Leith Taylor

Leith Taylor

Writer/Director - Matters of the Heart
Leith Taylor

Leith Taylor

Writer/Director - Matters of the Heart

Leith is an experienced theatre practitioner having worked across a range of fields as an actor, director, producer, writer and drama educator.

As an actor Leith worked extensively over two decades in film, television and radio as well as appearing in more than sixty theatre productions nationally and internationally. In Perth she is well remembered for her numerous appearances in leading roles at the Playhouse and Hole in the Wall theatres.

After being awarded a Fellowship, she transitioned to directing and founded her own company, Theatre West, with a focus on shows by or about women. She subsequently directed numerous productions, some under the banner of her own company but also in collaboration with or for other theatre companies including Black Swan, W.A. and Perth Theatre Companies, deckchair and Melbourne’s HIT Productions. Some of her productions toured nationally or were part of Arts Festival programming and include Oleanna, One Small Step, Woman in Mind, Speaking in Tongues, The Season at Sarsaparilla, Sixteen Words for Water and Blood Moon.

Leith has long been involved with professional drama training having lectured and directed at numerous performing arts institutions in Australia and overseas including the Drama Studio (U.S. and U.K.), LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore) and a long association with the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Early training in journalism enhanced her work as a dramaturg and scriptwriter, while her psychology qualifications resulted in work as a drama therapist with groups and individuals in this specialist field. She was able to bring these different perspectives to her doctoral research which focused on the role of emotions in actor training programmes, signalling the necessity for significant procedural changes in drama schools and in the profession.

Leith is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, California State University L.A., the Drama Studio London and WAAPA @ ECU where she completed her PhD. She has won several awards for acting and directing and been a member of numerous boards and consultative panels including the Australia Council for the Arts, Perth International Arts Festival, Healthway Foundation and the W.A. Department for Culture and the Arts.


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We are so delighted and honoured to welcome Dr Carina Hoang to the board of THEATRE 180. Dr Hoang brings an incredible amount of expertise, advocacy and heart to our team and we look forward to working with her!

Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR • Actor • Speaker • Historian • Academic • Business Owner •  Award-winning Author/Publisher 

Carina was 16 when she fled Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges living in a primitive refugee camp. After resettled in the United States she continued her education and had a successful corporate career. She went on to hold management positions in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administrative management. 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Gender and Cultural Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Carina is a leading advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2007, she moved to Australia and has made an immense impact in raising awareness of refugee issues.
Thanks to CircuitWest we have two of our wonderful teaching artists in Albany this weekend. TrenT Baker and Tegan Mulvany will be conducting some awesome acting/directing/impro workshops at the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company. Beautiful Albany - we wish we were all there! 
#theatre #Workshops #albany #theatre180 #circuitwest
Due to positive Covid cases among the artistic team we have had to reschedule the two performances of Matters of the Heart to Friday 20th May, 11am and 7pm. All existing ticket holders have been notified by email and your tickets will be automatically valid for the new date and time. Please check your inbox and if you can't make the new date please email info@theatre180.com.au for a refund.
If you haven't yet booked a ticket there are only a few remaining so be sure to get in quick! www.theatre180.com.au
A first get together with the cast, director, costume/set designer and producers of THEATRE 180’s upcoming production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning play Blue/Orange. A very exciting discussion has ensued about characters and costume/set ideas 😊

Don’t miss out on seeing one of the best contemporary plays written in the last two decades! 

Laurence Olivier Award – Best Play 2001
Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
“Blue/Orange explores the connection between ethnicity and  perceptions of mental health…it illuminates the way psychiatry can be strategic - and anatomises the politics of medical care.” – Evening Standard (London)
“In the way of great comedy, Blue/Orange touches on great themes: self-advancement at the expense of others and perceptions of sanity.” - The Independent (London)
Directed by Stuart Halusz
Featuring Jarryd Dobson, Andrew Lewis, Tinashe Mangwana
Set/Costume Designer - Neil Sheriff
Sound Designer – Noah Ivulich
Lighting Designer – Garry Ferguson
Lower Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth
August 20 – September 3
Bookings link www.theatre180.com.au
#theatre #mentalhealthawareness
Thank you Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for providing creative development funding for our next cinestage production based on the stunning series of books by Dianne Wolfer - Author The Lighthouse Girl, The Light Horse Boy, In the Lamplight and the Last Light Horse. 
Titled ‘The Lighthouse Girl Saga’, the script, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner, with AV Design by  Josephine Hayes, AV Production by Sunburnt Films, Sound Design by Ben Collins and directed by Stuart Halusz, this seed funding sets us on our path to seek full production funding for this very special story. Thank you to our readers Michelle Fornasier Brendan Hanson and Nick Maclaine ❤️ #thelighthousegirl #theatre #westernaustralia #DLGSC #artsfunding
So excited to be at the launch of @diannewolfer  latest book The Last Light Horse at the beautiful Albany Town Hall! We are thrilled we have been given creative development funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to turn all of the 4 books into a script for a theatre production, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner ❤️