Didem Caia

Didem is a PhD Candidate at RMIT School of Media and Communications researching 'Acts of Presence' in socially engaged performance making. She is passionate about community and cultural development and innovating approaches to developing live and written narratives with multicultural communities in Australia.

More recently, Didem was a 2021 UN Global Voices Scholar interested in women's rights and violence prevention through education and is currently producing her first feature documentary in partnership with Film Victoria and Documentary Australia titled, Nobody's Daughter.

Beginning as a playwright, Didem has been developed and produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. In 2015, she was a 25 under Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival to Watch. She has been awarded numerous scholarships and grants through Arts Council Australia, The Malcolm Robertson Foundation and many more. This generous support has taken her across the world to participate in writing festivals, conferences and residencies in the US, Turkey, Portugal and the UK. In 2014 Didem was shortlisted for the Theatre 503 International Playwright's Award and in 2021 Didem was awarded the Melbourne Fringe Festival 'New Voices' award for the development of a brand new work.

Didem is also a lecturer in Storytelling and Scriptwriting at RMIT university.

VILE by Didem Caia

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