The Mansfield One Act Play Festival (OAPF) committee is thrilled to announce that Judy Ellis has agreed to be our judge for our inaugural festival in September 2015.
Judy Ellis, of Lorne, is an experienced actor, playwright, writer’s mentor and judge, highly respected in her field. It is a great coup for Mansfield to have a judge of such calibre coming here, for she is well known for her valuable feedback – something all One Act Plays love to receive!
An actor, director and artistic director of On A Mat Appear – An independent theatre company with a focus on producing new work. Judy is a past-President of Geelong Repertory Theatre Company and a committee member for ten years.
Judy’s involvement in theatre started in Perth, Western Australia in the 1950’s where she toured with small companies as an actor, stage manager, director, producer and designer. Judy has also worked in radio, television and film.
Productions for Geelong Rep include directing Remember Ronald Ryan (2003), Fool for Love (2007), View from the Bridge (2010), Our Town (2012), Lost in Yonkers (2015). She appeared in Harvey (2006), Wicked Sisters (2007) and produced and appeared in Lysistrata (2008). Judy has also worked for Pinkfish appearing in Stepping Out (2005) and stage managing Honour (2004). She directed There’s a Naked Man in my Loungeroom (2004 Melbourne Fringe Festival) for Real Fiction and workshopped and directed A Protest (2002) and The Champion Male (2005) for On A Mat Appear. Judy directed Le Jardin de ma Mere which successfully toured Geelong and region and Melbourne for Brown Fairthorne Productions (2010). Recent work includes the development and workshopping of All That a Man Hath, a new play by Barry Dickins (2012).
Most importantly, Judy remains involved in dramaturgy and, significantly, the mentoring of a number of up and coming new playwrights. Her work in developing talent, along with her years of experience judging at other One Act Play Festivals, makes her the ideal judge and mentor for our own first One Act Play Festival in Mansfield.
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