Sally Richardson creates visually arresting and exciting new theatre + dance works that seek to re-imagine Australian stories.

Sally Richardson


Sally Richardson is passionate about shaping an Australian performing arts culture that engages with our ever-changing society. For the past 20 years she has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg and performer in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and artists. In 2000 she founded Steamworks Arts Productions and served as the Artistic Director for ten years.

As a writer and director, Sally is fascinated by the re-creation and telling of stories. Taking inspiration from classic texts and real life encounters she creates powerful works going straight to the core of the Australian psyche.

Sally continually develops the possibilities of what theatre is and could be. Her work is ever-evolving, always questioning and delves into new forms of expression. Working across genre, each new performance takes form through an open and collective exchange of ideas with artists from various backgrounds including circus, dance, theatre, writing, music, visual arts and street art. Her ability to envisage and direct large-scale hybrid performances with multiple choreographers and artists has been widely recognised, and she was presented with the Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children for The Promise in 2009.


Sally Richardson  Writer/ Director
For the past 25 years Sally has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg and performer in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and artists. Her work has been a winner/finalist for Helpmann Awards, Green Room Awards, Equity Guild Awards, Ausdance Awards, and Dance Australia Critics Choice Awards amongst others. Her production of The Promise for the Flying Fruitfly Circus received a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children in 2009. Sally is a past recipient of an Australia Council Dramaturgy fellowship (2006) and a Creative Arts Fellowship from the WA Department of Culture and the Arts (2008). She was a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council (2001-5), and is Artistic Director of Steamworks Arts Productions (2001-). Sally was a board member of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (2007-10), and has worked for Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company since 2010. Theatre productions include: Savage Grace, Nocturne, Medea 05, Decadence, and The Danger Age for Steamworks, Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Belvoir, and Deckchair Theatre. Dance/ theatre productions include: The Drover’s Wives for the Perth International Arts Festival, Shanghai and Beijing International Festivals, I am Njinsky, Loaded (National Tour), So Do You Come Here Often? (Mobile States), and Standing Bird for Perth’s 2012 FringeWorld. Puppetry productions include: H20 for the Perth International Arts Festival, and Splat! for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Circus productions include: Rhapsody and Lucy and the Lost Boy for the National Institute of Circus Arts. Sally is currently the guest director/devisor of SNAP, a new aerial dance work produced by SEA. She is also currently in development for Mermaid X,  a new visual theatre work exploring uncomfortable truths about Australia’s fear of ‘the other’.



..she has created a multi-layered synergy of music, dance, adapted text and visuals that provides a compelling insight into our past – and present cultures. The West Australian

Some dancers are born to perform alone. Jacqui Claus is one of these rare creatures and Sally Richardson’s Standing Bird owes much to her strength as its soloistThe final section of the work is triumphant, and this was reflected by enthusiastic applause as Claus took her bow on opening night. (standing bird, 2012) The West Australian

This is a beautiful piece, superbly directed by Sally Richardson… Almost everyone on this cream of a team has been nominated for major awards, so it is not surprising that this performance captured the imagination and the emotions of the audience. Exceptional merging of music and movement. Fabulous rendition by Jacqui. (standing bird, 2012) Theatre Australia




Posted: January 30th, 2014


INTERVIEW: Sally Richardson Standing Bird 2

Posted: November 6th, 2013