Writer and Director, Therese Collie was raised in an Irish-Catholic family, her early theatrical career was spent touring with the Brisbane-based Popular Theatre Troupe as an actor. This period was followed by two years at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre, Mime and Movement in Paris. Collie returned to Brisbane in 1984 and joined the Street Arts Community Theatre. Her writing credits for the company include Out of the Blue (1992) and I Yitha - The She Goat (a bilingual Greek/English epic). In 1988 she began working as a writer with the Aboriginal community, producing four plays, one of which was later developed into a half hour television drama for the ATOM award-winning SBS series, Under The Skin. Collie's episode 'Long Way Round,' which she also directed, won a commendation in the 1994 Human Rights' Award.
In the late 1990s Collie worked on a theatrical collaboration between KITE Theatre and Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts. The production, Binni's Backyard, was commissioned for the 2000 Out of the Box Festival of Early Childhood (Bris). In 199 she received a two year Fellowship from the Community Cultural Council to further develop her writing and directing talents.