ILBIJERRI is Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company.

ILBIJERRI creates, presents and tours powerful and engaging theatre, creatively controlled by Indigenous artists. Our stories are provocative and affecting and give voice to our unique and diverse cultures.

Each year we travel to national, regional and remote locations across Australia and the world. Since 2010 we have presented 17 new works, performed 530 times in 256 venues to 85,218 people.

ILBIJERRI is an advocate and leader for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia. In this role we deliver a broad program of Artist Development for new and emerging Indigenous writers, directors, actors and creatives.

Born from community ILBIJERRI has become a spearhead for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in telling our stories of what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.

We promote discussion and raise awareness of key issues facing the community through the development and touring of issue-based works.

ILBIJERRI is committed to developing our audience and a strong national profile.

Our work possesses the power to reach out and remind audiences of every person’s need for family, history and heritage. Our collaborative relationships with communities and artists are at the heart of our creative process and all our work empowers and enlightens our audiences.

"ILBIJERRI exudes a defiant sense of honesty and a clear determination to create change through story"

Broadsheet Melbourne
  • Rachael Maza Artistic Director
  • Lydia Fairhall Executive Producer
  • Kathy Morrison General Manager
  • Kamarra Bell-Wykes Creative Director
  • Nina Bonacci Producer
  • Jermaine Beezley Associate Producer
  • Davey Thompson Associate Producer
  • Caleb Thaiday Production Co-ordinator
  • Iain Finlayson Development & Marketing Manager
  • Fred Chuang Marketing Coordinator
  • Jon Hawkes Finance Manager
Board of Directors
  • Gavin Somers President
  • Tony McCartney Treasurer
  • Kareena Gay Secretary
  • Lisa Maza Director
  • Glenn Shea Director
  • Eugenia Flynn Director
  • Erica McCalman Director
Position Vacant
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (Executive Mentorship)
Full Time: $55,000 - $60,000 + superannuation

Company Profile


ILBIJERRI Theatre Company creates challenging and inspiring theatre by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that gives voice to our cultures.



Our voices are powerful in determining the future of Australia. Our cultures are respected, celebrated and embraced.



ILBIJERRI (pronounced ‘il BIDGE er ree) is a Woiwurrung word meaning ‘Coming Together for Ceremony’.

ILBIJERRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Cooperative (ILBIJERRI Theatre Company) was formed in 1990 when a group of Melbourne Indigenous artists and community members came together to form a professional theatre company for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Victoria.

Since the company’s inception we have been initiating and developing performances in collaboration with our community and artists. Our plays explore a range of complex and controversial issues from a uniquely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. Our work possesses the power to reach out and remind audiences of every person’s need for family, history and heritage.


  • 2017 Melbourne Award
    Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation
  • 2017 Drover Award
    Rachael Maza - Touring Legend
  • 2016 Green Room Award
    BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR - Best Independent Theatre Production
  • 2015 VicHealth Award
    Building Health Through Arts
  • 2015 Drama Victoria Award
    Best Peformance by a Theatre Company for VCE Drama - BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY
  • 2014 Helpmann Award
    Best Regional Tour for 2013 National Tour of JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN
  • 2014 APACA Drover Award
    Tour of the Year for the 2013 National Tour of JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN
  • 2014 Green Room Association Award
    For Industry Contribution
  • 2014 Melbourne Awards Finalist
    For Contribution to Profile by a Community Organisation
  • 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards
    Creative Partnerships Arts & Health Award - ILBIJERRI Theatre & Department of Health and Hepatitis Victoria
  • 2012 Helpmann Award Nomination
    Rachael Maza – Best Director Nominee for JACK CHARLES V CROWN
  • 2012 Helpmann Award Nomination
    Jack Charles – Best Actor Nominee for JACK CHARLES V CROWN
  • 2012 The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
    Group Winner
  • 2011 The Woor-Dungin Awards
    Celebrating partnerships between Indigenous organisations and philanthropy
  • 2008 Public Healthcare Awards
    Department of Services Secretary’s award for CHOPPED LIVER
  • 2008 Indigenous Community Justice Awards
    Enforcement Initiative - CHOPPED LIVER
  • 2006 Deadly Awards
    Outstanding achievement in literature - Gary Foley, Kylie Belling and John Harding for DIRTY MILE