STC Artistic director Kip Williams said: “In this time of uncertainty, it is so important to look to the future of our art form and support the next generation of theatre makers. In this spirit I’m thrilled to announce that Anchuli Felicia King has been named our Patrick White Fellow. Felicia is one the most exciting young playwrights in the world right now and we are delighted she will be joining the STC artistic cohort”.
Now in its eighth year, the $25,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to an established playwright in recognition of their excellent body of work and achievements. As well as including a commission from STC, which each Fellow develops during their year-long engagement, the tenure provides opportunities for the playwright to share their skills with other playwrights and artists including the STC Emerging Writer’s Group. Previous STC Patrick White Fellows are Nakkiah Lui, Sue Smith, Andrew Bovell, Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Angela Betzien, Hilary Bell, Patricia Cornelius and Raimondo Cortese.
Anchuli Felicia King is a playwright and multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent. As a playwright, Felicia is interested in linguistic hybrids, digital cultures and issues of globalization. Her plays have been produced by the Royal Court Theatre (London), Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), American Shakespeare Center (Staunton), Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne), Sydney Theatre Company, National Theatre of Parramatta and Belvoir Theatre (Sydney).
As a multidisciplinary artist, Felicia has worked with a wide range of companies and institutions, including Punchdrunk, PlayCo, 3LD Arts & Technology Center, Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, 59E59, Ars Nova, the Obie Awards, The Builders Association, Ensemble Studio Theater, NYTW, American Shakespeare Company and Red Bull Theater. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater's Youngblood Group and Roundabout Theater's Space Jam Program.
Formerly based in New York, Felicia continues to work internationally and is based
between London, New York and her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
Felicia said “Particularly in this time of immense tumult and uncertainty in our industry,
this fellowship is all the more precious to me and is a real creative lifeline. I am so
immensely grateful to STC, to Patrick White, to the extraordinary cohort of artists I get to
join who have occupied this fellowship before me, particularly Nakkiah Lui who is a huge
inspiration to me (this year’s outgoing fellow).”
The Award winner
133 scripts were submitted anonymously for the 2019 Patrick White Playwrights Award, a
prize of $7500 for an original, unproduced play, with Keziah Warner’s play LuNa most
impressing the judges.
LuNa follows twins, Cali and Nira, as they attempt to understand and come to terms with
their unique origin story. The play visits the sisters at different moments in their lives and
contemplates the issues associated with the genetic modification of humans. This
restrained two-hander uses a simple structure and detailed character study to pose
complex ethical questions about the psychological impact of tampering with biological
destiny. It's thrilling to watch the twins' lives condensed into a one act play; to watch their
perspectives and voices mature over the sweep of time.
Keziah Warner is a playwright and dramaturg. She is an alumna of Melbourne Theatre
Company’s Women in Theatre Program, Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist’s
Program, Red Stitch’s INK Program, Playwriting Australia’s Post-Production Program and
Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Lab, UK. She has been long-listed for Soho Theatre’s Young
Writer’s Award and previously short-listed for the Patrick White Playwrights Award.
Recent credits include: Control (Red Stitch, 2019), Help Yourself (MTC’s Cybec Electric,
2019) and Her Father’s Daughter (Hotel Now, 2018).
The Emerging Writers Group
It was also announced that The Emerging Writers Group of James Elazzi, Jordyn Fulcher,
Enoch Mailangi and Wendy Mocke will continue for another year until May 2021.
The group of four emerging writers will meet regularly throughout the year (May 2020 to
May 2021) and will receive mentorship from STC’s Literary Manager and
Resident Artists, including the Patrick White Playwrights Fellow and Associate Director.
The group will attend all of STC’s productions, company runs of STC shows and take part in workshops with STC artists, as well as have opportunities to discuss with mentors the
work they see and create.