Referred to as ‘prolific’ by Arts Hub (2005) for his writings on art and theatre David Paul Jobling has written several plays for young people including Onkaparinga River which was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs for the United Nations’ International Year of Peace and Puppy Love (with Bruce Keller) considered an innovative classic of interactive theatre.

Self Portrait

He has worked as a Writer, Director, Choreographer, Actor & Tutor for many distinguished companies including Sydney Theatre Company (No Worries, Puppy Love, The Misanthrope), Griffin Theatre Company (Sssh! Unicorn, D Week’89), Festival of Sydney (Faces in the Street, The Storm, The Five Kings), Adelaide Festival (Talking Books), Australian Nouveau Theatre ‘Anthill Theatre’ (The Misanthrope, Kid’s Stuff, Puppy Love, Monuments Erected on the Ruins of Modernism), The Performance Space (Dr. Owning) and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival (Mortal Coils) Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (The Grip, Grown-up’s Playroom) Australian Theatre for Young People (Senior Writers Tutor), Darlinghurst Theatre (Waiting for Godot, Billy Club Puppets, Writing Tutor, Acting Tutor) among others.

A trained puppeteer and visual artist David Paul has organised visual art exhibits for Sydney Theatre Company at The Wharf, Brown’s Lane Theatre, La Mama Theatre (Adelaide) The Women’s Gallery and PRIDE Community Centre. Some of his work forms part of the Melbourne Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Collection.

Short films by David Paul have been seen on television and around the world in Festivals such as Queer Screen and the Liverpool and Miami Film Festivals. Most recently he wrote and produced Sketch Hand Mouth for Choreo Lab in South Australia. Other short films include: With Love and Float Ease.

His creative writing and articles on visual art, theatre and film appear in Metro Magazine, Burn Magazine, Australian Screen Education, Art Work and The Famous Reporter among many other publications. His collection of short plays Short Performance Works were published in 1998 by All Men Are Equal Productions.

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s Playwrights Studio, David Paul has also completed courses at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australian National Playwright’s Centre and AC Arts. He produced a broad range of radio programs notably for FBI FM (Sydney) CBAA (National) and Sydney Educational Radio (2SER FM) with a focus on visual arts and theatre; he also wrote and produced the much loved series The Files from my Cabinet which featured on 2SER’s Friday Breakfast Program.

Rough Draft.

Most recently in Adelaide he directed Pastiche by Mij Tanith, Bittersweet, The Lonely ManLast Days on Earth by Jamie Jewell, Fifty Forever by David Paul Jobling with Jamie Jewell which toured to Fringe World Festival in WA and presented his own works Erect on Stage and other presentations for Adelaide’s Lesbian and Gay Cultural Festival – Feast.

Other Feast Festival productions include The Cracked Pot and Extraordinary lives as a writer, tutor, performer and producer. David Paul presented the original concept of The Fit In Room at Adelaide Dance Theatre’s Rough Draft in 2012 and directed Godfrey and Filling In for BlackBox @ Bakehouse under the title Ephemera Stains.

His blog here is a work in progress and is always in construction. Every so often he adds new links and prose randomly in an effort to describe the way he experiences life in a slightly disconnected way.


David Paul  has been on the internet since the mid 1990’s some of his work can be found here:

‘The forgotten cause of the Red Ribbon’ by David Jobling (ABC The Drum)

David Paul Jobling in conversation with Nick Enright

@ National Library of Australia Listings

“A word from David: Jobling, actor, writer and director who works with HIV positive people in the Northern Territory and South Australia” by David Jobling Artwork Magazine, no.14, Apr 1992, p.24-25
“Discriminating evidence” by David Jobling Talkabout (Darlinghurst, NSW), no.35, Aug 1993, p.12-14
“Dating Ridley Scott” by David Jobling Metro (Melbourne, Vic: 1974), no.131-132, 2002, p.276-277 (ISSN: 0312-2654)
“Jones=art” by David Jobling Burn, June 1993, p.6-7,9-10


DPJ is listed in the following:
AUSstage Database
APAIS 1992: Australian public affairs information service
The Bibliography Of Australian Literature: F – J, To 2000 edited by John Arnold, John A. Hay, Sally Batten
Guide to Gay & Lesbian Writing in Australia by Michael Hurley (Allen & Unwin)
Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays edited by Bruce Parr [Ref: Introduction] (Currency Press)