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Laila Thaker is a fearless Torres Strait Islander (Meriam Mir and Badulaig woman with strong roots to Yidinji country) and has been grinding the industry as a performer for fifteen years. Since graduating from JCU in 2009, Laila has been cast in various roles from Shakespeare to Sarah Kane. Most notably NITV/ABC’s The Queen and I and Channel Ten’s My Life Is Murder.
Through her current role with ILBIJERRI; her previous role as Emerging Producer at Melbourne Fringe; and as Founder of arts collective Black Shell, Laila strives to advocate for and platform First Nations people and Women of Colour in the Arts.
Laila is one of the creatives bringing The Crab and the Mangrove Tree to life!
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country