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Joanna Hempel - Playwright & Novelist






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        Joanna Hempel
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Joanna Hempel is a playwright turned novelist with over thirty plays and dozens of sketches to her credit. Since 2012 she has concentrated on writing historical novels, covering events in Eastern Europe from 1914, and divides her time between Warsaw and Sydney. Volume 1 of her trilogy, published in English as Feet of Wax 1914-1918, is being translated into Polish and Russian. She intends to finish volume 2 in 2019.


Her published plays have become classics, studied and performed by youth theatres, and English and Drama students around Australia, USA and Canada. She was director of the Armidale School of Youth Drama, and her plays were variously staged at the Arts Theatre at the University of New England, the Drama Studio, the Armidale Playhouse, and the Valhalla, Sydney. She recently completed a set of seven dramatic monologues, tiltled Doors, capturing women of various ages at pivotal moments in their lives.


From 2006 to 2010 Joanna Hempel was director of Soirées Littéraires, with monthly speakers on European literature and writers at the New South Wales Writers' Centre in Sydney. She is fluent in English and Polish and gets by in Russian and French.


Joanna enjoys coaching in drama, voice and English language.


Over the years, Joanna Hempel shared her techniques as a drama and performance specialist with Australian students of drama and English, and with teachers of drama and English in colleges and at conferences inter-state & overseas. A graduate in Psychology, History and English from the University of Sydney, Joanna later trained in Theatre, gaining an M.Litt at the University of New England, Armidale. With a Polish-Lithuanian background tempered by Russian, English and Australian influences, she was born in Edinburgh, spent her childhood in England, and attended school and university in Australia.