Leah Mercer

Leah Mercer

Leah Mercer is a director/deviser/writer with the ensemble The Nest which develops and produces new works for performance. She is also the coordinator of the Performance Studies course at Curtin University.

Work by The Nest includes Joey: the Mechanical Boy, co-written with Margi Brown Ash, Alex Brittan and Tessa Darcey which had a work-in-progress showing at Blue Room Theatre, Perth (2010) and A Mouthful of Pins which had a season at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2008). Her work Melancholia was produced at the Looking Glass Theatre (New York City, 2005) and showcased at the Playworks’ Festival (Sydney, 2006). Her practice-led PhD in Performance was based around a performance entitled The Physics Project which she co-wrote and directed at the Loft, QUT (2006) and presented as a work-in-progress at the Magdalena Australia Festival (2003). She won a 2006 Silver Matilda Award for directing The Knowing of Mary Poppins (The Nest) which she also co-wrote and the production was awarded a Special Commendation from the 2006 Matilda Awards in recognition of an outstanding independent production. It has had two seasons at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2005, 2006), one at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2008) and another at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney (2009). It was published by Playlab Press in an anthology entitled Independent Brisbane: Four Plays (2008).


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