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Tom Wright Tom Wright i(A74586 works by) (a.k.a. Thomas M Wright; Thomas Michael Wright)
Born: Established: 1983 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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After studying English and Australian Studies at Melbourne University in the late 1980s, Tom Wright worked as an actor and director in Melbourne (including the Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox [now Malthouse], Anthill, Gilgul, Mene Mene Theatre, Chunky Move and La Mama) and Sydney (including Belvoir Street Theatre and Bell Shakespeare Company), as well as festivals including Adelaide Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Wright's playscripts (including co-written works) include The Trial, Ghost Train, The Operated Jew, and Babes in the Wood. Recently, he has written adaptations such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Bliss, as well as the acclaimed Black Diggers.

He has also written on theatre and architecture for The Melbourne Times and the Herald-Sun.

In 2003, he was appointed Artistic Associate at Sydney Theatre Company, and became Associate Director in 2007. He left the Sydney Theatre Company in 2012. In 2016, he joined Belvoir as an Artistic Associate.

In 2018, it was announced that he would co-write (with Erik Jensen) and direct the adaptation of Jensen's biography of Adam Cullen.

Wright's work has won the Helpman Award, the Sydney Theatre Award, and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, and been nominated for many more.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2010 joint recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Development of 'The Plague Cycle', a new text-based site-specific work

With Declan Greene and Aaron Orzech

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Acute Misfortune ( dir. Tom Wright ) Australia : Plot Media Blackheath Film Arenamedia Pty Ltd , 2018 12300361 2018 single work film/TV

'When 19-year-old wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen (now editor of The Saturday Paper) was invited by bad-boy Australian painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, Jensen (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper) jumped at the chance. Despite a turbulent relationship, the two formed a unique bond that lasted until Cullen’s death in 2012 aged just 46.'

Source: Melbourne International Film Festival, 2018.

2020 nominated AWGIE Awards Feature Film - Adaptation
2019 nominated Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Screenplay - Original or Adapted
2019 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Indie Film
y separately published work icon The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man 2017 13391578 2017 single work drama

'Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public for years until a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

'So began a life of endless observation. But curiosity works both ways, and Merrick returned the horrified gaze of Victorian punters and nurses with wonder and optimism.

'This story has inspired multiple theatrical adaptations, novels and a film by David Lynch. Now the team behind Malthouse Theatre’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and playwright Tom Wright, reunite to create a poignant new work that uncovers empathy in a world that rejects difference.'

Source: Malthouse Theatre.

2018 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Play
2018 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Direction of a Play

For Matthew Lutton.

2018 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards New Writing for the Australian Stage
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
y separately published work icon Picnic at Hanging Rock 2016 London : Nick Hern Books , 2017 9212678 2016 single work drama

'Australia, 1900. An ancient land becomes the site of an impossible mystery. A group of schoolgirls and their teachers venture out into the sundrenched landscape, only for four of their number to disappear forever.

'The subsequent investigation creates more questions than answers. One of the girls is found with no memory of what happened to her or her classmates, another succumbs to hysteria for no apparent reason. Those close to the missing girls begin to meet with unfortunate ends and it becomes clear that this is no ordinary disappearance.' (Production summary)

2016 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2017 shortlisted Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Companies
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