Vanessa Bates

Vanessa Bates is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

Produced plays include A Ghost In My Suitcase (the play)(AWGIE), Trailer (AWGIE nom, CONDA nom), Light Begins To Fade , Every Second , here is the beehive (CONDA), The Magic Hour, PORN.CAKE (AWGIE nom, NSW Premiers Literary Award), Checklist For An Armed Robber (AWGIE, Louis Esson Award nom), Darling Oscar, Small Hard Truths, and most recently The One.

Vanessa has been produced by The Ensemble Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Barking Gecko, Sydney Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre, Black Swan Theatre, Griffin, Deckchair, Theatre@Risk, atyp, Tantrum, Freewheels TIE and many others.

Writing for television includes EastWest 101(SBS), Rush(Channel 10), Play School(ABCTV), Twentyfourseven(SBS)and ABCTV feature length documentary 900 Neighbours (AWGIE nominated). Produced short films include The HoneyEaters and Pop’s Dream.

Vanessa is currently working with Ross Mueller to write two comedy drama series; ‘Love Chaos Theory’ and ‘Troubled Youth.’

In 2021, Vanessa’s short plays were included in two anthologies published by Currency Press: The Curve and Sharp Darts. She is a playwrighting mentor/teacher, an AWG Playwrights Committee member, a NIDA Playwrights Studio graduate and one seventh of playwrights’ company 7ON.

She is also currently completing a PhD in Scriptwriting.

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Shane & Cathryn Brennan Prize Finalist


  • Drama

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