Liz Arday

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Liz Arday is an emerging theatre director, designer, producer and writer currently based in Sydney. She is a graduate of the VCA Director’s Course (2013), holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and is also a graduate of the Actor’s Pulse, trained in Meisner.

Liz is the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Bates Director's Award and will be resident assistant director at the Ensemble in 2018. She will be working on the new Australian comedy Unqualified as well as assisting Mark Kilmurray on The Norman Conquests, an epic three play comedy cycle by Alan Ayckbourn playing in Sydney October 2018 - January 2019.

Liz has recently returned to Sydney after a few years living in the UK and working for arts organisations including the Young Vic, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Good Chance Theatre. While in London Liz founded her new fringe production company LZA Theatre, producing three works including the Offie Nominated production of Lally Katz's The Eisteddfod and a film adaptation of Charles L. Mee’s performance text Jesus. She also collaborated with London-based Australian Theatre Company Red Scarf Theatre directing their acclaimed debut production Ride by Jane Bodie as part of the Camden Fringe.

Prior to undertaking studies at the VCA, Liz worked in Sydney under the moniker Factotum, producing adaptations of theatre and film texts in the intimate upstairs space of the now defunct TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst. Notable productions include Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters and This is Baby Doll; a post-feminist adaptation based on the Elia Kazan film Baby Doll and the Tennessee Williams short play Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton.

It was during this period that she worked extensively as an assistant for directors including Kate Gaul, Tanya Goldberg and Shannon Murphy on predominately new writing projects for companies including Griffin, Ensemble, Darlinghurst, Siren Theatre Co. and ATYP.

Focused on championing work with diverse voices, female-centric narratives, cross-discipline collaboration and a political pulse, Liz is excited to be back in Sydney and producing two new works in early 2018. For details about past work, please feel free to explore this portfolio site. To learn more about current and upcoming projects, please visit her company page lza-theatre.xyz


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"Liz Arday's tight direction keeps the play moving, balancing precariously on this seeping aura of malice and dread which threatens to erupt at any time. As you get comfortable with the laughs, you are snapped back to reality that this really is about two adults trapped in a dollhouse" - Tunde Olupitan, Peel First (The Eisteddfod, 2017)

"A man and a woman sleep in each other’s arms; the man’s foot, dirt visible on the sole, sticks out of the duvet. It’s a preset scene of gorgeous intimacy, and our visual assumption is absolute: here is the private world of a loving, intimate couple. The assumption is brilliantly undermined when the scene begins. They wake up, spring apart, ask who the hell each other is and whether or not they’ve had sex. But director Liz Arday’s compelling, articulate opening image has already convinced the audience we have seen a deeper truth: there is, or should be, real intimacy here. The defensive wit, atmosphere and excellent sense of place propel this play far beyond the usual will-they-won’t-they" - Remote Goat (Ride, 2015)

"The temperature in that place climbs and climbs until you're sweating right along with Baby Doll, and she can almost fool you into believing that you really are on some destitute cotton farm in the deep south, sweating, naive, and nervous" - Theatre from the Backseat (This is Baby Doll, 2012)

"Raw, intense and inescapable... brilliantly performed and exceptionally adapted... this performance did more than do it justice, it reinvented it" - Lauren Nolan, Weekend Notes (This is Baby Doll, 2012)

"Henrik Ibsen's 1890 play is revived and beautifully captured by director Liz Arday... it feels as if you were spying on a neighbour or peeping through a keyhole, witnessing events which make you feel uncomfortable yet you can't tear your eyes away" - Whats on Sydney (Hedda Gabler, 2012)

 

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Liz Arday is an emerging theatre director, designer, producer and writer currently based in Sydney. She is a graduate of the VCA Director’s Course (2013), holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and is also a graduate of the Actor’s Pulse, trained in Meisner.

Liz is the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Bates Director's Award and will be resident assistant director at the Ensemble in 2018. She will be working on the new Australian comedy Unqualified as well as assisting Mark Kilmurray on The Norman Conquests, an epic three play comedy cycle by Alan Ayckbourn playing in Sydney October 2018 - January 2019.

Liz has recently returned to Sydney after a few years living in the UK and working for arts organisations including the Young Vic, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Good Chance Theatre. While in London Liz founded her new fringe production company LZA Theatre, producing three works including the Offie Nominated production of Lally Katz's The Eisteddfod and a film adaptation of Charles L. Mee’s performance text Jesus. She also collaborated with London-based Australian Theatre Company Red Scarf Theatre directing their acclaimed debut production Ride by Jane Bodie as part of the Camden Fringe.

Prior to undertaking studies at the VCA, Liz worked in Sydney under the moniker Factotum, producing adaptations of theatre and film texts in the intimate upstairs space of the now defunct TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst. Notable productions include Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters and This is Baby Doll; a post-feminist adaptation based on the Elia Kazan film Baby Doll and the Tennessee Williams short play Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton.

It was during this period that she worked extensively as an assistant for directors including Kate Gaul, Tanya Goldberg and Shannon Murphy on predominately new writing projects for companies including Griffin, Ensemble, Darlinghurst, Siren Theatre Co. and ATYP.

Focused on championing work with diverse voices, female-centric narratives, cross-discipline collaboration and a political pulse, Liz is excited to be back in Sydney and producing two new works in early 2018. For details about past work, please feel free to explore this portfolio site. To learn more about current and upcoming projects, please visit her company page lza-theatre.xyz


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"Liz Arday's tight direction keeps the play moving, balancing precariously on this seeping aura of malice and dread which threatens to erupt at any time. As you get comfortable with the laughs, you are snapped back to reality that this really is about two adults trapped in a dollhouse" - Tunde Olupitan, Peel First (The Eisteddfod, 2017)

"A man and a woman sleep in each other’s arms; the man’s foot, dirt visible on the sole, sticks out of the duvet. It’s a preset scene of gorgeous intimacy, and our visual assumption is absolute: here is the private world of a loving, intimate couple. The assumption is brilliantly undermined when the scene begins. They wake up, spring apart, ask who the hell each other is and whether or not they’ve had sex. But director Liz Arday’s compelling, articulate opening image has already convinced the audience we have seen a deeper truth: there is, or should be, real intimacy here. The defensive wit, atmosphere and excellent sense of place propel this play far beyond the usual will-they-won’t-they" - Remote Goat (Ride, 2015)

"The temperature in that place climbs and climbs until you're sweating right along with Baby Doll, and she can almost fool you into believing that you really are on some destitute cotton farm in the deep south, sweating, naive, and nervous" - Theatre from the Backseat (This is Baby Doll, 2012)

"Raw, intense and inescapable... brilliantly performed and exceptionally adapted... this performance did more than do it justice, it reinvented it" - Lauren Nolan, Weekend Notes (This is Baby Doll, 2012)

"Henrik Ibsen's 1890 play is revived and beautifully captured by director Liz Arday... it feels as if you were spying on a neighbour or peeping through a keyhole, witnessing events which make you feel uncomfortable yet you can't tear your eyes away" - Whats on Sydney (Hedda Gabler, 2012)

 

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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