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Jada Alberts Jada Alberts i(A151543 works by) (a.k.a. Jada Nampitjinpa Alberts)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Bardi people ; Aboriginal Larrakia people ; Aboriginal Wardaman ; Aboriginal Yanyuwa / Yanuwa people ; Philippine ; Dutch ; Aboriginal
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BiographyHistory

'Jada Nampitjinpa Alberts is an Indigenous performer, visual artist and educator from the Top End. She comes from the Yanyuwa, Larrakia, Wadaman and Bardi nations, and has Pilipino and Dutch heritage. Jada began her creative exploration as a musician. Playing the piano from the age of 5, Jada taught herself to play guitar in her early teens. During Jada's young life, her family moved quite often for work, living in remote communities and rural towns from Broome, WA to Yeuendemu, NT and a few places in between. Whilst living in Katherine, NT, Jada's father taught her to paint. Jada mostly paints her Yeperenye or Caterpillar Dreaming, given to her by her Walpiri Grandmother. With a contemporary feel, each artwork is deeply rooted in her traditional culture.' (Source: http://thinkanddotank.net.au/about/thinkdo-tank-team/jada-alberts/ )

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 inaugural winner Mona Brand Short Story Competition Emerging Writer
2013 winner Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award Alberts was awarded $20,000 to develop the script - 'Me & Jungali'

Awards for Works

Brothers Wreck 2014 single work drama

'Mob can’t survive like that, you can’t survive like that. We gotta talk to each other, as hard as it is, ’cause I guarantee you, that phone will ring and you’ll have to say goodbye again.

'This beautiful little play is about life.

'It begins with a death: on a hot morning under a house in Darwin, Ruben wakes to find his cousin Joe hanging from the rafters. What follows is the story of a family, buffeted by constant tragedy, holding itself together – as their people have done generation after generation. This play asks us: how do we deal with death? And how many other people does it take for each of us to live? Little by little, Ruben’s family brings him back from the edge.' (Production summary)

2015 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2014 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
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