Theatre Artist Biography

Suzie Hardgrave is a progressive industry specialist in acting, character and contemporary, text-based performance with an extensive career in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Suzie is a recipient of the Michael Chekhov Association New York (US) work-study scholarship 2015 – 2016. Recently awarded the annual Philip Parson’s prize from the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies for Masters of Applied Theatre Studies at the University of New England for her creative practice-led research project examining realism in acting and the Michael Chekhov technique.

Companies Suzie has worked for include: National Theatre of Scotland (UK), BBC (UK), Traverse Theatre (UK), The Arches (UK) North Edinburgh Arts Centre (UK), ABC Radio, Melbourne Theatre Company (AUS), Victorian College of the Arts (AUS) and La Mama Theatre (AUS.). Suzie has toured extensively throughout Australia and Scotland (UK) in theatre-in-education. Suzie has devised work with Australian Theatre For Young People (NSW), Platform Youth Theatre (VIC), and Shopfront Theatre (NSW). Suzie has toured extensively throughout Australia and Scotland (UK) in theatre-in-education and worked successfully as a music theatre actor and performance artist in Sydney’s independent theatre scene. In 2010, Suzie won Short and Sweet, Sydney with Best Overall Production, Best Director, Best Actor at NIDA Parade Theatre (AUS) from 170 new works.

Suzie premiered her first full-length, one act solo theatre work Elizabeth Taylor is My Mother at La Mama Theatre, Carlton in 2015. This piece, also her major work for Masters, experienced all-favourable reviews, highlighting the trauma of lost identity through adoption. Suzie is now redeveloping the show alongside new work – Goldfish about the personal experience of anorexia nervosa. It is premiering in 2016.

Suzie has been teaching artist for over eleven years teaching with companies such as; the Victorian College of the Arts (AUS), Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance (AUS), Deakin University (AUS) Australian Theatre For Young People (AUS), Stagecoach Theatrearts (UK) and NIDA Open.