Photography: Angela Wylie

Mari Lourey

Mari Lourey (co-facilitator/dramaturg/creative producer) is a playwright, dramaturg, theatre maker and occasional actor, based between Broome WA and Melbourne. Over 25 years she has developed a practice of building work meticulously and collaboratively with innovative creative teams. She has a particular interest in working outside traditional methodologies of developing new work, particularly when it enables voices and stories beyond the traditional mainstream to be heard.

Her critically acclaimed plays include: Dirty Angels (La Mama and Regional Victorian tour), dir Lynne Ellis; Bare Witness (fortyfivedownstairs/La Mama co-presentation, followed by Performing Lines national tour 2012) dir Nadja Kostich; and most recent work in development, Dirt Cloud, winner of the Rodney Seaborn and Ross Trust Script Development Awards.

Between 2002-’20 she was researcher, writer and performer with innovative community arts and theatre company The Torch Project writing several plays with various Victorian communities: The Bridge, dir Rachael Maza, north-west Victorian tour, and Melbourne Trades Hall season 2003; My Home is My Castle, co-written and directed by Kirk Robson, Moorabbin Housing Estate; Faith, dir Rachael Maza, with The Big Issue and Wesley Mission, 2006. Between 2007-09 she was Artistic Co-ordinator of the Big Issue arts project Homeless Not Artless, creating several shows with director Adriano Cortese.

A popular freelance dramaturg, she has worked for numerous individuals and companies such as PWA, Ilbijerri, Yirra Yaakin, Bathurst Performing Arts Centre, and Goolarri Media. Her particular interest in sharing and learning new methodologies of skills development has led to various positions: Writer in Residence with Union House Theatre, Melbourne University 2020 and 2018; coordinating Goolarri Media’s Writing Program in Broome WA since 2013; co-facilitating Ilbijerri Theatre’s Blak Writers Lab between 2010/13; and guest lecturing at various Universities.

Starting out in music as a singer, she first trained in theatre before studying writing at RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing Course 2000-2003 and MA in Performance Writing, VCA, 2012.

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