercial Farce for Malthouse Theatre; Alan Ayckbourne’s Things We Do For Love, David Mamet’s Boston Marriage, Lally Katz’s Return To Earth, Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, John Guare’s His Girl Friday plus many more for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Ross Mueller’s The Glory for HotHouse Theatre, Matt Cameron’s Ruby Moon for Playbox/Neonheart, David Mamet’s Oleanna for HotHouse Theatre, and his own play Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee for Playbox/Chameleon.

Aidan was co-founder of the highly successful Chameleon Theatre, a member of the Artistic Directorate of Hothouse Theatre, Artistic Director of the Store Room Theatre Workshop and Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company.

His latest work The Architect will premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company in September 2018.

Aidan Fennessy

Writing Experience (Selected)

2017
The Way Things Work
Red Stitch Actors Theatre

2015
What Rhymes With Cars and Girls
Melbourne Theatre Company

2014
The Way Things Work
Rock Surfers Theatre Company

2013
The House on the Lake
Black Swan State Theatre Company Commission

2012
National Interest
Melbourne Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company

2011
Australia the Show
HotHouse Theatre – National Tour – MTC Education Program
Song # 1
White Whale Theatre

2010
Brutopia
Winner of the Griffin Award
Play financed through Australia Council

2002, 2003, 2004
The Trade
Melbourne Comedy Festival Show – Barry Award Winner
HotHouse Theatre – full season and national tour

2000
Art and Soul
Melbourne Theatre Company
Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee
Two act radio play, Radio National

1999
Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee
Playbox Theatre, Griffin Theatre, and Queensland Theatre Company

 

Directing Experience (Selected)

2012
Music – Barry Oakley
Melbourne Theatre Company, Fairfax Studio
His Girl Friday – John Guare
Melbourne Theatre Company Playhouse Theatre
National Interest – Aidan Fennessy
Black Swan State Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Heath Ledger Theatre, Fairfax Studio

2011
Return to Earth – Lally Katz
Melbourne Theatre Company, Fairfax Studio
Circle Mirror Transformation – Annie Baker
Melbourne Theatre Company Lawler Studio
Joy of Text – Robert Reid
Melbourne Theatre Company, Fairfax Studio

2010
Boston Marriage – David Mamet
Melbourne Theatre Company, Fairfax Studio
Ruby Moon – Matt Cameron
Melbourne Theatre Company, Lawler studio

2009
Godzone – Max Gillies, Guy Rundle
Melbourne Theatre Company, Sumner Theatre
A Commercial Farce – Peter Houghton
Malthouse Theatre, The Beckett

2008
A Pilot Version of (something to die for) – Ross Mueller
Storeroom Theatre Workshop

2007
A Mile in Her Shadow – Robert Reid
Storeroom Theatre Workshop

2006
The Glory – Ross Mueller
HotHouse Theatre, the Butter Factory
American Pilot – David Grieg
Red Stitch Theatre

2004
Oleanna – David Mamet
HotHouse Theatre

2002
Ruby Moon – Matt Cameron
Playbox Theatre

2001
Mr Wasinski’s Song
Funded sixteen minute short film through IFF fund – Film Victoria

 

Dramaturgy experience (Selected)

2013
Speech – Tom Holloway, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Sean Munro, Ryk Goddard- (Tasmanian Theatre Company)

2012
Music – Barry Oakley (MTC)
On the Production of Monsters – Robert Reid (MTC)
Happy Ending – Melissa Reeves (MTC)

2011
Don Parties On – David Williamson (MTC)
The Gift – Joanna Murray-Smith (MTC)
The Joy Of Text – Robert Reid (MTC)
Return To Earth – Lally Katz (MTC)
The Dream Life of Butterflies – Raimondo Cortese (MTC)
The Water Carriers – Ian Wilding (MTC)

2010
This Is How – Adaptation of MJ Hyland novel by David Tredinnick (MTC)
You Won’t Be Seeing Rainbows Anymore – Tom Holloway (MTC)
Roundabout – Michele Lee (MTC)
The Gully – David Mence
If I Can Dream – Natasha Jacobs

2009
Poor Boy – Matt Cameron (MTC)
Godzone – Max Gillies, Guy Rundle (MTC)

2006
The Glory – Ross Mueller (StoreRoom Theatre Workshop)
A Mile in Her Shadow – Robert Reid (StoreRoom Theatre Workshop)

2002
Ruby Moon – Matt Cameron (Playbox Theatre)

 

Awards

2012 – Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (People’s Choice Award for Best Play) – National Interest, writer
2010 – Griffin Theatre Award for best new play – Brutopia, writer
2002 – Barry Award for Best New Talent at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – The Trade, writer and performer
2001 – Winner of the Erwin Rado/Cinemedia Award Best Short Australian Film (MIFF) – Mr Wasinski’s Song, director
1999 – Shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee, writer/director
1999 – Nominated for Best New Play – Green Room Awards – Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee, writer/director
1997 – Winner of Wal Cherry Award – Best Play of 1997 – Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee, writer
1997 – Nominated for Best Actor – Green Room Awards

 

Education

1989 – Graduated from Victoria University, Rusden with a Bachelor of Education – majoring in Theatre, Language and Literature

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