Emele Ugavule


Emele is a Tokelauan Fijian (Kaideuba, Te Kaiga o Fagatiale, Nukunonu, Te Kaiga o Koloi, Uvea) multi-disciplinary storyteller. Her work is intercultural centring the development of ethical trans-indigenous collaborative creative processes & outcomes informed by Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies & cosmologies. Emele has worked with Next Wave, Mangere Arts Centre – Nga tohu o Uenku, Art Gallery of NSW, Q Theatre, Arts House, Black Birds, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Transoceanic Visual Exchange, Griffin Theatre Co, Belvoir St, Darlinghurst Theatre Co. + Festival Fatale, Fairfield City Gallery & Museum, Sydney Theatre Company, Warner Music, Sydney Opera House, Be Collective (Sydney Biennale), Casula Powerhouse, Solange Knowles & The Chinati Foundation, ABC + Playmaker Media. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Emele has facilitated intercultural theatremaking workshops at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University), Arts Centre Melbourne + Melbourne Fringe Festival, Oceania Centre, La Boite Theatre Company & guest lectured at NIDA. She is the Creative Director of Talanoa.

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