Imara Savage is a theatre and opera director. She has directed award-winning productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera, and Griffin Theatre.
Her productions for Sydney Theatre Company (where she was resident director between 2016 – 2018) won multiple awards. Imara’s acclaimed adaptation of ST JOAN received four Sydney Theatre Award nominations including Best Director and Best Production. Imara’s production of Caryl Churchill’s TOP GIRLS won two Sydney Theatre Awards. AFTER DINNER won a Helpmann Award, Best Ensemble at the Sydney Theatre Awards, and was voted Best Revival by Sydney Morning Herald. MACHINAL won two Sydney Theatre Awards. She also directed DINNER, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, and HAY FEVER for the company.
Imara’s Helpmann Award winning production of MR BURNS for Belvoir and State Theatre Company of South Australia, received many award nominations including 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: 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.
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.