Sally Blackwood is an opera architect specialising in the creation of new operatic form. An exceptional opera director producing new work internationally. Sally’s artistic practice is a synthesis of music, theatre, and visual spectacle. It sits at the nexus of artforms in the creation of new hybrid operatic work, interrogating the role of performance to connect to and find resonance with the contemporary conversation.
Sally is a directing graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of New South Wales and is a current Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and recipient of the George Henderson Scholarship. 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 Leader (2017-18). sallyblackwood.com
Sally wrote a reflection on the 2019 Hi-Viz.