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Vidya Makan

Vidya Makan

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Vidya Makan is one of Australia’s most exciting multidisciplinary artists working in theatre. She is an award winning composer/lyricist and actor/singer, having most recently debuted her original musical The Lucky Country with Hayes Theatre to critical acclaim. Vidya was the inaugural winner of the Create NSW New Musical Theatre Fellowship, through which she was commissioned to write a musical about the everyday lives of Australian South Asian people living in the suburbs. She was also the national winner of the 2023 APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award for Musical Theatre. In 2020, Vidya wrote, produced and directed the original song and viral sensation, I NEED YOU TO SEE ME; a call to action for racial inclusivity in the Australian entertainment industry, featuring 101 BIPoC artists. She has also been commissioned by the likes of National Gallery Victoria and Chips & Gravy Films Ltd.

    In her original work, Vidya consistently writes to expand the genre and lean into complex conversations, whilst always writing hilarious and entertaining shows that give voice to minority characters. Vidya is also one of Australia’s most in demand leading ladies, most renowned for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Catherine Parr in SIX, which she originated in Australia.

    Professional Experience

    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Bachelor’s Degree

    Regions

    • Australia/New Zealand

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Theatrical Lyricist
    • Songwriter
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Vocal Arranger
    • Voice Teacher (Private Studio)

    Primary Instruments

    • Piano
    • Voice

    Additional Instruments

    • Cello

    Software

    • Logic
    • Sibelius

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Singer/Performer

    Person of Color?

    • Yes