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Sue Rider

Sue Rider is a Brisbane-based director, writer and dramaturg who interprets existing works and pursues the development of new writing in Australia and New Zealand across mainstream theatre, chamber theatre, opera, music theatre, community theatre and theatre for young people. She has received eleven writing commissions and has won Matilda Awards for writing and direction of The Matilda Women and Dancing on the Walls of Paris as well as for directing work with Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and La Boite Theatre, where she was Artistic Director from 1993 to 2000, focusing on the development of local artists and contemporary Australian works. In 2001 she won a Special Matilda Commendation for sustained contribution to Queensland theatre and in 2009 was awarded the Playlab Award for outstanding contribution to the development of new performance work in Queensland.

Sue’s other writing credits include Bumpy Angels, Federation Ragtime, Meeting Karpovsky (co-author with Helen Moulder and Jon Trimmer, NZ Listener best new play), Playing Miss Havisham (co-author with Helen Moulder); music theatre works Freedom Ride (composer Michael Whelan), The Pink Twins (composer John Rodgers, Bell Awards for Best New Work and Best Independent Production); and youth operas (composer Malcolm Fox) Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, The Iron Man, Zoggy the Time Traveller (co-librettist with Jim Vilé) and The Silence Tree. Sue is a full member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland and has been Chair of Backbone Youth Arts since 2008.


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