AMBASSADORS

Rachael Coopes

Tiarne Coupland

Rachael is a storyteller in many forms and her career in theatre, film and

television spans over 20 years.

Rachael’s television acting work includes Play School (ABC- where she is

currently a presenter and writer), Rake, Little Ted’s Big Adventure, Dance

Academy, Balls of Steel, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, McLeod’s

Daughters, Life Support, All Saints, Secret Life of Us, White Collar Blue, Dog’s

Head Bay. Film work: The Ghost, Billy’s Holiday (Dir: Richard Wherrett) and

Sirens (Dir: John Duigan). Theatre work: Sugarland (ATYP), Nothing Personal

(Ensemble), The God Committee (Ensemble), The Sugar House (Public read-

Belvoir), Stoning Mary (Griffin Dir: Lee Lewis) and The Decameron (Old Fitzroy).

She started writing sketches for SBS’s Life Support in 2001 and devised The

Decameron at the Old Fitzroy. On winning the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and

Marten Bequest Scholarship, Rachael studied in Paris 2004-2005, with Philippe

Gaulier, devising new work and writing her first play Art House. It was

subsequently staged at The Old Red Lion in London and the Edinburgh Fringe

Festival in 2009, The University of Washington, USA in 2010 and The Idly Bent

Theatre Company in 2013. Her short play Save Draft was staged at Short and

Sweet Festival 2011.

Devised work includes Two Women (Grifffringe at Griffin Theatre 2010), I’m Not

Sure I’m an Adult Yet (November ISM Festival 2011) and various corporate

projects, including ten-minute silent piece A Moment in Time in 2013 for Cerrone

Jewellery’s anniversary event. She has worked as a drama coach on The

Sapphires, commercials directed by Ray Lawrence and ABC’s Clever Man.

Her play Sugarland, winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Regional

Touring Production, co-created with Wayne Blair, was produced at ATYP and the

Darwin Festival in 2014. It was ATYP’s first professional production in 30 years,

broke all ATYP box office records, won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best

Production for Young People, just completed a national tour, was nominated for a

2015 AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young Audience, and was published in 2015.

She regularly writes for ABC’s Play School and is currently part of the writing

team for Australian/Irish co-pro Ambience/ AirPig Productions/ Telegael new

children’s television series Drop Dead Weird (currently in pre-production). In

2016 she was awarded an honorary fellowship at The State Library of NSW, as

their first-ever Creative Fellow. This will provide research support for her new

work in development- Les Darcy (working title) a play based on infamous

Australian boxer Les Darcy, who is also her great-grandfather’s cousin. She is

currently replicating the Sugarland process with ATYP and BMEC in Bathurst,

doing a series of residences 2016-2017, working with local young people and

artists, and writing The Climbing Tree (working title), with production slated for

2018. Also in development is untitled project with The House That Dan Built,

Danielle O’Keefe and Sally Blackwood, an ensemble of twelve young women all

eighteen years and under, creating a new work inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tale

The 12 Dancing Princesses.

Tiarnie Coupland's screen career began at the tender age of 8. Since that time, Tiarnie has appeared in numerous films, TV series, short films, TVC's and theatre productions around the globe.

Known for her first regular television lead role as Maddy Kent in the ABC & CBBC global hit Children's TV series, Worst Year of my Life, Again! Tiarnie plays a bona fide wild child, Maggie in the Logie award winning TV show Love Child. A kid who has been emotionally neglected and is deeply mistrusting of adults. She's a smart, manipulative ball of energy.

Tiarnie's feature film credits include the 2016 thriller, Killing Ground by Damian Power where she plays Em. The acclaimed drama, The Final Winter as Jess Henderson, daughter of Mick (Matt Nable), Xan Cassavetes' feature film, The Kiss Of The Damned. Then there is the role of Sally in a USA Sci-Fi Film (2017) The Half Dead by Tim Boyle, where she enjoyed working alongside iconic International & Australian actors; John Rhys-Davies, Tasma Walton, Peter Phelps, Jay La'gaia, Steve Bastoni and Terry Serio.