Aubrey Mellor | Theatre Director, Dramaturge and Teacher, expertise in new work and classics, especially Chekhov, Shakespeare and Brecht. Formerly Dean of Performing Arts at Lasalle and Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), associated with arts training colleges across Australasia. Has directed a range of genres from opera, dance and film. Well-known as an acting teacher to a generation of acclaimed Australian actors, and renowned for translations and productions of the classics, and for the development of new work. Brought up in Variety and Circus, Mellor trained as a dancer, visual artist and musician and graduated from NIDA Production Course. In 1972 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, the first Australian to study Asian theatre, from Japan to India. Artistic Director of the Jane Street Theatre (Sydney). Co-Artistic Director of Nimrod Theatre Company (Sydney). Deputy Director of NIDA, Artistic Director of the (Royal) Queensland Theatre Company, Artistic Director of Playbox-Malthouse in Melbourne. Awarded Order of Australia Medal in 1992 for services to the arts, Australian Writers' Guild's Dorothy Crawford Award for services to Playwriting and the International Theatre Institute's Uchimura Prize for best production, Tokyo International Festival. Visiting professor to theatre schools in Japan, China. Mongolia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
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