Fragments, 2018 (Still). Image: Angelica Madani

Maura Pierlot

Maura is an award-winning author and playwright who hails from New York, but has called Canberra home for over 25 years. In 2018 Maura’s monologue project on youth mental health, Fragments, was performed at the Pioneer Theatre in Sydney, following creative and script development in Canberra.

In 2016 Maura won the SOLO Monologue Competition, Hothouse Theatre for her play, Tapping Out, which went on to win three awards at Short+Sweet Sydney (2017). Maura was Winner of the 2017 CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and recipient of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, for her young adult manuscript, Freefalling. Her first picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town,won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s Category) last year and received international accolades. A former medical news reporter and editor of Australian Medicine, Maura has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate, each in philosophy, specialising in ethics.

Maura Pierlot

Maura Pierlot. Image: Hilary Wardhaugh Photography


Whilst in residence, Maura will be finalising the script for Fragments, a youth monologue project on mental health, for licensing and publication following its Canberra production later this year.

Mental health issues are on the rise yet there remains a reluctance to speak openly without fear of stigma. Fragments uses theatre to open up stories in eight interconnected monologues through the bodies and voices of young people, giving them agency and opportunity to reach out to each other, their peers, families and communities. Swimmers put up their hands when struggling in a rip, but there is no clear, universal signal for people who need help with mental health issues. Sometimes the waters are so turbulent that people struggling don’t even recognise themselves in each other, like the teens in Fragments who are trying to find hope and their sense of self in the face of anxiety, depression, family dysfunction and alienation.