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Guest Lecturer, WAAPA, Edith Cowan University

Sonya Suares is a multidisciplinary performer, dramaturg, director, producer and arts activist who has worked consistently in the arts since her screen debut in the 90s. She founded acclaimed Sondheim repertory company Watch This, realising a body of work that includes Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George and has accrued a total of 21 Green Room Award nominations/ 2 wins. She's also been nominated for her work as an actor in MTC's Melbourne Talam and Polyglot Theatre & Papermoon Puppet Theatre's immersive sensation, Cerita Anak. She shares a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical with Dean Drieberg for Sunday in the Park with George (2019) and for the realisation of the digital documentary series, The Art of Making Art (2020). In 2021, amongst several collaborations and developments, she is working with composer/ lyricist Vidya Makan on The Lucky Country; co-directing Into the Woods with Melanie Hillman for Watch This; and wrote, produced and performed in the pilot episode of The Quest, in collaboration with her old son, Daniel. Sonya guest lectures/ directs at the Victorian College of the Arts and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.


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    Lecturer and director, WAAPA, Edith Cowan University