Wesley Enoch

Mr Wesley Enoch

  • Post-Nominals: AM
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021

Biography

Wesley Enoch is a writer and director. He hails from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) and is a proud Quandamooka man. Wesley is the QUT Indigenous Chair of Creative Industries.

Previously Wesley has been the Artistic Director at Sydney Festival, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts, and Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative, and the Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir Street Theatre. Wesley’s other residencies include Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company, the 2002 Australia Council Cite Internationale des Arts Residency in Paris and the Australia Council Artistic Director for the Australian Delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts. He was creative consultant, segment director and indigenous consultant for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Wesley has written and directed iconic Indigenous theatre productions. The Seven Stages of Grieving, which Wesley directed and co-wrote with Deborah Mailman was first produced in 1995 and continues to tour both nationally and internationally.  Others include The Sunshine Club for Queensland Theatre Company and a new adaptation of Medea by Euripides: Black Medea. His play The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table won the 2005 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.

In 2004 Wesley directed the original stage production of The Sapphires which won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Play. Other productions include Black Cockatoo, Stolen, Riverland, Mouther Courage and her Children, Headful of Love, Bombshells, Black Diggers, Gasp!, Country Song, Happy Days and The Odd Couple, I am Eora, One Night the Moon, The Man from Mukinupin, Yibiyung, Parramatta Girls, Capricornia, The Cherry Pickers, and Romeo and Juliet.

His most recent production is the Australian premiere of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs Jenkins at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.