Event Recap / First Friday Club with Lily Shearer


Lily spoke about her career spanning over 30 years in First Peoples Cultural Development, Arts Management and in Theatre and performance making.


First Friday Club, our monthly conversation with an industry professional, is a chance for our community to learn more about the writing and publishing industry.

In November 2020, we invited the public to our online event with performing artist, cultural collaborator, educator and Artistic Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts, Lily Shearer, in conversation with Writing NSW Program Manager Julia Tsalis.

Julia spoke to Lily about her career spanning over 30 years in First Peoples Cultural Development, Arts Management and in Theatre and performance making, and all the exciting projects Moogahlin have in store over the next months.

Watch the full interview on our YouTube channel.


Lily Shearer is a proud citizen of the Murrawarri Republic & Ngemba Nation (north-west NSW/south-east QLD) woman with 30+ years experience in First Peoples Cultural Development, Arts Management and in Theatre and performance making.

In co-founding Moogahlin Performing Arts, a First Peoples company in Redfern, Sydney NSW, Lily’s vision was to put in to practice the principle of ownership for First Peoples Australian communities by facilitating the handover of the final Gathering Ground project from Pact Youth Theatre to Moogahlin Performing Arts in 2010. A process outlined in Protocols of Engagement: ‘Community Cultural Development’ Encounters an Urban Aboriginal Experience (2009). This process provided leadership opportunities for local First Peoples Australian performance practitioners and provided new opportunities for emerging local First Peoples Australian theatre makers and practitioners.

Currently Lily is the Artistic Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts, a freelance-performing artist, and cultural collaborator/consultant/educator.


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