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Rachael Maza Rachael Maza i(A125304 works by) (a.k.a. Rachael Maza Long; Rachael Long)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Yidiny / Yidindji people
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Rachael Maza is the artistic director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company. She is the daughter of Indigenous artist and theatre director Bob Maza and Vera Blankman (a Dutch immigrant to Australia), and is the sister of Lisa Maza. Maza has many years of experience in theatre, film and television and has presented SBS's 'ICAM' and ABC's Message Stick. Maza performed in the films Radiance and The Sapphires and was the 2003 recipient of the 'Uncle Bob Maza Award Memorial Award' for Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Theatre at the Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Awards.

In 2011 Rachael was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and, in 2012, she was nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play for 'Jack Charles V The Crown'.

In 2012, Maza co-devised the play Beautiful One Day based on the death of an Aboriginal man in custody on Palm Island in 2004.

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Awards for Works

Sisters of Gelam 2009 single work drama

'Weaving together a heady mix of live music, theatre & puppetry, Sisters of Gelam is the writing debut of Rachael Maza Long and her sister Lisa Maza - "The Maza Sisters". A duo well known for their soulful brand of acoustic tunes and island harmonies, the girls are both also highly accomplished actors in Australian theatre, film & TV.

'Inspired by the two sisters' very personal experiences as the daughters of a black father and white mother, stories from the past and the present are intertwined to present a poignant exploration of the journey to reconcile cultures and celebrate heritage.'

Source: Malthouse Theatre website,
Sighted: 11/11/2009

2010 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Live Production of the Year
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