LEAH PURCELL is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland. She is an actor, writer and director. Her directing credits for Belvoir include Radiance (in which she also starred), Brothers Wreck and Don’t Take Your Love to Town (which she also co-adapted and starred in). Her other theatre credits as an actor include, for Belvoir: The Dark Room, Stuff Happens, Parramatta Girls, The Marriage of Figaro, Box the Pony (which she also co-wrote); for Bell Shakespeare: King Lear; for STC: Blood Wedding; and for Griffin: The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table (with HotHouse Theatre). Purcell co-directed season one of the acclaimed ABC series Cleverman and has just completed directing a new 7 Network/Screentime series, The Secret Daughter. She is also known for her writing and directing across Redfern Now (series one and two), the children’s TV series My Place, and the award-winning short films She.Say and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun. Her film and TV credits as an actor include Janet King, Black Comedy, Mary: The Making of a Princess, House of Hancock, Love Child, Last Cab to Darwin, The Darkside, My Mistress, Jindabyne, Lantana, Redfern Now, The Proposition, My Place, Love My Way, Starter Wife and Police Rescue. She is the best-selling author of the anthology Black Chicks Talking, which was turned into an IF Award-winning documentary. Purcell’s other awards include the 2014 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award, a 2013 AACTA Award for Best Female Actor in a TV Drama, a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor, Matilda Awards for Best Actress and Director, a Film Critics’ Circle Award, an IF Award, two Actor of the Year and one Singer of the Year Deadly Awards, the inaugural Bob Maza Fellowship, and the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship for her artistic endeavours, community philanthropy and cultural activism. Purcell is a proud member of Actors Equity.