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Alirio Zavarce

Artistic Director

Alirio was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Australia in 1992. In 2000 Alirio graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre.  In 2001 Alirio won The Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award for Excellence Emerging for his performance in “Fronteras Americanas/American Borders”.

Alirio is the Artistic Director of ‘AJZ Productions’, ‘True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’. Alirio is the former Artistic Director of “No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability” from 2016-2020.

Alirio is a multi-award-winning director and theatre-maker in his own right and has developed a unique and distinct methodology of Documentary Theatre that combines film, moving image and live performance in multiple bodies of work.  He has created works in Jails, Detention Centres, National & International Universities, Schools, with Youth at Risk, with Multicultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities and with companies across Australia and Overseas.

Alirio has numerous performance credits with many theatre companies across Australia including​​ Sydney Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, The Malthouse,​​ Windmill Theatre, State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company of South Australia.

For Windmill Theatre Alirio has performed the role of The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Geppetto in Pinocchio and The Cat in Boom Bah! and Rat in Rumplestitlskin, many of which toured nationally and internationally.

Alirio is a funding member of “The Border Project” and has co-created and performed in all of the company’s work company’s work 2002- 2015 including ‘Medea Material’, ‘Please Go Hop!’ ‘Highway Rock & Roll Disaster’, ‘Trouble on Planet Earth’, ‘Disappearance’, ‘Vs Macbeth’, ‘Escape from Peligro Island’, ’Half Real’, ‘I, Animal‘ and ‘I Am Not An Animal’.

For No Strings Alirio directed, written and performed: ‘Trapped’ - Winner of the 2011 Fringe Graham Smith Peace Trust Award and  in 2012 directed, written and performed in : ‘Sons & Mothers’ – Winner of the Best Theatre Production for the 2012 Fringe , Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE development Award and The Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award.

In 2013 Alirio wrote and performed “The Book of Loco”– Winner of Best Theatre Award for the 2013 Fringe and The Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Development Award  and he also wrote & directed ‘The Migration Project’ which was presented as part of the Come Out Festival. In 2013 Alirio reprised his role of as the “Duende” in The Victorian Opera Production of Maria de Buenos Aires.

In 2014 Alirio Wrote and Directed True North’s debut performance “A Sense of Home” which won the Peace Foundation Award at The Adelaide Fringe 2014. For the 2014 to 2019 Alirio has been the Artistic Director of ‘Live from Channel 9” &”Live From Channel 9 Tandanya” a boutique interdisciplinary venue at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Where he created, directed and performed “The Chapel of Love”, “The Bureau of Complaints” “Godzilla vs No Strings” & “Ignition Point”.

In 2014 Alirio also toured nationally with “Sons & Mothers” for No Strings which won the Ruby Award 2014 and was nominated for a Helpmann, in the same year Alirio also toured “The Book of Loco” to the Malthouse Theatre which earned him a Green Room nomination for best actor.  He performed the role of Geppetto in Windmill’s “Pinocchio” at the Opera House and reprised the role at The New Victory Theatre in New York in March 2015.

In 2015 Alirio Directed ‘A Kid Like Me’ which was presented as part of the Come Out Festival for Children in May 2015, represented Australia in the 2016 Worlds Festival for Children’s Theatre in Canada and won The Ruby Award 2016. In 2016 Alirio performed the role of “The Rat” in Windmill’s Rumpelstiltskin. He also devised and directed “The Lie You Have Been Sold” with Conspire Theatre an Ensemble of Incarcerated Women and their allies in Austin, Texas.

Alirio received The Citizen of The Year Award from The City of Port Adelaide Enfield and was nominated for Australian of The year 2016.

In 2017 Alirio Directed: “Night Terrors a.k.a Godzilla vs No Strings” at the Adelaide Fringe and “The Gathering” for “Spirit Festival” a piece created, performed and devised by No Strings Attached and Kura Yerlo’s “Tracking Culture” an Ensemble of First Nations Artists and Performers with Disabilities. For True North Youth Theatre Ensemble Alirio devised and directed “EBully” in collaboration with young artist aged 13 to 17, which received the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Innovation 2017.

In 2018 Alirio directed ‘Through Our Eyes’ with True North Pathways, ‘A sense of Home’ presented at the Marion Cultural Centre and ‘Hopes Dreams and Nightmares’ presented at the Northern Sound System. He toured to Singapore with No Strings Attached theatre for disability and presented the world premiere of ‘I forgot to remember to forget’ and Co- Directed with Singaporean Director Rama ​Chandran  t​he International Collaboration “My Home is Not a Shell” Devised using Alirio’s unique methodology and created in collaboration with Artist from VSA Singapore, Very Special Theatrics and No ​Strings.

In 2018-2019  Alirio played the role of Rat  Windmill Theatre’s ‘ Rumplestilskin’ to the South Bank in London.

In 2019 Alirio wrote and Directed ‘Dropout’ as part of Dream Big Festival for Children which was rewarded with critical acclaim Alirio also Wrote, directed and Performed presented Australian premiere‘I Forgot to remember to forget’  at the Festival Centre in 2019 which also toured​ To The Korean Disability and Cultural Centre in Seoul 2019

In 2020 Alirio Co-Funded with Creative Director Kelly Vincent and Producer Juliette Zavarce - True Ability.

Alirio is currently writing and developing “The Book of Errors”.

More Team Members

Juliette Zavarce
Juliette Zavarce
Creative Producer
Kelly Vincent
Kelly Vincent
Creative Director
Kym from True Ability wearing a cap shrugging

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