Biography

Tasnim Hossain is a director, playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter.

In 2022, she directed How I Learned to Drive (NIDA) and co-adapted and dramaturged Burn Witch Burn (fervour.). She won the 2022 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Direction of an Independent Production for Yellow Face (Dinosaurus Productions/KXT) and was shortlisted for the 2022 Griffin Award for her script Bombay Takeaway.

In 2021, she directed -.- for Eat Me (NIDA), Rough Draft #49 – Garage Sale (STC), and the 2021 Griffin Award readings. She has also been an assistant director on Banging Denmark (STC) and The House at Boundary Road, Liverpool (Bontom).

Tasnim is a co-recipient of the Create NSW-Hayes Theatre NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship with Vidya Makan, through which she is currently writing the book for a new musical, and has recently completed a commission with Nautanki Theatre Company. She collaborated with the composer, Corrina Bonshek, on a new Australian art song for Blush Opera’s 12 THREADS project.

Tasnim has toured solo works, Boys Light Up, Letters to John and Zak and Reefa’s Bollywood Funeral, to a range of festivals, including Griffin Theatre’s Batch Festival in Sydney, Fringe World in Perth, You Are Here in Canberra, and Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle.

She wrote the monologues Delivery for Playwriting Australia’s Dear Australia project and Hope and Wisdom for ABC Radio National Fictions. She has written work for young people through ATYP, Canberra Youth Theatre and Shopfront.

Tasnim was a creator, writer, and actor for Carpark Clubbing (ABC iView), which won Best in Writing at Stareable Fest and Best Ensemble at Die Seriale.

She has also participated in programs such as Co-Curious’ “On the Bright Side”, supported by Netflix, and the inaugural NSW/ACT AFTRS Talent Camp. She has worked as a story developer with Screen Canberra on both their FilmPOD and TVPOD programs. She has also contributed to SBS Voices and ABC Everyday.

Tasnim has been an Artistic Associate at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and tutor at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has also been a Sydney Theatre Company – Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Directors’ Initiative participant, Griffin Theatre Company’s Studio Artist, Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre mentee, and ATYP Resident Playwright.

She was a 2020/2021 Australia Council Future Leader and has served on the board of ATYP since 2018.