Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a director, performance maker, choreographer and designer. Known for pushing cultural and gender boundaries, her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and satirical at heart. She earned her artistic stripes as Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic touring and creating landmark works that continue to inspire Pacific artists to this day.
As an independent maker, Lisa’s work combines her ethos with a unique style of cultural analysis, experimentation with form and eye for design. From theatre direction and choreography, costume and set design, immersive interactive design and performance while also working as a speaker on diversity and intersectional feminism, mentoring artists and consultation. Lisa has worked with numerous renowned artists and companies, including Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (National Gallery of Australia), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, The Art Engineers, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bechdel, The Arts Hour BBC and Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Her work has been seen at Sydney Festival, festivals in Noumea and Vanuatu, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC, Make Mentorship programme Ireland, Tranform Festival Vancouver Canada.
Lisa is the Co-creator, Writer, Director, Designer, Choreographer and Performer for the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, touring constantly for 5 years, performing across six countries and has received numerous national awards including a Helpmann, Sydney Theatre Award, Green Room Award, Adelaide and Perth Fringe Awards, international nominations and awards in the UK and Canada. Lisa is also the Co-Creator and Director of the Hive City Legacy Project with a team of Femmes of Colour in partnership with London’s Roundhouse. This acclaimed work has gone on to a 2019 return season followed by a UK Tour. The Hive City Legacy Project has become a template to create a global Hive, Lisa has begun talks on 3 new Hives in Vancouver, Edinburgh and Ireland.