Griffin Studio


Griffin Studio is the most successful program in Australia for providing artists with pathways to the mainstage. Through a year-long residency with the company, the program establishes clear career pathways for directors, writers and dramaturgs. It’s an invaluable experience for artists to come together to hone their craft, gain vital experience inside a company and develop new work.


Griffin Studio Artists 2016

Sofya Gollan
Sofya is an award- winning director and writer of documentary and drama films, her films have screened in international festivals in Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, UK, US and Australia. Her latest film, Preservation, screened worldwide and was nominated for 3 AFI Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. An acting graduate of National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) she also holds a Masters in Directing (AFTRS). Sofya has also worked as a commissioned Playwright. 

Catherine Fargher & Heather Grace Jones
Catherine is an AWGIE award-winning scriptwriter for radio, theatre and trans-media. Recent projects include The Merchant: A Sydney Document (Bell Shakespeare) and The Dr Egg Adventures. Heather Grace is a writer, broadcaster and NGO worker. She has co-edited two books including Sperm Wars for ABC, performed monologues and has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Alice Springs. They have collaborated previously on the Motherload project and Club Bent.

Sheridan Harbridge
Sheridan is a writer and NIDA acting graduate. Her musicals Songs for the Fallen and Mrs. Bang appeared in Adelaide Cabaret, Sydney and Brisbane Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe and Poland’s Festival of Song. Her acting work includes The Beast, The Speechmaker, North by Northwest (MTC), Jump for Jordan (Griffin Theatre Company), Hip Bone Sticking Out (Big hART), Gaybies (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) and Jim Sharman’s Andy X

Phil Spencer
Phil Spencer is a writer, performer and creative producer. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow, he has worked professionally as a theatre maker and artistic director in the UK and Australia. Phil is co-artistic director of Sydney based Tin Shed Theatre Company and is also a regular contributor to events such as Story Club, ABC’s Radiotonic and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. 

Griffin Studio in 2017

In 2017 the Griffin Studio program will evolve to afford one exceptional artist greater involvement in the day-to-day artistic life of the company, providing invaluable vocational training and a pathway to future leadership roles. The new model will also provide the opportunity for six emerging writers to develop new work in a rigorous and theatrically stimulating environment. Our 2017 Studio Artist is Phil Spencer.


Griffin Studio Alumni

Since its inception in 2011, the Griffin Studio has seen 26 exceptional artists move through the program. Who are they? Meet them all here.


Support Griffin Studio

Supporting the Studio is a three-year commitment of $5,000 annually, which can be made individually or by a syndicate of donors. Donors follow the development of artists and their work over the course of their residency and beyond. In the six years since its inception, the Studio program has engaged 26 artists and has led to 15 professional productions. Former Studio Artists have worked at every major theatre in Australia, demonstrating the important contribution of our Studio donors.

To find out more, or to arrange a meeting to discuss the Griffin Studio, please contact our Development Manager, Will Harvey, on 9332 1052 or