Recently listed as one of the Top 21 most iconic Women of the Australian Stage, Page and Screen by The Age, five time Helpmann nominee URSULA YOVICH has defied the odds to become one of Australia's most loved and celebrated performers. From Maningrida in far North Arnhem Land to Carnegie Hall in New York and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London; Ursula has dazzled audiences all over the world with her immense talent. Receiving glowing reviews for her theatrical roles Ursula was awarded a Helpmann Award (Australia's equivalent to the Tonys) in 2007 for her stunning performance in Capricornia. She also received a Helpmann nomination for her role in The Jerry Springer Opera and again for Best Actor in a musical for her role in The Wizard of Oz. In 2011 she was nominated again for Best Actress alongside Cate Blanchett and for Best Cabaret for her one Woman show Magpie Blues.
Magpie Blues premiered at the International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide in 2009 playing to packed houses at the Darwin Festival, The Dreaming Festival QLD, the Brisbane Cabaret Festival, the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land and as part of the 2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2010 she performed the lead alongside highly acclaimed actor Trevor Jamieson in Waltzing the Wilara presented by Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company in Perth. As well as playing significant roles in the feature film Australia directed by Baz Luhrman and Ray Laurence's Jindabyne Ursula has performed with every major theatre company and on every main stage in Australia !
In 2012 Ursula played to standing ovations for every single performance and a sold out season with Barefoot Divas as part of the Sydney Festival. She also featured in Deborah Cheethams' Pecan Summer, Australia's first Indigenous Opera and in The Magic Hour presented by Deckchair Theatre in Perth. Earlier this year Ursula performed a sold out season at the Sydney Theatre for Secret River directed by Neil Armfield and in Wesley Enoch's translation of Bertold Brechts Mother Courage at the Queensland Theatre Company. In July 2013 Ursula joins the highly acclaimed Barefoot Divas again for 2 performances as part of the QLD Music Festival and will tour with the company to North America and Canada early 2014. Ursula features in the forthcoming television series of Redfern Now and in Wheat Street directed by Wayne Blair (Sapphires). She is currently in development with her new work Wildheart which she has co-written with Award winning Australian playwright Alana Valentine and directed by Leah Purcell.
08:05 Read by Ursula Yovich