Nina Barry-Macaulay

Nina Barry-Macaulay

Dramaturge and Theatre Maker

“if the work of passionate and talented dramatists such as Barry-Macauley is anything to go by, the future of theatre in Australia is in safe hands.” Jodi Cleghorn – 1000 pieces of blue sky

Born and raised in regional Victoria, on finishing her VCE Nina left behind the rolling waves and muddy paddocks of the Bass Coast in pursuit of The Stage. She began her training in musical theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 and later transferred to more academic studies at The University of Melbourne, where she recently graduated with a BA Arts Honours, specializing in Theatre and Dramaturgy. In her developing years Nina lived, studied and worked in Italy and Belgium. Her time in Europe shaped much of her passion for new and non-traditional theatre practice.

Nina is thoroughly enjoying extending her academic background in dramaturgy through her practical work with Platform youth theatre and producing her own theatre pieces. She is currently working as dramaturge on Platform’s Creative Generator and recently premiered her immersive, site specific performance Meet Me at the Museum.


Nina’s background in dramaturgy is largely academic having graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA Arts (Honours) in 2013. She majored in Italian and theatre studies, specializing in theatre studies for her Honours. From 2010-2011 she studied Dramaturgy at the Università Ca’Foscari in Venice, Italy. Nina’s interests in languages and dramaturgy contributed to her Honours Thesis, titled: ‘Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy’. This thesis discussed ‘the dramaturgy of translation’, a notion which suggests that dramatic texts require a specific and dramaturgically focused process, rather than a linguistically focused one. Nina received first class honours for her thesis.

Nina’s dramaturgical practice extends from local to international experiences. In 2012, whilst living in Belgium, Nina worked as Dramaturge/Performer with Russian theatre group Chto Delat and their performance of The Russian Woods. Nina was dramaturgically involved in the adaptation of the translated English text used by Chto Delat for the Brussels performance. In 2011 she translated several scenes extracted from Italian Futurist Theatre into English for a performance at Ca’Foscari Theatre in Venice.

In Melbourne, Nina is currently resident Dramaturge for Platform Youth Theatre. Nina was introduced to Platform in 2013, when she worked as dramaturge on their Platform@LaMama season.  This year Nina extends her dramaturgy skills to other Platform projects, including The Creative Generator.

While following a career in dramaturgy, Nina is also making her own theatre. These include her recent premiere at The Queensland Museum, Meet Me at the Museum, and her Melbourne University honors performance project Water Baby.

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