Lally Katz

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Lally Katz
Born 1978 (age 38–39)
New Jersey, United States
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Nationality American
Occupation Playwrite and dramatist

Lally Katz (born 1978) is an American dramatist now resident in Melbourne, Australia. She writes for theatre, film and television.

Early life[edit]

Katz was born in New Jersey, United States.[1] When she was young she moved to Miami, and then to Canberra when she was a teenager.[2] She graduated from the University of Melbourne’s School of Studies in Creative Arts. She trained with the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2000 to further her acting skills. She studied playwriting at London’s Royal Court Theatre.[3]


Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre has produced a series of Katz's early plays: The Black Swan of Trespass which played at Malthouse, Belvoir and the New York International Fringe Festival where it won the Producer’s Choice Award after winning several Green Room Awards in Melbourne; THE EISTEDDFOD premiered in Melbourne at the Storeroom Theatre and transferred to Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir and PS 122 and Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theatre in New York City, this production won the 2004 Best Independent Production Green Room Award.

In 2007 Katz co-wrote Criminology with Tom Wright, which was produced by Malthouse Theatre and Arena Theatre, and two short plays Waikiki Palace and Hip Hip Hooray formed a double bill premiering at Sydney Theatre Company that same year.

Katz’s adaptation of Frankenstein was directed by Ralph Myers at Sydney Theatre Company in 2008 and nominated for a Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Drama Script.

Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart opened in New York in late 2010. The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy played at the Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2009. Katz adapted stories from the bible for The Mysteries: Genesis at Sydney Theatre Company in 2008. When the Hunter Returns was commissioned and produced by The Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland and had a return season at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Her play Goodbye Vaudeville Charle Mudd premiered at Malthouse Theatre (co-produced by Arena Theatre) and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for drama in 2009.

In 2013 Katz’s one-woman show, Stories I want to Tell you in Person, played to packed audiences at Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre.

In 2014 Kat'z adapted Henrick Ibsen's A Doll's House for La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival, directed by Steven Mitchell Wright to critical acclaim sweeping that years Matilda Awards.

In 2011 she had three premieres in Australia: A Golem Story at Malthouse Theatre, Neighbourhood Watch at Belvoir and Return to Earth at Melbourne Theatre Company. Neighbourhood Watch was nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best New Australian Work, Best Mainstage Production, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production (Robyn Nevin) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production (Kris McQuade). The play was also nominated for an AWGIE, a Helpmann Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. A Golem Story won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and Return to Earth was nominated for a NSW Premier’s Award.

Starchaser, a play for children, was produced by Arena Theatre in 2012.

Katz participated in the attachment programme at the Studio at the National Theatre in London in 2009 and won a British Council Realise Your Dreams grant for 2010. She was a Churchill Fellow in 2010 and was appointed a Writer In Residence at Melbourne University in 2011. In 2012 Lally won InStyle Magazine’s Women Of Style Award in the arts category and in 2013 she was the inaugural recipient of an Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Grant.

Katz’s work for television includes adult one-hour dramas Wonderland, Wentworth and Spirited and children’s series The Elephant Princess.

Katz is currently adapting her play Neighbourhood Watch for the screen with Gillian Armstrong attached to direct and Marian Macgowan producing, working on new plays for Belvoir and MTC and developing an original television series.


The Eisteddfod won the Excellence in Direction and Producer's Choice awards at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival.[4]

The Black Swan of Trespass won awards for Excellence in Writing and Best Theatre Production from the Melbourne Fringe Festival, plus the Producer’s Choice Award from the New York International Fringe festival.

Her 2009 play, Goodbye Vaudeville, Charlie Mudd, was performed in the Beckett Theatre at the Malthouse and received the State Library of Victoria's Louis Esson Prize for Drama.[5]


List of Katz's plays
Year Name Notes
2003 Eisteddfod Directed by Chris Kohn[6]
2005 Smashed [7]
2005 The Black Swan of Trespass written with Chris Kohn[8]
2006 Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano directed by Chris Kohn[9]
2007 Hip Hip Hooray [10]
2007 Waikiki Palace [11]
2007 Criminology Co-written with Tom Wright[12]
2008 Frankenstein [13]
2008 When the Hunter Returns [14]
2008 The Mysteries: Genesis [15]
2008 The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy [16]
2009 Return to Earth [17]
2009 Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd won the 2009 Louis Esson Prize for Drama[18]
2010 Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart [19]
2011 A Golem Story directed by Michael Kantor[20]
2011 Neighbourhood Watch [21]
2012 Starchaser [22]
2013 Stories I want to Tell you in Person One-woman act[23]


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