Ella Deane


Ella’s career in theatre began at an early age with a love of being on stage. Studying short courses at both ATYP (screen acting) and NIDA (musical theatre), she explored and experimented with performance in all of its different forms, going onto study Performance Studies (BA) at UNSW. During this time, Ella discovered her passion for Costume and Production design, as well as artistic direction. Moving from being on stage to behind, Ella began to fulfil roles such as Artistic and Assistant Director of Blackout Theatre’s “The Last Five Years” and Set Designer of UNSW’s “Dog Fight”. Ella’s love of theatre extended into a love of film and has, for the last two years, been pursuing Costume and Production design roles in a number of different film projects including Head of Wardrobe “Pseudomonas” (2018), Costume Designer for “Immortal Phallusy” (2018) and “Pilot: Committed” (2018). Ella is excited to make her directorial debut with her work “The Checklist” while continuing to grow her Costume design skills through formal study in 2019.


The Checklist is an immersive theatre piece that centres around the precautionary list that runs through every woman’s head as she walks alone at night - keys in hand, phone ready, avoid the park, take out head phones (and the list goes on). The piece follows a woman’s journey home from start to finish - exploring the thoughts, feelings and sensations of fear that accompany something as simple as walking along an empty street, walking through a dark park, seeing a figure in your peripheral. Faced with innumerable choices with innumerable different consequences while on the walk, this piece highlights that a woman can make every “right” choice for her safety, and still ultimately end up becoming yet another victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape - because woman’s choices are not to blame, the perpetrators actions are. The Checklist holds a magnifying glass to the issues women, trans women, women of colour, non-binary people and femme presenting men face everyday, and the ways in which they are the symptoms of a much greater societal disease.