Directing Fundamentals

with guest artist Sapidah Kian

Come be inspired by the craft of directing in this ‘directing fundamentals’ workshop with industry professional Sapidah Kian. A trained actor/director, graduate of the VCA Directing course (now lecturer there) and Malthouse Theatre Director in Residence, Sapidah has a wealth of information to share in this mini-series covering: innovative ways to work with actors in space, developing the audience-performer relationship and techniques to take the work from the page to the stage. Suitable for anyone with a keen interest in directing performance across all the many genres.

When: 2-4pm Thursday 19 & 26 April (you need to attend both sessions)
Where: Union Theatre, ground floor, Union House
Cost: FREE!
To register, fill out this FORM


Sapidah is an actor, director and theatre maker. As an actor, she has worked extensively across film, television, theatre and radio. Recent acting credits include: In-Fidelity (Complete Smut Art Auction-FOLA 16), Tomorrow When the War Began (ABC), The Five Provocations (Black Eye Films-due for release 2017), Partisan (Warp Films), Catalyst Club (24 Hour Experience-FOLA 14), Gallipoli (Endemol-Southern Star), Rake 2 (ABC), City Homicide (7).

Recent theatre making credits include Freewheelin’, Queerum and Catalyst Club (24 Hour Experience-FOLA 14), I Am The Wind (Turtle Lab/Public Front), Never Swim Alone and Light (Verve Studios), Curtains (Carnegie 18 for Full Tilt/Vic Arts Centre), Ulrike Meinhof Sings (Turtle Lab). Sapidah has also worked as a dramaturg and provocateur in theatre and film, most recently with Iranian Australian performance group, Baran, for Metro Arts/PWA. She was co-founder of Turtle Lab, a performance laboratory investigating creative process, directing works and engaging in performance research on projects such as Troilus and Cressida (RSC/The Wooster Group).

Since 2013, she has been lecturing in theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts across graduate and undergraduate programmes. Sapidah currently sits on the Green Room Independent Theatre Panel.

Sapidah Kian is the Director in Residence for 2017/2018 at Malthouse Theatre.