BlackWrights Master Labs

BLACKWRIGHTS MASTER LAB: CREATION AND ACTIVATION with Rachael Maza and Kamarra Bell-Wykes 18 - 22 February 2019

BlackWrights Master Labs

Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington VIC 3031

BLACKWRIGHTS MASTER LAB: CREATION AND ACTIVATION with Rachael Maza and Kamarra Bell-Wykes 18-22 Feb 2019

Hey you mob!

Ever thought about acting? Story telling through performance and movement? Are you an emerging or established First Nations performer* (or dreamt of becoming one!)? Want more skills and inspiration in these areas?

ILBIJERRI Theatre presents its final BLACKWRIGHTS MASTER LAB: CREATION AND ACTIVATION with ILBIJERRI’s Artistic Director Rachael Maza and Creative Director Kamarra Bell-Wykes

This is your opportunity to:

  • Step out of the box and immerse yourself in a week of play, exploration and creation
  • Collaborate with other First Nations artists in new ways across disciplines
  • Seed and explore creative ideas focusing on performance, writing, devising and directing

*This lab is for, but not limited to, actors, writers, directors, musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, spoken word artists, hip-hop artists, cultural performers, comedians, clowns, acrobats, improvisers, family entertainers and “life of the party” people.  If you are First Nations and you want to come, this is for you!

Cost: FREE

REGISTER NOW and secure your spot.

Registrations close 16 Feb 2019 and spaces are filling fast!

Words from previous participants:

 “My highlight was being around incredible blak minds” 

“It was engaging and well thought through. I have learnt so much. Thank you” 


RACHAEL MAZA // Yidinji (North QLD) and Meriam (Torres Strait Island of Mer), and Artistic Director for ILBIJERRI Theatre (since 2008)

Having one of the most recognisable faces in the Australian film, television and theatre industry, Rachael Maza is known for her wealth of acting, directing, and dramaturgical experience and profile. Most notably, the AFI (Australian Film Institute) award-winning Radiance, stage production of The Sapphires, presented for ABC’s Message Stick, and acting coach for mulit-award winning Rabbit Proof Fence. Her performances have also been acknowledged with a Green Room Award and Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award.

As a director, Rachael’s first taste was in 1992 for ILBIJERRI Theatre’s Stolen, however, it wasn’t until 2009 that she rejoined the company as Artistic Director. Since then she has directed many productions such as Jack Charles V The Crown (2010), Foley (2011), and Beautiful One Day (2012).

Currently, Rachael also sits on the board of Black Arm Band, Circus Oz (Indigenous Advisory) Panel, Australian Opera (Indigenous Advisory) Panel, Balnaves Indigenous Playwrights Award Panel and the Green Room Awards Theatre Company Panel.

KAMARRA BELL-WYKES // Descendent of the Yagera and Butchulla people of South-East Queensland. Recently appointed to the role of Creative Director at ILBIJERRI Theater Company, Kamarra has twenty years’ experience as a playwright. Her works include award winning health-education shows Chopped Liver, Body Armor and North West of Nowhere. These plays were written specifically for prison, school and Aboriginal community audiences and combined have toured over eleven years and have been seen by more than 50,000 people across Australia. Over the last three years Kamarra has begun developing a First Nations approach to directing, devising and dramaturgy.

This is the final BlackWrights Master Lab of the series. Places are limited, so REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment.



BLACKWRIGHTS MASTER LAB: CREATION AND ACTIVATION with Rachael Maza and Kamarra Bell-Wykes 18 - 22 February 2019

BlackWrights Master Labs

Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington VIC 3031

Free Theatre Master Lab 8-12 October 2018

Free Theatre uses dialogue theatre techniques to work in community and conflict contexts. Free Theatre delivered a Master Lab using their toolkit of applied theatre techniques including group story & dialogue exercises (identity mapping), engaged theatre (dialogue theatre & image theatre in community) and problem-solving approaches (art of peace). Through this week-long Master Lab participants learned new techniques for using theatre as a tool for social change in their own communities. The Lab culminated in a showing of short works devised over the week.


Introduction To Dramaturgy Blackwrights Lab: With Louise Gough and Kamarra Bell-Wykes 24-25 November 2018 
As more and more First Nations playwrights are creating theatre work the need for First Nations Dramaturgs is more urgent than ever. But what exactly is Dramaturgy and how do you go about it? This two-day intensive workshop will develop your skills in writing and script analysis equipping you to transform a good story into a PROPPA DEADLY one. You don’t need to bring anything other than your fabulous self, as we will have all the materials you need, including an example script for you to work on which we will email to you once you’ve registered.