Brittanie Shipway is a proud Gumbaynggirr and Turkish woman. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Musical Theatre), Brittanie is an actor, singer, writer, dramaturge, and storyteller – and is perhaps best known for turning four chairs on The Voice.
Having studied acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film & Theatre, Brittanie returned to Australia to make her professional debut at The Hayes Theatre Co. with RPG’s Big Fish (The Witch) and went on to perform in Chapel Off Chapel’s Ordinary Days (Claire) to great critical acclaim.
Brittanie’s passion for new Australian work has seen her workshop many original theatre projects, most notably Sydney Theatre Company’s Muriel’s Wedding (Rhonda) and New Musicals Australia’s Evie May: A Tivoli Story (Evie May) with director Damien Ryan. As a creative, Brittanie has worked as a writer, director, lyricist, composer and dramaturg. Most recently, she was Assistant Director for the debut production of Mercutio and the Prince Of Cats (Old 505 Theatre), and the Director of Jack Of(f) All Trades (Sydney Fringe Festival) and Broadway Reimagined.
Her recent credits include Kay in The Sapphires, Lauren in Kinky Boots, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and Othello and Rose Riot (Sport For Jove).
As a writer Brittanie has successfully received grants from the Australia Council of the Arts, Create NSW and Belvoir: Shutdown Residency to workshop her autobiographical play A Letter For Molly. Recently, she made her writing debut with ABC Radio National’s short stories, and SBS. Her compositions have been used in original music in Sport For Jove’s recent production of Othello. She is currently a resident dramaturge for Theatre Work’s First Nations Initiative and is writing a musical called Yellow Rock, to encourage the celebration of Gumbaynggirr culture in Australia.