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Liz Arday is a theatre director, producer and writer currently based in London.

Liz trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) and graduated from Macquarie University with a BA in Literature, Modern History and Philosophy. She is also a Meisner trained actor and has a keen interest in contemporary performance and dramaturgical processes.

Liz was the artistic director of Factotum Theatre, a small Sydney based independent theatre company between 2010-2013. During her time with Factotum she adapted and directed classics such as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, and Elia Kazan's 1956 film Baby Doll for the stage.

Working extensively as an assistant director between 2011-2013, Liz has had the pleasure of working with a list of inspiring directors including Kate Gaul, Shannon Murphy and Tanya Goldberg. The majority of these assisting projects were focused on the development and staging of new Australian works, most notably the texts of Melissa Bubnic, Chris Aronsten and the ATYP Voices Project.

Liz is currently collaborating with Red Scarf Theatre, a new London based company dedicated to creating work that gives voice to exceptional writing, whilst celebrating the role of women in theatre and championing Australian artists.

Outside of her creative practice Liz indulges her wanderlust at any opportunity searching for new cities, new people and new cultures to immerse in.

Currently freelance and based in London, Liz is very open to meeting new and exciting collaborators.

 

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Liz Arday is a theatre director, producer and writer currently based in London.

Liz trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) and graduated from Macquarie University with a BA in Literature, Modern History and Philosophy. She is also a Meisner trained actor and has a keen interest in contemporary performance and dramaturgical processes.

Liz was the artistic director of Factotum Theatre, a small Sydney based independent theatre company between 2010-2013. During her time with Factotum she adapted and directed classics such as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, and Elia Kazan's 1956 film Baby Doll for the stage.

Working extensively as an assistant director between 2011-2013, Liz has had the pleasure of working with a list of inspiring directors including Kate Gaul, Shannon Murphy and Tanya Goldberg. The majority of these assisting projects were focused on the development and staging of new Australian works, most notably the texts of Melissa Bubnic, Chris Aronsten and the ATYP Voices Project.

Liz is currently collaborating with Red Scarf Theatre, a new London based company dedicated to creating work that gives voice to exceptional writing, whilst celebrating the role of women in theatre and championing Australian artists.

Outside of her creative practice Liz indulges her wanderlust at any opportunity searching for new cities, new people and new cultures to immerse in.

Currently freelance and based in London, Liz is very open to meeting new and exciting collaborators.

 

Career stage
Junior
Industries
Adaptation, Development, Dramaturgy, Film, New Writing, Performance, Performing Arts, Television, Theatre, TV
My skills
Acting, Assistant Directing, Classics, Comedy, Creative Writer, Director, Drama, Experimental, Fringe, Independent, New Writing, Theatre
Job Roles
Assistant Director, Director, Dramaturg, Fringe Theatre Producer, Theatre Director

Work history

Apr 2015 - Present

RIDE by Jane Bodie (Director and Co- Producer)
Red Scarf Theatre

Nov 2017 - May 2018

YOURS THE FACE by Fleur Kilpatrick (Director & Designer)
LZA Theatre

Oct 2017 - Feb 2018

DEBRIS by Dennis Kelly (Director & Designer)
LZA Theatre

Nov 2016 - Apr 2017

THE EISTEDDFOD by Lally Katz (Director & Producer)
LZA Theatre

Nov 2016 - Apr 2017

A WOMAN ALONEby Franca Rame & Dario Fo, Translated by Gillian Hanna (Director & Producer)
LZA Theatre

Jul 2013 - Nov 2013

RED BLACK AND IGNORANT by Edward Bond (Director)
VCA (Graduate Major Work)

Jun 2013 - Nov 2013

THIS IS BABY DOLL adapted from the texts of Elia Kazan and Tennessee Williams (Director, Adaptor and Producer)
Factotum Theatre

Sep 2013 - Sep 2013

JESUS by Charles L. Mee (Director and Producer)
Factotum Theatre

Mar 2013 - Sep 2013

ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare (Assistant Director)
VCA (Director: Bagryana Popov)

May 2013 - Aug 2013

BEACHED by Melissa Bubnic (Assistant Director)
Griffin Theatre (Director: Shannon Murphy)

Mar 2013 - Jul 2013

THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov (Director and Producer)
Factotum Theatre

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013

HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen (Director and Producer)
Factotum Theatre

May 2012 - Sep 2012

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION by Annie Baker (Assistant Director)
Ensemble Theatre (Director: Shannon Murphy)

Feb 2012 - Jul 2012

THE LUNCH HOUR by Chris Aronsten (Assistant Director)
Siren Theatre Co./Darlinghurst Theatre (Director: Kate Gaul)

Dec 2011 - May 2012

YOUR HEART IS MY PIÑATA by Liz Arday (Director, Writer and Producer)
Factotum Theatre

Dec 2011 - Mar 2012

THE VOICES PROJECT: THE ONE SURE THING (Assistant Director)
ATYP (Director: Tanya Goldberg)

Mar 2011 - Jul 2011

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare (Assistant Director)
Siren Theatre Co. (Director: Kate Gaul)

Jan 2011 - Feb 2011

FATIMA AND MAAMA by Asher Wyndham (Director)
Short and Sweet Sydney

Jan 2010 - Jul 2010

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Dale Wasserman (Director)
The Elanora Players


Education

May 2014 - Mar 2015

Small Business Management - Certificate IV
Open Training Australia

Mar 2012 - Oct 2014

English Literature, Modern History and Philosophy - Bachelor of Art
Macquarie University, Sydney

Mar 2013 - Nov 2013

Directing - Post Graduate Diploma
VCA, Melbourne

Jun 2003 - Jun 2007

Acting (The Meisner Technique) - Advanced Diploma
The Actor's Pulse


Where they are going

Industries
Film, Television, Theatre
Skills they want to learn
Scriptwriting, Video Editing, Adaptation, Assistant Directing, Digital Film, Directing

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