Playwright Katy Warner must surely be one of the most exciting discoveries in Australian theatre to have emerged in recent memory.

Maxim Boon, The Music, 2017

Katy studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), receiving a Master of Writing for Performance in 2012. Her plays have been presented across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

She is an AWGIE winner (Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside), recipient of the Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Emerging Writer (These are the isolate) and two-time nominee for a Green Room award for new writing (A Prudent Man and Spencer). Her play, nest, was long-listed for Theatre503 Playwriting Awards (UK). Her children’s play, The Meme and the Moon,  was shortlisted for the Martin Lysicrates Prize. And she was shortlisted in 2019 and 2020 for Lysicrates Prize (Appropriate and The Party).

Katy is a writer with the Red Stitch Theatre Company’s INK Program. She has been a part of the Besen Family Artist Program (writers) at Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program. In 2018, she presented a new work, K, as part of the MTC Cybec Electric Readings season.

Her fiction has received the Rachel Furnai Prize for Literature (Lip Magazine) and Overland Magazine’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize and Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Prize.

Her fiction has been seen in Best Summer Stories (Black Inc.), The Slow Canoe and Overland.

Katy’s debut novel, Everywhere Everything Everyone, was published in 2019 by Hardie Grant. She is represented by Grace Heifetz at Left Bank Literary.

Katy is a proud member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.



Image by Jamie Breen (Reasons to Stay Inside at The Blue Room Theatre for Perth Fringe)