My name is Liz Arday and I'm a theatre director, producer and writer based between Sydney & London. This is my portfolio site, welcome!
I'm a graduate of the VCA Director’s Course (Post Grad Dip, 2013, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne), and I completed a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University Sydney, majoring in English Literature and with minors in Modern History and Philosophy. I also completed actor training in Meisner at The Actor's Pulse in Sydney, training under the legendary Billy Millionis, and I returned to join the faculty in 2018 teaching screen acting and audition skills.
In 2018 I was the recipient of the Ensemble Theatre’s Sandra Bates Director's Award and worked with the company on three projects across that year: as assistant director on new Australian female led comedy Unqualified, as director on a development and public reading of Tracey Trinder’s new work Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book Club and was assistant director to Ensemble AD Mark Kilmurry on Alan Ayckbourn’s epic comedy trilogy The Norman Conquests.
I am the artistic director of LZA Theatre, an independent theatre company based in both London and Sydney. Recent Sydney productions include Yours the Face by Fleur Kilpatrick and Denis Kelly’s Debris and in London Franca Rame & Dario Fo’s A Woman Alone and the OFFIE nominated production of Lally Katz The Eisteddfod. LZA Theatre explores feminist and disruptive dramaturgies, promising to make political work that is accessible, and always BOLD. STYLISH. AUDACIOUS. You can find out more about our work by clicking the LZA link above.
In 2020 I'm excited to be directing KING by Dennis Matsikas at the Hope Theatre London in March, a first run of a hilarious and searing new writing work we are looking to develop into a touring festival piece. After this I will be directing As She Lay in September at Old 505 Sydney.
Alongside my creative practice, I've worked in administrative roles for industry leading theatre companies including Griffin Theatre, the Young Vic, Wilton’s Music Hall, Canal Cafe Theatre (NewsRevue), Bush Theatre, Regent's Park Open Air, Performance Space and Sydney Theatre Company. Currently, I am the co-director of Screen Jam, a London based film production company, and was the CEM for VAULT Festival 2020.
When I'm not working one of my favourite things to do is travel and get off grid. I document my adventures via my instagram (look left), why not follow me?