Rachael Coopes

After writing for SBS’s Life Support and devising The Decameron at the Old Fitzroy, Rachael won the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Marten Bequest Scholarship and studied in Paris, with Philippe Gaulier. There, she devised new work and wrote her first play Art House, which was subsequently staged at The Old Red Lion in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009, The University of Washington, USA in 2010 and The Idly Bent Theatre Company in 2013. Her short play Save Draft was at the Short and Sweet Festival 2011.

Devised work includes Two Women (Grifffringe at Griffin Theatre 2010), I’m Not Sure I’m an Adult Yet (November ISM Festival 2011) and a ten minute silent piece in 2013 for Cerrone Jewellery’s anniversary event. She has worked as a drama coach on The Sapphires, working closely with Jessica Mauboy and regularly works as a drama coach with young people on productions directed by Ray Lawrence. Currently, she teaches and devises shows with young people at ATYP.

Her play Sugarland, winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production, was co-created with Wayne Blair and was produced in 2014 at ATYP and the Darwin Festival. It was ATYP’s first professional production in 30 years, broke all ATYP box office records, won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People, was nominated for a 2015 AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young Audience and also a 2017 Green Room Award for Best New Writing/Adaptation for the Australian Stage, and was published in 2015. Rachael has also written episodes for Playschool (series 312, episode 3 and series 320, episode 1) and Drop Dead Weird (series 1, episode 7 and 18).

Rachael Coopes

Rachael Coopes Credits

— Sugarland

— Art House