Rhoda Roberts

Actor, creative director, writer, producer & arts consultant

Rhoda Roberts is a significant force on the Australian arts scene. She is an experienced, motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations. As an actor/producer and director, she works as a consultant and is a sought-after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. Rhoda recently completed 21 years as a radio broadcaster with the National Music program Deadly Sounds.

From 1992 to 2014, Rhoda was producer of Vibe Australia. She was also Creative Director of Sydney New Year's Eve and Festival Director, Garma Festival, produced by the Yothu Yindi Foundation. She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT).

She is currently Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Rhoda Roberts Gallery & Events, and Festival Director, Boomerang Festival.

Rhoda is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD and a sought-after speaker.

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Rhoda became well known as a journalist and presenter for SBS television's current affairs program Vox Populi and has also worked for Network Ten and ABC Radio as a producer and journalist.

Rhoda has been involved with a number of large events in varying roles including Creative Director, Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony; Rugby World Cup 2003, Athens handover ceremony; the opening ceremony of the Musee Du Quai Branly, Paris; Japan Expo; and World Youth Day events. She was the Artistic Director of Sydney Dreaming Festival and Australia Day events where, for ten years, she developed and directed the Woggan ma Gule annual ceremony to honor the day's acknowledging and paying homage to the ancestors and the Gadigal first peoples.

Rhoda has written, directed and produced several documentaries, including In the Gutter No Way for SBS TV (1989) and was the first Aboriginal to host a national prime time current affairs program. She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT) and coined the term 'Welcome to country' establishing a focus on protocol manuals and welcomes by local custodians for the arts and media industries.

She was commissioned by Opera Australia to direct and write Yarrabah the Musical following the success of her direction of the international Opera Miricoloa a Milanao by Italy's Giorgio Battistelli for the Brisbane Festival 2009.

Rhoda hosts and develops stories for the television health series Living Strong and In the Frame. In 1998 as co-writer she performed the one woman show Please Explain. Her solo production Bible Boxing Love began its East Coast Tour in 2008. She is also currently completing her first novel Tullymorgan. The film A Sisters Love was produced and directed by Ivan Sen and features Rhoda.

She is an advisor with the SPC Secretariat Pacific Communities, Festival of Pacific Arts and is on the board of the Wantok Musik Foundation.

Rhoda Roberts' previous board memberships include: Indigenous Tourism Australia, The Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Playwriting Australia (Chair) Sydney Opera House Trust, The Dreaming Festival Board, NSW Australia Day Council. Darling Harbour Authority, The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, Actors Equity, Aboriginal National Theatre Trust and The Yothu Yindi Foundation Garma Festival Board.

Client testimonials

Rhoda was dynamic, engaging and professional. The workshop she conducted was excellent. She is a powerful woman and her stories and words were inspiring. It gave me a deeper insight into what the lives of Aboriginal People are like and the problems they have to overcome... Thank you Rhoda.

New England Regional Development of Education & Training - Workshop Participant

Brilliant presentation style... gave me insight into so many issues and also added the visual perspective to learning and relationships.

New England Regional Development of Education & Training - Workshop Participant

What an inspirational person. So passionate and yet so grounded, honest and open-minded! Her workshop was refreshing and offered a totally different way to discuss such an important and sensitive issue. A brilliant choice for a keynote speaker, well done!

New England Regional Development of Education & Training - Workshop Participant

Rhoda was fabulous to work with and her delivery was exactly as per my pre conference discussions. She strongly set the mood and theme of the Educational Conference and stimulated the participants to reflect critically on Aboriginal Education and their own personal perceptions. A genuine speaker who reaches out on so many levels!

Aboriginal Educational Team