Annette Shun Wah is a writer, broadcaster, producer and theatre-maker, and she is back again to lead OzAsia Festival 2022!
In an extensive career that has ranged across radio, television, publishing, and theatre, her work has always been about the exploration of ideas through the arts – such as music through The Noise and Studio 22, experimental arts and film on Eat Carpet and Imagine. As an actor she was nominated for an AFI award for her supporting role in Clara Law’s feature film Floating Life, and as a writer she contributed to anthologies such as Growing up Asian in Australia (edited by Alice Pung) and Grandma Magic (edited by Janet Hutchinson), and co-authored the award-winning Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony, exploring the ways in which the Chinese integrated into Australian society through food.
Since 2013 Annette has led Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), where she has been highly influential in forging professional pathways for Asian Australian artists and developing compelling new works that bring contemporary Asian Australian stories to festival stages. These include: The Serpent’s Table (Sydney Festival 2014); Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens (Darwin Festival, OzAsia Festival 2014); In Between Two (Sydney Festival 2016, Melbourne and OzAsia Festivals 2017);The Backstories, which she co-directed with William Yang (Adelaide Festival 2017); Double Delicious (Sydney Festival 2020, Asia TOPA, OzAsia Festival 2021); Perahu-Perahu (OzAsia Festival 2021); and Lost in Shanghai by Jane Hutcheon.
She has been involved with OzAsia Festival events over many years including the Moon Lantern Parade, and emcees the Foundation Stage at WOMADelaide. In 2018 she was inducted into Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame.
Annette currently serves on the board of Sydney Theatre Company, the advisory boards of the Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University and Asialink, and is a member of the Asian Producers Platform.
Read what Annette had to say when her directorship was announced here.