Roslyn Oades

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Roslyn Oades. Image by James Boland.


Roslyn Oades is an award-winning theatremaker based in Naarm/Melbourne. Best known for her innovative work in the field of headphone verbatim and audio-driven performance projects, her original works for stage include: Hello, Goodbye & Happy  Birthday (Malthouse/Melbourne Festival), I’m Your Man (Belvoir/Sydney Festival/Mobile states), Stories of Love & Hate (Urban Theatre Projects/STC), Fast Cars & Tractor Engines (UTP/BYDS), Cutaway–A Portrait (Vitalstatistix), At the Hip (HotHouse Theatre) and the immersive work for children, In A Deep Dark Forest (The Inhabitors/Arts Centre Melbourne). Her works have toured nationally with Performing Lines and I'm Your Man has been adapted by SBS into an online interactive documentary of the same name. Roslyn's signature works are predominantly audio-focused and she regularly collaborates with sound artist extraordinaire Bob Scott

Roslyn was recently awarded a Technical Achievement Award (for her innovative series of audio-theatre works) at the 2019 Green Rooms. Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday received the 2014 Green Room award for outstanding writing/adaptation for the Australian Stage. Her theatre productions have also been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, 2 Helpmann Awards, 2 Sydney Theatre Awards and an AWGIE Award. 

A trilogy of Roslyn's headphone verbatim plays, titled Acts of Courage, is available through Currency Press. She is also a contributing author on VERBATIM Staging Memory & Community edited by Paul Brown (Currency Press, 2010). For the Sweatshop collective she has directed two performing writing events: #Three Jerks (Sydney Writers Festival/Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival) and Alleyway Honour (Sydney Writers Festival). Roslyn is also a sought after dramaturge, guest artist and mentor in the field of documentary and audio-driven performance projects, where her clients include: Victorian College of the Arts, Playwriting Australia, SBS Online, Brienna Macnish, Rani P Collaborations, Blame the Shadows Collective, Johanna Bell, Alyson Evans, David Williams, Back to Back’s CAMP, Darwin Artist Residency, Griffin Theatre Company’s Storylab and Directors Lab Melbourne.

Roslyn Oades & Collaborators was an inaugural recipient of the Sidney Myer Fund, Arts & Humanity Capacity Building Stream (2015-16). Past residencies include: Artist-in-residence with Urban Theatre Projects for RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (2016-18), 2013 Director-in-residence at Malthouse Theatre and Artist-in-residence with Campbelltown Arts Centre for Siteworks 2011 (curated by Rosie Dennis). 

Alongside her theatre-making practice, Roslyn works as a voice artist/performer for hire across film, TV and radio. She particularly enjoys voicing cartoon characters and can be heard on many of Australia’s best-loved TV animations, including: Bananas in Pyjamas, Kitty is Not a Cat, Tracey McBean, Dogstar, Sherazade the Untold Stories, Zigby, Sea Princesses, ZuZu & the SuperNuffs, Bambaloo and Kangaroo Creek Gang.

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