actor * writer* director* facilitator




Sue BEGAN her PROFESSIONAL CAREER in theatre around 1971 as a member of the Australian Performing Group-Collective in Melbourne at the Pram Factory Theatre. Prior to that in earlier days at Melbourne University (B. Architecture) & was awarded the undergrad Murray Sutherland Drama Award. In her final year ‘66, she directed the infamous Architecture Revue. Theatre was then and still is her life's passion, a passion that has extended itself not only into writing, directing & performing but also to teaching and thence to the discovery of shamanic theatre techniques, enhanced by her own training and development which, in time, has led to the training of young actors and non-actors who are searching for their life path.

I co-founded the Women’s Theatre Group, an early initiative of the APG women, which created groundbreaking feminist theatre in the 70's. From there I went to England where I created cabaret shows that toured UK Festivals & European venues. In 1981, 8 months pregnant with my last child I created a world first- Bill Rawlings the pregnant man; there have many imitators since but I was the first. Bill, some 30 years on is still with me in many of my theatrical shows. He encapsulates both the dark side and funny side of the Australian male psyche. My alter ego is Edith Wise, a dominating 88, feisty, funny and uncompromising.

I am the proud and grateful recipient of the Sydney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award, The Gloria’s Award, nomination for the Perrier Award UK, numerous nominations for Best Actor over the years, winner of the R.E. Ross Playwright’s Award and the recipient of many Asialink and Australia Council Grants. Sue has taken her theatre both as performance and teaching to the UK, North America, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Greece, Nth Korea, the Netherlands, Malaysia and all around Australia. She has worked for most major theatre companies, including Belvoir Street, STC, La Boite, MTC. La Mama, The APG, BREC (Bunbury WA), Circa & Downstage, Wellington-NZ.,ICA London, etc. has performed at Adelaide International Festival of Arts, (twice) Montreal Juste Pour Rire, MICF, Festival of Fools- Penzance, and New York International Theatre Fringe Festival. She has written eleven plays and two books. Is a shamanic healer and civil celebrant and runs workshops in these areas. 

Sue has dedicated her creative life to fighting for equality for women. She is an Agent of Change- the personal is political and her work has been rewarded and awarded for its innovative, ground -breaking, rule breaking commitment to finding a Truth in our world, a truth which will serve to both heal and to excite audiences at home and abroad. She has never given up on Theatre both as a means to change the world and as a life long passion.


Theatre              performance     (heavy type indicates Authorship)

FRAILTY                 writer/ director 2017

THE COMIC STRIPPED        Standup Phee Broadway theatre.Castlemaine 2013

Gwen in Purgatory        T.Murphy.Belvoir St/La Boite.Dir: Neil Armfield’1 Nom. Best Supp Actress Sydney Theatre                                                         Critics Circle

THE FIRST STEP ON A Tram is Hell       La Mama. MICF ‘07 S. Ingleton. Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide 07(Nomin Best                                                                    Actress ACC). RAV Tour ’08. Castlemaine State Fest

The Mad Woman of Chaillot    MTC 07 Giradoux Dir S Phillips

Female of the Species    MTC. ’06 by J Murray-Smith. Dir Patrick Nolan Nominated Green Room Award Best Actress

KICK ARSE            MICF 2004

 WYGIWYS        WOW Cafe. New York City. 2002.Chapel Off Chapel 2001, K.L.Malaysia 2002

The Vagina Monologues    Valhalla, Sydney. Oct 2001


Victorian Federation, Women Shaping the Nation 2001- Compere

Promise    E. Collyier. Castlemaine Festival Play.2001

Yes God is a Man    Sydney Opera House Studio 2001.Stand Up with rachel Berger & Christa Hughes

Trelawny of the Wells        MTC. Playhouse.&  STC Sydney Opera House 2000

After You’ve Gone            Dir.Sue.Ingleton Valley Players, Nambucca Heads99

Aunts With Hot Flushes    Dir.Sue.Ingleton. Nambucca Heads Theatre     ’99, Armidale Arts Theatre, Coffs Harbour Jetty

The Butcher the Baker    E.Filar. La mama '97

The Sunday Roast    La Mama, Nov 96 .Castlemaine State Festival 97 ;MICF ‘97

The Cheery Soul         P White. MTC. Vic Arts Centre ’96 Dir Neil Armfield

Lady Windemere's Fan    Oscar Wilde MTC. Vic Arts Centre.'95.Downstage Theatre Wellington.NZ’97 Nom Best Support                                        Actress.

