Zoë Tuffin is an award winning theatre director based in Brisbane, Australia. She currently works as a freelance director with Queensland Theatre and is a producer at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. In Brisbane, Zoë has also worked as a Producer for Brisbane Powerhouse, was Artistic Director of Wax Lyrical Productions and Associate Director for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.

Zoë's productions are praised for their strength of storytelling and the elegant simplicity of their staging which keeps the text at the centre. Her most recent successes include The Last Five Years at Brisbane Powerhouse which received outstanding critical praise locally and nationally and Carrie the Musical at Brisbane Powerhouse which enjoyed a sold out season and received two Matilda Awards including Best Musical. 

After studying her Masters in Directing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Zoë moved to Brisbane and became Associate Director with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre

Zoë has worked internationally as a director and performer. In November 2011 she spent a month in Taiwan with director/performer Wu Hsing-Kuo of Contemporary Legend Theatre. In 2012 Zoë trained in Hakuba, Japan, with Maro Akaji, the founder of butoh dance theatre company, Dairakudakan Temputenshik, and performed with the company in The Promise of Summer. In 2013 Zoë was accepted into the residents workshop with the Brazilian dance theatre company, Taanteatro Companhia. She spent a month in Sao Lourenço da Serra, Brazil, training with the company founders Maura Baiocchi and Wolfgang Pannek and with their assistance, created and performed in The Phoenix.

Zoë co-founded the National University Theatre Society (NUTS) at the Australian National University. She was an executive board member for the company for 2008 and 2009. During her time with NUTS, Zoë directed several productions for the company including The Open Couple and Alice, which she adapted with Shane Pike from Lewis Carroll’s original text.

Awards and Qualifications

Matilda Award Best Musical 2016 – Carrie the Musical

Master of Performing Arts (Directing) 2014 – Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts


Edith Cowan University Post Graduate Research Scholarship 2011


Blackburn Medal for Excellence in Drama 2010 – Australian National University


Bachelor of Arts (Drama Honours) 2010 – Australian National University


Bachelor of Arts (Drama and English) 2009 – Australian National University


Membership for the Golden Key Society 2008



Teaching Experience

Zoë has worked as a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology, as an industry tutor for their Performance Skills courses. Whilst at Zen Zen Zo, Zoë was a Senior Teacher, running physical theatre workshops for high school students. In 2011 and 2012 Zoë tutored and ran workshops for the Contemporary Performance program at Edith Cowan Universit. In 2012 Zoë worked as a workshop teacher at Barking Gecko Theatre Company, running their Acting Intensive Term Workshops for 14-18 year olds. In 2010 Zoë tutored and co-directed a production for drama students at the Australian National University.