2017 Green Room Best Actor winner awarded to Monash Professor

Theatre-maker and Director of Monash’s Centre for Theatre and Performance, Associate Professor Jane Montgomery-Griffiths, has won best actor in the prestigious Green Room Awards 2017 (27 March) for her performance in the Pulitzer prize winning play, Wit.

Jane Montgomery-Griffiths for Wit, photo by Pia Johnson

Jane Montgomery-Griffiths for Wit, photo by Pia Johnson

Now in their 34th year, the Green Room Awards are Melbourne's premier performing arts industry awards and recognise excellence and innovation across a range of categories.

Nominated in the Independent Theatre category for her role in ‘Wit’ by Margaret Edson play, the production played to sell out audiences and rave reviews from all major Melbourne theatre critics.

Dean of the Arts, Professor Rae Francis, congratulated Associate Professor Montgomery-Griffiths on winning the best actor award.

“The project is a wonderful example of the impact that our academics are having beyond the academy, and also an inspiring example of the benefits of collaboration across disciplines, institutions and sectors.”

Associate Professor Montgomery Griffiths said she was thrilled to receive the award:

Wit is a beautiful and important play, and performing in it was one of the highlights of my career. It’s also wonderful that this production, the first professional production of the play in Australia, demonstrates how Monash and the theatre industry are working together to foster thought-provoking and powerful Practice-as-Research projects.”

This production was made possible by the generous support of the Monash Academy of Performing Arts, and the Pratt Foundation through its ongoing financial sponsorship of the Centre for Theatre Performance.

It also received the approval of Ovarian Cancer Australia (for whom the production held a benefit performance) and has formed the basis of a Monash/Warwick Alliance grant to examine the role theatre can play in empathetic engagement with, and public health education on, Ovarian Cancer, and an Arts Faculty seed funding grant to pursue an ARC Linkage between producing theatre companies and Ovarian Cancer Australia.

A number of Monash alumni and current students were also nominated for the Green Room Awards including: Chris Wenn for sound design; Mark Wilson for direction, writing  and best production; Melanie Jame Walsh for experimental performance; and two for ‘Wit'. In addition, two Monash teaching staff Emma Valente and Stephen Nicolazzo were nominated both for best independent production, and Emma Valente for best lighting too, and Monash's CTP artist in residence, Zoe Dawson for best writing.