VIMH’s co-artistic directors: Liv Satchell and Julian Dibley-Hall

Liv Satchell

Liv is a theatre-maker, writer, dramaturg and facilitator trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (Masters of Directing) and the University of Sydney. Her practice focuses on building community platforms for independent artists, on new writing development, and on producing original work through VIMH. Her current body of work The Grief Trilogy (‘I sat and waited but you were gone too long’; ‘my sister feather’; ‘let bleeding girls lie’) is three thematically linked plays exploring how women connect in public space through their experiences of grief and loss, and will be presented in March 2023 at La Mama Courthouse.

Her plays have been variously shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, the Max Afford Playwrights Award, and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. She was nominated for Best Director at the 2019 Green Room Awards for ‘my sister feather’ and ‘let bleeding girls lie’ was selected to represent Australia at the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference in June 2022. It was also nominated for five Green Room Awards in 2022, winning Best New Writing for Independent Theatre. 
Her community practice focuses on fostering emerging artists, new writing development and building spaces for sharing practice. Her work in these areas has included co-founding Small and Loud in 2016, a monthly performance program for new works in development that worked with over 300 young artists across its three years of programming. She has also produced several new writing programs through VIMH and has variously mentored or facilitated for Union House Theatre, VCA, Fairfax Youth Initiative and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Julian Dibley-Hall

Julian works as a director, performer, dramaturg and producer. He was trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and his practice focuses primarily on developing and presenting new theatrical works.

In 2022 Julian directed The View From Up Here by Fiona Spitzkowsky for VIMH at Theatre Works. Previously, Julian was a Theatre Works Associate Artist (2018) where he assistant-directed and sound designed the critically-acclaimed season of Polygraph by Marie Bressand and Robert La Page (dir. Tanya Gerstle, Theatreworks), and in 2018 he also assistant-directed Broken by Mary Anne Butler (dir. Susie Dee, fortyfivedownstairs).  Julian was the Performance Director of Underground Cinema from 2013-2015, directing 14 large-scale immersive theatre events in non-traditional venues across Melbourne and Sydney.

Julian has been making theatre since 1997 and is a proud member of Equity.

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