OVERVIEW
ACHIEVEMENTS
SALLY RICHARDSON

We create socially and politically charged performances.

Steamworks Arts has created, presented and produced over 30 new Australian works in collaboration with artists working across theatre, contemporary dance, circus, new music, film and related hybrids. Productions have garnered critical acclaim and toured regionally, nationally and internationally.

We believe that the Arts does change lives and are committed to shaping an Australian performing arts culture that reflects and engages with our changing society and the region in which we live, while championing the voice, presence and creativity of women in performance.

Established in 2001 the company is led by Director Sally Richardson with each production developed around a collective of multi-disciplined artists including designers, performers, writers, composers and filmmakers. We collaborate with emerging and established artists and companies, business and the wider community. The result is challenging and relevant performances that combine contemporary ideas with a powerful theatricality.

It was just one of the many examples where Sally Richardson's clever direction is displayed and delivered. She is no stranger to captivating audiences from her humble beginnings in writing to theatre, puppetry, film, producing and directing with works presented on the international scale.

Sandra Lee - Syn, Shanghai

There are moments in the play that are utterly surreal, and beyond belief. It confounds one’s mind to think that such a thing might ever be staged…

Australia Stage On-Line

Sally Richardson has made a contribution to the arts sector in Western Australia that is characterized by excellence and uniqueness… fostering a passionate commitment to breaking new ground in the performing arts, design,music and new media.

Felicity Bott, Director/Choreographer

This is largely Western Australian talent at its very best, a production that conjures up a magical live theatre experience every bit as good as Raoul by James Thierree.

Vickie Laurie, ABC Arts

This is largely Western Australian talent at its very best, a production that conjures up a magical live theatre experience every bit as good as Raoul by James Thierree.

Vickie Laurie, ABC Arts

There are moments in the play that are utterly surreal, and beyond belief. It confounds one’s mind to think that such a thing might ever be staged…

Australia Stage On-Line
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Achievements.

DANCE MASSIVE 2019 studio showcases GUI SHU (belong) and #thatwomanjulia

Steamworks Director selected for Australia Council Arts Leaders Program 2019

Asia Discovers Asia Meeting (Taipei) GUI SHU (belong) presentation 2018

#thatwomanjulia premieres Move Me Festival 2018

Trigger Warning published by Australian Script Centre (Australia Plays.org) 2017

Trigger Warning premieres PICA 2016 (co-produced with PLWA)

The Dirty Cowboy Runner Up Best Theatre Award - FRINGEWORLD 2015

Hong Kong Tour Hong Kong International People's Fringe Festival 2014

Rites: Dying to Dance Runner Up Best Dance Award - FRINGEWORLD 2014

Standing Bird 2 The Blue Room Theatre - Finalist Best Production, Best Performance, Judges Choice Awards, Ausdance WA Awards - Winner Most Outstanding Performance by Female Performer 2013

Director

Sally Richardson

Director/writer/dramaturg/producer/leader with over 30 years experience in Australia's performing arts sector.

Particular skills in artistic direction, show development, event direction and facilitation, project management, new work creation, mentorship and education. Also experienced in budgeting, governance, partnerships, advocacy and analysis. Committed to applying skills to a wide field of interests including developing innovative cultural policy, mentoring emerging artists, social and creative capital projects, policy change particularly in relation to cultural diversity, gender, representation and building connections and relationships in the Asian region.

Specialties: Theatre, contemporary dance, new circus creation and direction, script development and dramaturgy, creative arts teaching/lecturing at tertiary level.

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