Daniel Keene has written for the theatre since 1979. He has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama twice, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Drama three times, the South Australian Literary Award for Drama, the Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award and the Sumner Locke Elliot Prize (New York). He has also been awarded, with Ariette Taylor, the Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts for his work with the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project. His work has been presented at the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide International Arts Festivals. Since 2000 over 75 productions of his work have been presented in Europe, predominately in France (including at the Avignon Festival, the Theatre de la Commune in Paris, the National Theatre of Toulouse and at The Theatre de la Ville in Paris) but also in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. His work has also been produced in the United States, Canada, Morocco and China. Seven volumes of his work (French translations by Severine Magois) have been published by éditions Theatrales, Paris. He recently completed a new work, ELEPHANT PEOPLE, for the French director Renaud Cojo, which opened at the National Theatre of Bordeaux in October 2007, and is currently touring nationally. A production of his play FIVE MEN opened in Neuchatel, Switzerland, on November 21, 2006, before touring to Genève, Lausanne and Lyon, France. The production’s return season opens on April 25, 2008 at Theatre de la Tempête in Paris. In March 2007, five of his short plays were presented at Theatre d’Utopie in La Rochelle, France. Also in March, his play THE NIGHTWATCHMAN opened at The Griffin Theatre in Sydney. In April, 2007, his play SCISSORS, PAPER, ROCK opened at the Almada theatre in Lisbon, Portugal. After its September 2007 season in Montreal, Canada, his play HALF AND HALF will open at The Theatre de La Ville in Paris on May 15, 2008 before touring nationally.
Daniel’s new play, THE SERPENT’S TEETH, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company, opened at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, in April 2008.
Three of his screenplays have been produced: SILENT PARTNER, TOM WHITE and EM 4 JAY. TOM WHITE won the Australian Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay in 2004.
Several of his plays have been produced on ABC Radio National, and in France on Radio France Culture, the most recent, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT was broadcast in France on September 25, 2007.