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 2018
Our Griffin Studio Artists for 2018 are:
Caleb Lewis is a multi-award-winning writer for the stage. Plays include Nailed: Men, Love and the Monkeyboy; Dogfall; Death in Bowengabbie, Rust and Bone; Aleksander and the Robot Maid; Clinchfield; Tribute; The Honey Bees; Six Million hits and Maggie Stone (published by Currency Press). Graduating with first class honours from Flinders University, Lewis was mentored by Nick Enright and Edward Albee. His plays have been shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award; the Griffin award and have won an Inscription Award, the Mitch Mathews Award and the inaugural Richard Burton Award for New Plays. Caleb’s work has been commissioned and/or produced by Bell Shakespeare; Black Swan Theatre Company (WA); State Theatre Company of South Australia and numerous other companies across Australia. Games, installations and interactive entertainments include Across a Crowded Room and From the Outside Looking In; Tin Shed Camping Tours; Half an Hour Visit; and the multi-platform, If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It – Winner of the 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation. Caleb is the inaugural winner of the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Digital Narrative. Current projects include commissions for Barking Gecko (WA); Hothouse (VIC) and Sport for Jove. He was recently named by Flinders University as a top 50 creative alumnus. Caleb recently returned from a successfully funded Australia Council research trip to the UK to interview leading immersive and participatory theatre companies and take up a residency with digital performance pioneers, Blast Theory, exploring the many possibilities of combining theatre and gaming. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the subject at QUT.
A graduate of NIDA, Meyne Wyatt has worked extensively in leading roles on both stage and screen. Meyne’s stage credits include: for Griffin: Silent Disco; for Savage Productions, Michael Sieders and Griffin Independent: The Brothers Size; for Bell Shakespeare: School for Wives; for Belvoir: Buried City and Peter Pan, which toured to the New Victory Theater (New York); for QTC: Black Diggers; and for STC: Bloodland and King Lear. Meyne’s film credits include: The Sapphires, The Turning and Strangerland. On Australian television Meyne’s credits include: for ABC: Black Comedy, The Broken Shore (telemovie) and Redfern Now, for which Meyne was nominated for The Graham Kennedy Award for Best Newcomer at the 2014 Logie Awards, the 2014 Equity Ensemble Award and the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Actor; and for Network 10: Neighbours, in which Meyne was a series regular.
Griffin Studio 2019
We’re delighted to reveal our Griffin Studio Artists for 2019 are:
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 is a playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter. She is 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.