Imara Savage is a theatre and opera director. She has directed award-winning productions for leading Australian theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, Sydney Chamber Opera, and Griffin Theatre.
For Sydney Theatre Company, Imara directed: her acclaimed adaptation of ST JOAN for which she received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Director and Best Production and two further nominations; Caryl Churchill’s TOP GIRLS which won two Sydney Theatre Awards; a Helpmann Award winning production of AFTER DINNER which also won Best Ensemble at the Sydney Theatre Awards and was voted Best Revival by Sydney Morning Herald; MACHINAL which won two Sydney Theatre Awards; as well as DINNER, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, and HAYFEVER.
Imara’s Helpmann Award winning production of MR BURNS for Belvoir and State Theatre Company of South Australia, also received Sydney Theatre Award nominations for Best Director and Best Ensemble.
Her acclaimed production of Elliott Gyger’s FLY AWAY PETER for Sydney Chamber Opera was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Opera and toured to Melbourne Festival. Other opera directing includes: Kaija Saariaho’s THE PASSION OF SIMONE, Philip Glass' IN THE PENAL COLONY and Benjamin Britten's OWEN WINGRAVE for Sydney Chamber Opera which won Best Opera in the Time Out Awards.
Other theatre directing includes: for Belvoir, FOOL FOR LOVE; for Bell Shakespeare, A COMEDY OF ERRORS; for Griffin Theatre, THE BROTHERS SIZE which won Best Newcomer at the Sydney Theatre Awards; for Red Stitch, ORPHANS; for NIDA, WOYZECK, the Tom Waits/Robert Wilson musical, and PUNK ROCK.
Imara was dramaturge for Lucas Jervies’ acclaimed new ballet SPARTACUS for The Australian Ballet.
Imara was resident director at Sydney Theatre Company between 2016 – 2018, Richard Wherrett Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company in 2013, resident artist at Bell Shakespeare in 2012 and at Griffin Theatre in 2011. She is a graduate of NIDA in Directing and the NIDA Playwriting Studio and holds a BA in Communications and International Studies from University of Technology Sydney.
Imara teaches and develops curriculum in performance skills at the University of Technology and Kaldor Public Art Projects and teaches acting/directing and dramaturgy for the NIDA Open Programme.