Ned writes for the theatre and film, he has had articles published in various publications, writes both short and long stories and is a member of 7ON. His plays include Us or Them, Close to the Bone, Milo, Luck of the Draw (Currency Press), Alice Dreaming(Cambridge University Press) as well as contributions to 7ON’s No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames (Federation Press) and Short Circuit (Currency Press). He has written ten short (40min) plays for schools exploring Shakespeare’s plays in an Australian context. Suitable for large and small casts or study. (australianplays.org). Women of Troy was selected in the 2013 International Prix Marulic competition. A large cast stage version of the play is available for schools (australianplays.org). His non fiction work Playground Duty (NewSouth Books) has become required reading for anyone interested in schools and teaching. Kenny’s Coming Home, his comedy with music and song, is being used by WestWords to stimulate creative writing for students in Sydney’s Western suburbs. His latest play, Tsunami, was short listed for the Patrick White Award. Ned’s playwriting program PlayUp, encourages young and old to write and perform their own plays. He is currently working on his first novel.
Ned has worked in film, tv and theatre. He starred in the cult classic Dead End Drive In and appeared in the teen hit Looking for Alibrandi. His latest film role was in David Parker’s The Menkoff Method. He has appeared in many tv shows including Bodyline, The Shiralee, Pals and The Farm.
Ned has worked as a teacher for most of his life. He has taught at Tenterfield High School, Watson High, The EORA Centre for Aboriginal Performing and Visual Arts, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Monash University and Melbourne Grammar School. He is currently Head of Drama at the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School and co-ordinates the Drama program in the schools performing arts program. He has taught PlayUp at a number of schools and tertiary institutions.
NSW Premiers Teacher’s Scholarship
AFI Nomination for Best Mini Series
Best New Play SMH