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 2020
Our Griffin Studio Artists for 2020 are:
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 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.