Sally Richardson


Sally Richardson

Sally is a Western Australian based director, writer, dramaturg, arts consultant and producer working across the performing arts. She is passionately committed to the creation of new Australian work and developing collaborations with other artists in the region with a focus on contemporary theatre, dance and performance.

Sally has been commissioned, created and directed for companies and organisations including: Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth TheatreCompany, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Spare Parts PuppetTheatre, Deckchair Theatre, The Flying Fruitfly Circus, The National Institute of Circus Arts, WAAPA, NAISDA, Performing Lines, Sydney, Perth & Melbourne Festivals amongst others.

Commissions and productions range from intimate boutique works, through to new circus, puppetry and film projects, to facilitating large scale community events and programs.

Productions of her work have been presented nationally and internationally and been a winner/finalist for Helpmann Awards, Green Room and Blue Room Awards, Ausdance Awards amongst others. Sally is a past recipient of an Australia Council Dramaturgy fellowship and a Creative Fellowship (WA Department of Culture and the Arts) She is a former director of Playworks Australia and Stages WA.

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Sally is a passionate advocate for the performing Arts in Australia and roles here include; member of the Theatre Board of the AustraliaCouncil 2001-5, past board member of Swy Theatre, Playworks, Spare Parts PuppetTheatre, Circus WA, the artistic advisory of Deckchair Theatre, NICA, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, the development advisory for Strut National Choreographic Centre and the industry advisory of ACAPTA (Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association). She is a previous Director of script development agencies Playworks, National Women Writers Workshop (Australia) and Stages WA. Sally worked with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company over many years as a dramaturg, director, Partnerships and Special Projects Manager with two periods as Acting General Manager.

She regularly acts an assessor for various panels/awards including Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in WA, The Australia Council, the Ministry for the Arts, amongst others. She is a current Helpmann Awards panelist for Theatre and is a board director of CAN - Community Arts Network (WA).

In 2017 Sally launched circus theatre company MAXIMA Circus in a first-time partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. She has collaborated with Performing Lines WA since 2008, has been an artist in residence and Guest Lecturer at WAAPA, Curtin & Edith Cowan Universities, and in 2014/15 was a Guest Director at the National Aboriginal Islander Dance College NAISDA (NSW). She has undertaken artist residencies at Bundanon, PICA, Stöðvarfjörðu (Iceland) & Taiwan (TAV).

Sally has been the Creative Director/ Producer for various large-scale events and productions including Live@Woodside, an award-winning three-year community partnership of Steamworks with Woodside Australia. She was the Creative Director for the Opening of the Place of Reflection at Kings Park, commissioned by Lotterywest and produced by Steamworks. Other clients include: WA Business News, WA Department of Culture and the Arts and the Western Australian Museum (Perth).

Sally has actively pursued growing relationships and connections in the Asian region. As a 2015 Asialink Arts resident she exhibited a selection of short films in the International group show ‘FalseStart: Situational Exploratorium’ collaborating with 10 Taiwanese artists on The Ghost Project. She has been selected to participate in forums/events including OzAsia Connect & AsiaTOPIA Connect, ChinaSPAF & Wuzhen Theatre Festival (2017), Performing Asia Program (APAM 2018), ADAM (Asia Discovers Asia Meeting in Taipei, 2018), Borak Arts Series (2018), Dance Massive 2019 and will premiere her three-year collaboration with Australian/Taiwanese artists GUI SHU (belong) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in October.

In 2019 she will showcase two new Steamworks works #thatwomanjulia & GUI SHU (belong) at DanceMassive (Melbourne), premiere CATCH! (MAXIMA), and GUI SHU with co-producers PICA/PLWA, in addition to directing MEDEA in a partnership with WAYTCO for Black Swan Theatre Company.

Sally has also been selected for the Playwriting Australia DUOLOGUES program and the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program, and is looking forward to more exciting &creative adventures!

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