Beatrix Christian — Screenwriter
Beatrix Christian graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art playwright’s studio in
1991. Her successful career began with her first play “Spumante Romantica” which was produced by
Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in 1992 and has been performed many times since.
Her second play, “Blue Murder’, was staged at Belvoir Street Theatre in 1994 and Eureka Theatre
Company in 1996. It won the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for best new play. “The Governor’s
Family”, directed by Neil Armfield, premiered at Belvoir Street in 1997 and was nominated for an
Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. The following year Beatrix
received the Australian National Playwright’s Conference New Dramatists’ Award to travel to New York.
At the Sydney Theatre Company, Beatrix has been Affiliate Writer and later Writer-in-Residence. Her
comedy, Fred, was produced by the Sydney Theatre Company and broke box office records. It
subsequently went on to be produced by both Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre
Beatrix’s most recent play, “Old Masters”, was produced by the Sydney Theatre Company and won the
2002 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for drama. Since 2001 she has adapted three major plays for
Sydney Theatre Company: Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”, Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”:, and Calderon’s “Life is
Beatrix is currently under commission from the Sydney Theatre Company to write a play for their next
season and is also writing the script for Ray Lawrence’s next film.
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