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

Liv Satchell

Liv Satchell is a theatre-maker, writer, dramaturg and facilitator trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (Masters of Directing 2015) and the University of Sydney. Her practice focuses on building community platforms for emerging artists, on new writing development, and on producing original work through VIMH. 
Her current body of work The Grief Trilogy includes the plays I sat and waited but you were gone too long (La Mama Explorations 2016), my sister feather (La Mama Courthouse 2018) and let bleeding girls lie (scheduled for 2021 production). 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. She is interested in how loss and grief are embodied, in feminine dramaturgies that seek value outside of traditional narrative paradigms, and in the possibilities of liveness in performance.
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, and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Julian Dibley-Hall

Julian is a director, performer and dramaturg trained at the VCA (Theatre Practice) whose primary focus is developing, presenting and performing new work.

He is currently working as a dramaturg for a new theatre/dance hybrid work being presented at Next Wave 2020, and as the dramaturg for the upcoming VIMH show Eggplant, Me and The Sea. As an actor he most recently performed in the 2019 Victorian State Tour of The Crucible/Year of Wonders with Complete Works Theatre Company (dir. Andrew Blackman). In 2018, Julian was a Theatre Works Associate Artist and assistant-directed Polygraph (dir. Tanya Gerstle, Theatreworks) and Broken (dir. Susie Dee, fortyfivedownstairs). 

His other performance highlights include Disgust (dir. Stephanie Ghajar), Emergence (dir. Eryn Kimberley), Lifetime Guarantee (dir. John Sheedy, Theatre Works), Bucks (or A Bag of D*cks) (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bad Ducks Co.), Florida (dir. Zachary Dunbar, La Mama), Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Alister Smith/Tony Smith, VCA) which toured to the Folkwang International Shakespeare Festival in Essen, No End of Blame (dir. Bridget Balodis, VCA), The Cherry Orchard (dir. Melanie Beddie, VCA), Side:Effect (dir. Tobias Manderson-Gavin, MKA), The Pillowman (dir. Luke Rogers, New Theatre), and Human Resources (dir. Kate Gaul, Siren Theatre Co.).

Julian has been a proud member of Equity since 1999.

Jules and Liv are always up for a conversation – just shoot them an email at