Sue Rider


Sue Rider works as a director, writer, dramaturg and producer in Australia and New Zealand across mainstream theatre, chamber theatre, opera, community theatre, theatre for young people and theatre in galleries. She has received thirteen writing commissions and has won Matilda Awards for writing and direction of ‘The Matilda Women’ and ‘Dancing on the Walls of Paris’, as well as for directing work with the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and La Boite Theatre, where she was Artistic Director from 1993 to 2000. In 2001 she won a Special Matilda Commendation for sustained contribution to Queensland theatre.

Sue’s writing credits include the plays ‘Freedom Ride’, ‘Bumpy Angels’, ‘Federation Ragtime’, ‘Meeting Karpovsky’ (co-author with Helen Moulder and Jon Trimmer, winner of NZ Listener best new play), ‘Playing Miss Havisham' and 'Gloria's Handbag' (both co-authored with Helen Moulder); youth operas ‘Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing’, ‘The Iron Man’, ‘Zoggy the Time Traveller’ (co-librettist with Jim Vile) and ‘The Silence Tree’ (all composed by Malcolm Fox); and plays for young people 'My Story Your Story', 'Deadly Eh?!', 'Sarah's Heavy Heart' and 'Have You Ever Heard a Wombat Sing?' (co-authored with Alinta McGrady and Waveney Yasso).

Sue has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland School of Communication and Arts since 2002 and received an Arts Queensland Creative Fellowship in 2006 to write 'The Pink Twins' with composer John Rodgers. Sue was awarded the 2009 Playlab Award for outstanding contribution to the development of new performance work in Queensland and was inducted into the Matilda Awards Hall of Fame in 2012. She is currently Chair of Backbone Youth Arts.

BUMPY ANGELS  add to cart
DANCING ON THE WALLS OF PARIS  add to cart
DEADLY EH?!  add to cart
FREEDOM RIDE... I HAVE A DREAM  add to cart
THE MATILDA WOMEN  add to cart
MY STORY YOUR STORY  add to cart
SARAH'S HEAVY HEART  add to cart