LAILA THAKER is a fearless Torres Strait Islander (Meriam Mir and Badulaig woman with strong roots to Yidinji country) and has been grinding the industry as an actor for fifteen years. Since graduating from JCU in 2009, Laila has been cast in various roles from Shakespeare to Sarah Kane. Most notably NITV/ABC’s “The Queen and I” and Channel Nine’s “House Husbands”.
Through her current role with ILBIJERRI; her previous role as Emerging Producer at Melbourne Fringe; and as founder of arts collective “Black Shell”, Laila strives to advocate for and platform First Nations people and Women of Colour in the Arts.
“I come from a long line of proppa resilient ailan leaders… my strength comes from my Mother and my wit no doubt is from my ama (grandmother). My core values as an Indigenous artist are a perfect match to ILBIJERRI’s and I’m looking forward to creating and growing with the company in a new direction”.