Brittanie Shipway is a proud Gumbaynggirr and Turkish woman. A graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA - Musical Theatre), Brittanie is an actor, singer, writer, dramaturge and story teller.
After studying acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film & Theatre, Brittanie returned home 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. Her recent credits include Kay in The Sapphires, Lauren in Kinky Boots, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and Sport For Jove’s Othello and Rose Riot. She is most well-known for her appearance on The Voice, where she turned all four chairs in her Blind audition.
Her 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.
As a writer, Brittanie has successfully won grants from the Australia Council of the Arts, Create NSW and Belvoir: Shutdown Residency to workshop her autobiographical play A Letter For Molly. Her other creative credits include writing short stories for ABC’s Radio National, SBS Voices, and composing original music in Sport For Jove’s recent production of Othello. She is currently a resident dramaturge for Theatre Works First Nations Initiative and is starring in Chess as The Arbiter.