Callan Purcell is a proud Wiradjuri man growing up in Awabakal country. A recipient of the John Gielgud Actor’s Scholarship, Purcell graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018. As an actor and theatre maker, he has held workshops at Newtown Performing Arts School and The National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association Dance College.
Purcell’s acting credits include Equus, The Removalists and Checklist for an Armed Robber at Stooged Theatre, Newcastle. Travelling to London, he performed in Fatherland (Frantic Assembly), Safari (Northwall Arts/The Wardrobe Ensemble) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Engineer Theatre Collective).
In 2014, Purcell worked with Australian Theatre for Young People as a National Studio Writer for Between Us: Voices Project. Other writing credits include Peter Pan (Hunter Drama), Joan and Naked Bunyip Dancing (Upstage Youth Theatre), and Words in Progress (Pleasance Theatre, London).
Callan made his professional musical theatre debut in Hair the Musical playing the role of Woof, and most recently, he was the title role in Jasper Jones at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre.