Kaurna and Narungga woman Nikki Ashby is Country Arts SA’s First Nations Creative Producer based out of Port Pirie.

The role started in February 2020 and is responsible for creating new arts experiences led by First Nations artists and communities statewide across regional South Australia and for supporting artists to develop their craft and build their careers.

Nikki is an First Nations cultural arts leader who has been producing dance and theatre works in communities across Australia for 30 years. As a performing artist, actor for stage and screen, director and choreographer Nikki has toured her work extensively nationally and overseas, and is known nationally for producing youth performance arts work in remote and regional communities.

Nikki trained in Theatre as an and Dance since she was eight, including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet, cultural, hip hop, Latin and Capoeira and studied hip hop as a recipient of SAYAB funding to travel to Philadelphia, USA. Nikki danced with Bangarra on their Unaipon production; she was an actor and dancer for I Am Eora (directed by Wesley Enoch and choreography, Yolande Brown) world premiere Sydney festival.

She choreographed for Djuki Mala which was nominated for Helpmann Award for best touring production; she was in the top 100 featured dancer on series one of SYTYCD (So you Think You Can Dance) Ten Network Australia, creative director/choreographer for First Nations dance company Seven Sisters (Melbourne) as well as being a co-host and choreographer for the Move it Mob Style NITV and ABC 3 series.

Nikki’s work in remote communities has provided young First Nations emerging artists and performers professional performance opportunities connecting individuals with companies and training institutes and has worked with SA performance companies over 20 years in varying capacities with Kurruru Performing Arts, D’faces of Youth in Whyalla, Riverland Youth and Jumbuck Theatre.

Recently, Nikki directed and choreographed emerging dance group ‘Of Desert and Sea Dance’ production of ‘Beautiful’ premiering as part of Tarnanthi and most recently at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020.

To contact Nikki email [email protected]