MEET WAYNE TUNKS
Wayne’s IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0876657/
Born and raised in Blacktown, in the heart of Sydney's West, Wayne showed an interest in theatre at a young age. His year Four teacher would encourage him to write and direct his own short plays, which he'd rehearse during lunch and put on for the class. He was given an "A++" in Drama and was called "The Cecil b DeMille of Year 4". Wayne studied TV Production at Uni, but soon realised that his heart lay in theatre.
In 2000, Wayne wrote, directed, produced and performed his first play, "Beyond the Door" at a small photographic studio in Strawberry Hills, with an amazing cast that included Rodger Corser and Rebecca Smart. After this play, Wayne was well and truly bitten by the theatre bug and has continued to make quality Australian drama since then.
Wayne's work has been seen all over the world and continues to be performed by not only Wayne's company, Tunks Productions, but other companies as well. Some of the biggest successes include, "The Subtle Art of Flirting", which has so far had 6 seasons across Australia; "We'll Always Have Wagga", which had several seasons, toured around Sydney and opened the Riverina Theatre Company Season; and "The Bridesmaid Must Die!", which has had 3 seasons in Sydney and 2 in Tasmania. "Hell Hath No Fury" has had 4 seasons in 3 states, including 2 student seasons, “37 Ways To Say I’m Gay” has sold out in three states. and several plays have been seen in 2 states, "Everything I Know I Learnt From Madonna", "Silvertop Ash", "Flame Trees", "The Burlesque Effect" and the two plays that sold out seasons in both states, "The Girlie Show" and "Fag Boy & the Married Guy". Plus there's also, "His Room", "Petroleum", "Unrequited", "Someday Suddenly", "Birthdays, Christmas & Other Family Disasters", "Things Not To Do After a Break Up", "Go West", "Bitch", “Diva Wars” and the smash hit, “According to Otto”.
As an actor Wayne has been seen on stage and screen. On TV he has appeared in Underbelly Squizzy and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. On film Wayne was seen in, "Cross Life", "The Casting Game" and "Fragmentary", “Apparitions” as well as the web series, “The Crossing”. On stage Wayne has appeared in a number of plays, including his acclaimed turns in "As You Like It" and "Home Invasion".
Wayne has been a storyliner on Australia's longest running drama series, "Neighbours", was the Festival Director for Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 and has been a sought after drama teacher for 16 years.
In 2017, Wayne decided it was time to head back to movie making, and with co-producer, Nicholas Price, created the web series, “After Nightfall”. Season One was released in 2018 and has won awards all over the world, including a best director win for Wayne at the Web Series Festival in Utah. The series was also named best Thriller Web Series at the NYC Web Fest and Baltimore Web Fest.
In 2019, Wayne made his feature film debut, an adaption of the stage play, “According to Otto”. It will be released in 2020.
Wayne is a strong advocate for the LGBT community and continues to make and choose work to support this community.