Announcement: Director in Residence 2017

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Malthouse Theatre is excited to announce the appointment of Sapidah Kian as Director in Residence for 2017.

An Iranian Australian theatre practitioner with 23 years of professional experience, Sapidah trained as an actor and has also completed a master of theatre practice at VCA. She has worked extensively in the independent sector and currently lectures in theatre at VCA.

‘Given Malthouse Theatre’s record of artistic exploration and collaborative practice, I am absolutely thrilled to be offered this appointment. As a CALD practitioner, opportunities to work in mainstage contexts can be limited. I am excited to be part of a broadening conversation around diversity and inclusivity in our theatres’
— Sapidah Kian, Director in Residence

Supported by Craig Reeves, the Female Director in Residence Program provides for a director to be a member of staff at the Malthouse Theatre over eight months, with the opportunity to develop their own artistic projects and artistic practice, while participating and collaborating in the creative activities of the organisation.

‘I am very excited to have such an exceptional artist joining the company. Sapidah will undoubtably bring a wealth of imagination and ideas, and I look forward to collaborating with her throughout the year.’
— Matthew Lutton, Artistic Director

Malthouse Theatre received a range of outstanding applicants for this year’s program, and the artistic staff wish to thank the external peers involved in the shortlisting process and all of those who applied for the position.

Sapidah is an actor, director and theatre maker. As an actor, she has worked extensively across film, television, theatre and radio. Recent acting credits include: In-Fidelity (Complete Smut Art Auction-FOLA 16), Tomorrow When the War Began (ABC), The Five Provocations (Black Eye Films-due for release 2017), Partisan (Warp Films), Catalyst Club (24 Hour Experience-FOLA 14), Gallipoli (Endemol-Southern Star), Rake 2 (ABC), City Homicide (7). Recent theatre making credits include Freewheelin’, Queerum and Catalyst Club (24 Hour Experience-FOLA 14), I Am The Wind (Turtle Lab/Public Front), Never Swim Alone and Light (Verve Studios), Curtains (Carnegie 18 for Full Tilt/Vic Arts Centre), Ulrike Meinhof Sings (Turtle Lab). Sapidah has also worked as a dramaturg and provocateur in theatre and film, most recently with Iranian Australian performance group, Baran, for Metro Arts/PWA. She was co-founder of Turtle Lab, a performance laboratory investigating creative process, directing works and engaging in performance research on projects such as Troilus and Cressida (RSC/The Wooster Group). Since 2013, she has been lecturing in theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts across graduate and undergraduate programmes. Sapidah currently sits on the Green Room Independent Theatre Panel.