About Paula

Paula Armstrong is an Australian playwright, director & producer in community theatre.

Paula wrote her first full length modern-day comedy/drama/farce “Katerina” in 2007, which made its successful debut at STAG (Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group) in November 2009 under the skillful direction of Mel de Bono. Katerina was then performed at Eltham Little Theatre 15th February – 2nd March 2013 directed by the talented Samuel Chappel. Her short plays “A Criminal Mind” and “Just One” both made their debut at the 1812 Theatre as part of their Board Shorts festivals in 2010 -11 & have been short listed and/or Wildcard entries for various Short+Sweet festivals. “A Criminal Mind” made it all the way through to the finals. The one act play version “Criminal Minds” won the 2010 Boroondara National Playwright Competition.  Paula’s  short drama “The Other Sister” was selected for performance in 2014’s Play Six and again in 1812’s Board Shorts in July 2015It was then selected for Short+Sweet Sydney 2016 but due to cast illness did not go ahead.

Paula was the Producer and creator of the highly successful Ten Minute Quickie – a ten minute play competition, in May 2009, September 2010, May 2012, May 2014 and finally in March 2016 at Eltham Little Theatre.  The Quickies is currently in retirement.

Another of Paula’s projects is ‘The Feeling Better Project’, a book of stories about managing and overcoming depression, anxiety & trauma.  If you feel you have a story to tell from a survivor or carer’s perspective, please email Paula at feelingbetterproject@gmail.com.

Paula was Festival Director in a collaboration  with ARK Theatre on the birth of a fresh new concept on the short play circuit.  ARKfest brought together original scripts from writers from all over Australia, with Victorian theatre groups and ensembles over one weekend in March.  Visit my projects page for more information.  ARKfest ran from 24-25th March 2018.