Staff Changes at Yirra Yaakin


We’re excited to announce the commencement of three new roles at the Company!

We welcome Bobbi Henry as one of our two Associate Producers. Bobbi has been with us on a part-time basis as an Emerging Producer since late-2020. We are excited to have her in her new role, where she will be producing our Ngalaka Daa Ensemble, Yirra Yaakin Writers’ Group, Yirra Yaarnz, ‘Which Way?’ First Nations Poetry Workshops and more! Bobbi is a familiar face of our stages, having played roles in Dating Black, FIFO – Fit In or F**k Off!, Hecate and Cracked. Bobbi is currently studying a Masters of Arts (Performing Arts) at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

We welcome Iya Ware who is also commencing at the Company in the role of Associate Producer. Iya was one of our Assistant Stage Managers in Panawathi Girl, and she will be producing our main stage works including Moorla-Na Bulla Woola Boolangul at Bootenal Springs in Geraldton this year. Iya is also an accomplished performer. She performed in Belvoir St Theatre’s Te Molimau and has completed the Certificate IV (Aboriginal Performance) and Diploma of Screen Performance at WAAPA.

We welcome Marlanie Haerewa as our Associate Director. Marlanie performed in our production of FIFO – Fit In or F**k Off! and has been a reader at our Yirra Yaarnz play reading event for the past two years. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Performance Arts (Performance Making) course at WAAPA. In her new role, Marlanie will direct Bilya Kaatijin and our Ngalaka Daa Ensemble final performance, facilitate our Moorditj Wirla (Strong Heart) and Tjuma Koondarm (Tell Your Dreams) Workshops, and more!


We bid farewell to our Producer of 4.5 years, Elinor King. Elinor produced some of our most prolific main stage works to date during her time at the Company, including Hecate, Panawathi Girl, Skylab, FIFO – Fit In or F**k Off! (2020) and Dating Black (2021). We thank her for her tireless contribution and the dedication she gave to our art and artists, and we wish her the very best for the future!

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