Jada is from the top end of Australia – Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country. She is an associate artist at Belvoir. Jada graduated in 2006 from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts and in 2007 won the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award for Best Emerging Artist.
In 2011 Jada was assistant director on Belvoir’s production of Windmill Baby and it was around this time that she began writing. Jada’s stage credits as an actor include This Heaven (Belvoir); Yibiyung (Belvoir/Malthouse Theatre); The Shadow King (Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Festival); Hipbone Sticking Out (YijilaYala/BighART); Frost/Nixon, The Birthday Party (Melbourne Theatre Company); Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui (Darwin Festival); and several national and international tours of Saltbush (Insight Arts). Jada has also participated in creative development projects for Playwriting Australia, Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, Arena Theatre, RealTV and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Jada has appeared in the feature film Red Hill and on television in Rush, Redfern Now, Wentworth and Wentworth II. In 2013 Jada was awarded The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award and also Playwriting Australia’s RE-GEN Emerging Playwright Seed Commission.
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