Portrait of Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Tom Wright started as a member of Barrie Kosky’s Gilgul Theatre in the early 1990s, then with Michael Kantor’s Mene Mene in the late 1990s.

He has worked as an actor and director at the Melbourne Theatre Company, STCSA, Sydney Theatre Company, Playbox, La Mama, Company B, Anthill, Gilgul, Mene Mene, Bell Shakespeare Company, Chunky Move, Black Swan Theatre, Chamber Made Opera and the Adelaide, Sydney, Edinburgh, Vienna, Perth and Melbourne Festivals.

He was Artistic Associate at Sydney Theatre Company 2004–2008 and Associate Director of STC 2008–2012. He joined Belvoir as an Artistic Associate in 2016.

He has written a number of plays or adaptations, including A Journal of the Plague Year, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Castle, Ubu, This Is a True Story, Lorilei, Medea, Babes in the Wood, Puntila and His Man Matti, Tense Dave, The Odyssey, The Lost Echo, Criminology (with Lally Katz), Tales From the Vienna Woods, The Misanthrope, The Women of Troy, The War of the Roses, The Duel, Baal, Optimism, Oresteia, On the Misconception of Oedipus, The Histrionic, Black Diggers, The Good Person of Szechuan, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Picnic At Hanging Rock and The Elephant Man.

Productions of his work have been mounted in Pakistan, Belgium, China, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK.

The radio version of his play Lorilei won the Gold Drama Award (British Radio Academy) and BBC Radio Drama Award in 2007. His adaptation of Ovid’s MetamorphosesThe Lost Echo, won five Helpmann awards in 2007, including Best Play. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s History PlaysThe War of the Roses, won six Helpmanns in 2009, including Best Production. Black Diggers won the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play.