Patricia Cornelius is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and dramaturg. Her most recent play Shit premiered as a part of Melbourne Theatre Co’s NEON festival and was widely lauded, Patricia also co-produced this production. She has written over twenty five plays and they include: Savages, Do Not Go Gentle… (FortyFive Downstairs), The Call (Melbourne Workers Theatre, Griffin), Love (Hothouse/Malthouse), Fever (co-written, Melbourne Workers Theatre), Boy Overboard (ATYP) and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsolkias, Melissa Reeves and Irine Vela – Melbourne Workers Theatre).
Patricia is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre. She’s received a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board and her prizes include the 2011 Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards, the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, the Richard Wherrett Prize, the Wal Cherry Award and an impressive twelve Australian Writers’ Guild awards (AWGIES) for stage, community theatre, theatre for young people and feature film adaptation. Patricia’s play Savages was nominated for the Griffin Prize in 2012 and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2014. Savages was produced at Melbourne’s 45Downstairs Theatre in 2013. Patricia won the AWGIE Major Award three times and most recently won the 2015 Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award.
Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation for Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? and she is currently adapting a novel into a feature film for Decade Films with the support of Screen NSW’s Aurora program. Her novel My Sister Jill was published by Random House and many of her plays are published by Currency Press. Patricia also regularly works as a dramaturg and mentor to young playwrights.