Artistic Director & CEO – Dr Elizabeth Jones, AO
Liz Jones commenced working as both an artist and staff member at La Mama Theatre in 1973. At the end of 1976, she became Artistic Director/Administrator and has held this position ever since.
Liz graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 and obtained her Diploma of Education at Sydney University in 1966. She taught English, History, Drama and Politics for twenty years in NSW, Victoria, the United Kingdom and worked as a Volunteer Graduate in Indonesia.
Liz has performed at La Mama and other Melbourne venues consistently since 1973, with the Lloyd Jones Ensemble, and recently with Aphids under the direction of Margaret Cameron in Care Instructions, which had seasons at La Mama, the Malthouse, and in 2009, toured to Denmark. In recent times she has also had major roles in Ariette Taylor’s productions of F.X. Kroetz’ Farmyard, in Suzanne Chaundry’s production of Tadeus Razowski’s Mariage Blanc, in Humphrey Bower’s production of Julie Goodall’s Texas, Queensland, in Daniel R. Lillford’s production of Jodi Gallagher’s Banshee, Mammad Aidani’s She (under the direction of Lynne Ellis), Eavesdropping as part of the Melbourne International Festival (under the direction of David Pledger).
She also worked with Emma Valente and The Rabble in Special over three years presenting at The Courthouse in 2011. Since 2009, she is taking part in the Minutes of Evidence project from the 1881 Coranderrk Inquiry, where she is cast as Anne Bon in the initial exploration of Coranderrk: we will show the country. In 2014 she worked on Uncle Vanya in Avoca with Bagriana Popov and this will be presented again as part of The Castlemaine Festival in 2015. Liz has also worked in the film and television industry with small roles in mini-series for both the A.B.C and commercial television, the film Spotswood and a number of short student films. In 2009 she worked with Bagriana Popov and dancer Simon Ellis in the award winning film Anamnesis. In 2015 she will be filming Coranderrk.
Liz was awarded the 1994 Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts by the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. In 1996, she received a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa from the Australian National University, in 2000 she was awarded the Sidney Myer “Facilitator’s” Award, in 2001 the Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2002 her name was placed on the Victorian Women’s Honor Roll. In 2012 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), the citation specifically mentioning her work with playwrights and the indigenous theatre community.
She has worked extensively on Ozco, Arts Vic and City of Melbounre funding panels, has sat on the VCA Course Advisory Committee (Drama) twice and been a Polyglot and Chambermade Board Member.