Rachael Maza is a Yidinji from North Queensland and Meriam from Torres Strait Island of Mer. Rachael is Artistic Director for ILBIJERRI Theatre (2008 – present) and brings with her a wealth of acting, directing, dramaturgical experience and profile as well as a strong commitment and passion to further ILBIJERRI’s vision of creating an Indigenous brand of theatre that resonates with local, national and international audiences.
Rachael Maza is one of Australia’s most recognisable faces of the Australian film, television and theatre industry with performance credits including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) award-winning Radiance and the stage production of The Sapphires.
A Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate, Rachael’s outstanding performances have been acknowledged with a Green Room Award and a Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award. Rachael has also worked as a presenter for ABC Message Stick and as an acting coach on films such as the multi-award-winning Rabbit Proof Fence.
Rachael’s first taste of directing was Stolen (1992) for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, however, it wasn’t until 2009 that she rejoined the company as Artistic Director. Since then she has directed Sisters of Gelam (2009), Jack Charles V The Crown (2010), Foley (2011), Beautiful One Day (2012) and Which Way Home (2016).
Rachael currently sits on the board of Black Arm Band, the Circus Oz Indigenous Advisory Panel, Australian Opera Indigenous Advisory Panel, Balnaves Indigenous Playwrights Award Panel and the Green Room Awards Theatre Company Panel.
In 2019 Rachael received an Honorary Doctorate for Performing Arts from Edith Cowan University and was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Theatre Award.