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Nescha Jelk


Meet Nescha, growing up in Gumeracha, Nairne and Echunga she is now a successful theatre director who has worked with the likes of State Theatre Company of South Australia and is currently working on exciting project with Country Arts SA called Euphoria which explores the highs and lows of living regionally.

Nescha graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre directing course in 2010 with Honours and a University Medal. She was a Resident Director at the State Theatre Company of South Australia from 2013 to 2016.

For STCSA, Nescha has directed Terrestrial, Switzerland, Straight White Men (co-production with La Boite), Gorgon, Volpone, Krapp’s Last Tape in the ‘Beckett Triptych’ (2015 Adelaide Festival, 2016 MOFO), Othello, Jesikah and Random. Other directing credits include Sepia (RiAus/Emily Steel), Hamlet (Actors Folio), Alice and Peter Grow Up (Milk Theatre Collective), Deluge (Tiny Bricks in association with Brink for the 2016 Adelaide Festival) and the 2018 revised remount of 19 weeks (Emily Steel).

She is one-half of theatre company Tiny Bricks, a creative partnership with playwright Phillip Kavanagh and she is a Co-facilitator of RUMPUS, a curated season of South Australian independent theatre that will be presented at the end of 2019 in Bowden.

Upcoming projects include Kate Mulvaney’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones (STCSA), a new adaptation of Lorca’s Yerma by local playwright Holly Brindley (Foul Play). She’s thrilled to be currently working on Emily Steel’s new play Euphoria (Country Arts SA) which explores the highs and lows of living regionally.

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