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Alex Broun

One of the world's leading ten minute playwrights, Alex has had over 60 ten minute plays produced in nearly 400 productions all over the world from the USA to China.

He has also had over 20 full length plays produced across the globe as well as having five short screenplays filmed during the last two years. He has also twice received funding from the Australian Film Commission and was a winner of the Inscription Script awards in 2009 for his screenplay of The Jacaranda Tree.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Alex has enjoyed considerable success in theatre, TV and film as a writer, actor and director and worked extensively as an activist for refugee rights with the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC).

As a writer he has had many plays performed or scripts filmed in over 16 countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, UK, USA, Belgium, New Zealand, China and Spain.

Among his performed full length plays are Vicious Streaks, Blind City, Pick Ups, Desire, Scenes From An Affair, Just Once, Potential for Violence, The Critic, The Jacaranda Tree, The Prince of Brunswick East and 10,000 beers and ten minute plays such as 10,000 cigarettes, The First Fireworks, Cate Blanchett wants to be my friend on Facebook, Saturday Night Newtown Sunday Morning Enmore, The Kill, The Actress Dilemma, somewhere between the sky and sea, The Gift of the Gun, The Celine Dion Songbook and Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides.

A specialist in ten minute plays, in recent years he has had over 60 ten minute plays produced in nearly 400 productions all over the planet.

In terms of awards Pick Ups was nominated for the Vita Award for Best New Play in South Africa in 1998 and Just Once won the STC's Young Playwright's Scheme in 1985 and was workshopped at the Australian National Playwright's Conference the same year.

Blind City was performed as part of Two Up ! at The Darlinghurst Theatre as part of the 2003 Sydney Festival. Three of his plays - Pick Ups, Desire, Scenes From An Affair - were performed as a trilogy under the title Fast Love in Cape Town, South Africa in 2000.

The Jacaranda Tree was short listed for the 2004 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award, received an Honourable Mention in the Virtual Theatre Project's International Play Competition of 2004 and was workshopped as a part of Theatrelab 2005.

The Prince of Brunswick East was runner up in the 2007 Rodney Seaborn Playwright's Award.

He received funding from the Australian Film Commission to write a script, Dead in the Water, based on the sinking of the Siev X in October 2001 when 353 innocent asylum seekers lost their lives.

This was the second time he had receive funding from the AFC following his fifty-minute feature Clean Time which received Script Development funding.

He co-produced Refugitive, a one man play by Iranian refugee, actor and playwright Shahin Shafaei about his experiences in the Curtin Detention Centre which toured nationally throughout Australia in 2006.

Directing credits include: Assistant Director to George Ogilvie on Bellini's Norma for the Australian Opera in Melbourne and Sydney; Director, world premiere of Alan Seymour's play The End for Short+Sweet Sydney 2004 (also starring Alan Seymour), Assistant Director to George Ogilvie again on David Auburn's Proof at the Sydney Theatre Company (Drama Theatre, Opera House and Glen Street Theatre) and Resident Director on John Breen's Alone It Stands, originally directed by Wayne Harrison for Mollisons.

Alex is the Artistic Director of Short+Sweet Theatre, the largest ten minute play festival in the world.

Involvement in Crash Test Drama
Alex brought Crash Test Drama to Sydney! Originally pioneered by Harry Paternoster and Bearing Your Arts (www.bearingyourarts.com) in Melbourne, Alex ran Sydney's first ever Crash Test in September 2008. He was the sole Coordinator for its first 12 months before handing the reigns to Scott Grimley.

As well as bringing Crash Test Drama to Sydney and running the show for a year, Alex has had many of the plays he's written produced. As a reward for all his hard work, a Special Edition of Crash Test was produced featuring 10 of Alex's plays.

I miss you the most when I catch sight of the moon - Popular Vote Winner, Sep 2008
I miss you the most when I catch sight of the moon - Runner-Up Popular Vote. Finals Dec 2008
Jade - performed in July 2009 Special Edition
Ash
- performed in July 2009 Special Edition
Jammed - performed in July 2009 Special Edition
Sprayed - performed in July 2009 Special Edition
27 Flavours of her kiss - performed in July 2009 Special Edition
Flushed - performed in July 2009 Special Edition
The Kiss - performed in July 2009 Special Edition

Websites
www.alexbroun.com.au
www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre

Contact
Contact Alex by email
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