Kit Brookman and André Jewson

Kit Brookman

Kit Brookman is a playwright and director. His plays have been staged in Australia, the UK, Germany and the US.

He has been a resident writer at Belvoir St Theatre and at Griffin Theatre Company. His work has won the Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission, the Rodney Seaborn Award, and the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Fellowship, been shortlisted for the Max Afford Award, the Griffin Award (twice) and the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize (Europe’s largest playwriting prize).

His plays include The Stones (King’s Head Theatre, London; ACUD, Berlin); The Plant (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney); The Great Fire, Nora (co-writer), and Small and Tired (all Belvoir); A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il (Griffin Theatre Company); Whalesong (an original commission from East 15 School of Acting, London); Close (The Signal House) Night Maybe (Stuck Pigs Squealing / Theatreworks); and Heaven (La Mama).

He frequently directs the premieres of his plays, including Heaven, Small and Tired, and The Stones. Other directing work includes co-directing the world premiere of Zoe Coombs-Marr’s Is This Thing On? Assistant directing work includes Belvoir’s productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Private Lives, and Babyteeth.

André Jewson

André Jewson trained as an actor at VCA (Melbourne) and École Philippe Gaulier (Paris). Since 2018 André has toured internationally as Zazu in the 20th anniversary production and first international tour of Disney’s The Lion King (Michael Cassel Group/Disney Theatrical).

His stage credits include The History Boys (MTC), the Australian tour of The Lion King (Disney Australia), Heaven, As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples (La Mama), Thérèse Raquin (Critical Stages), East (La Mama/The Seymour Centre), Arabian Night (Griffin Stablemates), Summerfolk (Bob Presents) and Alaska (Under the Wharf). André also played the title role in the short film Hugo (AFC/Thaumatrope Productions). In 2019 he co-created the award-winning Le Vide with director Kate Walder for the Sydney Fringe Festival. Voice work includes Revealing Gallipoli (December Films/ABC TV) and writer/director Kit Brookman’s monodrama The Empty Cage (The Signal House Edition). Commercials include Bellroy.

André was a facilitator for the inaugural Kakiseni Arts Exchange in Malaysia, collaborated on Shortland Street — The Musical (Auckland Theatre Company) and has worked on developments and readings for Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Stuck Pigs Squealing and a variety of independent ensembles.

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