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"
- Rachael Maza Artistic Director
- Simeon Moran Executive Producer
- Ben Graetz Creative Producer
- Julia Valentini Associate Producer
- Kamarra Bell-Wykes Education & Learning Manager
- Iain Finlayson Development & Marketing Manager
- Fred Chuang Marketing Coordinator
- Lauren Bok Company Manager
- Jon Hawkes Finance Manager
- Gavin Somers President
- Tony McCartney Treasurer
- Kareena Gay Secretary
- Lisa Maza Director
- Glenn Shea Director
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.
2015 VicHealth AwardBuilding Health Through Arts
2015 Drama Victoria AwardBest Peformance by a Theatre Company for VCE Drama - BEAUTIFUL ONE DAY
2014 Helpmann AwardBest Regional Tour for 2013 National Tour of JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN
2014 APACA Drover AwardTour of the Year for the 2013 National Tour of JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN
2014 Green Room Association AwardFor Industry Contribution
2014 Melbourne Awards FinalistFor Contribution to Profile by a Community Organisation
2013 Creative Partnerships Australia AwardsCreative Partnerships Arts & Health Award - ILBIJERRI Theatre & Department of Health and Hepatitis Victoria
2012 Helpmann Award NominationRachael Maza – Best Director Nominee for JACK CHARLES V CROWN
2012 Helpmann Award NominationJack Charles – Best Actor Nominee for JACK CHARLES V CROWN
2012 The Sidney Myer Performing Arts AwardsGroup Winner
2011 The Woor-Dungin AwardsCelebrating partnerships between Indigenous organisations and philanthropy
2008 Public Healthcare AwardsDepartment of Services Secretary’s award for CHOPPED LIVER
2008 Indigenous Community Justice AwardsEnforcement Initiative - Chopped Liver
2006 Deadly AwardsOutstanding achievement in literature - Gary Foley, Kylie Belling and John Harding for DIRTY MILE