D’Ed, B’Ed, BA, MA, Grad Dip Applied Psychology (CAPA)
It is with great pleasure, Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company welcomes Wendy Beckett as our patron, who supports our company through funding from her charity trust.
Wendy was raised in East Gippsland on Raymond Island and she is now one of New York's leading playwrights and directors taking her works to Asia and Europe.
Writer/director Wendy Beckett has written more than 25 theatre plays and directed more than 40. She has also written biographies, radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, books, librettos, articles of academic study, and journalism.
Her literary mentor was author Lawrence Durrell of The Alexandria Quartet. At 22 she founded a theatre company Colours Inc in Adelaide, Australia where she was the playwright and company director with a staff of 50.
On ABC radio she conducted interviews with some of the best minds of our time –Gore Vidal, Leonard Bernstein, and Paul Bowles. Her academic background includes literature, psychology, and science and she has lectured in universities in theatre, creative writing, literature, and psychology.
She brings all this enthusiasm to her writing. Her books and plays are collected by the Australian National Library in Canberra.
For over ten years now she has been writing, directing, and producing her own work. She attracts and works with eminent Australian artists and has a passion for writing and staging biographical plays. FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER was performed at the Sydney Opera House.
Her other areas of interest in playwriting range from domestic dramas to artistic, psychological, and political dramas. Her first play performed in the USA, ANAÏS NIN ONE OF HER LIVES opened at the Beckett Theatre, NYC in 2006. Wendy has an ongoing commitment to write and direct a new play every year in New York.
Wendy Beckett productions are funded by a variety of Australian companies that support her work under the umbrella company, Pascal Productions. Read more about Wendy Beckett here.