THE PASSION & its deep connection with lemon delicious pudding. Dir. Kerry Dwyer. Playbox TheatreMay'95

SLICE OF HER LIFE        Downstage.Well.NZ ’96; Budinskis Theatre of Exile.     Melb Int.Comedy Fest’95; USATour ‘94 .                                             Redfern Town Hall, Sydney.’94;

MYTHTERY    Playbox. Theatre ’93. Stables Theatre Sydney. '93, SchoolTours200-2014

Love Child        J Murray-Smith Dir Ariette Taylor.  Stables Theatre,Sydney '94;Playbox Theatre, Melb.'93  

Royal Commission Into the Australian Economy   John Clarke.Ross Stevenson Dir Bruce Petty. Belvoir St Sydney '91 & 92.                                 Universal Theatre, Melbourne '91. The Space Theatre, Adelaide'91,'92. Vic Min Arts Country Tour '91 Dir.                                 SueIngleton

NEAR MS'S    Dir:K. Dwyer Performance Space Sydney ‘89.Universal Theatre ‘Spoleto '89 Melbourne.Crossroads Theatre                         '89Sydney.Arts Theatre , Int Adelaide Festival of Arts '90.Araluen Arts Centre'90 Alice Springs.Athenaeum.                         Melb International Spoleto Festival '92  

Don's Party        D. Williamson AthenaeumMelb '89 Dir:G.Blundell

Siestas in a Pink Hotel    J Claire Sydney Theatre Co .Dir: Robyn Nevin.’88

Pennies Before the Holidays     Lyssa Benyon..Universal Th. Dir Roz Horin 88

STRIP JACK NAKED.    Edinburgh Festival.'85 : Perrier Award Nomination.; ICA .Theatre. London. N.Z. Tour-                                     Wellington/ Auckland; Juste Pour Rire Festival Montreal '86.Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide

Whore in a Madhouse    Fo/Rame Belvoir Street Theatre. Sydney’85

Two Boys Two Girls    Belvoir Street Theatre.Sydney

The White Hotel    Grant St.Theatre Melb..J.Kemp Adaptation.’83

At The Pram Factory , Australian Performing Group 1971-1979Including Community Theatre Projects, Schools Shows, Workshops. Highlights in Theatre 

Back To Bourke Street.    APG.Group developed.  

The Hills Family Show    APG.Victorian Arts Council Tour.'76 Group Devel.

Traitors.    Stephen Sewell. APG. dir:K.Dwyer. 

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Carol Churchill

Red Love    Nightshift. Group.

Stasis (APG) worked together 1976-77:   all shows group developed

StasisBack Theatre Group developed. Ros de Winter, Suzy Potter. Rob Meldrum, Sue Ingleton, dir Yvonne Marini

Peer Gynt    Ibsen .APG Stasis St Marks Hall. Fitzroy

Sylvia Plath Show    APG . Stasis Touring

Antony and Cleopatra    Shakespeare. APG . Stasis Back Theatre



WYGIWYS    WOW CAfe, New York City 2002  Chapel Off Chapel.Melb

Yes, God Is A Man    Sydney Opera House Studio. Comedy 2001

Slice of Her Life    Downstage Theatre, Wellington; WOW Cafe New York; SunBar Salt Lake City; MIICF, NSW                                         Country tour .

Characters Two    The Gap.’88 & The Wharf. STC. Canberra Theatre.

A Chip Off theOldCock    Kinselas.Sydney.’84 precursor of Strip Jack Naked

Blood& MilkShow    Le Joke. Last Laugh Theatre.Melb.’81

Mother's   Courage    Comedy Cafe.Melb.’81

FromHereToMaternity    Comedy Cafe.Melb.’81

LoveSlickBlooze     Melkweg, Amsterdam. The Space & The Space London.

