Jamila Main

Jamila Main

Jamila Main is an actor and playwright making performance works infused with the survivalist humour of living in a queer, disabled body in chronic pain. Jamila has been writing and performing for the stage, screen, and livestream since 2016, and has worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre Company,

Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Vitalstatistix, Midsumma Festival, ActNow Theatre, First Draft Gallery, Embrace Disability Arts Festival, Alter Festival, and Carclew.

Jamila is a proud wheelchair user and advocate. Jamila was a 2020-22 Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee, and is a freelance access and inclusion consultant. Jamila has been featured in Frankie magazine and interviewed Kate Mulvany for the This Is How We Do It podcast. Jamila has written for ArtsHub and Limelight Magazine on disability in the arts.

Notable acting roles include Phoebe in the development of Curiosity (dir. Shari Sebbens, Sydney Theatre Company, 2021); Milla in Butterfly Kicks (dir. Mary Angley, Rumpus 2021); Sita in Shadow (Back to Back Productions, 2020), and Karin in a development of Set Piece by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon (Vitalstatistix, 2019).

Working under the name Pillow Fight, Jamila created and performed sell out seasons of Benched (4 stars Time Out Sydney) at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Midsumma Festival, FELTspace, Carclew, SALA Festival, Headspace Berri. Pillow Talk, originally commissioned for First Draft Gallery in 2022, with seasons presented at Alter State Festival and Abstract Thoughts Gallery, is an intimate examination of queer, disabled pain that straddles live and remote performance.

Jamila was a pep talk writer for Hey Lemonade and a commissioned writer for the Ruby award-winning Decameron 2.0 (STCSA and ActNow Theatre). Jamila’s play Butterfly Kicks was a finalist in the Queer Playwriting Awards (Midsumma Festival, 2020) and winner of the Queer Short Story Award (Feast Festival, Writers SA, 2018); winning again in 2019 for Queer Utopia is on the Roof of a Westfield. STCSA has awarded Jamila’s plays Immaculate (2017) and How to Eat Rabbit (2019), with Griffin Theatre Company also awarding How to Eat Rabbit (2021).

Photography by Hussain Alismail.