Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and musical theatre. Plays include Wolf Lullaby (Atlantic, Steppenwolf, Griffin), Fortune, The Falls (Griffin), Shot While Dancing (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award), Memmie Le Blanc (Vitalstatistix, Deckchair), Open-Cut (WAAPA), and The Mysteries: Genesis (with Lally Katz) and The Splinter for the Sydney Theatre Company. Also, Angela’s Kitchen (with Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick, Griffin), The White Divers of Broome and The Red Balloon (both Black Swan State Theatre Company), and Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me for the National Theatre’s Connections program in the UK. Her adaptation of The Seagull was produced by both the State Theatre Company of SA and Black Swan.
Musicals include The Wedding Song with composer Douglas Stephen Rae, and with Phillip Johnston, Do Good And You Will Be Happy and the AWGIE-winning The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch. Song cycles include Talk Show (composer Elena Katz-Chernin) for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, and After Julia and Gothic with Andrée Greenwell for Vivid Festival. Opera: Mrs. President, composer Victoria Bond (National Opera Center, New York), and the uncategorisable: Seven Stories with Ensemble Offspring and seven composers (City Recital Hall / Vivid) and lyrics for Phillip Johnston’s score to Murnau’s Faust, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and performed internationally.
Hilary has been twice resident at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference in the US, as well as the Russian Playwrights’ Conference and the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference. She is a member of playwrights’ company 7-ON, and a recipient of the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award, Jill Blewitt Playwrights’ Award, Bug’n’Bub Award, Aurealis Award for Fiction, the Eric Kocher Playwrights’ Award, Inscription Award and two AWGIEs. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Program, NIDA, and the AFTRS. She was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South in Tennessee and the 2013 Patrick White Fellow at the STC. She is also co-creator of children’s books Numerical Street, The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, and best-selling Alphabetical Sydney.