Victor Kline started his working life as Sydney’s youngest barrister. He is now Editor of the authorised Federal Court Reports, and the Federal Law Reports and an award winning actor, playwright and theatre director. In theatre he has worked extensively in Sydney and off Broadway in New York. He also teaches acting and is a performing arts reviewer. He has lived in Alice Springs, New Guinea, London, Paris, New York and the South of France, and currently lives in Sydney with his wife and one cat.
Hole in the Wall Theatre, Perth 1996-1997
NIDA Showreel, Sydney, 2001
Gail Edward’s Directors’ Masterclass, Sydney, 2001
Sydney Stage Combat School, 2004
Griffin Acting Course with David Berthold & Kate Gaul, 2004
George Whaley – Actorphobia, Sydney
International Film School, 2007
Weight: 72 kg
Eye Colour: Blue/Green
Racial Descent: Anglo/Russian
Languages & Accents
Languages: English (fluent), French (functional)
Accents: US (Manhattan and Southern), UK (Various), French, Jewish, German, Russian and Italian
Teaching Reviewing & Singing
Teaching Acting to dementia patients at Southern Cross Nursing Homes, North Ryde, 2010
Teaching Confident Speaking, Mosman CC, 2012 to 2013
Teaching Acting and Theatre, North Sydney CC, 2005-6
Teaching Acting and Theatre, Mosman CC, 2006 to 2013
Reviewing for Arts Hub 2008 to date
Shalomites, Perth, 1996-7
Fremantle Choir, Fremantle, 1996-7
Mixed Notes, Kiama, 1998-2000
Jonah and the Whalers, Sydney, 2005
Acting for Film and Television
Victor (Documentary directed by Adam Rosenberg based on The House at Anzac Parade), Lead, 2014.
Home and Away (Channel 7), Guest, Councillor Leary, 2010
Packed to the Rafters (Channel 7), Guest, The Barman, 2008
4 Corners (ABC TV) Dramatisation of Wheat Board scandal, John Stott, 2006
All Saints (Channel 7), Guest, Sergeant Lewis, (6 episodes) 2002/3
TVC, Washington Bank (USA), The Hooker, 100%, 2002
TVC, Flybuys (Aus), The Host, 100%, 2004
TVC, Mountain Franklin (Aus), Featured Extra, 2004
TVC, Sambucca (Aus), Dr Evil, Lead, 2007
TVC, Telstra, The Caller, 100%, 2008
TVC, Cannon, The Barber, 100%, 2009
ABC TV, Three Things (Short Film), Director: Clare Williamson, 2001
CTV1, Around The World With Joy (Motivational Talks – Various), 2000-2001
Sitcom Pilot, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pawn Shop (Sergeant Allamby), Director Danny Vandine, 2001
The Gas Club (Short film), Pod Films, The Irish Judge, Director: Ollie Langridge, 2001 [Selected Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival 2002]
The Carpet Factory (Short film), Director Aarne Neeme, 2004
Enough Rope (Short film), Director Catherine Anselmi, 2004
Acting for Theatre
Hopley: A Fortunate Few (Thomas Urquhart), Something Wicked @ Chippen St Theatre, 2022
Shakespeare: Othello (Ludovico), Sydney Shakespeare Company 2011
Kline: Love.Com (Jorge), Rehearsed Reading, Manly Festival, Sydney, 2006
Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well (The King), Factory Space Theatre, Sydney, 2005
Kline: The Salsa Lesson (He), Is Theatre, Flip Top Heart Festival, Hobart 2005
Gottsche: The Balmain Jesus (Martin), Stables Theatre, Sydney, 2004
Ackerman: Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Gene), Factory Space Theatre At The Cat @ Fiddle, Sydney 2004
Lewis: Statues of David (David), Factory Space Theatre, Sydney 2003
Cordero: Crumbs on the Radio:The Phil Harris Show (Phil Harris), Breadcrumbstheatre, Sydney 2003
Brightwolf: Saturday Night in the Shakespeare Ward (The Doctor), Sydney Actors Studio, Sydney 2002
Marlowe: Doctor Faustus Sings (Doctor Faustus), Valhalla, Sydney, 2002
Williamson: The Club (Ted Parker), New Theatre, Sydney, 2001
Morgan: And Valentino Takes Hollywood (George Ullman), NATC, New York, 2001
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Orsino), 13th Street Repertory, New York, 2000
Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra (Mark Antony), Bigeye Productions, Sydney, 2000
R & H: South Pacific (Emile De Becque), Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, 2000
Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Eilert Lovborg), NATC,New York, 1999
Shakespeare: The Tempest (Prospero), 13th Street Repertory, New York, 1999
Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (Mark Antony), Workshop Theatre, Wollongong, 1999
Taylor: Whistle Down The Wind (The Policeman), IPAC, 1999
Rough Justice (novel), published by Allen & Unwin, 1994. New edition published by Frances Allen, 2012. Available from all good bookstores, online shops and in Paperback and E-Book from Amazon.
