Lara Croydon

Lara Croydon is one of four recipients nationwide to be selected for the Emerging Indigenous Producers Mentorship, a program run by the Australia Council for the Arts. She began her internship at the Queensland Theatre Company in August 2011.

Lara's family are from Chillagoe and Gudjela mob from Charters Towers but she grew up with the Gubbi Gubbi mob from Gympie in South East Queensland.

"At various times growing up I wanted to be a trapeze artist, a forensic scientist, a teacher and a professional swimmer. Clearly I was meant for the theatre."

In 2011 she directed Caution: Wet Floor by Alex Bayliss for the 2High Festival and was stage manager for the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts productions of Black Rock by Nick Enright and Black Swan.

Lara sees training as a key issue in the future of Indigenous arts.

"We have such a rich collection of artists in the Indigenous sector in Australia, but very few Indigenous people taking on the supporting roles. These roles include designers, directors, stage managers, producers etc. I believe that building the sector in these areas is really important."

Lara's involvement in the Emerging Indigenous Producers Mentorship will see her address some of these issues.

"The program places emerging Indigenous producers in theatre companies around Australia to nurture development and give the necessary skills to become a producer in the sector. The program includes companies such as Performance Space, Belvoir St, Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

"I want to attain the skills that I need to work in the Indigenous sector as an independent producer. The skills to help Indigenous artists get their performances from the back of their mind or from paper to the main stage."