Lisette Drew is a writer and stage manager based in Melbourne. 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 ten years 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 for many arts institutions, working on over 50 theatre productions, many being new Australian works.
For the last three years, she has toured theatre productions to young people in Victorian and Tasmanian 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 has come centre stage with her play being shortlisted for two playwriting awards, her novel longlisted 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 workshops for children.
Lisette is a member of Writer’s Victoria.
Awards and Prizes
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
Lockdown Anthology 2020 BUY HERE
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.