Luke Kerridge is an award winning theatre director and experienced arts educator, and Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre.
For Barking Gecko Theatre, Luke was the director and co-adaptor of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories, which won a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children and was nominated for Best New Australian Work (2016). The production also won a Drama Victoria Award (Best Presentation for Children) in 2017. Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories has toured widely – to State Arts Centre’s across the country (including the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne), through regional Western Australia and to the prestigious Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.
Luke also won a Green Room Award for his direction of Dream Home (Darebin Speakeasy, Melbourne) in 2015, with the production nominated for a further 6 Green Room Awards.
His other directing credits include: Them (MTC Cybec Electric 2018), The Exact Dimensions of Hell (MTC Cybec Electric 2016), Eurydice (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), The Wonderful World of Dissocia (VCA), Group Show (MKA/SpeakEasy) and Orlando (VCA). Works with young people include: Banjos, Boots & Beyoncé (St Martins/The SUBSTATION), Fitter. Faster. Better. (Tour Director, St Martins – Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Darwin Festival 2016, Junction Arts Festival 2015) and Tell it Like it Isn’t (atyp).
Luke has an established practice as an arts educator and has worked as a teaching artist for companies including Malthouse, Sydney Theatre Company, atyp, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, The Victorian College of the Arts and Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre, where was an Artistic Associate. Most recently, Luke was the Artistic Associate at St Martins Youth Arts Centre in Melbourne.
Luke completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012 where he was the recipient of Grace Marion Wilson Trust and the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship.