Ian Pidd is a Melbourne based freelance director of theatre and festivals. Ian works in a variety of contexts, but has a particular interest in creating works that are highly participatory and which feature professional and vernacular artists working side by side.
His theatre credits include his four year Artistic Directorship of Back To Back Theatre and ten years directing the majority of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions travelled throughout the world. Ian has directed for The Business, MRPG, Barry Morgan, Polyglot Theatre and many others. Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for The Malthouse in late 2013.
Ian has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works (Glenorchy, Tas) and was for 6 years the Chair of Melbourne Fringe. For ten years he was co-artistic director of boutique festival The Village and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston. For the last 8 years he has curated the Village program of performance, visual art, workshops, music and participatory works at all three Falls music festivals in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Ian is programming the new family focused music and arts festival The Lost Lands.
Ian has an ongoing relationship with the creative community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he has directed a series of large outdoor theatre works, as well has hosting a number of Indonesian artists on projects in Australia. Ian directed Polish and Philadelphia based casts in iterations of Polyglot Theatre’s Ants in Europe and the US and was one of the key artists in Dookie Unearthed (Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformations) where children and townspeople came together to create a multi-layered event across the whole town.
Ian collaborates with Bec Reid and Kate Macdonald on a series of social dance projects under the banner of Every Body Now. Their hit The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair has been seen in iterations in Queensland and Melbourne with more in the pipeline and You Should Be Dancing premiering at the 2016 Brisbane Festival.
Ian has sat on the boards of Back To Back, Snuff Puppets, Arts Access, ASIALINK performing arts board, The Village Inc, Junction Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe (Chair), as well as five year stint on the City Of Melbourne’s Culture And Arts Advisory Board. He has sat on funding panels for the Australia Council, Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria), City Of Melbourne, Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Tasmania.