Raimondo Cortese has written over forty plays for theatre, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, Holiday, which won a 2007 Green Room Award for Best Australian Writing, and The Child. His plays have been presented in over a dozen countries. He was a founding member of Ranters Theatre, serving as Artistic Director from 1994 – 2001. Raimondo was the recipient of a 2010 Australian Leadership Award, and also the inaugural Patrick White Fellowship by the STC in 2011. He heads the Master of Writing for Performance course at VCA, University of Melbourne. In 2014 he completed his PhD. He also writes fiction and film scripts.