actor | writer | noisemaker
Holly Austin is one of Australia’ most versatile multi-disciplinary performers celebrated for her individuality in theatremaking and her unique vocal dexterity.
Holly is a NIDA graduate and is the recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship, The Ian Potter Cultural Award and The Inaugural ACTF Joan & Betty Rayner Fellowship.
As an actor she has a vast number of screen and theatre credits under her belt, including The Comedy Channel's Open Slather and recently appeared in the feature film Miss Fishers Crypt of Tears. In August 2021 she will appear in Virginia Gay's Cyrano at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Not only a dextrous and skilled performer, Holly is a writer for both stage & screen and generates much of her own work. In 2017, Holly was co-awarded, The Philip Parsons Award for playwriting. Holly co-wrote the ABC Fresh Blood series Ultimate Fanj and the beautiful theatre work Ruby’s Wish, which toured nationally in 2018 to The Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne Centre and Perth's Awesome Festival. She was co-awarded $10,000 through Queer Screen's Inaugural Pitch Off Competition and won best screenplay at The Mardi Gras Film Festival for Butch, a new queer comedy series co-written with Zoe McDonald. In 2020 Butch received development funding through Screen Australia.
In April 2019 her solo family work Dr. AudiYO's Giant Adventure, premiered at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, presented by Theatre Works and Froudist. In 2021- 2022 this work is set to tour nationally.
Holly is also a musician and beatboxer and has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Grammy Award winning artist Common, Martha Wainwright, John Butler, Amanda Palmer, Holly Throsby and played at the SXSW Festival with Sui Zhen.
“Austin has a kind of genius in her performance, a happy, infectious tenacity. She’s like Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky or Audrey Tautou in Amélie.”
– See Saw Magazine