Nancy Black has worked widely in Melbourne as writer, director, dramaturge, performer and teacher in theatre, TV, video and film. She has worked with all the major theatre companies in Melbourne, taught at the VCA, participated in numerous co-op productions, and co-produced the successful Festival of Australian Theatre in China in 2007. She is currently the Artistic Director of Black Hole Theatre, a visual puppetry-based theatre company in Melbourne. For them she has directed numerous productions and projects including the award winning Caravan and Coop. With Black Hole she has also initiated a number of multi-media projects with young people, and set up workshops in puppetry and theatre making. She is the producer of Slam Noir, a new ongoing series of puppet slams in non-theatre spaces that have been seen in urban, outer urban and regional centres. In 2012 she directed the development of Rachael Guy’s Hutch, Alison Richards’ Book of Revelations, produced 2 Slam Noirs, and directed the highly successful Double Bill for the Victorian Opera – Manuel de Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show and Elliot Carter’s What Next? So far in 2013 she has organised and managed the successful tour of Belgian artist Stéphane Georis’ trilogy, presented the puppet slam How I wish the Wish I Wish at the Castlemaine Festival, and remounted Black Hole’s multi media project with young people – Lost in Tranzit. Later in the year she will collaborate with the Brazilian puppeteer Duda Paiva on a new show, Darkness, present the next development of Hutch at La Mama, further develop Alison Richards’ Book of Revelations, begin collaborating with Here Theatre on a new work The Burnt Book, and present another slam at a location yet to be determined!


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