playwright, creator & producer
Sunny's transformative and inventive works have been translated into 4 languages and presented in 90 venues in over 60 cities across the world. His wide range of audiences have spanned international arts festivals, elderly ladies in regional theatres and queers in underground warehouses. Sunny was commissioned by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT and ATFC to write the 2019 World Theatre Day message for Canada. He was awarded the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize 2019 ($25,000), and was a finalist for the K. M. Hunter Theatre Award (2018).
Sunny is currently a playwright-in-residence at the Stratford Festival, and has been awarded numerous other residencies including: the National Arts Centre’s Collaborations (2018-current), Theatre Passe Muraille (2018/19), Nightswimming (2018), Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources (2017), Yaddo (New York, 2018), Playwrights Theatre Centre’s WrightSpace (2016), The Arctic Circle onboard a tall ship in the high arctic (2019) and Djerassi (2019).
Touring highlights: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Espace Libre (Montreal), Northern Arts & Cultural Centre (Yellowknife & Fort Smith), Brisbane Powerhouse (Australia), Nuovo Cinema Palazzo (Rome), The Basement Theatre (Brighton, UK), and three times in the USA National Queer Arts Festival. MEN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS premieres in Calgary with Downstage Theatre in Feb/March 2020.
He is partway through 3 years of Canada Council composite funding towards the development and/or production of 5 of his new works – he is the first individual to receive this grant which previously has been awarded only to companies.
Sunny was born and grown in Australia and has lived in Toronto since 2011.
educator & consultancy:
Sunny has over 18 years professional experience in the arts, university and community sectors, as a consultant, educator, facilitator, strategic planner and project manager. As the inaugural director of Propel Youth Arts, Sunny was instrumental in establishing this state-wide youth arts development and advocacy body in Western Australia. He has facilitated over 280 workshops ranging from trans* education to creative to political & leadership development workshops.
Sunny works with independent artists to support them to identify and achieve their goals strategicaly. Sunny is not currently accepting new clients, but feel free to drop him a line to let him know you'd be interested for future.