Jada was an associate artist at Belvoir in 2014-2015 and was the recipient of the 2013 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. She works professionally as an actor, director and writer. In 2014 her debut work BROTHERS WRECK was part of the main stage season at Belvoir to critical acclaim. It received a nomination at the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian Work, a nomination for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting at the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a nomination for Best Stage Play at the 2015 AWGIE Awards. She was also awarded the inaugural 2016 Mona Brand Emerging Writer Award, for which she submitted BROTHERS WRECK.
Jada has worked extensively in theatre, including working as an assistant director for THE GLASS MENAGERIE in 2014, and WINDMILL BABY in 2011, both for Belvoir. 2015 saw Jada continue her collaboration with Belvoir, co-writing ELEKTRA/ORESTES with resident director Anne-Louise Sarks, and was dramaturg for KILL THE MESSENGER directed by Anthea Williams.
In 2016 Jada directed her first show at Belvoir TITLE & DEED. She also made the cross-over into television as Associate Script Producer on the second series of CLEVERMAN (Goalpost) and co-wrote two episodes.
In 2016-2017 Jada completed a writing fellowship with Bell Shakespeare and in 2017 Jada was the Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production THREE SISTERS, directed by Kip Williams.
In 2018 Jada directed her play BROTHERS WRECK at the Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews.
Jada hails from Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country in the Top End of Australia and she shares her unique perspective with audiences as a young Indigenous Australian woman. Jada’s natural story-telling ability, fused with her experience as a writer and actor, make her one of Australia’s most exciting up and coming voices.