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Gender: Male
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Caleb Lewis studied writing at the Flinders University Drama Centre under playwright Verity Laughton. In 2002 he began a yearlong mentorship with Nick Enright and began writing Nailed. In 2003 Lewis won the IAF Literature Scholarship to research the play Krissy Pho in Vietnam. He also won Naked Theatre Company's Write Now competition for his play RocketBaby. In 2004 Lewis's play Songs for the Deaf was produced by FreshTrack Productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and he began a two-year residency with Griffin Theatre Company. This culminated in the world premiere of Nailed, which was short-listed for the Phillip Parsons Playwrights' Award.

Lewis has completed two commissions: Clown Empire for Jigsaw Theatre Company (ACT) and Crystal for Riverland Youth Theatre Company (SA). After receiving funding from the Australia Council Theatre Board and Literature Board, his play The Sea Bride won the Theatrelab Emerging Playwright Award, earning a two-week workshop with playwright Edward Albee.

Source: Australian Script Centre website,

Most Referenced Works


  • Prior to the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award 2009 announcement, Caleb Lewis withdrew from the 2009 shortlist in protest against the absence of women in Company B Belvoir's 2010 program. When Lewis was annouced as a joint winner of the Philip Parsons award, Belvoir director Neil Armfield told the Sydney Morning Herald that the award would be kept for Lewis.

    Sources: AustralianPlays website, website, and the Sydney Morning Herald, 07/12/2009
    Sighted: 07/12/2009

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Awards for Works

Six Million Hits 2014 single work drama

'Welcome to Online.

'A modern colosseum where stars are made and lives ruined in the blink of an eye. A ravenous beast, ever-hungry for the latest scandal or sensation. Plus there’s cat videos too!

'Here you can be anyone. Anonymous or Infamous. Famous or a fan. Everyone gets their fifteen seconds of fame. But how do you survive when suddenly you’ve got six million hits and the entire world starts watching?

'When footage taken on a school camp is uploaded online, soon after the feeding frenzy begins. As the situation spins out of control, those involved must navigate their way out of a maze of their own making, meeting the lost souls of others who have unwittingly achieved fame or infamy online.

'Working alongside playwright, Caleb Lewis, students from John Curtin College of the Arts reflect on their own online experience while trawling the net for its heroes and villains in a bid to hear their side of the story and to pose the question: What if it happened to you?'

Source: Playwright's website ( Sighted: 9/10/2015

2015 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
Maggie Stone 2013 single work drama

'Stone in both heart and name, loans officer Maggie has no sympathy for the applicants who cross her path daily, no matter how desperate their stories may be. While possessed of a nice line in sardonic humour, Maggie's existence is one of disappointment and her view of the world narrow.

'Streets away, but worlds apart, African refugee Amath struggles to build a new life for herself and her two children after her husband's murder. When Amath is brought to Maggie by a desperate friend, compassion finally flickers and, whilst sheer hope is not a bankable currency, there may be other ways that Maggie can help. However this means revisiting a life she had long hoped to forget...

'Just what value can you put on another person's life? Would you do the unthinkable to save the people you loved most?'

Source: (Sighted 02/10/2012).

2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Scripts
Clinchfield 2010 single work drama Clinchfield tells the bizarre but true story of the 1916 hanging in a small town in America's south of 'Murderous Mary', a circus elephant that killed its trainer, to explore issues of justice, retribution, racism and values in society. In doing so, the play also resonates with a contemporary world tackling intractable issues like terrorism. [Source: Stage Whispers, a guide to theatre in Australia and New Zealand (via link here).]
2010 first prize Richard Burton Award for New Plays
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