Annette Shun Wah is a freelance actor, writer and broadcaster. She served on Performance 4a's management committee since its incorporation in 2004 until November 2015. Since 2013 she has led the company as its Executive Producer.
In 2015 Annette was appointed to the Artistic Directorate of the National Theatre of Parramatta.
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 she co-directed (with William Yang) the storytelling shows Stories East & West and Stories Then & Now. In 2011 Annette produced Performance 4a's Asian-Australian performance season, Coolie. Annette also co-devised Performance 4a's food/performance event The Serpent's Table to be produced in 2013/14.
Annette's career began in radio, including stints at 2WS (Sydney) and Triple J. She continues to present programs for ABC Local Radio and programs and presents world music for Qantas Inflight. She has 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.