Play for Australia- Vessel Theatre Company, Melbourne Fringe & The Arts Centre Melbourne, September 2016

Play For Australia is a bold gathering of many theatrical voices presented in a season of curated, ultra-short 600 word plays. Patricia Cornelius, John Romeril, Ross Mueller, Candy Bowers and many more established and emerging writers explore who we are and who we could be as a nation in this newly commissioned work for Melbourne Fringe.

An exciting pilot project, Play For Australia subverts the norm of one voice on the stage by delivering immediate and dynamic engagement with the daring ideas of 12 individual writers from diverse backgrounds. The plays are a timely and powerful response to how the themes of national identity are reflected on our stage and in the street.

The performances are followed by a post-show discussion with the writers, actors and audience in what is a provocative invitation to question the future of our nation.

James Lawson Artistic Director/Producer
Deborah Leiser Moore Director
John Kachoyan Director
Chris Mead Dramaturg
Ross Mueller Writer
Fleur Murphy Writer
Maysa Abouzeid Writer
Candy Bowers Writer
Emilie Collyer Writer
Kamarra Bell-Wykes Writer
Tania Canas Writer
John Romeril Writer
Angus Cameron Writer
Nateshe Somasundaram Writer
Patricia Cornelius Writer
Chi Vu Writer

more information HERE



Asylum-  Apocalypse Theatre Company  (Sydney, Australia) 

Invited to be part of Apocalypse Theatre's quick-response season (12 nights across 2 weeks) exploring what it means to seek asylum (


 'Three Angry Australians'- Tania Cañas

Directed by Charlotte Bradley
With Jennifer Rani Gardner, Emily Havea, Felino Dolloso

Set in an NGO office during a typical days work. What discussions happen after that phone gets put down and after that email is sent? This is the raw discourse - in all its rage, political incorrectness and resistance.

Friday 6th 8PM [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday 11th 8PM [SOLD OUT]

Writers Workshop: Structure and Creativity, June 2014

Workshop with Dramaturg and MTC Literary Director, Chris Mead

Melbourne Theatre Company, as part of  NEON EXTRA

information HERE

'Untouchable', February 2013

The Voices Project - Out of Place (ATYP)

published with Currency Press Australia

Out of Place is a beautifully crafted collection of seven-minute monologues presenting young characters that laugh, tease and tell stories to make your toes curl. Out of Place is the latest installment in  The Voices Project,  atyp’s overwhelmingly successful program designed to nurture and showcase the talents of Australia’s best young playwrights.  Each piece takes a captivating look at what happens when people are placed just outside their comfort zone.

Tania performed her seven- minute monologue script Untouchable at the Diversity on Stage and Screen at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).


Saloon Series Mentorship Program, 2013

PlayWriting Australia (PWA) 

Selected for a year-long mentorship program to develop Untouchable into a full length script.
The Leader Community Papers covered the selection in the following article HERE.

more information about the saloon series from PWA HERE


Saloon Series SHOWCASE, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 2013

The Saloon Series mentorship program culminated into a presentation of excerpts from my new play 'Guanaca oi oi oi', in a public reading directed by Chris Mead, Literary Director of Melbourne Theatre Company, performed by Nicole Lee, Kane Felsinger, Naomi Rukavina and Leighton Young.

for more information on the visit HERE

for more about the writers click HERE

you will also find a review from one of the performers HERE

Guanaca oi oi oi , Footscray Community Arts Centre, December 2013

Guanaca oi oi oi, Footscray Community Arts Centre, December 2013

Guanaca oi oi oi , Footscray Community Arts Centre, December 2013

Guanaca oi oi oi, Footscray Community Arts Centre, December 2013


Fresh Ink- National Studio, November 2012

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) 

Selected to be part of Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) Fresh Ink- National Studio 2012,  which brought together emerging playwrights from all over Australia for a week of master classes with established playwrights from Australia and the UK.

for my thoughts of the National Studio see:

I give an explanation behind the inspiration and development of 'Untouchable' on the Fresh INK blog HERE