The Fruit Bats of Charters Towers, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2009
Love.Com (play). Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney, 2007. Also rehearsed reading, Manly Festival, Sydney 2006.
The Salsa Lesson (Short play) La Boite Theatre, Brisbane 2006. Also overall runner up and winner of award for passionate performance, Flip TopHeart Festival, Hobart 2005. Also Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2007.
The Rehabilitation of God (a play). Factory Space Theatre @ The Star of The Sea, Sydney, 2005
Sex, Death & Chocolate (Short play), Produced Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2005. Also at Actors Anonymous Christmas Sushi, Newtown Theatre Sydney, 2008.
Rough Justice (Novel) Sydney 1994; Kindle Direct Publishing electronic edition, also available in hard copy via Amazon, Frances Allen, 2012.
Der Beste Anwalt von Allen (German translation of above) Econ,Dusseldorf, 1995
Doctor Faustus Sings (Musical Adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus) Performed Sydney Valhalla 2002
Hedda Gabler (Translation of Ibsen’s play) Performed New York, International Fringe Festival 1999
Short Stories (Various)
Golden Dagger Mysteries (Contributor) Hutchinson, Sydney 1993
Federal Court Reports (Editor and contributor) Vols 20 – to date
Federal Law Reports (Editor and contributor) Vols 125 – to date
South Australian State Reports (Editor and Contributor), Volume 43 (1985-6) – Volume 49 (1987-88)
Dremann: The Narcoleptic Pillow Fight, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2012
Kline: The Fruit Bats of Charters Towers, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2009
Ekert et al: Personal Business, Actors Anonymous Christmas Sushi, Newtown Theatre, Sydney, 2008
Broun: Hold ‘Em, Short & Sweet One Act Festival, Sydney 2008. (Winner Best Director-Runner Up.Winner Best Production–Runner Up
Carnell: Morning Tea at the Carousel Club, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2008
Lopes: Just Another Tuesday Night, Journey Into Sin Productions (Newtown Theatre), Sydney 2007
Kline: Love.Com, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney 2007
McAteer: Transactions, (Short & Sweet Festival), Sydney, 2007
Lewis: The Baggage Handler, Manly Festival, Sydney, 2006
O’Keefe: Uncomfortable Silences (Short & Sweet Festival), Sydney, 2006 (Winner Best Overall Production & Winner People’s Choice Award – Largest popular vote in the history of the Festival)
Kline: The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart 2005. Also Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney 2007 (Also as choreographer).
Nielson: The Night Before Christmas (Tapp Gallery), Sydney 2004
Marlowe: Doctor Faustus Sings (Valhalla), Sydney 2002
Morgan: And Valentino Takes Hollywood (Harry De Jour Theatre), New York, 2001
R & H: Oklahoma (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre), Wollongong, 2000
Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Harry De Jour Theatre), New York, 1999
At Last – The Etta James Story: Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre
Life Begins at 40 – Creativity and Loss: The Sydney Chamber Choir.
Hamlet: Sydney Shakespeare Company at Fort Denison
So Frenchy, So Chic: At Sydney Festival
Dance Clan 3: Bangarra Dance Theatre
The Merchant of Venice: Sydney Shakespeare Company
Archie Roach Concert at the State Theatre
Babel – at Sydney Festival
West Side Story – Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Festival
Anatomy Titus Fall Of Rome – at the Bell Shakespeare
Comedy Review – Hosted by Julia Morris
Tender, SBW Stables Theatre, Sydney
Rabbit by Nina Raine at the Sydney Theatre Company
The Woman with Dog’s Eyes by Louis Nowra
Peach Season: Zenith Theatre by Debra Oswald
The Little Dog That Laughed:The Ensemble Theatre by Douglas Carter Beane
Bach and the Barber: City Recital Hall
Manon – Opera Australia
La Traviata – Opera Australia
Interview at In Their Own Write. Read the interview.
