Declan Greene Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company
In this interview we delve into the life and times of Declan Greene and how he made his way to head Griffin Theatre.
Interviewer and Producer Regina Botros
Declan Greene is a theatre-maker, director, playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. He was the Resident Artist at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.
We spoke with him here on stages about his directing a one-woman re-versioning of the Australian classic WAKE IN FRIGHT with Zahra Newman for Malthouse Theatre. In 2018 Declan directed Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company’s co-production BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN by Nakkiah Lui. In 2016 he directed The Listies’ PRINCE OF SKIDMARK for STC, which had a return season and tour in 2018.
As a playwright Declan’s original work includes MOTH, POMPEII L.A., EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY, I AM A MIRACLE and THE HOMOSEXUALS, OR ‘FAGGOTS’, which have been produced across Australia, Europe, the US, and the UK. Declan adapted Lars Von Triers’ feature film MELANCHOLIA for the stage which Matt Lutton directed at Malthouse.
Declan runs queer independent theatre company Sisters Grimm with collaborator Ash Flanders and has directed and co-created all their shows to date. These include LITTLE MERCY (Sydney Theatre Company), THE SOVEREIGN WIFE (MTC NEON), SUMMERTIME IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN (Theatre Works / Griffin Independent), CALPURNIA DESCENDING (Malthouse Theatre / Sydney Theatre Company) and LILITH: THE JUNGLE GIRL (MTC / Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
As a director and dramaturg, his works include Zoey Dawson’s THE UNSPOKEN WORD IS ‘JOE’ (MKA / Griffin Independent) and CONVICTION (ZLMD Shakespeare).
Declan has won awards including the Malcolm Robertson Prize, the Max Afford Playwright’s Award, an AWGIE for Theatre for Young Audiences and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing.