Zoë Tuffin is an award-winning theatre director based in Brisbane, Australia. She currently works as a freelance director and is a Producer at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Zoë has previously worked as a Producer for Brisbane Powerhouse, was Artistic Director of Wax Lyrical Productions, Associate Artist for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble 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 Witches Can’t Be Burned for Queensland Theatre’s Youth Ensemble, Club Cremorne for QPAC including the return season following the premiere’s sell out success, Good Grief for Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project which toured Queensland, The Last Five Years at Brisbane Powerhouse which received critical praise nationally, and Carrie the Musical at Brisbane Powerhouse which enjoyed a sold out season and won multiple awards including the Matilda Award for Best Musical. 

After receiving First Class Honours and winning a University Medal for Drama at the Australian National University, Zoë went on to study her Masters in Directing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), in Perth. Whilst at WAAPA, she also worked with Barking Gecko Theatre Company, assistant directing for John Sheedy on Blood Will Have Blood before moving to Brisbane to become Associate Director for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.

Zoë’s other directing credits include Bloke (Wax Lyrical Productions), The Tempest (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Titus (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Enter Macbeth (Vena Cava Productions), Other Women (Charming Rebel and Wax Lyrical Productions).


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 a residency 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.

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