Casting Call: Ilbijerri Ensemble

Join the ILBIJERRI Ensemble. Earn some cash to upskill in the art of theatre-making, performance, behind the scenes and how to lead fun and engaging workshops for primary school kids!

ILBIJERRI Ensemble is an artist development program for First Peoples emerging theatre-makers. This year, the Ensemble will be trained to lead workshops, collaborate with emerging and established First People artists, build industry networks and career pathways. Running since 2018, ILBIJERRI’s Ensemble program has been shaped by its participants – and in 2023 the aim of the program is to empower Ensemble members to create a whole new generation of little theatre-makers. 

ILBIJERRI is the longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company, and one of Australia’s leading theatre companies. ILBIJERRI creates, presents and tours powerful and engaging theatre by First Peoples artists that gives voice to our Cultures.


  • Professionally paid rates for two-weeks rehearsal + three-week Victorian tour
  • Must be available full-time for rehearsals and touring from 25 September to 28 October 2023
  • Working with Children Check essential – if you don’t have a valid one already, ILBIJERRI will assist with the paperwork, and pay for the application costs
  • Must be Naarm/Melbourne based or able to get to Melbourne.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is offering 1 and 2-day in-school workshops for groups of up to 30 primary school students, as part of ILBIJERRI Ensemble's workshop program in October. The workshop will commence with a performance of a 30-minute play called Get Your Geek On by Isaac Drandic. Themes and activities from the show will then be teased out in the subsequent workshops with students.


Got questions?  Get in touch with Producer, Theo Cassady at [email protected] with subject line ENSEMBLE and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Playwright Isaac Drandic had a key focus when writing this play “I purposely made the lead character Djirra interested in science because we are the most knowledgeable natural scientists in the world and have been for millennia. It is as natural as football or netball and physical excellence."

This performance was devised to promote and embed ideas about Indigenous women in science and the value of creativity. This performance acknowledges the importance of Indigenous science and celebrates young people who want to have a life of intellectual aspirations.

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