Since graduating from The Victorian College of The Arts Gary Abrahams has established himself as one of Melbourne's most critically respected freelance stage directors and theatre makers. He has directed the Australian premieres and national tours of several commercial shows as well as classic texts, contemporary plays, new Australian scripts, and devised projects. His work encompasses large-scale commercial plays and musicals, mainstage works, independent shows and self-produced theatre projects. He is a recipient of THE GRACE WILSON TRUST AWARD for Writing, THE JIM MARKS SCHOLARSHIP for Artistic Practice and THE MIKE WALSH FELLOWSHIP for Directing. He is also a GREENROOM AWARD WINNER and multiple nominee for his directing, playwriting and dramaturgy work.
His recent credits include the Australian premiere of “33 Variations” starring academy award winning actor Ellen Burstyn at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, multi-award nominated “The Ghetto Cabaret” exploring original Yiddish songs composed in the European Ghettos of WWII, the Australian premiers of “Buyer and Cellar“ for The Melbourne Theatre Company , “Hand to God” and “Bad Jews” for The Vass Theatre Group, and “Resident Alien” for Cameron Lukey Productions. In 2017 he directed “Angels In America: Parts One and Two” for Cameron Lukey Productions, and the national tour of his adaptation of “Therese Raquin” for his company Dirty Pretty Theatre. Other recent credits include “POMONA”, “ROAM”, “The Pride”, “Day One. A Hotel. Evening”, “Laramie. 10 Years On” and “Oh Well Never Mind Bye”, all for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. For his own company Dirty Pretty Theatre he has directed and written the plays “The Lonely Wolf” “Acts Of Deceit (Between Strangers In A Room)”, “Something Natural but Very Childish”, “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” and “Therese Raquin".