Augusta Supple is an Australian theatre director, producer and writer. She is known for leading large-scale, site-resonant multi-playwright projects; her advocacy for gender equity and underserved communities; feminist arts and cultural commentary and her commitment to supporting artist-led practice.
Augusta is a Sydney-based creative producer and theatre director specializing in new work and multi-playwright productions. She has commissioned and produced more than 200 of Australia’s leading and emerging playwrights, pioneering collaborative play generators, new work festivals and creative developments. She was the Artistic Director of Brand Spanking New: a festival of New Australian Writing (New Theatre), Creative Director of Stories from the 428(Side Track Theatre), Festival Co-Director of Mayday Playwrights Festival(Tap Gallery Theatre), Director/ Creative Producer of Singled Out (Seymour Centre), Director/Producer of A View from Moving Windows(Riverside Theatre), No Guns, Nudity or Naked Flames (7-On Playwrights), Director of I Contain Multitudes (Old 505 Theatre). She has directed new plays for Merrigong Theatre Company, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Bondi Pavilion, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Griffin Theatre Company, Brand X Productions, University of Sydney, Everybody’s Theatre Company, Brave New Theatre Company and The Sydney Fringe Festival.
Known for her outspoken Feminist focused arts commentary, Augusta has written articles and essays for artshub.com, new matilda, Aussietheatre.com, Australian stage.com and her own site augustasupple.com and had appeared on panels at the NSW Writers Centre, Playwriting Australia, Australia Council, Art Gallery of NSW. Riverside Theatres, 107 Projects and The Joan Sutherland Theatre in Penrith. She has been interviewed and featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, Daily Telegraph in her vision for Australia's cultural life, the role of women in the arts and the significance of Philanthropic giving. She continues to work to advance the status and profile of women in the Australian arts sector, mentoring the next generation of performers and theatre makers.
As a Member of The Women's Club, Augusta has recently appeared in Conversation with Belvoir's Executive Sue Donnelly, lead conversations on Women and History at the Rose Scott Women's Writers Festival in 2016 and was the founder of "First Fridays at Five: a safe place for dangerous conversation.". She was the co-convener of the Women in Music Program in 2021 developed in partnership with Limelight Magazine and The University of Sydney Conservatorium. She was the producer and host of TWC Meets the Artist - a 30-minute online program featuring 40 interviews over a 4-month period.
Augusta was the Assistant Director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, a founding member go the Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby, Board member of Kaleidoscope Gallery and Board Secretary for Shopfront Arts Co-op. Augusta has worked in Canada for the Guelph Youth Music Centre, Everybody's Theatre Company and was the founding artistic director of the Guelph Youth Theatre, developing collaborative playwriting programs with children and young people.
In addition to her creative practice, Augusta has worked for local, state and federal government agencies, including Arts NSW, Create NSW, The NSW Film and Television office, Liverpool City Council, Australian Film Commission and Screen Australia. She has held positions advising on arts and cultural policy, strategic project development and delivery, implementation of contemporary engagement strategies, public art programs, programs which support communities through times of crisis including bushfire, floods and COVID19 impacts. Augusta specialises in developing industry and government partnerships, programs and initiatives and targeted engagement strategies to increase employment opportunities for artists across all disciplines.
Augusta currently works at the City of Parramatta, leading the development of the City's Cultural Strategy, Nighttime Economy and Cultural Visitor Economy.
She is the Festival Director of the Rose Scott Women Writers Festival for 2023.