Patricia Cornelius

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Patricia Cornelius is an Australian playwright and co-founder of Melbourne Workers Theatre.


Cornelius has written more than 20 plays, which include Slut (2008, Platform Youth Theatre), The Call (2009, Griffin Theatre Company), Good, Do Not Go Gentle… (2010, fortyfivedownstairs), Boy Overboard (2004, Australian Theatre for Young People), Love (2005, Malthouse Theatre), Lilly and May and Hog's Hairs and Leeches.[1]


Cornelius has won numerous awards, including AWGIEs, Green Room Awards and in 2006, the Patrick White Playwrights' Award.[1][2] Her 2005 play, Love, won the Wal Cherry Prize for New Plays.[3] Her 2010 play Do Not Go Gentle... received the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Drama in 2011[4] and won the 2011 Victorian Premier's Louis Esson Prize for Drama.[5] Cornelius won the 2019 Windham–Campbell Literature Prize in Drama.[6] She also received a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Green Room Awards.[7]

Other works[edit]

Her first novel My Sister Jill, was published in 2003 by St. Martin's Press.[8]

Cornelius also co-wrote the screenplay of the 2009 film Blessed, based on Who's Afraid of the Working Class, with co-writers Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Christos Tsiolkas.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Patricia Cornelius". Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Patrick White Award & Fellowship". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (21 November 2005). "Love". The Age. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Patricia Cornelius - do Not Go Gentle (Winner) - NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011". Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2011". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Patricia Cornelius". Windham–Campbell Literature Prizes. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ Francis, Hannah (1 April 2019). "Sydney overtakes Melbourne as Australia's hotbed of indie theatre, says Patricia Cornelius". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
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  9. ^ Blessed (2009 film)