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Joanna Erskine

Artist, Writer

Joanna is a playwright and arts education specialist from Sydney.

A graduate of the NIDA Playwright’s Studio, her writing career was kick started when, at the age of 18, she won the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights Award for her first play.

Joanna was awarded the 2019 Silver Gull Play Award for Field of Vision and the 2016 Silver Gull Play Award and Ensemble Theatre’s Stages Reading for People Will Think You Don’t Love Me. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Philip Parsons Award (Belvoir) for K.I.J.E. (Tamarama Rock Surfers, Old Fitzroy Theatre). She was a core writer for Australian Theatre For Young People’s (ATYP) Fresh Ink program and is a member of writers’ collective ISM. Her plays have been staged at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, ATYP, NIDA, Griffin Theatre, Old 505 Theatre, KXT, New Theatre, Slide Bar, Bondi Pavilion, Sidetrack Theatre, and in hundreds of schools around Australia.

A former high school teacher, Joanna is also an arts education specialist and is the Head of Education at Bell Shakespeare where she has worked for ten years. She is passionate about writing for and working with young audiences, and has written touring shows for Bell Shakespeare, Camp Quality and Poetry In Action. Her monologue Boot was originally produced by atyp, published by Currency Press, and commissioned for film, screening at Dungog and Cockatoo Island Film Festivals, and was shortlisted for the You Tube Your Film Festival.

Rosaline: Rewriting Romeo’s Ex
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TheatreKings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney 11 - 26 Oct 2019

Rosaline: Rewriting Romeo’s Ex

Before Juliet, there was Rosaline. Then Shakespeare made her disappear. Now Joanna Erskine makes space for Romeo's ex to have her say.

Waiting for Permission
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ArchivedKings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney 14 - 25 Aug 2018

Waiting for Permission

Storytellers Festival lets the light pour on on all those 'bottom drawer' projects, writes Joanna Erskine.

Air: A Life and Death Connection
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ArchivedOld 505 Theatre, Newtown, Sydney 13 - 30 Jun 2018

Air: A Life and Death Connection

Inspired by one of Sydney's most unusual radio programs, Joanna Erskine's new play takes audiences into the world beyond grief.

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