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Carl Caulfield


Carl Caulfield works as a professional playwright, director, dramaturg and lecturer.  He has had a number of plays produced including Seems Like Old Times, Human Resources, These Foolish Things and Dante’s Dream (Stray Dogs Theatre Company) and The Caper, True Phoenix and Subterranean Uni Blues (University Of Newcastle School of Music, Fine Arts and Drama).


Indecent Obsessions won a CONDA (City Of Newcastle Drama Award) for Best New Play in 2002. Human Resources won a CONDA for Best New Play in 2006 and Shakespeare’s Fools won Best New Play in 2010.


The Mystery Of Roger Mullaney was published by Macmillan in 2004 for use in the drama curriculum in secondary schools.


Carl's one-man show about British Goon, Peter Sellers, Being Sellers, first produced in 1998 at the Playhouse in Newcastle, was performed the same year at the Edinburgh Festival and then in London at the Man in the Moon Theatre, Kings Road, London. Being Sellers was recently reprised at the Waterloo East Theatre in London with David Boyle as Sellers and then went on to the 59E59 Theatre in New York.  

Recent plays include 2039, a dystopian thriller, commissioned by Tantrum Youth Theatre in 2010 and Shakespeare’s Fools, about Shakespeare’s relationship with Richard Tarlton, Robert Armin and Will Kemp.


In 2011, he spent a year in the UK, teaching scriptwriting at Edge Hill University. Carl now teaches screenwriting at tertiary level in Australia, including at AFTRS, (the Australian Film, TV and Radio School) and Screen Studies at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art). 


Aside from teaching, Carl is working on new plays and has a number of screenplays and novels in development. The VC’s Smile is his first crime novel and he has just completed a full-length screenplay, The German Soldier. His new play, The Anatomy Of Buzz, has just enjoyed a successful season at  the Playhouse, Newcastle. He has recently completed a new play about Shakespeare’s final days, Where Late the Songbird, which opens at the Playhouse on April 22.


Carl Caulfield is a playwright and dramaturg.

Stray Dogs works with local artists and has produced a new Caulfield work nearly every year since 1994.



Stray Dogs Theatre Company is resident in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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