Mykaela Saunders

The River’s Children by SJ Norman. Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, March 2019. Photo by Clare Rae.


Guest lecturer. Indigenous Literatures & Creative Writing, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Sydney, 2020-present

Course co-ordinator & lecturer. INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, Winter school program, University of Sydney, 2017-present

ITAS tutor. Various Indigenous Studies, Trauma and Resilience, Indigenous Education subjects, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, 2015-2019

Lecturer. CUL00401 Indigenous World-views, HEA10200 Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, 2015

Casual lecturer & tutor. KOCR2600 Introduction to Indigenous Australia, KOCR2602 Issues in Indigenous Rights, EDUP2006 Indigenous Australian Education, EDSE2002 Indigenous Education: Secondary Schools, University of Sydney, 2012-2014

Casual teacher. Various secondary and primary schools in London, England, 2011

Casual teacher & rural area relief. Tweed River High School, Boggabilla Central School, Toomelah Primary School, 2009-2010

Indigenous teacher’s aide & classroom support. Tweed River High School, 2003-2007


Arts program co-ordinator. The Kinship Festival, 2020-present

Mentor. Re-Connect program, Barpirdhila Foundation x Arts Centre Melbourne, 2020

Research. Towards a best practise recovery program for Indigenous family and domestic violence, Wollumbin Family Support Inc, 2019-2020

Judging panel. Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014

Judging panel. National Indigenous Human Rights Awards (inaugural), NSW Parliament House, Sydney, 2014

Disability support worker. On Track Community Programs, Tweed Heads, 2007-2009


Performance. The River’s Children by SJ Norman, Temporal Proximities at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2019

Performance & consultation. Cicatrix 1 – that which is taken/that which remains by SJ Norman (world premiere), First Nations Dialogues at Performance Space, New York City, 2019

Performance. Rest Area by SJ Norman, LiveWorks Festival at Carriageworks, Sydney, 2018

Performance. Stone Tape Theory by SJ Norman, Festival of Live Art at Arts House, Melbourne, 2018

Critical interlocutor. Codex Exstasis by SJ Norman, residency at Arts House, Melbourne, 2018


Doctor of Arts (creative writing). Goori-futurism: stories of sovereignty and survivance, from Bundjalung country, community, and culture, University of Sydney, 2017-present

Master of Education (research). Yarning with Minjungbal Women: testimonial narratives of transgenerational trauma and healing explored through relationships with country and culture, community and family, University of Sydney, 2012-2014

Bachelor of Education (secondary). Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, and Modern History, Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2008-2009

Diploma of Aboriginal Education. Koori Centre, University of Sydney, 2006-2007

© Mykaela Saunders, 2021