About Us

Brave New Word is a Sydney based theatre company, dedicated to new writing. We’re proud to support emerging artists and tell Australian stories. We take on scripts at all stages of development, and host regular script development workshops, rehearsed readings and full productions of new works.
If you’re interested in working with us, check out the Work With Us page, or drop us a line on info@bnwtheatre.com.au

Meet The Team:

Luke Holmes - Artistic Director

Luke is a Sydney based performer, producer and writer, originally from the Southern Highlands. He first became interested in areas of theatre outside performing while studying acting and theatre-making at AADA, and at the same time developed a strong belief in the importance of original Australian works on our stages. As a result, he founded Brave New Word just before graduating, and staged its first show Body Language a few months later. He continues to act in various plays, but is committed to continuing his focus on new works and stories.

Charlie Hanson - Company Manager

Charlie is an English actor, producer and production manager. She studied Classical and Contemporary Text at the RSAMD, where she fell in love with working collaboratively with playwrights. She also fell in love with an Australian, and moved to Sydney in 2012.

Charlie joined BNW as an actor in their first production Body Language, and hasn’t looked back since.

David Hooley - Secretary

David is originally from Hong Kong, but moved to Australia in 2004 to study at WAAPA. When not performing, he fills his days as a photographer with a penchant for portraiture and capturing the odd riot. In 2011 he was lucky enough to perform with Playwright Studio Scotland in their new piece The Bends, by Iain Finlay McLeod. This workshop and eventual production spurned a love of new writing, which has grown since returning to Australia. Brave New Word has allowed him to follow this path to help produce the high caliber new writing that Australia has to offer.

Kieran Took - Committee Member

Kieran studied at the University of Wollongong and has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts with a major in performance. It was here that he wrote and directed his first major theatrical work I’m Not Racist, But… drawing influence from political satire, verbatim and contemporary movement work.  Kieran has been a fortunate traveller, exploring the arts from around the world and following his second passion for alcoholic cocktail design.
“Theatre and booze, not necessarily in that order. Is magic”

Peter Bass - Committee Member

Peter is a Sydney actor as well as the Front of House Manager at the Hayes Theatre Co. He was majoring in Religious Studies at Sydney University when he caught the acting bug and was heavily involved with the Musical Theatre Ensemble and Science Revue until his graduation. In 2013 Peter appeared as Claudius and the Ghost in Lady Hamlet (Hell Shakespeare), his first play after years of musicals and revues.
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