Chris Summers graduated from NIDA in 2012 with a Grad Dip in Dramatic Arts (Playwriting) and in 2013 was Affiliate Writer with Griffin Theatre Company and part of Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre Writers Programme.
Chris has won the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights Award, St Martins National Playwriting Award, the Union House Theatre Script Development Award and been highly commended for the Max Afford Playwrights Award. Commissioned plays include No Place Like (Union House Theatre, 2011), Crossed (La Mama, 2011), which was also included in PlayWriting Australia’s National Play Festival, and Burnt (atyp, 2011), a monologue published by Currency Press. Rat had a sell-out season at La Mama in March 2012 and Sandstone, developed through a JUMP Mentorship with Tom Holloway, had a workshop at the Sydney Theatre Company in December 2012.
In 2013, Chris participated in Canberra’s You Are Here festival with a self-performed piece, Not About You, a monologue, Dessert, as part of Tamarama Rock Surfers’ Bondi Feast at the Bondi Pavilion, and a short work, Paper Trails, at Manchester’s 24/7 Festival (on an Australia Council ArtStart grant). Chris also holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.