Back To Bourke Street    Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant.Melb. Adelaide Int. festival     of Arts 77-8


Festivals   & Overseas

Armidale womens comedy festival- Armidale, NSW 2000

Global Carnivale        Bellingen NSW 99

Women Stand Up        Canberra Comedy Festival '93

Near Ms's        Adelaide.Int. Fest. Arts ‘90;.Spoleto Fringe’92

Beyond Artistic Interference    Spoleto Fringe Festival.'86 Universal,Melb.     

Strip Jack Naked        Edinburgh Fringe 85 Nom Perrier Award

Love Slick Blooze        Melkweg. Amsterdam.Albion Fairs, UK 

 Theatre Space, CoventGarden. London. Festival of Fools, Penzance.U.K. '80

Back To Bourke Street        Adelaide Festival of the Arts.'78


Television & Film    including:    

The Mystery of the Hansom Cab -ABC; The Smallest Room in the House-ABC; The Bite; Mercury-ABC; Australia You're Standing In It  -ABC ; Magic Bag; Halifax ;VIZARD; Money or the Gun; Edens Lost; Skirts.; Neighbours; FILM: Tease; Les Patterson Saves The World; The Clinic; Dimboola; A Place by the Coast; Point of Departure.


Writing   andDirecting   /Commissions

2017    Frailty- written & directed. La mama, Castlemaine during State festival. Bendigo Capital Season.

2017    Masters of the Royal Goose Game. Young adult fiction. Submission Text Prize.Unpublished

2006    RE Ross Playwrights Award-‘Flower of Malaya’

2003    Director /Dramaturge/facilitator Festival of Healthy Living Eaglehawk (3 schools)

2003    Director/ Dramaturge Bombay to Beijing By Bicycle.Castlemaine State Festival Play

2002    Director/ Dramaturge From Table Mountain to Teluk Intan. New York Fringe Theatre Festival. USA 

2002    Director/ Co-writer/Dramaturge Snakeskin with Belle Armstrong, La Mama. Melb.

2002    Director and co writer with Deborah MichaelWoman on the Couch. Actors Studio, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2001    Director and co writer with Lynda Gibson Lynda Its Not Nasty Melb Fringe Festival.

2001    Director & Dramaturge The Mary Project .by Ann Lambert & Laura Mitchell(Canada) la Mama, Melb

2000    Director/ Dramaturg From Table Mountain to Teluk Intan by Shahimah Idris. KualiWorks. Actors Studio. Kuala                         Lumpur.

1999    Writer/Director. Nambucca Valley Players. ‘After You’ve Gone’.        

1997    ABC TV Commission :Comedy series Awful Old People’.

1995    Dramaturged 'Dancing With Angels' by Susie Bromfield for Playworks

1994    Mallacoota Festival of the Southern Oceans, Victoria. Commission to write and direct Community Play. Result :                                                                           'Kindred Spirits'

1993    Victorian College of Arts -DramaDir: Queen Christina by Pam Gems.

1993    Victorian College of Arts -Drama. Dir Voycceck Buchner

1992    Directed & Co-Wrote IConnolly, for Gerry Connolly .Victorian Arts Centre: Melbourne Int. Comedy Festival

1991    Royal Commission into Aust economy Dir. Victorian Country Tour Vic Arts.

1991    A Bit of a Post Script Director. & Dramaturge. Sue Ann Post. New Zealand Tour

1989    Circus Oz .Northern Tour. Director and Writer.


GUEST LECTURESHIPS and SEMINARS (in drama, creative writing etc)

02    Workshop Facilitator: New York Fringe Theatre Festival. USA

02    Keynote speaker APPAN. Healing and the Arts Conference. Seoul,  SthKorea.

02     Adelaide Festival of Arts: Queen Elizabeth Hospital: Keynote speakeron 'Wellbeing and the Arts' Symposium.

98-00    Nambucca Valley TAFE. Youth at Risk- drama. Creative writingworkshops, Valley Players- director and writer

