Lindy Davies

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Lindy Davies
Born (1946-08-29) 29 August 1946 (age 70)
Melbourne Victoria, Australia
  • Director
  • Actress
  • Actor Trainer
  • Performance Consultant

Lindy Davies (29 August 1946, Melbourne, Victoria) has worked as a Director, Actress, Actor Trainer and Performance Consultant, winning awards and nominations for performance, direction and inspirational leadership.[1]

Davies has been an influence on many actors, including Cate Blanchett,[2] Dame Harriet Walter,[3][4] and Julie Christie.[5]

Intuition is the defining principle of her process.[6][7]

Davies has worked as a Performance Consultant in film in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, Sydney and Melbourne. She has conducted master classes for actors, writers and directors at the Canadian Film Centre from 2010 - 2016.[8]


As Director[edit]

Performance Consultant[edit]

Lindy Davies has developed an approach to performance: a process; which is an intuitive imaginative connection to language, space and transformation.

She has worked as a Performance Advisor/Consultant on many films including:

  • Sarah Polley’s Away from Her with Julie Christie.
  • Lindy also worked with Julie Christie on Neverland and Troy.
  • Alan Rudolph's Afterglow with Julie Christie.
  • Sally Potter's The Tango Lesson.
  • Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet with Julie Christie.
  • Dennis Potter's Karaoke with Julie Christie.
  • Michael Whyte's The Railway Stationman with Julie Christie.
  • Pat O’Connor's Fools of Fortune with Julie Christie.
  • Australia: includes Looking For Alibrandi, Radiance, The Leaving of Liverpool, Talk, MDA.
  • Indivision Lab 2009 AFC Consultant alongside Christine Vachon, Susanne Bier and Claudia Karvan.
  • Screen Australia 2011 Flash Black Performance Workshop for Indigenous Directors.

Actor Training[edit]

  • From November 1995 to January 2007, Lindy Davies was the Head of the School of Drama at the former Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[8]
  • Lindy Davies created an integrated curriculum for the training of Actors, Directors, Writers, Theatre-Makers, Designers and Technical Practitioners at the School of Drama of the former Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.
  • From 1979-1982 she held the position of Head of Acting at the Victorian College of Arts.
  • From 1970-1978 she was a Lecturer in Drama at Melbourne State College.


  • Malcolm, (AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress)
  • Belvoir St Company B, Scenes from an Execution (Galactea), (nominated for a Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actress)
  • N.I.D.A. Company, Vassa, (Vassa) (nominated for a Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actress)
  • State Theatre Company of South Australia, The Seagull (Arkadina) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha), Wild Honey (Anna Petrovna).
  • Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha), Condor Award for Best Actress.
  • New Work: Lyndal Jones: Prediction Piece; Nan Hassall: Biennale Piece; Jenny Kemp: The White Hotel.
  • Playbox, Upside Down at the Bottom of the World, (Frida), World is Made of Glass (Magda), Buried Child (Haley).
  • Rex Cramphorn's Actor's Development Stream, Antony and Cleopatra,(Cleopatra) Britannicus (Agrippina), Hamlet (Gertrude) Not Suitable for Adults (Kate).
  • La Mama, Mishka and Nomagava.(Mishka); Thoughts on Meeting A Friend; Halewyn; Tombstone.
  • The Pram Factory, Marvellous Melbourne; Marvellous Melbourne II; Chicago Chicago; Don's Party.
  • La Mama Experimental Theatre Company: Calm Down Mother; Comings and Goings; Birth of Space; I Don’t Know Who to Feel Sorry For; Dimboola, Halewyn.



  1. ^ "The 1998 Rex Cramphorn Memorial Lecture: Become the Change". Australasian Drama Studies. Issue 34. April 1999. 
  2. ^ "Cate Blanchett - Biography". Cate Blanchett. 11 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Walter, Harriet (1999). Other People's Shoes: Thoughts on Acting. Viking. ISBN 9780670883530. 
  4. ^ a b Billington, Michael (2007). Harold Pinter. Faber and Faber. p. 371. ISBN 978-0571234769. 
  5. ^ Christie, Julie (11 September 2006). Away from her (DVD Commentary). Canada: Lionsgate Films (US). Julie Christie refers to Davies as her acting guru 
  6. ^
    • Ginters, Laura (April 2007). "Lindy Davies: a path to a process, Part 1". Australasian Drama Studies (50). 
    • Ginters, Laura (April 2008). "Lindy Davies: A Path to a Process, Part 2". Australasian Drama Studies (52). 
  7. ^ Strube, Helen (1996). The autonomous actor : a case study of Lindy Davies (Thesis). Queensland University of Technology. 
  8. ^ a b "Lindy Davies". Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Lindy Davies directs "The Changeling" in Drama - Slovenian National Theatre". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  10. ^ a b McFadyean, Melanie (23 July 1995). "Julie Darling". Independent – via 
  11. ^ Gross, John (17 August 1996). "Hedda to Hedda". The Telegraph – via 
  12. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Awards". Monash University. 

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