Tony McNamara, Playwright.

Originally from Melbourne Tony graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School earning a BAin Film and TV in 1996. His first play The Cafe Latté Kid was produced by Sydney Theatre Company’s New Stages and was subsequently nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 1995. He was the winner of the Phillips Parsons’Award for Young Playwrights in 1995. The John Wayne Principle was first produced by STC’s New Stages in 1996, then included in the Sydney Theatre Company 1997 subscription season where it concluded a critically acclaimed, sold out season before transferring to Playbox Theatre, Melbourne. It has been performed by La Boite in Brisbane, and by The Nuffield Theatre Company in Southampton and London in 2001.

Tony has written and directed the short films Kick To Kick and Seduction 101 and won an AFI award for Best Screenplay for the short film The Beat Manifesto.  His play The Recruit opened in 2000 at Sydney Theatre Company and has its 2nd production in June 2002 at Melbourne Theatre Company.  Tony adapted The Café Latte Kid into a full length feature film, The Rage in Placid Lake which he directed in 2002 and will be released in 2003.  Tony’s latest play, The Virgin Mim premiered in August 2002 at Sydney Theatre Company completing a successful extended sell out season.

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