Theatre maker, director and teaching artist exploring the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement.
Samara Hersch is a theatre maker, director and teaching artist whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy, particularly through imagining new performative frames for non-professional performers and audiences to inhabit. She was Female Director in Residence of Malthouse Theatre in 2013; artist in residence at Theatre Rotterdam 2022-2023 and part of the EU Network, ACT: Art Climate Transition. She was the 2023 recipient of the International Caroline Neuber Scholarship of the City of Leipzig.
Her recent body of work focuses on critical trans-generational dialogue with an enquiry into conversation as performance. Samara regularly collaborates with artist Lara Thoms. Together they engage young people to explore the performance of alternate histories. Their work subverts notions of adults as experts, foregrounding the voices of young people in the retelling of national stories and identities.
Between 2016 and 2022, Samara's works were presented in 28 seasons across Australia, Asia and Europe. Highlights include Kyoto Experiment (Japan); West Kowloon Cultural Centre (Hong Kong); Sick Festival (UK); Theatre Practice (Singapore); Spring Festival, Noorderzon (Netherlands); Kammerspiele, Sophiensaele, Schwankhalle,(Germany); BUDA (Belgium); Zürcher Theatre Spektakel (Switzerland), and in Australia at Adelaide Festival, Darwin Festival, Liveworks, PICA, Theatreworks, Arts House, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Vitalstatistix.