Hilary Bell’s plays have been produced nationally and internationally. They include The Splinter, Wolf Lullaby, Fortune, The Falls, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, Memmie Le Blanc and The White Divers of Broome, and adaptations of The Seagull, The Hypochondriac, the book The Red Tree and the film The Red Balloon. She collaborated with Lally Katz on The Mysteries: Genesis for the Sydney Theatre Company and with Paul Capsis on Angela’s Kitchen for Griffin. She also writes musicals, song cycles and opera, her collaborators including Phillip Johnston, Andrée Greenwell, Douglas Stephen Rae, Elena Katz-Chernin and Jim Sharman.
A graduate of the Juilliard, AFTRS and NIDA, Hilary was the Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South, and the Patrick White Fellow at the STC. She is the author of three children’s books: Numerical Street, The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, and best-seller Alphabetical Sydney. She has taught playwriting over many years for such organisations as Griffin Theatre, PlayWriting Australia, New York University, Wesleyan University, and for Writing NSW.