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.

Kitty Hopwood- Secretary

Kitty is an Actor, Producer, 1st AD and lover of stories.  She graduated from The Actors Studio Australia in 2011 and went on to study at Atlantic Acting School in New York, where she perfected the art of couch-surfing. Since then, Kitty’s stage credits have included Mauritius – which Kitty also produced for Sure Foot Productions (directed by Richard Cornally), Romeo & Juliet (Angela Blake), Joan, Again (Paul Gilchrist), The Credeaux Canvas – another Sure Foot production (directed by Byron Kaye), Between Us (Byron Kaye), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Keith Agius), A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur (Byron Kaye) and Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Andrew Doyle). Screen credits include short films Blackbird, Through Hands, Mailbox, Timing & In Flames, as well as web series The Bench.

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”

David Hooley - Committee Member

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.

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