Andrea James


Andrea James graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Art in Drama in 1991 and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996. Andrea was the Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers Theatre for almost seven years from 2001 to 2008. James is best known for her work in writing and directing Yanagai! Yanagai! – a play about her father’s people, the Yorta Yorta, and their struggle for land rights justice.

James was dramaturg to Lou Bennett’s one-woman cabaret Show us ya Tiddas! produced by the Melbourne Workers Theatre and wrote a short play The Forever Zone for White Whale Theatre at Downstairs 45 in Melbourne. She is currently the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer at Blacktown City Council and has developed a cross-art new work entitled To Soothe the Dying Pillow while in residence at Performance Space in Carriageworks in December 2011.

Most recently James directed Bully Beef Stew with three Aboriginal men at PACT Theatre and co-wrote Corranderk: We Will Show the Country with Giordano Nanni produced by La Mama and Ilbijerri Theatre. She is currently writing a short play entitled Winyanboga Yurringa inspired by Hyllus Maris and Sonia Borg’s iconic Women of the Sun.

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