Margie Mackay (MA Theatre Design, BA Fine Arts, currently enrolled in PhD studies) is a Melbourne-based artist and researcher engaged in ritual-art practices in communities both nationally and internationally. Known for utilising fire, projection, dance, and puppetry, Margie's work over the past 25 years has been diverse and interdisciplinary with productions ranging from intimate indoor shows, to exuberant street theatre productions, street art installations and epic scale community ceremonies in many Arts Festivals and Community Gatherings.
Highlights include: site set-up, production and operations for Garma Festival NT 2010,13 years production managing and co-artistic directing large scale annual ‘fire events’ at Woodford Folk Festival; Opening Ceremonies for Melbourne International Arts Festival, and producing, directing, and production managing the artistic components of televised Contemporary Ceremonies: ‘Dreamtime at the G’ 2010 - 2013.
Margie’s work has taken her around the globe, with residencies and performance works in Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Scotland, the USA and Colombia.
Margie, performs a mentorship role for young and emerging artists in her teaching role at the Victorian College of the Arts and has an ongoing commitment to reconciliation, the recognition of Indigenous cultures, and championing human rights in her works.