96-00    NSW Writers Centre. Creative Writing tutor

93-98    Victorian College of the Arts: Drama School. Melbourne Tutor

94    Tour of USA. (see below)

94    Sydney University Architecture School: Seminar 'Film & Architecture'.

93    Resident Artist-Eltham College. Victoria

93    Victorian College of the Arts: Drama School. Melbourne

91    A N P C Conference. Canberra. Actor & Dramaturg

90    Adelaide International Festival of Arts Seminar: 'The One Woman Performance'.-Guest Speaker.

89    Conference On Women's Visibility in Film & Television. Sydney.

88     Australian Film & Television & Radio School. Sydney NSW. Lecturer


Publications: websites Books, Short Stories, PLAYS.

Website   History of the Australian Performing Group.

Website : .

    Mother Love II. ed Debra Adelaide.story: A Letter To Roxane Random House '97

    The Passion & its deep connection with lemon delicious pudding Published by Currency Press.1995

    Weddings and Wives ed. Dale Spender.- story: The Marriage Tree Published by Penguin 1994.

    Sue Ingleton's Almaniac-a woman's guide to domestic insanity. Published by Allen & Unwin.1990

    Ink: The Follow Me Short Story Collection- story: GeesePublished by Allen & Unwin. 1990

    Memories of Melbourne University ed. Hume Dow. Published by Hutchinson 1983


Australia Council Grants

2000    Devlpt. Travel WIPC Athens Conference 

1998    Devlpt. to compile History of the Australian Performing Group (website)

1994    Performing Arts Music workshop on The Passion...

1990    Performing Arts , Creative Develpt Grant for The Passion....

1989    Performing Arts Board, Performance Grant Near Ms's.

1986    Performing Arts Board, Creative Development Grant Near Ms's.

1985    Travel Grant. Edinburgh Festival. Strip Jack Naked.


usa Tour 1994

Performances of 'Slice of Her Life'  and  Performed Readings .Creative Energy& Writing Workshops Suny University, Buffalo; WOW Cafe New York City; Oklahoma University. Ok. ; University of South West Missouri, Missouri.; Dobama Theatre, Cleveland. Iowa;  Jewett TheatreCentre, SUN BAR & Westminster College, Salt Lake City.Utah



2010Sydney Critics Circle Nom. Best Supp Actress: ‘Gwen in Purgatory’ Tommy Murphy at Belvoir

2007    Nomination Best Female Performer for ‘First Step on a Tram’ Adelaide Critics Award.

2006  Green Room nomination Best Female performer ‘Female of the Species’

2005    Asialink Grant. Malaysia work with Mak Yong womens theatre (shaman/bomohs) Result -Play ‘Flower of                            Malaya ’(winner of RERoss Playwright's Award)

1997     Nomination Best Supporting Actress Chapman Tripp Awards NZ

1997    Asialink Award -travel and teaching in Malaysia

1997    Gloria Dawn/Gloria Payten Travel Award. for Theatrical Achievement

1993     Vic Green Room Best Actor Nomination for 'Love Child'.

1989     Sydney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award. AUS.

1985    Perrier Award Nomination, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. UK


Academic Training

05 Cert 4 Workplace Training & Assessment.

04 Diploma & authorisation Civil Marriage Celebrant

'02 Passepartout :Performance training,Utrecht,Netherlands

'02 Ascended Masters :Glyph Training

'99 Reiki Level 1&2. Master Lyn Thiery, Siobhan Collie

‘97 Shamanic Training with Gabrielle Roth -USA

‘97 Shamanic Training with Maria Fernandez-Avignon France.

‘97 Chakra Training with Anodea Judith. New York

‘96 QiGong Training. Master Jane Yang

‘95 CHE First Degree. Master S Ross.

‘92 Jean Houston Transpersonal Psychology: Monash University. 

‘92-93 Suzy Bowman/Aura & Body work

’91   Past Life/Training with S Harris: The Light Institute, Galisteo

‘88-89 Writing: Fornes Method: J Kemp.

‘78-’79 Voice: Rowena Balos Method(Rob Meldrum) . Mime: Mark Furnaux

‘67    Degree of Bachelor of Architecture. Melbourne University