Director, Performing Artist
Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals. Ian works in a variety of contexts, but has a particular interest in creating works that are highly participatory and which feature professional and vernacular artists working side by side.
His theatre credits include his four year Artistic Directorship of Back To Back Theatre and ten years directing the majority of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions travelled throughout the world. Ian has directed for The Business, Barry Morgan, Polyglot Theatre and many others. Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for Malthouse Theatre in late 2013.
Ian has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works (Glenorchy, Tas) and was the Chair of Melbourne Fringe for six years. He was co-artistic director of boutique festival The Village and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston for ten years. He also curated the Village program of performance, visual art, workshops, music and participatory works at all three Falls music festivals in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales for over ten years. Ian is currently Artistic Director of the family-focused music and arts festival The Lost Lands.
Ian has an ongoing relationship with the creative community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he has directed a series of large outdoor theatre works, as well has hosting a number of Indonesian artists on projects in Australia. Ian directed Polish and Philadelphia based casts in iterations of Polyglot Theatre’s Ants in Europe and the United States, and was one of the key artists in Dookie Unearthed (Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformations).
His social dance collaborations under the moniker Everybody NOW! (with Bec Reid and Kate MacDonald) has undertaken four Inaugural Annual Dance Affairs in three states, as well as the participatory dance project Everybody Dance Now for Brisbane Festival 2016. Ian also directs The Burning – the large scale ritual event that closes Dark MOFO in Hobart, Tasmania.
Ian has sat on the boards of Back To Back, Snuff Puppets, Arts Access, ASIALINK performing arts board, The Village Inc, Junction Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe (Chair), and The City Of Melbourne’s Culture And Arts Advisory Board. He has sat on funding panels for the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, City Of Melbourne, Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Tasmania.