Mission statement.

Lonely Company is an initiative by playwrights and dramaturges Fleur Kilpatrick, Bridget Mackey, and Morgan Rose. We aim to create a space where writers feel supported in their work, in what can sometimes be an alienating industry.  Lonely Company do not stage plays, rather, we support playwrights.

Lonely Company is founded on two core beliefs about playwriting:
1. That playwriting is lonelier than a collaborative art form should be.
2. That we trust playwrights to know what creative process works for them.

Who we are.


Bridget Mackey (co-founder)

Bridget Mackey is a Melbourne-based theatre maker. She has written a number of plays that have been produced in various festivals and arts spaces across Australia. Her plays include: Love/Chamberlain (Moral Panic, Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centres, Canberra, 2017), The Exact Dimensions of Hell (Cybec Electric Readings, Melbourne Theatre Company, 2016), Kindness (Flight Festival, Theatre Works, 2015) and Hose (MKA, Theatre Works, 2012).

She has performed and co-devised a number of works including: Phrenic (with Carlie Anglie), Fools Gold (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2017) and Exit Everything (Melbourne Fringe Festival, LIttle Sister Projects, 2015).

Bridget is Performance Director for The Hunt, a multi-disciplinary group of artists who use sound, performance and imagery to create performance vignettes that draw on horror tropes in film, fashion and literature. Their show Woman in Car won the 2017 Liveworks Experimental Art Award, supported by Performance Space.

In 2016, Bridget traveled to Los Angeles to study Screenwriting at the University of Southern California with the assistance of travel grants from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2017, she under was lead-artist intern with feminist theatre company The Rabble. Bridget holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from the VCA (2013), and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting) from Flinders University (2007).


Fleur Kilpatrick (co-founder)

Fleur is an award-winning playwright, a director and arts commentator. She holds a postgraduate diploma of directing and a Masters in playwriting from the VCAM. She is the Artistic Director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts and the co-founder of Lonely Company, working to support emerging playwrights create sustainable careers. Fleur’s plays have won the 2018 Max Afford Award (Whale), 2016 Jill Blewett Award (Blessed, Poppy Seed Festival) and 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Emerging Playwright Award (The City They Burned, Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Festival). In 2018 her new play Terrestrial will tour South Australia with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and her play Yours the Face will receive a new production in Sydney.

Writing credits include Insomnia Cat Came to Stay (Quiet Little Fox, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Fringe, Brisbane Festival, TINA), Yours the Face (Quiet Little Fox, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Flight Festival) and Welcome to Nowhere co-written with Daniel Keene, Angus Cerini, Zoey Dawson and Morgan Rose (Monash University). In 2016 she directed Julius Caesar for Essential Theatre (Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh) and Slaughterhouse Five for MUST (which she also adapted). She appears fortnightly on 3RRRs Smart Arts with Richard Watts and co-hosts the podcast, Contact Mic with Sarah Walker.


Morgan Rose (co-founder)

Morgan Rose is a playwright and performance maker originally from New Orleans in the United States who currently lives in Melbourne. Recent works include: Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise (MTC NEON), Virgins and Cowboys (Griffin, Theatreworks), F. (Poppyseed Festival), Death Match (Monash University), and desert, 6:29pm (Red Stitch).

In addition to to her text-based work, she has a background in physical theatre and devising, having studied with SITI Company (NYC, USA), Pacific Performance Project (Seattle, USA), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane, Australia), and Dairakudakan (Hakuba, Japan). She completed a Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013.

From 2006 – 2010 she was co-founder and co-artistic director of the Seattle-based theatre company Two Hours Traffic. She is currently the resident writer at Riot Stage (www.riotstage.com), a Melbourne theatre company that devises new work with teenagers. 

Morgan unironically loves reality television and doesn't care what you think about that. The best live performance she's ever witnessed was Hofesh Schector's Sun

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What we do.

Lonely Company make the life of playwrights less lonely and more sustainable. We also foster a supportive playwriting community. Playwrights are often expected to write a first draft on their own before. We believe in supporting playwrights from the beginning of their creative process. We do this by providing:

  • Year long writer residencies with us in our Southbank studios. We offer desk space, as well as one-on-one dramaturgical support, while they write a first draft of a new work.

  • Community events. We bring people together for readings, panels, discussions, and workshops.

  • Beta Fest. Our biannual festival of the unfinished play.

  • Other stuff, as it occurs to us.