Biography

 

Caleb Lewis is a multi-award-winning writer for the stage. 

A former resident with Melbourne's Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Griffin Theatre, Australia’s premier new writing theatre, Lewis was mentored by Nick Enright (Blackrock, Lorenzo’s Oil) and Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). He has twice been shortlisted for the Griffin award and is the winner of an Inscription Award, the Mitch Mathews Award, the Belvoir Phillip Parsons Award (in absentia) and the inaugural AWGIE (Australian Writer's Guild Award) for Interactive media.  Caleb is the inaugural winner of the Richard Burton Award for New Plays.

 

Plays include Nailed; Dogfall; Death in Bowengabbie, Rust and Bone; Aleksander and the Robot Maid; Clinchfield; Tribute; Destroyer of Worlds; Six Million Hits; The Honey Bees and Maggie Stone (published by Currency Press)

 

Installations and interactive entertainments include Across a Crowded Room (HomeBrew); Tin Shed Camping Tours (Rock Surfers); Half an Hour Visit (Write Club) and the multi-platform, multi-venue If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It (Country Arts SA/Rising Damp) – winner of the 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation.  Current projects include commissions for State Theatre Company (SA); Riverside (NSW) and Bell Shakespeare.

 

An artist committed to young people and social change, Lewis has worked across Australia, especially the regions, as well as leading workshops with recent migrants and refugees in Adelaide and Western Sydney (Curious Works) most recently those from the Sudan.  He has facilitated workshops and mentored, alongside emerging indigenous writers through AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and as a visiting artist with the Aboriginal community of Palm Island.  A strenuous advocate for raising awareness of mental health, Caleb is a long-time partner of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health’s Mindplay Initiative, aimed at educating and empowering young people.  Most recently he worked with ex-offenders in regional South Australia to create a new work for the stage. 

 

Caleb has a history of collaboration with students and teachers at numerous schools, universities and other teaching institutions across the country, either as a visiting tutor, artist in residence, or helping to develop new works for the stage.   His plays for Poetry in Action, The Elements of Rhyme, The Citizenship Test and The Australians have been seen by over 100,000 students across Australia.   Clinchfield, developed for students at the Flinders University Drama Centre, and later performed at WAAPA and Charles Sturt University, was named the inaugural winner of the Richard Burton Award for New Plays while his play 6 Million Hits, created with students at WA's John Curtin College of the Arts, was shortlisted for an Australian Writers Guild Award.  His writing is dynamic and contemporary, dealing with themes of class prejudice, fantasy and the human capacity for transformation and redemption. 

 

Current projects include commissions for Barking Gecko; Hothouse Theatre Company and Sport for Jove.  In 2016 The Honey Bees opens in Melbourne (Red Stitch), Dogfall opens in Philadelphia (Iron Age Theatre) and Death in Bowengabbie begins a national Australian tour (Critical Stages).

 

EDUCATION

 

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

Flinders University Drama Centre, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

The Writer’s Room

AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School)

 

Top 30 Graduate (2008)

AWARD School Sydney

 

Game Academy

University of British Columbia (ongoing)