Miriam Pickard graduated Charles Sturt University with a BA in Theatre/Media and completed theatre training in France with Master Clown teacher Philippe Gaulier and the Lecoqe International School of Mime. Miriam has been devising and collaborating in site-specific theatre, storytelling and comedy since 2010.
Miriam is developing a unique storytelling format blending character based comedy, clown and bouffon. It is rich in mythology, comedy, and audience interaction. Her motivation in the performance work within mythopoetic theatre and sacred drama is in amplifying the voice of European classics into contemporary Australia with the intention to cultivate cultural empathy and inclusion amidst Australia’s cultural diversity. She is committed to creating work that is accessible, entertaining and evocative.
Miriam’s theatre practice is woven into her long-term cross-cultural collaboration and facilitation with the Tanami Warlpiri Womens Dance camp project in central desert Australia. This project about Warlpiri women actively reviving, restoring and maintaining the timeless wisdom of Warlpiri cultural mythologies. Yawulyu (Warlpiri women’s ceremony), is taught through story, song and dance. Her immersion into European mythic regenerative stories with colleagues and mentors Dr Craig San Roque and Dr Glenda Cloughley through story, song and movement has been transformative to her arts practice as a storyteller, the community and cultural development work and her personal life. Her experience is elaborated in ‘Persephone and me; a personal account’, Philosophy Activism NatureIssue13.