Nicole Reilly, proudly a queer, Wiradjuri woman, is the Artistic Director of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She is a creative producer, director and teaching-artist who graduated from the innovative practice-based Performing Arts Master’s Program at USC (where she studied advanced producing, event management, marketing, grant writing, and arts administration).
Since 2012 she has produced over 40 works, mostly in regional and remote Queensland. Since moving to Brisbane to complete her master’s degree, she has produced sold-out seasons for both Zen Zen Zo’s THE TEMPEST and THE UNSPEAKABLE DREAMS OF SALVADOR DALI and Dan Evan’s EVERYTHING WE REMEMBERED, LET’S AGREE TO FORGET, as well as producing and touring 6 shows for Mashed Theatre around QLD, NT and NSW in 2017- 2018. In 2019 Nicole was also the Youth and Education Producer for Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast, programming for the 2020 season which subsequently went online in response to social distancing measures. In December of 2020, she directed a new site-specific, devised work, LEONARDO'S LAST SUPPER, inviting audiences to participate in the rituals of death and grieving.
Nicole has just completed producing a 4-part docu-series, THEATRE MAKERS: directors at work, with Zen Zen Zo and Magic Lantern Cinema, supported by Arts Queensland, in response to the need for digital learning resources as a direct result of Covid-19 on the arts education sector. Nicole is particularly passionate about (and adept at) engaging young people in cultural experiences, and looks forward to generating new audiences locally, nationally and internationally.