Sally Richardson devises, develops and creates contemporary performance works. She is passionate about shaping an Australian performing arts culture that engages with our ever-changing society. For the past 25 years she has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg & performer in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and independent artists, and in 2001 founded Steamworks Arts.
As a writer and director, Sally explores the re-creation and telling of stories. Taking inspiration from classic and contemporary texts, real life encounters and her own writing she creates powerful works going straight to the core of the Australian psyche.
Sally is continually developing 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, and the visual arts. From the intimate to the large scale, her ability to envisage and direct hybrid performances with multiple artists has been widely recognised, including the winning of a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children for The Promise in 2009.