Michele on wood

Photo: by Ayeh Rahimi, 2014


Here I am, staring off into the distance.

I am an Asian-Australian playwright and theatre-maker working across stage and audio, based in Melbourne. My works are about female identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds, usually through a non-Anglo perspective. I have been commissioned by Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Platform Youth Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Next Wave Festival, Radio National, Darwin Festival, Arts House, Westside Circus and St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre.

Produced works

2018 & 2016: The Naked Self (live art)

2018: Going down (full length, stage)

2017: Rice (full length, stage)

2016: Power plays (short play, stage)

2015: Going and going (short play, radio)

2015: Asylum (short play, stage)

2015: PLAYlist (short piece, audio)

2012, 2013 and 2014: Talon Salon (6 x short audio plays, live art)

2012: See how the leaf people run (full length, radio)

2009: Love (short play, stage)

2008 & 2009: The Cellar Children (short play, stage)

Work produced 2009 and before, through the collective Theatre in Bars


2017-19: Single ladies (full-length, stage)

2017-18: Security (full-length, stage)

Previous works-in-progress

2012-15: Moths (full length, stage)

2013: Chaste (four-part play, stage)

2010, 2012: Headshot (full length, stage)

2010: Roundabout (full length, stage)

2010: Apple (full length, stage)

2009: Fall and The watering hole (2 x one-act plays, stage)

Attachments to other people’s work

2016: The Ribcage Collective (script mentor)

2015: Dan Choi (concept by Daniel Han and Michele Lee, workshopped through Malthouse Theatre. Daniel approached me to create a one-man work about Lieutenant Dan Choi, face of the repeal movement against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy)

2014: Home (script consultant)

2012, 2014: The Colour White (treatment and early draft)

Residencies, fellowships & programs

2017: Mentor and tutor, Australian Theatre for Young People, National Studio 2017

2017: Co-Writer in residence, Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne

2016: Malthouse Theatre Co.Lab artist

2016: The Playwrights’ Center Resident, Minneapolis, USA

2016: WrICE Early Career Fellow, China and Melbourne

2014-15: Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Foundation’s writers’ workshop member

2014:  Hothouse Theatre Guest Resident for the Home project

2012: Storylab participant

2012-13: Arts Start recipient through the Australia Council

2010: Ian Reed Foundation Resident, Radio National

2009: Asialink Literature Resident, based in Laos


2018: Rice, shortlisted for the 2018 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting

2018: Rice, winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Drama

2016: Rice, winner of the 2016-17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award

2015: Going down, awarded the Malcolm Robertson Prize

2013: See how the leaf people run, winner Best Original Radio Play, AWGIE Awards

2013: Moths, Highly Commended for the Griffin Theatre Award & recipient of inaugural Betty Burstall Commission through Playwriting Australia

2010: Headshot, special judges’ mention, R E Ross Trust Script Development Award

2008: The Cellar Children, nominated for Best Dramatic Writing, , Short + Sweet Melbourne

Books and other stuff

2017: Women of Letters, January 2017

2015: Where are all the nice Asian girls?, a short memoir piece, Griffith Review, Asia Now e-book

2013: Banana Girla creative non-fiction autobiography


2015: Writing for audio, Writers’ Centre Victoria


New Working Group

Australian Writers’ Guild

Community and Public Sector Union