Liz Arday is an Australian theatre and film director currently based between London and Athens. A graduate of the VCA Theatre School Melbourne, Liz has spent the last eight years freelancing as a director and assistant director for theatre and film in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Liz was the 2018 recipient of the Ensemble Theatre's Sandra Bates Director's Award (Sydney) and spent the year on attachment as resident assistant director for the company. Assisting projects included the new female comedy Unqualified by Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore (director Janine Watson) & Alan Ayckbourn's comedy trilogy The Norman Conquests (directed by Mark Kilmurry). Liz also led a script development of Tracey Trinder's Killing Katie: Confessions of a Book Club which was presented as a public moved reading as part of the BoatShed Projects.
Liz specialises in leading new writing projects, specifically works that venture into the post-dramatic and centralize on feminist, post-colonial, working-class and/or queer stories. Visually, Liz has a taste for bold & audacious design and her work has also become increasingly intersected with choreographic and cinematic elements in an attempt to move away from the domination of dialogue in storytelling.
These interests are the core dramaturgical focus of her work with LZA Theatre, a nomadic OFFIE nominated independent theatre company she founded in 2016. The company has produced five full-length works which have been staged in Sydney, London and Athens.
The company's current work is King (Ο Βασιλιάς) by Dennis Matsikas, a searing satirical monologue about life as an economic migrant in post-Brexit England. The work has been adapted and translated to be performed in both English and Greek. Ο Βασιλιάς premiered in Athens at Fabrica Theatre's Handmade & Recycled Theatre Festival in October 2021, and King will (finally) premier in London at The Hope Theatre in January 2022 after being Covid Cancelled. A hybrid of stand-up and dramatic monologue, the work is a confronting, poetic and hilarious account of what it really means to be an economic migrant living in London.
Liz is also currently directing Magda by Tako Natsvlishvili which will premier a VAULT Festival in February 2022. Magda is a 'coming of rage' story of two young women who meet in a psychiatric facility in Tbilisi, Georgia. Burdened by their past and their oppressive futures, they struggle to emerge into true identities within a culture dominated by religious idols and moral extremism. Natsvlishvili's brave and raw feminist text is fused with projection, live music and choreography in an explosive kaleidoscopic new work.
Liz is keen to collaborate on projects in Australia, the UK and Europe. She's always super keen to meet new collaborators and talk about potential new projects, so if you like the vibe say hi.