Kirsty Marillier


Kirsty Marillier is a South African actor and award-winning playwright. She is currently a part of the Emerging Writers Group at Sydney Theatre Company and has two original works in development.

Her first work, ORANGE THROWER, has its 2022 stage premiere with Griffin Theatre Company and National Theatre of Parramatta. ORANGE THROWER was the winner of the 2019 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.

Kirsty’s second play, THE ZAP, for Belvoir St Theatre was incredibly well received. It was nominated for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2022, was the winner of the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting in 2022 and won the Max Afford Playwrights Award in 2020. THE ZAP was developed with Playwriting Australia and Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Next In Line program.

She has been a part of multiple creative programs including Griffin Theatre Company’s Studio Artist Program (2020), Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft Program (2019) and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Writers Group (2018). She currently his developing a new play that has been commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company.

In addition to being an award-winning writer, Kirsty is an accomplished performer having starred in drama including the Australian Premiere of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, THE CHERRY ORCHARD with Belvoir St Theatre, HOME, I’M DARLING with Sydney Theatre Company, and COMA LAND with Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Her acting credits in film and television include THE GREENHOUSE directed by Thomas Wilson-White; HOOK UP directed by Laura Nagy (short for MQFF/Paper Moose) and HOME AND AWAY.

Kirsty attended WAAPA and has a BA in Creative Writing/Performance Studies.