Grace Rouvray is an actor, writer, casting assistant and post-production producer, hailing from the regional town of Albury/Wodonga before moving to Wollongong to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.
Having spent most of high school and university years learning the art of self-preservation working in bars and retail, Grace sought out a job, any job, in the industry. She found a home at Vandal and spent four years learning everything she possibly could about the world of post-production, or as those in the biz call it the ‘we have no money left’ part of the industry. Skills ranging from epic latte art for clients, right through to VFX & After Effects producing.
After a particularly stupid dating experience, Grace put pen to paper and chronicled all her thoughts and feelings on what it is to date in your twenties, eventually sharing these stories with an online audience. Having the imagination and country values of a girl who built her Barbie dolls a house amongst the tomato stakes of her Dad’s veggie patch, Grace wanted to connect with her audience through real and relatable stories that would have the viewer saying ‘I’ve been there’. Stories and characters that let the audience in on the journey, to feel with them, to laugh with them, to cringe with them.
Following the positive response to these blogs, including one of them being shared by blogger Constance Hall, she turned these stories and sexcapades into the script 600 Bottles Of Wine. Collaborating with director Ainslie Clouston and Cockatoo Co Lab producer Bec Bignell the three created the web series over 2017 and 2018. It was through this series that Grace was able to combine her miscellaneous set of skills of writing, production management, casting, acting, post producing and music search extraordinaire into this labour of love project.
The series has received a positive response across the board and was nominated for four awards at LA Webfest, Grace taking home the award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. In May 2018 the series premiered on BBC Three.
Grace’s other screen credits include Australian TV biopics Brock and House Of Hancock and most recently she worked on Bruce Beresford’s upcoming feature film Ladies In Black.
600 BOTTLES OF WINE
Role: Claire. Dir: Ainslie Clouston, Ten/BBC/TVNZ 2018
Role: Party Girl. Dir: Geoff Bennett, Shine Productions 2016
DATING WITH COREY
Role: Bianka. Dir: Tim Boyle, James Pratt Films 2016
HOUSE OF HANCOCK
Role: Lang’s Secretary. Dir: Mark Joffe, Arresting TV 2015
Role: Bar Patron. Dir: Emile Rademeyer, Fox Sports 2014
A SUBURBAN LOVE STORY
Role: Street Woman. Dir: Stephen Wallace 2018
LADIES IN BLACK
Role: Santa Boy’s Mother. Dir: Bruce Beresford, Lumila Films 2017
Role: Hannah. Dir: Tahyna McManus, Alleyway Productions (Tropfest) 2017
BODY IN THE YARD
Role: Woman. Dir: Stephen Wallace, 2014
Role: The Cauldron. Dir: Sean Lynch, Tropfest 2014
ALL OUR EGGS
Role: Nurse. Dir: Martha Goddard, On The Deck Productions 2017
LOVE IS A TIME OF DAY
Role: April. Dir: Felicity Tchorlian, 2014
Role: Dawn. Dir: Carly Young, Woodcourt Art Theatre (Adelaide Fringe) 2014
24HR PLAY PROJECT
Role: Sarah. Dir: Elsie Edgerton-Till, Griffin Theatre Company 2013
COPS IN THE HEAD
Performer. Dir: Steve Wilson-Alexander, Re:Group Performance Collective 2013
Performer. Dir: Jackson Davis, Re:Group Performance Collective 2012
Role: Iris. Dir: John Galea, The Puzzle Collective (Sydney Fringe) 2012
Role: Helen. Dir: Solomon Thomas, UOW Honours 2012
PAINS OF YOUTH
Role: Marie. Dir: Jackson Davis, Re:Group Performance Collective 2011
Role: Helen. Dir: Laura Scrivano, UOW Performance 2011
ANT. & CLEO.
Role: Enobarbus. Dir: Tim Maddock, UOW Performance 2011
Role: Shell. Dir: Sanja Simic, Bodysnatchers – Old 505 Theatre 2011
Performer. Dir: Laura Scrivano, Mess Hall (Crack Theatre Festival) 2011
FIRE MOVES AWAY
Performer. Dir: Jackson Davis, Lequyduong Co. 2010