Zoe Coombs Marr

Zoe Coombs Marr

Zoe is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She grew up in Grafton, where she and her best friend staged a musical instead of going to schoolies week.

Zoe has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, London and New York. Her latest solo show, Trigger Warning, was nominated for Best Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Barry Award as well as the Golden Gibbo.  In 2012, her solo theatre/comedy work And That Was The Summer That Changed My Life was awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Other works include Gone Off or I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (Old Fitzroy Theatre, MICF 2012, SMAC award Best On Stage 2012) and Dave (MICF 2013, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, London).

In 2017, Zoe’s theatrical collaboration with Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott, Wild Bore, will premiere at the Malthouse Theatre. Zoe’s five-woman ensemble play Is This Thing On? was presented at Belvoir Theatre in 2014. Zoe is also one third of the contemporary performance company post. Most recently, post’s work Oedipus Scmoedipus was presented at Belvoir for Sydney Festival, Arts House Melbourne, and won a Green Room award for best experimental text. post’s other works include: Who’s The Best? (Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Darwin Festival, and Noorderzon Festival, NL, 2011-2013), Everything I Know About The Global Financial Crisis In One Hour (Belvoir Theatre, 2010) and Shamelessly Glitzy Work (Performance Space Sydney, Melbourne Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse).

The voice of ABC2, Zoe is a regular panel member on Dirty Laundry Live, and has also been seen on ABC’S The Chaser’s Media Circus, How Not To Behave, Backseat Drivers, and Live at Bella Union (SBS).

In 2008 Zoë completed a double degree in Performance Studies at UNSW and Fine Arts at COFA, where she was awarded the Dinosaur Designs Prize and the Art and Australia Award. Her video works and sculptures have been exhibited at a number of galleries, including First Draft, Kudos and King’s ARI and in 2006 she won the National Poetry Slam Championships under dubious circumstances.

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