Gillian Cosgriff

Gillian Cosgriff

Gillian is a singer, writer, actor, musician, and comedian who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Her 2023 solo show, Actually, Good, garnered rave reviews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won the award for Most Outstanding Show and the Golden Gibbo (for Best Independent Show).

Gillian’s theatre credits include Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions); Come Rain Or Come Shine (Melbourne Theatre Company); Godspell (Hayes Theatre Company); Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company); Company (Watch This); and Loving Repeating (Vic Theatre Company). Her television credits include Aunty Donna’s Coffee Café, Comedy Up Late, Upfront Gala, Tonightly, Offspring, House Husbands, Fat Tony & Co., Ricketts Lane, Get Krack!n, and Back In Very Small Business.

Gillian has toured extensively with her solo shows as a comedian and cabaret performer, most notably at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Leicester Square Theatre in London.

In 2018, Gillian co-wrote the opera Lorelei for Victorian Opera with Casey Bennetto and Julian Langdon, which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre. In 2020 she directed Michelle Brasier’s show Average Bear, which was nominated for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has since gone on to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre in London, as well as a filmed special released on Paramount Plus.

Gillian Cosgriff

Awards

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AWARD Winner – Most Outstanding Show; Winner – Golden Gibbo, Actually, Good (2023)
GREEN ROOM AWARD Winner – New Australia Work (Opera), Lorelai (2019)
GREEN ROOM AWARD Winner – Artiste (Cabaret); Winner – Writing (Cabaret), 8 Songs in 8 Weeks (2018)
FRINGEWORLD PERTH AWARD Winner – The West Australian Arts Editor Award, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2014)
GREEN ROOM AWARD Winner – Original Songs (Cabaret), This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2013)
MELBOURNE FRINGE AWARD Winner – Best Cabaret, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2013)

 

Live Shows

ACTUALLY, GOOD
Solo Show. MICF 2023
SOFA SO GOOD
Solo Show. The Butterly Club 2020
SO FAR SO GOOD
Solo Show. Fringeworld Perth, MICF, Darwin Festival 2018
8 SONGS IN 8 WEEKS VOLUME 4
Solo Show. Fringeworld Perth, MICF 2017
TO THE MOON & BACK
Solo Show. Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leicester Square Theatre 2017
Fringeworld Perth, MICF, Hayes Theatre Sydney 2016
WHELMED
Solo Show. Fringeworld Perth, Adelaide Fringe, MICF 2015
Melbourne Fringe 2014
THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS
Solo Show. Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Fringeworld Perth, QLD Cabaret Festival, MICF, Hayes Theatre Sydney 2014
Melbourne Fringe 2013
WAITRESSING…AND OTHER THINGS I DO WELL
Solo Show. Seymour Centre Sydney, Brisbane Powerhouse, Adelaide Fringe, MICF 2012
Gold Coast Arts Centre, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, QLD Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2011

 

Theatre / Musical Theatre

GODSPELL
Role: Gillian. Dir: Richard Carroll, Hayes Theatre Company 2022
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
Role: Emily. Dir: Simon Phillips, Melbourne Theatre Company 2022
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
Role: Delphini Diggory / Moaning Myrtle. Dir: John Tiffany, Michael Cassel Group 2019-2022
VIVID WHITE
Role: Holly / Rachel. Dir: Dean Bryant, Melbourne Theatre Company 2017
COMPANY
Role: Sarah / Susan. Dir: Kat Henry, Watch This 2015-2016
LOVING REPEATING
Role: Young Alice. Dir: Jason Langley, Vic Theatre Company 2015
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Role: Daughter. Dir: Dean Bryant, The Production Company 2013

 

Writing / Directing

AVERAGE BEAR – Michelle Brasier
Director. MICF 2020-2022
NEON TIGER
Composer / Lyricist. La Boite Theatre Company 2018
LORELAI
Lyricist / Librettist. Victorian Opera 2018
WHELMED
Writer / Performer. Webseries, Real Good Kid 2016

 

Television

UTOPIA (Series 5)
Role: Journalist. Dir: Rob Sitch, Working Dog Productions 2023
AUNTY DONNA’S COFFEE CAFÉ
Role: Martha. Haven’t You Done Well Productions 2023
THE MSO’S PERFECT END FO 2020
Herself. Dir: Jon Olb, Big Yellow Taxi Productions 2020
REMOTELY FUNNY
Guest. Goober Productions 2020
BACK IN VERY SMALL BUSINESS
Role: Restaurant Patron. Dir: Robyn Butler, ABC / Gristmill 2018
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Role: Daughter (Voice). Mashup Pictures 2018
COMEDY UP LATE
Herself. ABC2 2018
GET KRACK!N (Series 1)
Role: Breaker Woman. Dir: Hayden Guppy & Richard Turton, Katering Productions 2017
ABOUT TONIGHT
Guest. C31 2016
SAMMY J & RANDY IN RICKETTS LANE
Role: Council Lawyer. Dir: Jonathan Brough, Sticky Pictures 2015
FAT TONY & CO.
Role: Amanda Hodson. Dir: Andrew Prowse, Screentime 2014
HOUSE HUSBANDS (Series 2)
Role: Archie’s Mum. Dir: Geoff Bennett, Playmaker Media 2013
OFFSPRING (Series 3)
Role: Sheena. Dir: Shirley Barrett, Southern Star 2012

 

Film

THE HECKLER
Role: Waitress – Anchorage. Dir: Ben Plazzer, Inspiration Studios 2015
THE DEATH OF A FRIEND (Short)
Role: Honey. Dir: Jordan Bond, 2014

 

Training

Bachelor of Music Theatre, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 2008-2010
Grade 8 Piano, AMEB Syllabus 2003
Advanced Foundation Ballet, RAD Syllabus 2003

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