Priscilla Jackman

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Priscilla’s background in acting has informed her work in both Sydney and the UK.

Most recently, Priscilla was director/dramaturg of THE APPLETON LADIES POTATO RACE, by Melanie Tait –  Ensemble Theatre’s new Australian hit comedy. The production received outstanding critical and commercial acclaim and opened to a sell-out season in March 2019. Previously for Ensemble Theatre, Priscilla directed the Boatshed’s IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2016) and assistant directed GOOD PEOPLE and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (2016). She was the inaugural winner of Ensemble’s Sandra Bates Directing Award (2016).

For Sydney Theatre Company Priscilla wrote and directed STILL POINT TURNING: THE CATHERINE McGREGOR STORY (2018). Based on the turbulent life of controversial Australian trans military leader, the production received outstanding critical and commercial success in its world premiere season which starred Heather Mitchell. In 2019 Priscilla will direct the Australian premier of WHITE PEARL by Anchuli Felicia King, the first co-production between Sydney Theatre Company and National Theatre of ParramattaPreviously for the STC Priscilla was assistant director of THE FATHER (2017) starring John Bell, and THE HANGING (2016).

For Opera Australia Priscilla has directed two state tours including THE MAGIC FLUTE (NSW Schools Tour 2018) and THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Victoria Schools Tour 2019).  She also directed a new Australian production, DA VINCI’S APPRENTICE, for Musica Viva composed by Sally Greenaway with script by Catherine Prosser and Paul Bissett, which is touring nationally until 2021.

In 2017 Priscilla was Resident Director for Sport for Jove’s Winter Season, co-directing with Damien Ryan THE TEMPEST and ROMEO AND JULIET, and assistant directing A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

An advocate of new work, Priscilla conceived and directed EURYDIKE + ORPHEUSa multidisciplinary work of scale, leading the first co-production between the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the National Institute of Circus Art (2017). In 2016 Priscilla co-conceived and directed, THE ANGELICA COMPLEX with playwright Sunny Grace for The Invisible Circus at Kings Cross Theatre, a festival of new work by Australian female artists.

Priscilla’s international work includes travelling to Berlin in 2017, as recipient of the Berlin New Music Opera Award, from The Opera Foundation for Young Australians, working at the Komische Opera under Barrie Kosky. In 2014/15 Priscilla was invited to work with Complicite (UK), in devising educational resources to support innovative devising processes. Priscilla represented the Southbank Centre London at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2013, directing the Under 10s Feminist Corner to explore what being a feminist means for girls under ten years of age.

Priscilla is a lecturer in Creative Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where she completed her Masters of Fine Arts: Directing in 2016. Priscilla has presented at State and National Drama Conferences (2013, 2014 & 2015), and written dramaturgical curriculum for the Department of Education. Priscilla holds a Bachelor of Teaching (UWS), where she was the recipient of the Deans Medal of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting), (USQ).

Priscilla is invested in an exquisite exchange between actors and audience through a dynamic use of space using traditional and twenty-first century technologies and is excited by her contributions to the hybrid fusion of innovative arts and theatre practices in Australia.