Chamber Made Opera Artistic Director, Tamara Saulwick, is a Melbourne based artist who creates contemporary performance works for theatres and public spaces. Building on over twenty years experience, Tamara’s practice draws from a background in multiple performance disciplines. Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, her works reflect on how we connect, confront and negotiate with one another. For Chamber Made Opera Tamara has worked as both director (Permission to Speak) and dramaturg (Wake).
Tamara’s work Endings premiered in the 2015 Sydney Festival and was subsequently presented at Arts House. Nominated for the ‘Best New Australian Work’ Helpmann Award and two Green Room awards, Endings won the Green Room Award for ‘Design and Realisation’. The work will tour to Canada and the UK in 2017. Other works include the Green Room Award winning Pin Drop (Arts House, Malthouse Theatre, Mobile States/national tour and Tramways-UK), audio walk Seddon Archives (Big West Festival 2011), and audio led performance work PUBLIC (Big West Festival 2013)— nominated for ‘Outstanding Hybrid Performance’ Green Room Award. Tamara recently premiered audio/visual installation work, Alter, at the Festival of Live Art. Her recent work Newport Archives, an audio walk commissioned by The Substation, premiered in May 2016. Tamara recently completed a PhD in Performance Studies at Victoria University. Her doctoral research investigated dramaturgies of sound in live performance. Tamara is a current recipient of an Australia Council Theatre Fellowship.