Laura Sheedy
Head of Programming

Laura is a performance maker and director, creative producer, teaching artist and festival manager from Melbourne, recently returned to Australia after ten years in New York. Laura’s practice has its foundations in physical theatre and the Viewpoints Technique, which she has taught extensively at theatres and universities around the world over the last fifteen years. Most recently she spent two years as a Creative Producer at Circus Oz.

Laura is the co-artistic director of physical theatre/contemporary music ensemble, Nothing To See Here that has produced a number of works over the last five years. Nothing To See Here is the resident company at Princeton University/SO Percussion’s summer institute for musicians and composers.

Over the last two decades, she has made and developed new work with cross-artform artists who include SITI, Anne Hamilton, Adrienne Truscott, Mobius Ensemble, Mikelangelo, James Welsby, Kirsty Fraser and composers Wally Gunn, Kate Neal and Julia Wolfe. She has directed and co-created evening length solo circus works for Captain Frodo, Miss Behave and Amy G and a range of other performance work for theatres and festivals in Australia, the US and the UK. Laura was Anne Bogart’s Associate Director on SITI and Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Krannert Centre (IL), B.A.M Next Wave Festival (NY), and OZ Arts Nashville for which Laura was touring director. Laura has performed at Lincoln Centre, Sydney Opera House, The Kitchen, Park Avenue Armory, Joe’s Pub and Abrons Arts Centre.

Her festival experience over the last fifteen years is wide and varied from carting beer and putting up fences to programming and senior management. It has included all art forms and many different cultural groups, from heavy metal to women’s wellness. Laura has fifteen years of festival experience in Tasmania specifically.

Laura is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University and her research focuses on the connectivity between the socio-political contexts in which contemporary hybrid performance works are made, and Viewpoints practice.