In 2000, Therese received the Playlab Award for Services to New Work in Queensland.
After performing with the Popular Theatre Troupe and studying at Ecole Lecoq in Paris, Therese went on to work as a performer, writer, director and dramaturge at La Boite, Street Arts and Faceback Theatre, Scotland.
She was writer/director of Long Way Round for the award winning SBS series “Under the Skin”, and co-creator/director of Anna Yen’s circus theatre show “Chinese Take Away”.
Writing credits include Kite Theatre’s “Murri Time” and Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts’ “Goin’ to the Island”. Both these plays received AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) nominations. In 1999 she received a 2-year Fellowship from the Australia Council, writing and directing new works, including “Binni’s Backyard”, which toured nationally in 2003/2004.
In 2001 Therese directed “Svetlana in Slingbacks” for La Boite and the AWGIE Award Winning “Kese Solwata” for the 2006 Out of the Box Festival. In 2003 Therese was a Delegate at the Asia-Pacific Festival of Women in the Arts and a delegate at the 2006 Women Playwrights International Conference in Indonesia. She was dramaturge on “Pianissimo” by Lisa O’Neill and Christine Johnstone.
She spent 3 months of 2004 on Christmas Island, writing and directing a tri-lingual theatre production “Krismes Karaoke History” for the community. She was Mrs Klein in 2007 for Crossbow Productions.
In 2008 Therese established Playabout Productions with Tim Mullooly. Their first work, “Brisbane Writers Show”, was launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival. It has since been performed extensively in libraries, at conferences and major events. Playabout Productions has expanded this model to work with communities to produce “Moreton Bay Writers Show”, “The One and Only FAWQ (Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland) Show”, “Bundaberg Writers Show” and “Happy 50th BWF Day Show”! (50th anniversary Brisbane Writers Festival Closing Ceremony).
In 2012/2013 Therese devised and toured her one woman show “Australian Women of Character” (bringing great Australian women characters to life) for Celebration of Books Maleny and Brisbane Suburban Libraries. Therese has also explored her Chinese/Australian heritage in her play “Upsadaisy” which she is adapting as her one-person show “White China”.
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