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Wendy Mocke

Cairns, Australia | Madang, PNG

Wendy Mocke was born in Port Moresby and grew up in Madang, Papua New Guinea until her family enabled her to move to Far North Queensland for boarding school. With a keen interest in creating small-scale theatre performances from an early age, she performed in her parents living room, local theatrical productions and commercial adverts during high school. Following high school, due to visa restrictions, she had to put her passion on hold in order to financially support herself and assist with her family back in Papua New Guinea.

Six years passed, during which she had and raised her beautiful daughter. Once her daughter turned five, Wendy decided it was time to act again. One of her first shows back was Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in which she played Beatrice. She got on stage and instantly felt at home again. She auditioned for NIDA that year and was successful, becoming the first Papua New Guinean to be accepted into NIDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course.

Mocke was recently named as one of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights.