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Nadja Kostich

Artistic Director

Nadja Kostich is the Artistic Director and Co-CEO of St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre. She is a multi-award winning interdisciplinary director and creative producer who has brought a powerful and provocative body of work to our stages, festivals and public spaces over a span of almost two decades. Often collaborating with culturally diverse and Indigenous artists and communities, her unique integration of physical score, text, design, film and music has created immersive, moving and visceral experiences for audiences. Thematically inspired by the experiences of the participants in her work Nadja’s work obsesses on questions of social justice and political terrains.

A VCA graduate, she received a Green Room Award nomination for Outstanding Direction for her debut production, InsideOut made with at-risk women and followed by a win for Outstanding Production for co-writing and directing diverse Elders’ in The Grand Feeling. She developed and directed Test Pattern, by Angus Cerini, (two Green Room Awards) and Tenderness: Ugly and Slut, by Christos Tsiolkas and Patricia Cornelius (two AWGIE Awards). She then directed the critically acclaimed production of Mari Lourey’s Bare Witness in a Fortyfivedownstairs season in 2010, which went on to tour nationally in 2012.

Nadja was appointed Multicultural Arts Victoria ambassador to the Melbourne Theatre Company's Connect program to advocate for the visibility of artists from diverse cultures within the arts sector. As a result, she developed Pigeon, stories told by PNG women for Connect. She is an alumnus of the inaugural MTC Women Directors program and directed I Call My Brothers by Jonas Hassen Khemiri for MTC Education.

Last year at St Martins, Nadja directed For The Ones Who Walk Away, a large scale, site-specific work which involved 10 collaborating associate artists, five designers and 60 child/teen performers. The work won the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Live Art and has a nomination for a Green Room Award for Design.

The social feed

28 Aug 2019
St Martins invites you to join us for BALIT LIWURRUK: STRONG GIRL - https://t.co/G2DhRf...
08 Aug 2019
Our special #EscapeVelocity preview screening is ready to take-off! Be prepared for the...
07 Aug 2019
Keep your finger on the pulse... Escape Velocity is ready to launch in a matter of days...
30 Jul 2019
💪🏻💪🏻 Yes! 💪🏻💪🏻 More awesome hero-work from semester 1! 🎭
26 Jul 2019
Some more creations by our young artists coming out of Semester 1's examination of hero...
25 Jul 2019
Some awesome creations from our 5-8s!! Do you know about our prompts and provocations? ...
11 Jul 2019
School's back next week, and with it, our Term Programs! Don't forget to enrol https://...
01 Jul 2019
#EscapeVelocity launching soon 🤩🤩 Keep your eyes peeled for details, we can't wait to s...
30 Jun 2019
Some more #BTS from #EscapeVelocity to get you excited! Launching very soon. Watch this...
30 Jun 2019
Today marks the end of #Pride Month 2019 - but not the end of celebrating #PRIDE every ...
19 Jun 2019
Check out all these young heroes on the mic with @sugarbowldonniris "Yung Philly" at #T...
17 Jun 2019
Meet some of the young heroes from #ThePlaygroundProject's "Heroes Live Here" productio...
13 Jun 2019
Check out some of #ThePlaygroundProject team getting ready for 'Heroes Live Here', a pe...
31 May 2019
Meet some of the amazing #EscapeVelocity stars! 😍 we've loved working with @minus18yout...
30 May 2019
The whole crew working hard on our #EscapeVelocity shoot 😍😍 Look at all these hard-work...
29 May 2019
On set for our first #EscapeVelocity shoot. We're so excited to be in the production ph...
27 May 2019
We had so much fun at #RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival last year! Check out these a...
16 Apr 2019
With just a few days left of school holidays, we've got our minds on Term 2. How about ...