Lisette Drew is a writer, theatre and film maker based in both Melbourne and the Gold Coast. She grew up on the beaches of Newcastle, born in the year of the Newcastle earthquake. Despite being born on shaky ground, her love for stories and storytelling has never wavered.

Lisette discovered the power of words from the very first one she spoke. That word was turtle, and since then, the magic of turning words into stories has been her passion.

Her passion led her into the magical world of theatre, where she has spent over a decade bringing stories to life on stage. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Production, receiving the Friends of VCA Limelighters Award and the Ron Rosanove Travelling Scholarship for her theatre work. Since graduating, Lisette has worked on over 50 theatrical productions, many being new Australian plays.

For the last few years, she has toured theatre productions to young people in regional communities. She loves to see young audiences fall in love with stories in front of her very eyes.

In 2020, her passion for writing came centre stage with her play being shortlisted for two playwriting awards, her novel long-listed for a manuscript prize, her short story published in a Lockdown Anthology and another short story commissioned by Melbourne City of Literature. Lisette shares her love for stories and storytelling running writing and theatre workshops for children.

Lisette is a member of The Australian Society of Authors, Writers Victoria and Queensland Writers Centre.

Awards and Prizes

Long-Listed Australian Theatre for Young People Foundation Commission 2022

City of Melbourne Writer-In-Residence 2022

Kill Your Darlings Mentors Program 2022

HotHouse GreenHouse National Artist Residency 2021

Long-Listed Hawkeye Prize 2021

Shortlisted Pitch It! Competition 2020 Middle Grade and YA Categories

Shortlisted The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2020

Top Ten Edythe Brooke Cooper Playwriting Competition One Act Plays 2020

Commissioned and Published Work

ArtsHub BLUSH Circus Review 2023

Billabong A Day at Girls Get Out There Article 2022

ArtsHub Scavengers Book Review 2022

ArtsHub The Magic of Theatre Article 2022

Writers Victoria Expert Advice Article 2021

Lockdown Anthology 2020 BUY: BOOKTOPIA or BUY: AMAZON

Melbourne City of Literature Wildlife Postcards Project 2020

Workshops and Events

Interactive Story Time – BOOK HERE


I acknowledge the Yalukit Willam Peoples of the Boon Wurrung, the First Peoples of Country on which I live and write. I pay my respects to all First Peoples, to their ancestors and Elders, and to our shared future.