Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Van Badham

Meet the playwrights who are contributing to the Around-the-Globe Chain Play.

Van Badham (Australia) is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, critic, social commentator, broadcaster, dramaturg, director and cabaret performer. She has been called “a major talent” by The Guardian, “the brilliant Australian playwright” by The Independent and “one of the leading voices of her generation” by TimeOut London. Van was based in London for 10 years; here, her achievements included winning the NSDF International Play Script Competition and Sunday Times Harold Hobson Award for Drama Criticism, selection for the Summer Play Festival New York and national tours of her work supported by the Arts Council UK. She received commissions from Nabokov, Floodtide, LAMDA, Oxford Playhouse, the Royal Court and the BBC, and trained in writing for television on attachment with Holby City. From 2009-2011, Van was Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre, London. In 2011, Van returned to her native Australia to take up an appointment to her present position as Artistic Associate (Writing) at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. In Australia, she has been selected for three National Play Festivals, won a Premier’s Award for her play Black Hands / Dead Section and won numerous other national honours and awards for playwriting and screenwriting. Presently, she is completing the second volume in the three-book Book of the Witch novel saga for Pan Macmillan Australia. She writes occasional columns for many publications and in 2011 was co-host of a literary programme for ABC radio. Internationally, Van’s work has been staged in the USA, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Slovenia and Switzerland, and her 2011 play, How It Is Or As You Like It was staged at the Rijkstheater, Stockholm, Sweden in August 2012. Van is on twitter @vanbadham, and more information is available on her website at


Join us on World Theatre Day, Wednesday, March 27th at 7PM at The Lark Play Development Center (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036)

Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. 

A reception follows the reading.

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