Liza-Mare has family ties to the Birrbay people from the Mid North Coast of NSW. A theatre maker and academic, she is a founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts, and as a key member of the company’s Co-Artistic Directorate for over ten years has recently been appointed Senior Artistic Associate. Liza-Mare is currently an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at UNSW. She is widely published in the field of Indigenous performing arts and has recently published a book on the Rehearsal Practices of Indigenous Women Theatre Makers: Australia, Aotearoa, and Turtle Island (Palgrave Macmillan 2021). Liza-Mare lectures on First Peoples theatre practices at UNSW TPS and at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts NIDA.
Her work history includes, Indigenous Research Lead (Macquarie University), Indigenous Research Fellow (Macquarie University) Senior Aboriginal Arts and Culture Officer (Arts NSW), and Head of Theatre (Eora College of Aboriginal Studies). Liza-Mare has sat on many boards and committees including, Australian Plays Transforms (2021), Australian Plays, The City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Committee (2013-2017), Performing Lines (2014-2018), and the Platform Papers Editorial Board (2018-2019).
Her qualifications include Doctor of Arts (University of Sydney), Master of Creative Arts Research (University of Wollongong), Master of Adult Education (UTS), and Diploma of Dramatic Art (Victorian College of Arts). Liza-Mare has received the following academic awards from the Australasian Theatre and Performance Studies Association, the 2005 Phillip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research, the 2010 Marlis Thiersch Prize for research excellence in an English-language article, and a 2015 Rob Jordon award citation for a book chapter.
Liza-Mare’s creative outputs include: directorial roles, The Fox and the Freedom Fighters (Performance Space 2014), Broken Glass (Blacktown Arts/Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2018), The Weekend (Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2019), Rainbows End (Darlinghurst Theatre /Moogahlin), and Gods Country (NIDA). In the role of producer Liza-Mare has presented Koori Gras a celebration of Black queer performance (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras/Moogahlin 2017-2020), The Visitors (Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2020), and manuwi jam ya muron (MCA/Moogahlin 2017). Liza-Mare also works as a dramaturge on various independent projects across the country.
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