Patricia Cornelius, 2018 Mona Brand Award Winner

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Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. 

Her most recent play, The House of Bernarda Alba, an adaptation was produced in June 2018 at the Melbourne Theatre Company.  In the Club, premiered in 2018 at the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Over her career Patricia has written over thirty plays and they include: Big Heart, Shit, Do Not Go Gentle, The Call, Love, Fever, Boy Overboard, Slut and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves and Irine Vela). 

Her prizes for stage work include the 2011 Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards, the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, the Richard Wherrett Prize, the Wal Cherry Award and numerous AWGIES for stage, community theatre, theatre for young people. She won the prestigious Australian Writers Foundation Playwriting Award in 2015 as well as the Patrick White Fellowship (2012), and a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board. Patricia has won the AWGIE Major Award three times. 

Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (for which she won an AWGIE) and she is currently developing a feature film with director and co-writer, Catriona McKenzie.