Samara Hersch is an artist and theatre maker working across theatre, film and live performance. Her practice is concerned with subverting representations of the ‘other’ through politically and socially engaged work, often collaborating with both trained and untrained performers.
Samara graduated with a Masters in Theatre Practice from Victorian College of the Arts and in 2010 was a recipient of the British Council Realise Your Dream Award and in 2015 was a recipient of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travel Fellowship.
Samara was mentored by Bruce Gladwin, from Back to Back Theatre Co. through the JUMP National Mentorship Program in 2010 and in 2013 worked as a show director on their production of Super Discount (Sydney Theatre Co. and Malthouse Theatre).
In 2015, Samara was a Director in Residence at the Malthouse Theatre and a member of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women’s Director’s Program. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Early Career Residency program and was an artist in residence at the City of Melbourne Arts and Participation program. As a teaching artist Samara has worked as a guest lecturer in Performance Studies at Deakin University as well as teaching at Monash University, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Access Inc.
Samara is currently developing ‘We All Know What’s Happening’ – a new work made by 7 children in Melbourne and 7 children in Nauru, through Arts House’s Culture Lab together with Lara Thoms.