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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. 

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