We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Elders, Ancestors and leaders of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
We extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recognising their resilience and ongoing connection to land, water and culture, despite ongoing colonial interruption and genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be advised that this website may contain images of deceased persons.
ILBIJERRI caters well to individuals with an identified interest in a career in the arts, with programs for early engagement, skills development, mentoring and professional opportunities, right through to executive leadership training.
We are very aware of the much needed resource of First Nations perspectives in primary, secondary and tertiary level education settings - and we are currently striving to further our strategy to ensure a robust presence in this space in the future.
In 2016 Kamarra Bell-Wykes commenced development of a comprehensive educational arm of ILBIJERRI, alongside much needed research and guidelines for engaging First Nations cultural content within the education sector. These guidelines were developed over several years and were delivered with the assistance of Rachel Forgasz (Monash University), Danielle Hradsky (Monash University), in partnership with Drama Victoria. The resulting resource document for teachers remains a well-utilised pack.
Over the years, some of ILBIJERRI's touring productions have offered resources to teachers in schools, able to attend ILBIJERRI stage productions.
TEACHERS RESOURCE 2022
Heart is a Wasteland is an uplifting, dynamic, hybrid work of First Nations music and story-telling. It is a work that is universal in its humanity, but complex in its Indigeneity.
AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW
TEACHERS RESOURCE 2019
The play wants to move us beyond cultural stereotypes, and to show us we have more in common than we suspect.
THE GUARDIAN ****
Top image: BlackWrights Masterlab 2020. Photo by Tiffany Garvie