RICK VIEDE (Playwright) Rick Viede is an Australian writer and performer now living in New York. He won the prestigious 2008 Griffin Award for his debut play Whore, which premiered in 2009 at Belvoir St Theatre. The Australian production of Whore was closely followed by a production at New York's Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre, directed by Stephen Brackett. In 2010 Rick was awarded the highly prestigious Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Whore. He was Affiliate Playwright with Griffin Theatre Company, Australia's new writing theatre, where he worked on two commissions: Autumn and Poised; as well as developing a neo-restoration gender bending comedy for Australia's premier Shakespeare Company Bell Shakespeare, entitled Gull, or the lamentable comedie called love (hereto known as the Trannies' Revenge). Rick's play A Hoax took out the 2011 Griffin Award, was showcased at the National Playwriting Festival and played to rave reviews and sell out houses at La Boite and Griffin Theatre Co throughout 2012. A Hoax was also shortlisted for the highly prestigious NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and premieres in America under the title Nobody's Girl. Rick also received the judge's commendation for the 2012 Max Afford Playwrights Award for his new play Oranges & Lemons, as well as being shortlisted for Sydney Theatre Company's Patrick White Playwrights Award, and is currently writing a mini-series about historic transgender true-crime figure Eugenia Falleni co-written with chief crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi. Rick created the satiric semi-drag "Aspiring Inspirational Personality" character of Glace Chase that has played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and internationally. Glace can currently be found running crazy interactive drag walking tours of NYC under the business: Dream Queen Tours. Come play! www.dreamqueentours.com Rick has also been shortlisted for numerous other awards and holds a B.A. from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

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