D’Ed, B’Ed, BA, MA, Grad Dip Applied Psychology (CAPA)
Playwright–Director Wendy Beckett has written more than 25 theatre plays and directed more than 40. She has also written biographies, radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, books, librettos, articles of academic study and journalism. Her literary mentor was author Lawrence Durrell of The Alexandria Quartet. At 22 she founded a theatre company Colours Inc. in Adelaide, Australia where she was the playwright and company director with a staff of 50. On ABC radio she conducted interviews with some of the best minds of our time
–Gore Vidal, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Bowles. Her academic background includes psychology, philosophy and literature and she has lectured in these subjects in Australian Universities.
Wendy's reputation as a theatre director is vast and her plays have been produced in several different languages and cities around the World –New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Edinburgh and Paris.
She has her own theatre company PASCAL PRODUCTIONS which produces her work independently as well as leading
co-productions with other theatre playhouses. Wendy often works with eminent visual artists, choreographers, composers and musicians. FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER was performed at the Sydney Opera House with composer Ross Edwards and musicians were drawn from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Wendy is known for productions which favour strong female leads and involve artistic, domestic or political dramas
–both biographical and fictional in nature. Her play ANAÏS NIN has been directed by her in several states of Australia and also in NYC. It has also been performed in Tokyo.
Wendy's body of work is collected by the Australian National Library in Canberra.