Liza-Mare Syron is an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the School of Arts and Media. Her broad area of research interest is indigenous performing arts, and her current research focuses on indigenous language revival in play texts
She is a director, actor, teacher, dramaturge and an award winning academic. She is a founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts, and has been a key member of the company’s Artistic Directorate for over six years. Her work history includes; Indigenous Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer for Arts NSW, and Head of Theatre Performance at the Eora College for Aboriginal Studies, Centre for Visual and Performing Arts in Redfern. Liza-Mare also works as a dramaturge and lectures on First Peoples theatre practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts NIDA. She is widely published in the areas of indigenous performing arts practice and training.
Rob Jordon Prize (Award citation) 2014. Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA). For a book that contributes to a significant study in theatre, drama or performance studies. This award went to Maryrose Casey for Telling Stories: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performance (2013), which investigates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander historical practices for performances and entertainment. My contributing chapter, ‘Afterword: Contemporary Indigenous theatre and performance practice in Australia: cultural integrity and historical significance’ received the citation. http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/rob-jordan-prize/
Marlis Thiersch Prize (ADSA) 2010. For research excellence in an English-language article published anywhere in the world in the broad field of theatre and performance studies. This prize is for a co-authored article, ‘Protocols of Engagement: ‘Community Cultural Development’ Encounters an Urban Aboriginal Experience’ in About Performance, Playing Politics: Performance, Community and Social Change. No9. 2009. 169-191. This article examines the complex politics and protocols of cultural exchange in a community-based performance Gathering Ground project in Redfern Sydney Australia. http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/marlis-thiersch-prize/
Phillip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research (ADSA) 2005.This award was for the production of Ephemera:The Reconciliation Monologues, an investigation into Aboriginality in Performance. Created and presented at the Eora Centre for Visual and Performing Arts Sydney Australia in 2004, and at the NIDA Studio in 2005. http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/philip-parsons-prize/
NSW Department of Education and Training. Award for Excellent Service to Public Education and Training 2005.
TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Staff Achievement Award. (Mentor category). This award was for the delivery of a mentoring project for the Aboriginal community of Toomalah in North West New South Wales. 2004
Australia Day Award. (Community Event of the Year). South Sydney Council. The Mary’s Place Project. This project was a community art project in response to a sexual assault of a local woman in Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia. 1998