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Metro Arts Patron – Wesley Enoch AM

Early in his career, from 1994 – 1997, Wesley was Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra, resident at Metro Arts. Whilst there he created the iconic work The 7 Stages of Grieving with Deborah Mailman. In the years since, Wesley has become one of Australia’s most influential, respected and loved writers, directors, and artistic directors, and is currently Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival.

“My career started at Metro. My first full time job, my first professional directing job, the first play I ever wrote, the first company I ever ran. All roads lead back to Metro.
Metro gave me a start 30 years ago and I want to give back.
The new, the experimental, the adventurous and the ambitious can be found at Metro.”

Wesley was introduced by the Metro Arts Board as our Patron at a private function for our supporters on Saturday 18th November 2017. He is the second Patron Metro Arts has had in our 40-year history, filling the place left by our first Patron The Honourable Gough Whitlam, AC QC.

We are very proud to welcome Wesley back home to Metro Arts, where it all began for him, and for countless other Brisbane artists who have gone on to make significant contributions nationally and internationally in both performance and visual art.

Biography

Wesley Enoch, a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man, is a writer and director who has previously been the Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts; Artistic Director at Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative; Artistic Director at Queensland Theatre Company; the Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir Street Theatre; and is the current Artistic Director at the Sydney Festival.

Enoch’s other residencies include Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company – he was also creative consultant, segment director and indigenous consultant for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He is Chair of Create NSW’s Aboriginal Arts and Culture Board; Chair of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel; a Board member of Annamila and NAISDA; and a member of the AGNSW Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Enoch has written and directed a number of renowned Indigenous theatre productions, including The 7 Stages of Grieving which he directed and co-wrote with Deborah Mailman; The Sunshine Club for Queensland Theatre Company; and Black Medea – a new adaption of Euripides’ Medea. In 2004 Wesley directed the original stage production of The Sapphires, which won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Play. He directed Black Diggers, presented at Sydney Festival in 2014 and his most recent production was Black Cockatoo, which premiered at the 2020 Sydney Festival.