Ian Pidd is a Melbourne-based freelance director of theatre and festivals. His theatre credits include his artistic directorship of Back To Back, including the Green Room award-nominated Minds Eye, plus ten years of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions have travelled throughout the world. With Snuff Puppets, Ian has created large-scale theatrical works in Japan, Singapore, Brazil, and in many parts of Europe and Australia.
Ian has directed shows for The Business, Barry Morgan, Polyglot and many others.
Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for The Malthouse in late 2013. He has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works and was for six years the chair of Melbourne Fringe.
He is co-artistic director of boutique festival The Village and the director of Junction Arts Festival in Launceston. He curates the Village program at all three Falls festivals. Ian has an ongoing relationship with the creative community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he has directed a series of large outdoor theatre works, as well has hosting a number of Indonesian artists on projects in Australia.
Ian sits on several boards and funding panels. He works in a variety of contexts, but has a particular interest in creating works that are highly participatory and which feature professional and vernacular artists working side by side.