SEANNA VAN HELTEN

Bio

b. 1985, London

Credit: Amelia Julie Dowd

Credit: Amelia Julie Dowd

 

PRESENTING COMPANIES and PUBLISHERS include:

She Said Theatre
Sport for Jove Theatre Company
La Mama Theatre
Brisbane Festival
Darwin Festival
Australian Plays
Griffith REVIEW
Voiceworks
Rave Magazine

Milk Bar Mag

Seanna van Helten is a writer and theatre-maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her award-winning and Green Room Award nominated company, She Said Theatre, was co-founded with frequent collaborator Penny Harpham and has produced works in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, New Zealand, and regional centres across Australia.

Recent works include Salt (La Mama Theatre/She Said Theatre), Fallen (Sport for Jove Theatre Company/She Said Theatre, published by Australian Plays), HART with Ian Michael (She Said Theatre), Laika and Wills (Melbourne Fringe 2013; winner of Outstanding Indigenous Artist Award for performer Ian Michael) and Breaking (Melbourne Fringe 2012). In 2016, her play Fallen was selected for development with Playwriting Australia, she was invited to be a resident writer at Lonely Company working with Bridget Mackey, and she was the recipient of the Australia Council's ArtStart grant. Since the founding of She Said in 2006, Seanna has also produced Noelle Janaczewska's Historia at Brisbane's Metro Arts, developed and produced a reading of Dead She Scrolls (by Seanna van Helten and William McBride), produced Adam J.A. Cass's Bock Kills Her Father and Kate Stones' The Quiet Bite, and has participated in creative developments at Metro Arts, the Abbotsford Convent (as part of its Spiritous arts program), Arts House '4 Walls', Festival Fatale, and Darebin Arts Speakeasy. 

Seanna holds a Master of Writing for Performance, taught by Raimondo Cortese at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is also a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where her dissertation was awarded the Percival Serle Prize, and of the University of Queensland, where she completed Honours in literature and drama and received a University Medal. Seanna has also contributed as an arts writer to Rave Magazine, for which she is the former Arts Editor, and Milk Bar Mag. She is also a published essayist and poet, having contributed to Griffith REVIEW and Voiceworks.

CV available upon request.