Priscilla Jackman

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Priscilla background in theatre-making and acting has informed her work in both the UK and Sydney. Priscilla graduated from NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts, Directing in 2016 and in the same year, received the inaugural Sandra Bates Directing Award, at Ensemble Theatre.  Priscilla is currently Resident Director of Sport for Jove’s Winter season and recipient of the Belvoir Artist Workshop. Most recently Priscilla has been awarded the Rockend Berlin New Music Opera Award by The Opera Foundation for Young Australians, which involves travelling to Berlin in 2017 to study new music opera.

For Sydney Theatre Company, Priscilla is the creator and director of SOMETHING FOR CATE: THE CATHERINE MCGREGOR STORY, currently in development. She has assisted director Damien Ryan on THE FATHER, starring John Bell and Sarah Goodes on THE HANGING. Priscilla was Sydney Theatre Company’s emerging director nominee for Playwriting Australia’s Directors Studio.

For Ensemble Theatre, Priscilla directed RELATIVELY SPEAKING transfer to Glen St Theatre, as well as the Boatshed Program’s IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNST. In 2016 She assistant directed for Mark Kilmurry on GOOD PEOPLE and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK.

Priscilla has demonstrated a commitment and passion for developing new Australian work. This includes conceiving and directing EURYDIKE + ORPHEUS, a new Australian multidisciplinary work of scale, in which Priscilla led the first co-production between the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the National Institute of Circus Art, Melbourne. Priscilla continues to collaborate with award winning Vietnamese Australian writer, Nam Le based on her original adaptation of his short story from THE BOAT. Priscilla co-created and directed a new Australian play, THE ANGELICA COMPLEX with NIDA writing graduate Sunny Grace, and for Invisible Circus – a season of independent female directors at Kings X Theatre.

In 2014 Priscilla was invited to work with Complicite UK, in collaboration with their Creative Learning team, to develop innovative resources to support theatre-makers in devising original work. She 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 has written dramaturgical resources for the NSW Department of Education and presented at National and State Drama Conferences  in 2014 and 2015. She tutors NIDA Masters of Fine Arts, Directing students in devised theatre and directing practices. Priscilla holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (USQ) and Bachelor of Teaching (UWS). In 2015 she was awarded a Highly Accomplished Teaching Accreditation Award by the NSW Board of Studies and Teacher Institute.

Priscilla is invested in an exquisite exchange between audience and actors through a dynamic exploration of space using traditional and 21st century technologies, and is excited to contribute to the hybrid and exciting fusion of innovative theatre, arts and cultural practice in Australia.