Liza-Mare has family ties to the Biripay people from the Mid North Coast of NSW. A theatre maker and academic, Liza-Mare is a founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts and as a key member of the company’s Co-Artistic Directorate for over ten years has recently been appointed Senior Artistic Associate. She is also currently an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media and Co-Associate Dean Indigenous in the Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture UNSW. She is widely published in the field of Indigenous performing arts with her most recent publication being a book on the Rehearsal Practices of Indigenous Women Theatre Makers: Australia, Aotearoa, and Turtle Island (Palgrave Macmillan 2021).
As a theatre maker, Liza-Mare’s directorial roles include, The Fox and the Freedom Fighters (Performance Space 2014), Broken Glass (Blacktown Arts/Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2018), The Weekend (Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2019), Rainbows End (Darlinghurst Theatre /Moogahlin), and Gods Country (NIDA third year production). In the role of producer Liza-Mare has presented Koori Gras a celebration of Black queer performance (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras/Moogahlin 2017-2020), and The Visitors (Sydney Festival/Moogahlin 2020). Liza-Mare also works as a dramaturge on various independent projects across the country with her most recent project Ma Boule by Nancy Dennis was presented at Darlinghurst Theatre and produced by Urban Theatre Projects in 2022.
Liza-Mare’s board and committee appointments including, Australian Plays Transforms (2021), Australian Plays (2018-2021), The City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Committee (2013-2017), Performing Lines (2014-2018), Platform Papers Editorial Board (2018-2019), and NIDA Research and Scholarship Committee (2020).