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Sue Rider Sue Rider i(A3747 works by) (a.k.a. Susan Vile; Susan Rider)
Born: Established: 1947
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Sue Rider completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in York, United Kingdom (UK) and a Graduate Diploma in Drama at Manchester (UK). She has been a theatre director, actor, playwright, dramaturg and teacher, with experience in mainstream, community and educational theatre. In the 1980s she wrote and directed for the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.

While in South Australia Rider worked with The Stage Company, Patch Theatre, Elder Conservatorium, South Australian Film Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Women in Focus, as well as lecturing at the University of Adelaide and South Australian College of Advanced Education. She was also the founding director of The Acting Company of South Australia. Rider became Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, in 1993. In 1998 she went to Vietnam as part of a cultural exchange project in celebration of 25 years of political relations between Australia and Vietnam. There she worked as director with the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theatre and spoke as an Australian delegate at a cultural forum in Hanoi.

Rider has also worked in Nigeria and the United Kingdom in opera, mainstream theatre, community theatre, theatre for young people and theatre in galleries. She has served as a committee member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and as a member of the Queensland State Arts Advisory Committee, as well as External Examiner for Theatre and a member of the Faculty of Arts Assessment Committee of the University of Southern Queensland. In 1996 she was a finalist in the Executive Woman of the Year Award and was honoured with a Glugs of Gosh Award for 'Excellence in Theatre'. Rider became Adjunct Professor in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland in 2002.

In addition to the works listed on AustLit, Rider has written many other plays that have been performed but not published.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Development of Learning How To Breathe, a new music theatre work based on the book by Linda Neil
2008 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Creative Development of 'The Pink Twins'

Awards for Works

The Matilda Women 1988 single work musical theatre

'Relive the vibrant stories of nine extraordinary women from Australia’s past- Gladys Moncrieff, Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’; Lillian Cooper, Queensland’s first female doctor; Emma Miller, ‘Mother of the Labor Party’, and many more equally important women of the past who inspired the women of the future.

'The doctor and her bicycle, the shy painter, the naturalist who knows no English, the kitchen maid who reads Shakespeare, the trade unionist, the performer, the ill-fated teacher and the luckless farmer’s wife accused of murder, The Matilda Women is fastpaced imaginative theatre that celebrates the strengths and achievements of Australian women.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1988 winner Matilda Awards Best Production
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