Sally Blackwood is an exceptional director and performing arts leader based in Quirindi, Kamilaroi country, on the Liverpool Plains, producing major new performance work locally and internationally. Recently relocated to North West NSW, Sally is a passionate advocate for connecting individuals and enriching communities through engagement in arts and culture.
Sally believes that the creative industries play a vital role in the evolution and sustainability of the greater cultural ecology of regional and urban Australia. As a director on the Board of Arts North West, Sally advocates that the role of arts and culture is to tell our contemporary stories, facilitate discussion about current social and political issues, provide a platform for social cohesion and wellbeing, community enrichment, cultural change and economic sustainability.
Sally is a directing graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of New South Wales, and is a current Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, for which she received the George Henderson Scholarship of Merit (2017). Sally’s current doctoral research examines the curation of opera in contemporary culture and its role in the formation of personal and national identity. This exploration examines relationship to place, storytelling, music and performance, and the cultural integration of opera into the counter-urban landscape.
Career highlights include: Project Faust Louisville Ballet & Kentucky Opera USA (2016-2018); Director in Residence Orfeo Sasha Waltz & Guests Berlin (2014); Performing Arts Producer Sydney Opera House (2002-2007); Resident Director C!RCA Contemporary Circus (2012); Associate Artistic Director Patch Theatre Company (2014); Artistic Director Emerge Festival Australian Institute of Music (2014-15); Producer Community Artist Relations Sydney Festival (2015-16); Australia Council Arts Leadership (2017-18).