Alicia McLachlan

After developing a love for visual storytelling as a teenager, Alicia began to explore a professional screenwriting career at the Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto, where she earned a diploma in Digital Film and Television Production. While continuing to develop her craft through independent study, she nurtured her passion by volunteering at renowned festivals such as Sundance and TIFF.

Alicia established an even greater appreciation for the collaborative nature of filmmaking while working as a script supervisor. After writing, producing and directing a few of her own short films using only the limited resources she had immediately available, Alicia transitioned into another discipline she had loved since childhood: live and musical theatre. Starting out as an assistant stage manager and technical operator, she ended up co-producing the farce Key For Two for a beloved community theatre in Toronto.

Alicia took a detour from her filmmaking career to travel, which led to her introduction to Australian writer Paul Winters. After their first meeting on a bus tour in Scandinavia, their immediate connection developed into an intense long-distance relationship and creative collaboration. They briefly lived in Darwin together before moving on to other career opportunities, but their writers’ souls and hearts will forever belong in the NT.