Wendy Mocke: Writer
Wendy Mocke is a Papua New Guinean inter-disciplinary storyteller. She is a NIDA Acting graduate and has performed across stages in Australia and appeared in films and television. In 2023, her play, REALish had a reading at MTC as a part of the Cyber Electric program and is a finalist for Best New Play in in the Australian Theatre Festival NYC Awards. Wendy received a 2023 Malcom Robertson Foundation Commission for a new play, Kirk’s Backyard (My First Caucasion Play).
Wendy was a member of the Emerging Writers Group at Sydney Theatre Company in 2020/2021 and is currently a Playwrighting Fellow at Queensland Theatre. In 2022, her play, I am Kegu was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award. She has completed writing residencies at Griffin Theatre Company and Darlinghurst Theatre where she developed her stage plays Jalbu Meri and REALish. Wendy’s visual art’s project m e r i, a collection of photographs and stories that focuses on the recontextualising of contemporary PNG women, was exhibited at North Site Contemporary Arts Gallery (Cairns) and Brisbane Powerhouse. She co-wrote an episode of the upcoming ABC comedy Gold Diggers (CBS Studios / The Alliance) and is developing a slate of tv and film projects. One of Wendy‘s quests as a writer and artist is to make alive what is quiet and asleep in Melanesian stories and unpack the myriad of layers that is Black Pacific Islander identity.
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