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Petra Kalive trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2004) and has since been working professionally as an actor, director, dramaturg and facilitator. She is currently Artistic Director of Union House Theatre at Melbourne University Student Union.

Petra has extensive experience as a director, writer and dramaturg of new works for the stage. Her acclaimed adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy’s novel Three Dog Night toured nationally in 2009.

She was Dramaturg at Red Stitch from 2009 – 2012, Assistant Dramaturg at The Malthouse in 2010. At Melbourne Theatre Company she directed Beached (winner of the 2010 Patrick White Award), In the Kingdom of Cha (Cybec Electric), and was Assistant Director on Constellations and on STC’s Macbeth.

Petra has directed for Arena Theatre Company, Complete Works Theatre Company, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, La Trobe and Monash University performing arts programs. She is currently Artistic Director of Union House Theatre at Melbourne University.



Her most recent work as a director includes the much acclaimed Melbourne Talam at Melbourne Theatre Company which followed, Taxithi which played two sell-out seasons at fortyfivedownstairs, Redemption by Anthony Crowley at La Mama and  Mirror's Edge by Kim Ho at Union House Theatre.

In 2018 she looks forward to directing Hungry Ghosts by Jean Tong at Melbourne Theatre Company and Oil Babies presented by the Speak Easy Program in Darebin in August.