‘A slow, conscious rebuild’: If we’re going to come back after COVID-19, says Isabella Vadiveloo, we should take the time to do it right
Isabella Vadiveloo is a Melbourne-based theatre maker who works across disciplines as a theatre director, dramaturg, performer, devisor and creative director. She has a strong interest in the development of new, form pushing and politically engaged performance. With both settler Australian and Tamil Sri Lankan heritage, Isabella prioritises centring underrepresented stories, often working with physical and body focused practices. She also centres her practice around emotional safety and respect, cultivating a workspace carefully primed for risk taking. Recent directing and performance making credits include Unsuckle and If Needed, Repeat at La Mama Theatre, These Muddy Waters with David Harris and Parks Victoria and The Ways I Kill Myself for the VCA Writer’s graduate season. She has presented work with The Dig Collective and Teatro De Los Sentidos, as well as with Melbourne Fringe, Crack Theatre, Immerse and Village Festivals. As an Artistic Director she presents Small and Loud for Arts Centre Melbourne. Isabella is currently completing her Masters of Directing for performance at the Victorian College of the Arts.