Emele Ugavule

Emele is a Tokelauan (Te Kaiga o Fagatiale, Nukunonu, Te Kaiga o Koloi, Uea) Fijian (Kaideuba, Navua) woman, born in Aotearoa (Takapuna, New Zealand) and living on Gadigal lands of the Eora Nation and the Darug Nation (Sydney, Australia).

She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts & the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She has performed live with Solange Knowles & the Chinati Foundation, Next Wave, Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, The Joan, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir St and at Black Girl Magic, Yirramboi Festival, Transoceanic Visual Exchange.

She has also worked in film and television, featuring in ABC and Playmaker Media’s series, The Code. Emele’s visual art and film has exhibited in Australia & Barbados. She recently produced the AV series, The Places We Call Home, for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIIC), Cowbird & PBS. As a creative director & photographer Emele has worked with the likes of Ngaiire, Wallace, Crooked Letter, Ric Rufio, Kate Wadey & The New Venusians ; as a videographer shes worked for Fluir. Emele also has a passion for fashion and design and has styled, designed and made costumes for Sampa the Great. As a theatremaker and producer Emele has shared talanoa via ABC, ARTtalk, Humans of Newtown, Out of the Box, Huffington Post, and Audrey Journal and has been invited to speak on panels at Belvoir St (Mother Courage), We’re All Going to Die Festival, Girls Talk Womens Work, Transoceanic Visual Exchange. She is currently an Associate Producer of Q Theatre’s New Works at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Co-Artistic Director of Black Birds and the Creative Director of Talanoa.


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