Works | Projects | Programs
“It’s a great moment, you know. To have someone from my family struggle from Egypt and then come all the way here and do something good like be up on that stage”
COMMUNITY AUDIENCE MEMBER, ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, FAIRFAX THEATRE
GRAND DIVISIONS | 2015
“Grand DiVisions… is an exhilarating glimpse of worlds and realities too often kept out of our plush temples of culture. The polished energy of 21 young singers, spoken word artists and dancers, backed by an orchestra, hits you right in the sternum.”
- ALISON CROGGON | ABC ARTS
THE AUDITION | 2019 | TOURING 2024
“Outstanding newcomer Milad Norouzi’s inspirational work Beautiful Jail is moving... The Audition is unforgettable.”
- LYN ZELEN | THEATRE PEOPLE
“Irine Vela seamlessly directs The Audition to create electrifying theatre… the work shimmers, mirage-like, between asylum seekers claiming protection and actors preparing to audition, with cognate politics and piercing resonance.”
- CAMERON WOODHEAD | THE AGE
THE LITTLE LIONHEART | IN POST PRODUCTION | 2023-2024
“A single three–minute rap by Milad Norouzi in Irine Vela’s Grand DiVisions at Fairfax Studio, had more to say about thought crime, courage and freedom of expression than 1984 in its overblown entirety."
- CHRIS BOYD | THE AGE
VESSEL | 2017
“A boat is a vessel, carrying life across dangerous seas, and a womb is a vessel, carrying life across a dangerous world. These concepts combine in this strikingly original dance work performed by six young dancers, a performer, a singer and two musicians… United by its theme, the piece conveys so many facets of life experience with great clarity”
- MICHAEL BRINDLEY | STAGE WHISPERS
VIGIL | PREMIERING IN 2025
VIGIL is dance theatre and film.
Vigil’s creative team will examine the intersection of public and private safety with race, gender and terrorism in the streets of a modern city.
LIBERIAN BOY | 2018
“Each performance just got better and better... I was like, wow, I want to see this all through - I want to be a part of this.”
- COMMUNITY AUDIENCE MEMBER
125 BPM | 2018
“I just want to keep making art.”
- OLIVER MORGAN-TARRAN ACCESS AND OUTREACH PARTICPANT
KIN | IN DEVELOPMENT | 2023-2028
“Personally I’m looking forward to having KIN and the 1st episode influence and impact the viewers in a deep and personal way, especially for Fijians both in Fiji and the diaspora at large and by extension, other Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people of the world. Having spent some time with the Kaisila twins listening to their amazing stories, their deep love for learning and maintaining their culture, their affection for their family and the women in their lives who impacted their upbringing via music and culture, I hope that by bringing these rich cultural experiences to life via animation, Fijians, Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people can both relate to their struggles but also celebrate their journey in keeping their culture alive in another country.”
- TUMELI TUQOTA, ANIMATOR/FILMAKER
URBAN STUDIO | 2022
Urban Studio is the digital platform of Outer Urban Projects. It aims to commission, develop, record, produce, market and distribute work, music, film and documentaries from all Outer Urban Projects platforms and provides artists and participants digital performance opportunities.
POETIC LICENSE | 2014, 2015 & 2017 | REMOUNT TOUR 2027-2028
“Outer Urban Projects… delivers a successful platform for disparate and often unheard voices with a performative aplomb that speaks eloquently to a sophisticated Melbourne theatre audience.”
- LEONARD MILLER | MELBOURNE. ARTS. FASHION
“There’s talent and charisma here in abundance...”
- REBECCA HARKINS-CROSS | SYDNEY MORINING HERALD
URBAN CHAMBER – BEYOND | 2013
“The raw talent and charisma of this group is enough to want to go see them…"
-MATTHEW ZICCONE | THE MUSIC
“The smooth transition of artistic piece after artistic piece soon convinced the audience that they are in the presence of a particularly unique and talented collaboration…”
-TANIA HERBERT | THEATRE PRESS