Interview with Ita Buttrose, Jessica Rowe and Jo Lamble on Channel Ten’s Studio 10. Watch the interview.
Interview with Natasha Mitchell on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters. Listen to the interview.
Interview with Glenn Ridge on Radio MyMp Melbourne. Listen to the interview.
Interview with Steve Price on Radio 2GB Sydney. Listen to the interview.
Interview with Helen Shield on Statewide Evenings (ABC Local Radio). Play the interview.
Interview with Chris Vandercook on Hawaii Public Radio. Listen to the interview.
Reviews and Articles
Review of A Fortunate Few – Review by Jordan Anderson
Review of A Fortunate Few – Review by Sydney Theatre Reviews
Review of A Fortunate Few – Review by Kat Pech
Review of The House at Anzac Parade by Sonia Nair at the Arts Hub
Review of the Story of the Good American by Irina Markovsky of the NSW Writers’ Centre
Review of the House at Anzac Parade by Guiltless Reading
Review of The House at Anzac Parade Marjorie Lewis-Jones at A Big Bright World
Review of The House at Anzac Parade by Monique Mulligan at Write Note Reviews
Review of Rough Justice by Peter Fagan in Law Society Journal
Review of Rough Justice by Graeme Blundell in Sydney Morning Herald
Review of Rough Justice by Greg Thom in The Australian
Review of VK’s acting in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Illawarra Mercury
Acceptance letter for selection to New York International Festival for adaptation of play Hedda Gabler written and directed by VK
Review of VK’s acting in musical Valentino in New York International Festival Journal
Article on musical Dr Faustus Sings, written and directed by and starring VK
Review of play The Rehabilitation of God written by VK in North Shore Times
Notice on winning of Short & Sweet Festival by play Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK
Festival journal report on winning of Short & Sweet Festival by play Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK
Award Notification for Flip Top Heart Festival for play The Salsa Lesson, written and directed by and starring VK
Notification of People’s Choice Award for Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK
Publicist’s letter for La Boite production of the play The Salsa Lesson written by VK
Law Society Journal Article on Love.com Factory Space Theatre as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival written and directed by VK
Awards and Prizes
Shortlisted for Most Enthralling Fiction Work, for poem Butterflies Ply, Independent Australia, 2023
The Walter Reid Memorial Prize, for Academic Merit, University of Sydney, 2011
The George Arnold Wood Memorial Prize, for First in History, University of Sydney, 2011
The AE (Tony) Cahill History Prize, for Best Student in Late Modern History, University of Sydney, 2011.
The Walter Reid Memorial Prize, for Academic Merit, University of Sydney, 2010
Best Director Runner Up, for Hold ‘Em (S & S One Act Festival), Sydney 2008
Best Production Runner Up, for Hold ‘Em (S & S One Act Festival, Sydney 2008
Best Production, for Uncomfortable Silences, (S & S Festival), Sydney 2006
People’s Choice Award, for Uncomfortable Silences, (S & S Festival) Sydney 2006
Best Production Runner Up, for The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart, 2005
Award for Excellence in Passionate Performance for The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart 2005
Short Listed, for The Dwarf and The Double Base Player (Golden Dagger Mystery Short Story Award), Published in Golden Dagger
Mysteries, Heinemann 1988
Winner Best Short Story, for Jabaltjari’s Friend (Eaglehawk Arts Festival), 1987
Frances Allen Publications
Frances Allen Publishers was incorporated in the late 1980s with a charter to publish and promote new Australian fiction. During that period and up till the early 1990s it published such works as Richard Eldershaw’s award winning The Mean Australian, Gail Morgan’s controversial The Day My Publisher Turned into A Dog and Robyn Ferrell’s uniquely lyrical The Weather and Other Gods.
The company also had the privilege of publishing Burning Spear. This was the last work of iconic Australian author Kit Denton, whose novel The Breaker is one of the most popular and widely read in Australian literary history.
The company re-established itself in 2013 to republish Victor Kline’s comic novel (originally published by Allen and Unwin Australia), Rough Justice. This was followed in 2014 by Victor’s best-selling memoir The House at Anzac Parade, and in 2016 by 42 Avenue of the Americas.