Directing with Rachael Maza

Get up and direct!

Join Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and co-director of BLACK TIES, for a one-day workshop that will get you up, out of your seat and ready to direct.

About the workshop

As Australia's longest running First Nations theatre company, ILBIJERRI is continuing an 80,000-year tradition of storytelling. ILBIJERRI's Artistic Director, Rachael Maza has collaborated with many artists to turn their stories into successful theatre productions.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with one of Australia's most successful directors to learn about how to navigate cultural protocols when working with community across each stage of directing theatre. With a focus on directing First Nations work, there will also be discussion around story ownership, and who can tell what story.

Who you are

We’d love for you to submit an EOI if you are:

  • A practicing director of any experience level with a willingness to learn and share
  • Willing to get up and be physical in the workshop
  • Live in Western Australia

Workshop Details

Date: Saturday 15 February 2020

Time: 10am – 4pm, including a 30 minute lunch break

Venue: King Street Arts Centre

Cost: FREE!

Expressions of Interest

This workshop is now at capacity. Please contact connect@perthfestival.com.au with any questions.

Important Dates

Monday 3 February 2020             Expressions of Interest close

Wednesday 5 February  2020      Notification of workshop participation

Saturday 15 February 2020          Workshop

Rachael Maza is Yidinji from North Queensland, Meriam from the Torres Strait Island of Mer, and Dutch on her mother’s side. Rachael is Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (2008 – present) and brings with her a wealth of acting, directing and dramaturgical experience, a significant profile, and a passionate vision for Indigenous theatre.

Rachael is widely known for her wealth of acting, directing, and dramaturgical experience across the Australian film, television and theatre industry. Most notably, the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award-winning Radiance and the stage production of The Sapphires.

A Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate, Rachael’s outstanding performances have been acknowledged with a Green Room Award and a Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award. Rachael has also worked as a presenter for ABC Message Stick and as an acting coach on films such as the multi-award-winning Rabbit Proof Fence.

Rachael’s performances have also been acknowledged with a Green Room Award and Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award. Rachael has directed iconic works for ILBIJERRI such as Stolen (1992), Charles V The Crown (2010), Foley (2011), and Which Way Home (2017). Rachael’s contribution has been recognised through multiple awards, including the Touring Legend Drover Award, 2017 and the Australia Council of the Arts Award for Theatre (2019), as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from Edith Cowan University (2019).

This workshop is hosted by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

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