Kirsty Budding - Founder & Director at Budding Theatre
Originally from the UK, Kirsty performed widely in theatre before moving to Australia and developing a career in theatre and education. After receiving a BA, DipEd and Masters (ANU), she completed mentorships with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), including the National Studio with Jane Bodie, masterclasses with Andrew Bovell, and an eight-month mentorship in Adelaide with playwright Nicki Bloom. Kirsty has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016); the Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles (Finalist 2017); and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction (2018) for her debut book, Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance. Kirsty has directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently Little Women, Miracle on 34th St, Romeo & Juliet) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues. The theatre company Kirsty founded at 23 has nurtured over a thousand performers through open productions, terms classes and school holiday programs and donated over $10,000 to various charities. In 2019, Kirsty is keeping busy as a lecturer at ANUC, tutor with Budding Theatre, Board President of the Playing Field Studio, Overall Judge of the ANU Theatre Awards and director of Pride and Prejudice.