Deborah Pollard

'The role of the creative provocateur is to offer fresh inspiration to the artist, whether that is through the introduction of new examples of arts practice or by encouraging and challenging the artist to better understand their own practice. The provocateur opens up a space to think about how an artist’s creative endeavours operate, inspire and communicate within the world in which we now live'

Deb is on the Situate Assessment and Planning Panel, and will be joining the 2018 Arts Lab as a Provocateur



Deborah Pollard is a director, academic and artist based in Sydney Australia. Her artistic practice has encompassed collaborations with a variety of different practitioners from dancers to farmers to performers and visual artists among others. Trained originally in theatre as a performer and director, her practice has shifted over the past20 years towards a hybrid between performance and visual arts.

Deborah’s performance, theatre and installation works have toured throughout Australia as well as internationally. In addition to her independent practice Deborah has also worked extensively within the Australian theatre and performance sector. She was artistic director of Salamanca Theatre Company, Hobart (1997-2000) and interim artistic director for Urban Theatre Projects (2006-2007).   She also works as a freelance director, dramaturge and performer having worked extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, Paschal Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective, Performance Space and Version 1.0 among others.

Over the course of her career Deborah has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, most notable being the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2000, the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship in 2001 and a New Media Arts Board Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2002/3.

Deborah currently lectures at the University of Wollongong in theatre and performance theory as well as directing and devising new work with the students.  She recently completed her PhD at UOW.