Writer’s Fellow 2016-2017
Jada Alberts is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wadaman and Yanuwa performer from the Top End of Australia. She graduated in 2006 from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts and in 2007 won the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award for Best Emerging Artist.
Jada has appeared on stage in Frost/Nixon, The Birthday Party, Second to None and Yibiyung; most recently she played Goneril in the national tour of The Shadow King. Jada appeared in the
feature film Red Hill and on television in Rush Series III, Redfern Now, Wentworth and the upcoming Wentworth Series II.
Jada wrote Brother’s Wreck (2014) and co-wrote Elektra Orestes (2015) for Belvoir, and provided dramaturgy for Kill The Messenger, also for Belvoir (2015). In 2013 she won the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwrights Award, and in 2014 was nominated for Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards for Brother’s Wreck. In 2015 she was nominated for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, the NSW Literary Awards and for Best Stage Play, AWGIE Awards for Brother’s Wreck.
Jada is also an accomplished musician and painter of contemporary Indigenous art.