Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.
Born of multi-racial South African parents and raised in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, her life experiences have created a unique foundation to build her body of work upon. A poet, playwright and speaker from an early age, in 2001 Candy was accepted into the Bachelor of Dramatic Arts – Acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Since then she has gone on to build her own company, star in sketch comedy, perform on Australia’s main-stages and tour the country with original works including: Sista She, Australian Booty, MC Platypus, Who’s That Chik? and Hot Brown Honey. You can also catch her on the small screen in Newton’s Law, Get Krack!n, Tonightly with Tom Ballard (ABC/Netflix) and The Cry (BBC.)
Candy is currently working on her first feature film with ArenaMedia, an anthology of Australian monologues for Actors of Colour called EVERYBODY ELSE, Twelve – a soul musical from the streets (after Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) and One the Bear – a fairytale for the hip hop generation heading to the Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House in 2019.
Her awards and accolades include: Green Room Association Awards: Geoffrey Milne Contribution to Independent Theatre Award, British Council of the Arts Realise Your Dream Award, Australia Council of the Arts Cultural Leadership Fellowship, NIDA Glorias Fellowship, Creative Sydney Top 100 Creative Catalysts List, Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award Short List, Melbourne Fringe Best Performance and Director’s Choice Award and Adelaide Fringe Youth Education Award.
YAS KWEEN: Girls on Screen
Judith Lucy, Mel Campbell, Jessica Knight, Billie Tumarkin, Candy Bowers, Aretha, Monica, Christine, Mimi, Ella, Milla, Alex
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2017: Stories for the Dead
Eko Supriyanto, Candy Bowers, Deborah Cheetham, Eddie Ayres, Nobuko Aiso, Myf Warhurst, Kakushin Nishihara, Pichet Klunchun, David Astle, Ramona Koval, Clementine Ford, Amanda Palmer
Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts
Clementine Ford, Ben Pobjie, Candy Bowers, Jessica Walton, Nayuka Gorrie, Justin Heazlewood, Cal Wilson, C.S. Pacat, Josh Earl
Going Postal: Reflections on the Marriage Equality Vote
Quinn Eades, Fury, Dennis Altman, Candy Bowers, Son Vivienne
The Show of the Year 2018
Casey Bennetto, Jan Fran, Steph Tisdell, Shaun Micallef, Mama Alto, Michele Lee, Alan Duffy, Candy Bowers, wāni Le Frère, Rebecca Shaw, Laura Jean McKay, Dilruk Jayasinha, Ash Flanders
Parliament: Melbourne, 2008
Alison Croggon, Beth Driscoll, Lili Wilkinson, Lachlann Carter, Christine Gordon, Marian Blythe, Shalini Kunahlan, Sam Cooney, Jax Jacki Brown, Sista Zai Zanda, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Elizabeth Flux, Claire G. Coleman, Justine Hyde, Candy Bowers, Emilie Collyer, Kirsty Murray, Eleanor Jackson, Alia Gabres