We are thrilled to have Natasha Boyd as our adjudicator for the 2018 Mansfield Festival of One Act Plays.
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Natasha’s 30+ years of theatre experience has seen her act, direct, stage manage, and co-write a number of works picking up a variety of awards and nominations along the way at Melbourne venues; Heidelberg Theatre, Mount Players Macedon, STAG, ETC, Mordialloc Theatre, Peridot Theatre, Melb University and La Mama. She has acted in about 20 shows since leaving high school, which included winning In House award for supporting actress excellence for performance at Heidelberg Theatre in 2010 for role of Holly in Disclosure by Helen Collins dir. Maureen McInerney.
As a secondary school teacher for 11 years, she worked on many school productions, and co-wrote two schools musicals in 2001 and 2002. Directing has become her forefront passion since 2009.
She has twice been nominated for VDL Best Direction for Steel Magnolias (2013 Mount Players) and Barefoot in the Park (2014 STAG, Overall VDL Best Comedy Production). Her involvement with One Act Play festivals saw her 2009 play What’s the Matter with Mary Jane by Wendy Harmer reworked as 6 women ensemble under Essendon Theatre banner). It won Best (co) director and best ensemble (Maroondah) and Best Production and (co)Director (Macedon) at two OAP Festivals. In 2010, her entry Mothers Have Nine Lives under Essendon Theatre banner, saw her win Best Staging award as well as nominated for best Director, and coming 3rd overall at Peridot Monash Festival. In she won Best Original Script “Racquet” co written with Jason Silverii at the 2010 Gemco One Act Pay Festival.
Favourite shows she has directed / co-directed are; Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball (sell out season Essendon 2016), Falling from Grace by Hannie Rayson (approval by playwright to modernise Macedon 2016), Stones in his Pockets (co director Macedon 2013), and Noises Off by Michael Frayn (SMC 2005), as well as the honour of directing the first non professional Australian premieres of True Minds by Joanna Murray-Smith (Heidelberg 2014) and God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (Macedon 2011).
Natasha founded and convenes the Scriptophiles monthly play reading group (est. Feb 2016) and is their current SATA judge. She was a Highlands FM radio announcer from 2006-7, adjudicated the Macedon OAP Festival in July 2017 and is currently on the trio play selection panel for Williamstown Theatre. Since 2009, has been a reviewer of professional plays for Theatrepeople. In 2017, Natasha directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee for STAG (VDL entrant), Female of the Species by Joanna Murray-Smith at Peridot (Lyrebird entrant) and Mercy Seat by Neil Labute at Gasworks Theatre (VDL entrant). These awards will be determined on 3rd December and later in February for Lyrebirds.
In 2018 she will direct In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl at Brighton Theatre, and Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (an Australian premiere after it debuted at the Globe Theatre UK in 2013) at Heidelberg Theatre. I will also be potentially directing a one act play to tour on the circuit, however, would not enter this obviously at the festival I am adjudicating at.
Outside of theatre Natasha has owned and operated an indie bookstore called Book Bonding since 2007.