Luke Kerridge is an award winning theatre director whose primary interests are new writing and theatre for young audiences.
Luke's most recent work Bambert's Book of Lost Stories (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), won a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children and was nominated for Best New Australian Work (2016). It has toured nationally (Arts Centre Melbourne/QPAC/STCWA/AWESOME Arts) and internationally (Edinburgh International Children’s Festival/Gulbenkian Theatre, UK). Luke won a Green Room Award for his direction of Dream Home (Darebin Speakeasy 2015), with the production nominated for a further 6 Awards.
Luke's other directing credits include: Them (MTC Cybec Electric 2018), The Exact Dimensions of Hell (MTC CybecElectric 2016), Eurydice (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (VCA), Group Show (MKA/SpeakEasy) and Orlando (VCA).
Works with young people include: Banjos, Boots & Beyonce (St Martins/The SUBSTATION), Fitter. Faster. Better. (Tour Director, St Martins - Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Darwin Festival 2016, Junction Arts Festival 2015), Tell it Like it Isn’t (atyp), Island and [Imagine Title Here] (Shopfront).
As Assistant Director: The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief (STC Ed). Directorial Secondments include: The Crucible (MTC) and Fox (Monkey Baa/Siren).
Luke has an established practice as an arts educator and has worked as a teaching artist for companies including Malthouse, Sydney Theatre Company, atyp, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, The Victorian College of the Arts and Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre, where was an Artistic Associate. He is currently the Artistic Associate at St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
Luke completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012 where he was the recipient of Grace Marion Wilson Trust and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship. Other training includes the SITI Company (New York) and Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane). He has received ArtStart and New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and was part of the 2014 JUMP Mentorship Program.
Luke is currentlydeveloping his next work for family audiences, part of a planned trilogy of works about creativity. He is part of the New Working Group, a network of independent theatre artists based in Melbourne.