Seanna van Helten
Seanna van Helten is a writer, researcher, dramaturg, theatre-maker, co-founder and co-Artistic Director of She Said Theatre. For She Said, she is co-author and dramaturg of the award-winning HART, author of Laika and Wills (Melbourne Fringe 2013), and co-author and co-director with Penny Harpham of Breaking (Melbourne Fringe 2012). Seanna is currently developing Salt for the company with the support of Lonely Company, and was recently selected to develop her script Fallen at Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop 2016. Since the founding of She Said in 2006, Seanna has also worked as dramaturg on Adam J. A. Cass’s Bock Kills Her Father (La Mama 2015), produced Noelle Janaczewska’s Historia at Brisbane’s Metro Arts, developed and produced a reading of Dead She Scrolls (co-written with William McBride), and has participated in creative developments at Darebin Speakeasy, Metro Arts, Arts House, and the Abbotsford Convent. Seanna has contributed as an arts writer and reviewer to Melbourne’s Milk Bar Mag and is the former Arts Editor of Brisbane’s Rave Magazine. She has also published creative writing in the Griffith REVIEW and Voiceworks. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland and of the University of Melbourne, where her dissertation on contemporary Australian literature received the Percival Serle Prize. In 2014, she completed the Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, under Raimondo Cortese. She is a 2015/16 recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart development grant.