Griffin Studio is the most successful program in Australia for providing artists with pathways to the mainstage. Through a year-long residency with the company, the program establishes clear career pathways for directors, writers and dramaturgs. It’s an invaluable experience for artists to come together to hone their craft, gain vital experience inside a company and develop new work.

Griffin Studio 2019

Our Griffin Studio Artists for 2019 are:

Emily Havea

Emily Havea is a Sydney-based actor, singer and dancer working across theatre, music, film and TV. Theatre credits include Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Bell Shakespeare), Kill Climate Deniers (Griffin Theatre Company), BU21 (Old 505) and Black Birds (WITS Festival Fatale, re-staged in 2018 for Griffin’s Batch Festival as Brown Skin Girl). TV credits include Wentworth Season 6 (Foxtel/Showcase), Sisters (Network 10), and Growing Up Gracefully (ABC). Her film credits include Upgrade (Goalpost Pictures) and the web series Resting Pitch Face (Google/Grumpy Sailor Productions). Emily is a 2014 NIDA acting graduate.

Tasnim Hossain

Tasnim Hossain is a playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter. She was part of MTC’s Women in Theatre 2018 program for dramaturgy and literary management. She was the 2017 Resident Playwright at ATYP, and is currently serving as a board director for the company. She has written work with young people through ATYP and Shopfront Art’s Senior Ensemble. Tasnim’s solo show Letters to John has had seasons at Griffin’s Batch Festival, Crack Theatre Festival and Fringe World in Perth. She has worked with Goalpost Pictures and attended Talent Camp NSW/ACT, a joint initiative between AFTRS, Screen Australia and Create NSW supporting diverse storytellers for screen. She has a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from ANU.


Griffin Studio 2020

Our Griffin Studio Artists for 2020 will be:

Charlie Garber

Charlie Garber is an actor and writer. His latest play The Astral Plane was part of 25a’s 2019 season at Downstairs Belvoir. His theatre co-writing credits include Masterclass 1 and Masterclass 2 (with Gareth Davies), numerous shows with Pig Island (Nick Coyle and Claudia O’Doherty), and the five part live sitcom B Street (with Tommy Murphy and Rita Kalnejais) for Belvoir in 2012. His employment at Jungle Entertainment from 2015 to 2017 saw him develop and write on numerous projects including No Activity and Here Come The Habibs as well as co-creating the ABC comedy series Sando (2018). His theatre acting credits include Belvoir’s Sami In Paradise, Peter Pan, As You Like It, Neighbourhood Watch, and Gethsemane. For Bell Shakespeare: As You Like It, Tartuffe, The Merchant of Venice. For STC: Julius Caesar, The Real Thing. His TV acting credits include roles on Sisters, Party Tricks, Kiki and Kitty, Chandon Pictures, Here Come The Habibs, Brock, Wild Boys, and My Place.

Kirsty Marillier

Kirsty Marillier is an actor and emerging playwright currently based in Melbourne / Naarm. Being a South African woman of colour, Kirsty uses her writing to reclaim her identity and deconstruct the relationships people of colour have with gender, religion, migration and disempowerment, putting social change at the forefront of her intersectional practice. Kirsty trained as an actor at WAAPA and on stage, has performed in Coma Land with Black Swan Theatre Company, Shabbat Dinner with Rock Surfers Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company, A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest and Macbeth with Sport For Jove Theatre Company. In 2018, Kirsty was a part of the Besen Writers Group with Malthouse Theatre Company and had her short story Potato Country feature in Black Inc Books Growing Up African anthology. She is currently developing her debut play – Orange Thrower, and two other works as a playwright. Kirsty is currently performing in the Australian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.


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