Annette Shun Wah is a freelance actor, writer and broadcaster. She served on Performance 4a's and CAAP's management committees since its incorporation in 2004 until November 2015. Since 2013 she has led the company as its Executive Producer.
Annette is currently on the Board of Sydney Theatre Company and was a member of the Artistic Directorate of the National Theatre of Parramatta from 2015 till June 2017.
Nominated for an AFI Award for her performance in Australia's first foreign language feature film, Floating Life, directed by Clara Law; she has also appeared in guest roles on Always Greener, The Young Lions, Packed to the Rafters, Crownies and the feature film Home Song Stories.
She is the writer and director of the mobile phone app and website, China Heart, combining drama, oral history and game playing. For Performance 4a and CAAP she co-directed (with William Yang) the storytelling shows Stories East & West, Stories Then & Now, Who Speaks For Me and The Backstories. In 2011 Annette produced Performance 4a's Asian-Australian performance season, Coolie. Annette also co-devised the food/performance event The Serpent's Table from her original idea, and which was one of the sold out highlights of Sydney Festival 2014, co-produced with Griffin Theatre Company.
Annette's career began in radio, including stints at 2WS (Sydney),Triple J, ABC Local Radio and Qantas Inflight. She presented and produced television programs for the ABC and SBS including The Noise, Eat Carpet, Imagine, Studio 22, Media Dimensions and The Movie Show.
A former contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, Annette's writing has been published in various anthologies, including Grandma Magic edited by Janet Hutchinson; Growing Up Asian in Australia, edited by Alice Pung; Family Journeys published by the National Archives of Australia; Come Away With Me edited by Sarah MacDonald; and the journals Meanjin and Life Writing. Her book, Banquet - Ten Courses to Harmony, co-written with Greg Aitkin won Bronze at the 1999 World Food Media Awards.