Image above: MORNINGS WITH SANDRA . Part of Ensemble Theatre’s 2018 season.
Banner Image: Mark Kilmurry, Liz Arday, Felicity Nicol, Sandra Bates at the announcement

Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry recently announced the two recipients of the 2018 SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARDS, proudly supported by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.

This year’s successful applicants are Liz Arday and Felicity Nicol, both emerging theatre directors with a wealth of experience directing youth and independent theatre productions both in Australia and overseas.

Mark Kilmurry initiated the awards as a legacy to former Artistic Director Sandra Bates, in her name after she retired from her 30 years at the helm of the company. The awards encourage and nurture emerging theatre directors by giving them the opportunity to work as Assistant Director on two of Ensemble Theatre’s mainstream productions each year.

This is the third year these coveted awards have been presented, and they offer an unmissable opportunity for emerging practitioners to work with established professional directors to help develop and fine tune their craft.

Each year the two winners are offered a paid position of Assistant Director on two of Ensemble Theatre’s main stage productions. They also assist in the delivery of Ensemble Theatre’s Boatshed program, each directing a staged playreading and helping with other Boatshed initiatives. Each award is valued at $8,000, sponsored by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation. 

 Mark Kilmurry announced the 2018 award recipients at a gala event in Ensemble Theatre’s waterside foyer bar.

For more information about  2018 SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARDS and the Ensemble Theatre’s 2018 season visit