Richard Frankland

Richard Frankland is a proud Gunditjmara Man who lives on country in south-west Victoria.

His roles include an Investigator for the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission, Fisherman, Musician, Author, Writer for Live Theatre, Screen Writer, Director of Stage and Screen, Theatrical Producer, CEO, Keynote Speaker for Theatrical Institutions, Workshop Facilitator and Key Note Speaker in Indigenous Issues including Lateral Violence, Cultural Safety, Community Capacity Building and Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts and most importantly, Family Man.

Despite leaving school at the age of 13, Richard has notched up many academic achievements. In 2007 he completed his Master of Arts at RMIT University with a thesis entitled ‘The Art, Freedom and Responsibility of Voice’ In 2019 Richard completed his doctorate and was awarded his Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Melbourne a dissertation on his life’s achievements and contributions towards Indigenous Australian’s cultural and community foundations.

Richard’s current role is the Associate Professor Cross Disciplinary Practice - Richard at the University of Melbourne - School of Theatre, Film and Television

Richard’s lifelong work has been to facilitate the voice of Indigenous Australians via his many public personas. Richard constantly reminds people that: “We are not a problem people, we are people with a problem and that problem was colonisation”


We acknowledge that we live and create on unceded lands. We pay our respects to the First Peoples of Australia, and to their elders past, present and future.

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