Daniel Keene was born in Australia in 1955.  His multi-award winning plays have been acclaimed throughout Australia, in the United States and Poland, and since the late 1990s he has established himself as one of Europe's most notable contemporary playwrights.

He has won the South Australian Premier's Prize for  Drama, the Victorian Premier's Prize for  Drama (twice), the Wal Cherry Play of the Year, The New Dramatist's Award, New York and the 2000 NSW Premier's Prize for Literature (best play) three times.  The 2002 production of his play TERMINUS, directed by Laurent Laffargue at the TNT in Toulouse and the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, won the coveted Le Prix Pierre Jean Jacques Gaultier award for best direction.

All French translations are by Séverine Magois.  For a list of French-language productions, click here.

The Melbourne Theatre Company premieres his work LIFE WITHOUT ME with the Melbourne Festival in 2010. Major works produced in France in 2010 include SCISSORS, PAPER ROCK at Théâtre de la Colline, Paris and the premiere of DREAMERS at the Théâtre National de Toulouse.

Previous notable French productions include a national tour of ELEPHANT PEOPLE, directed by Renaud Cojo; PARADISE, directed by Laurent Laffargue, a co-production of Théâtre de la Commune and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, directed by Didier Berzace, at Théâtre de la Commune in Paris and THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, Compagnie Les Docks, directed by Jacques Descorde in early 2005. 

Works in 2003 include: HALF AND HALF, THE EARTH THEIR MANSION and THE RAIN at L'Hippodrome in Douai as part of a special festival of his work; 25 vignettes commissioned for OU VE LE MONDE, Compaigne de la Cité, Marseille, directed by Michel Andre in June; WHAT REMAINS OFDYING, UNTITLED MONOLOGUE and NEITHER LOST NOR FOUND, directed by Christophe Piret in Lille, in February;  and FIVE MEN, commissioned by Compagnie Stéphan Muh and presented in Paris in November 2003.

In 2002, TERMINUS opened at the TNT (Théâtre National de Toulouse), Toulouse, in March and transferred after a sell-out season and critical praise to the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, in May.  THE ARCHITECT'S WALK opened at the Avignon Festival in July 2002 to rave reviews and sell-out audiences and will see a return season in Paris in January 2003. 

Other European productions in 2002 included HOME LAND at the Scène Nationale de Blois in March 2002 and NEITHER LOST NOR FOUND AND OTHER SHORT PLAYS by Compagnie Méta Jupe at Le Lieu Unique, Scène Nationale de Nantes. In Brussels, Marcel Delval  directed ALL SOULS at the Théâtre Varia and TERMINUS at Théâtre de la Place des Martyrs. He iwas also commissioned by Théâtres de Nîmes, France, to write THE WORDS, which was performed in October 2002. 

In Australia during 2001/2, his work was performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. He was co-founder with Ariette Taylor of the KEENE/TAYLOR THEATRE PROJECT, which has presented thirteen seasons of new work over the past two years.  With Ariette Taylor he won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre (Green Room Awards 1998) and the Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts. 

2001 productions in Europe include: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, UNTITLED MONOLOGUE, TWO SHANKS and A THREE LEGGED STOOL in February 2001 in Grenoble; LOW at Théâtre de Poche, Brussels, in March 2001 as part of the theatre's 50th anniversary season; his monologue THE RAIN opening at La Commune, Paris in April 2001 and revived at the Avignon Festival in July. THE EARTH THEIR MANSION, a play commissioned by Théâtre de Folle Pensée (Compagnie Roland Fichet) as part of Naissances 1999 - 2000 - 2001/ Le chaos du nouveau: a festival of theatre work celebrating the millennium,was performed in Geneva in 2001 at the Théâtre du Grütli directed by Gilles Laubert. 

In June 1999 his play LOW opened in Burgundy (France); SILENT PARTNER opened in October in Toulouse (France) and in Paris at the Théâtre de la Commune in March 2000; radio adaptations of his plays SILENT PARTNER, TERMINUS, TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and THE TELLING have been broadcast on France Culture and his monologue AN EMPTY CHURCH was performed at the 1999 Avignon Fringe Festival. His radio play, VANISHING POINTS, was broadcast by three regional networks in Germany. 

In September 1999 his plays TERMINUS and SILENT PARTNER were published in France by Théâtrales, translated by Séverine Magois. In April 2000 his play TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN was published by Théâtrales. In April 2001 they published a collection of fourteen of his short plays, PIECES COURTES, and in 2002 they published THE ARCHITECT'S WALK and THE WORDS in one volume.  A fourth volume, HALF AND HALF and FIVE MEN was published in 2003.

Salt Publishing published a collection of his work in English,TERMINUS AND OTHER PLAYS, in 2003. He was the subject of a major feature in the May 2001 issue of the theatre magazine UBU (European Stages), which published an extract from THE ARCHITECT'S WALK, an essay by Daniel Keene and an interview. 
 

 

Picture: Alexandre Haslé in THE RAIN by Daniel Keene Théâtre de la Commune (Centre Dramatique National): Paris