Alirio Zavarce /Director, Writer, Performer & Musician

Alirio was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Australia in 1992. He graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2000 and, for the next 15 years, generated performance credits with theatre companies across Australia including Windmill, State Theatre of SA, Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne’s The Malthouse. Alirio is a founding member of the Border Project and has performed in and co-created all of its productions.

A multi-award-winning director and theatre maker, Alirio has developed and directed projects with companies across Australia, including Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, SYTE, Urban Myth, The Multicultural Community Council of SA, Flinders University Drama Centre and the Community Arts Network.

In 2013 Alirio wrote and performed “The Book of Loco”, winner of two Fringe Awards: Best Theatre Production and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE Development Award. He also wrote and directed “The Migration Project”, presented as part of Come Out Festival 2013.

Alirio is the Artistic Director of AJZ Productions and True North Youth Theatre Ensemble. For the 2014 and 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Alirio produced and curated “Live From Channel 9 Studios”, an interdisciplinary venue at which he created and performed "The Chapel of Love", “The Bureau of Complaints” and the debut performance of True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’s "A Sense of Home". The latter won the 2014 Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award.

Alirio performed the role of Geppetto in Windmill’s “Pinocchio” at both the Sydney Opera House and The New Victory Theatre in New York City in March 2015. In the 2015 Come Out Festival, he directed “A Kid Like Me” which was selected to represent Australia in the 2016 World Festival for Children’s Theatre in Ontario, Canada.

Alirio has been a tutor and director with NSA since late 2004. In addition to annual showcase productions, Alirio has also directed, written and performed “Trapped” (winner of the inaugural Graham Smith Peace Foundation Award) and “Sons & Mothers” (winner of four 2012 Fringe Awards including Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award and the Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Development Award). In 2014, the touring production of “Sons & Mothers” won an SA Ruby Award for Community Impact and was nominated for a Helpmann Award as Best Regional Touring Production.