Caleb Lewis is an Australian playwright and game designer. He is known for his play Dogfall, first produced in 2007 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Early life and educationEdit

Lewis' father was a diver, whose job at one time was to retrieve bodies from the Yarra River in Melbourne. He later worked on an oil rig near Dubai, where Lewis visited him when he was 22.[1]

Lewis studied drama and playwriting at the Flinders University Drama Centre[1][2] earning a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons)[3] in 2001.[4] After this he was mentored by Australian dramatist Nick Enright.[3]


In 2004 Lewis' collection of short plays Songs for the Deaf was produced by FreshTrack Productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He began a two-year residency with the Griffin Theatre Company, culminating in the world premiere of Nailed.[citation needed]

Lewis has completed commissions for Jigsaw Theatre Company in the Australian Capital Territory and Riverland Youth Theatre Company in South Australia. His short film The Half Windsor opened in Sydney in May 2007.[citation needed]

After receiving funding from the Australia Council's theatre and literature boards, his play The Sea Bride won the Theatrelab Emerging Playwright Award, earning a two-week workshop with playwright Edward Albee.[5][6]

His play Dogfall opened in Adelaide at the Bakehouse Theatre to good reviews in November 2007, and Edward Albee called the play "wonderful".[6]. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award.[7]

In January 2008, Songs for the Deaf toured to Hong Kong. Men, Love and the Monkeyboy was short-listed for the 2007 Griffin Award and is the winner of the 2008 Mitch Matthews award.[8] Men, Love and the Monkeyboy enjoyed successful seasons at the Darlinghurst Theatre and the Riverside Theatre Parramatta in 2008.[citation needed]

Rust and Bone, based on Craig Davidson's short story collection of the same name, premiered in Sydney in 2013, earning favourable reviews.[9] Lewis began to work on creating immersive theatre pieces and game-based stories. His work If There Was a Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It won the 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation.[10]

In 2016 he developed an app called The City, which allows the player to explore the lives of four homeless characters.[11]

In 2019 he developed A Little History Play for the Batch Festival at Griffin Theatre Company. This was an interactive piece where the audience guided the action in the play, and their decisions then carried over to the play's next performance.[12]

Cathedral, commissioned by the State Theatre Company of South Australia (STCSA)[1] and staged by the in May 2022, attracted good reviews, with one reviewer calling it the highlight of STCSA's season.[13] The play centres around a cave diver diving in a cave near Mount Gambier, and explores themes of depression, drawn from the playwright's own experience of the condition.[1] Lewis wrote in the program notes that it also reflected on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's personal lives. One reviewer said it was about helplessness, hope and salvation. Nathan O'Keefe took the central role in the one-hander, and it was directed by Shannon Rush.[14]

As of May 2022 Lewis is based in Queensland.[1]

Recognition and awardsEdit

Other rolesEdit

Lewis is a partner of the Hunter Institute for Mental Health.[3]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Smith, Matthew (13 May 2022). "New State Theatre Company play Cathedral dives into issues of grief and depression". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Flinders Drama Centre Graduates". Flinders Drama Centre Graduates. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Bio". Caleb Lewis. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Class of 2001". Flinders Drama Centre. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Drama Centre: Graduate profiles". Flinders University. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  6. ^ a b Bollen, Jonathan (December 2007 – January 2008). "War at a distance". RealTime (82): 33. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  7. ^ "The Philip Parsons Young Playwright's Award 2008". Australian Stage Online. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  8. ^ a b c "The Mitch Mathews Award". Archived from the original on 3 March 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  9. ^ Rust and Bone at Griffin Theatre Company
  10. ^ a b "Caleb Lewis". Mollison Keightley Management. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Watch an interview with playwright Caleb Lewis". Blast Theory. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  12. ^ "5 Questions with Caleb Lewis". Griffin Theatre Company. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b Bramwell, Murray (10 May 2022). "Theatre review: Cathedral". InDaily. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  14. ^ Barnes, Adrian (11 May 2022). "Theatre Review: Cathedral (World Premiere)". Glam Adelaide. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  15. ^ "2008 Awgie Award Winners". Australian Writers' Guild. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  16. ^ Fulton, Adam (15 March 2010). "Playwright opts for credibility over cash". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  17. ^ "The River at the End of the Road – HotHouse Theatre". Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Fringe Review: Destroyer of Worlds". Glam Adelaide. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  19. ^ "The Honey Bees". Red Stitch. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Maggie Stone". Currency Press. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Nailed". Australian Plays. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  22. ^ "moving and shaking". Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Review: Death in Bowengabbie". Daily Telegraph. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  24. ^ "Review: Rust And Bone, Griffin Theatre, Sydney". Crikey!. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  25. ^ Blake, Jason (4 July 2011). "Friendship forged against the odds in robot world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  26. ^ "In a Dark Dark Wood". Barking Gecko Theatre. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  27. ^ "Circus elephant tale judged jumbo effort". The West Australian. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2019.

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