Phil (Physicist and Science communicator) has joined forces with thespians, Michele and Patrick, to create Dramatis Scientificae. We help working scientists share their experiences and their research, through narrative, theatre and film.


Michele Conyngham

Michele is a writer, actor, musician and director. She has written 18 plays for adults and children, which have been performed in theatres throughout Australia including Belvoir Street Theatre, The Seymour Centre, Troupe Theatre and Lamplight Theatre. As a performer, she had some success in London as a twenty-something (performing at the Half Moon Theatre as Herr Fergulshan) before returning to Australia and starting her own theatre company, Lamplight Theatre. She has also taught English, French, Music & History in high schools. The part of Dramatis Scientificae she finds most exciting is performing in productions that include scientists improvising.


Dr Phil Dooley

Phil is a physicist, entertainer, pianist and singer. By day, he’s a science writer for Cosmos Magazine, New Scientist, Australian Geographic and more, and was selected for the 2018  and 2019 Anthologies of Best Australian Science Writing. By night he performs in science shows and festivals around the world, including in Glasgow, Sydney, and London. He has been featured in “Best Australian Science Writing” three years running, is the coordinator of the Sydney Science Communicators’ Conference and…

Patrick Davies Trumper

Patrick Davies Trumper is an actor, writer and theatre director. He has performed all over Australia and the UK in a wide variety of plays (over 40, on latest count) – from playing Mozart in Amadeus at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney to performing as William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon and on London’s West End. His television appearances include guest roles on Darwin’s Brave New World, Farscape, All Saints, and The Escape of the Artful Dodger. Patrick loves self-devised theatre, having written and directed shows for alternative venues as well as for high schools. He has also taught drama and English in schools for many years. Dramatis Scientificae is a departure from his usual fare and is proving both educational and great fun.