ebony rattle
I honour and respect the traditional owners of the land where I live and work, particularly the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, the original storytellers of this land who have been creating art here for over sixty thousand years. Soverignty has never been ceded. 

photo by simon fazio
BIOGRAPHY: Ebony Rattle is a nonbinary, queer, disabled multidisciplinary artist living and working predominantly between Wurundjeri Land/Melbourne, Australia and Tongva Land/Los Angeles, California, USA. Their art has a focus on relationships with queerness and body, as a non-binary person living with disability and chronic illness. Additional repeating themes and motifs of investigation and exploration include isolation, fragility, queer love and queer heartbreak. 

Ebony has twice been a participant of the Antipodes Theatre Company Winter Lab, with their most recent performance work, A PLACE FOR DOGS, currently in further development with the company. In 2021, Ebony was mentored by esteemed theatre director Adena Jacobs through the Midsumma Pathways Program for LGBTQIA+ artists living with disability.

Recent theatre credits include winona (LIVE DREAMS, Liveworks Festival, Performance Space/Trades Hall, Melbourne Fringe Festival) The Last Hour (The Butterfly Club) Ring, Ring! (Theatre Works), BLITZ (Alex Theatre St Kilda).

Additionally, they have almost a decade’s experience working in live audio and vision production and have worked extensively with Australia’s most esteemed live performance companies, including Opera Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, The Australian Ballet, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Contemporary music highlights include mixing at Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan, Splendour in The Grass, Meredith Music Festival and Fairgrounds Festival.

Ebony currently works as the current Midsumma Pathways Program Coordinator, and sits on the Access and Inclusion committees at Melbourne Recital Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne. They also work as a production manager for the yearly HOLLER Fest, a festival championing the contributions of women and gender diverse people in the local music industry, and is a judge for the yearly Music Victoria Awards.

Ebony is a proud member of MEAA.