Jayla Booth

Launceston, TAS

Jayla Booth is a proud Trawlwoolway woman based in Launceston, lutrawita. She is an artist and theatremaker and holds strong connections to her culture and community.

She has always had a desire to create and entertain and was further inspired to begin her career in the arts by her father Nathan Maynard, an established playwright and director. Jayla has a passion for creating and telling the stories of her people and places. She most recently (2021) worked alongside her father Nathan on the creative development of A Not So Traditional Story produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre, in the capacity of Stage Managemer and Puppeteer.

Jayla was a Performing Lines TAS mentored artist in 2022 and is eager to continue her work as an artist and collaborator into the future.

“The mentorship took me to all corners of Australia. My first trip away from home was a weeklong stay in Brisbane with the cast of The Sunshine Club for QLD Theatre Company, directed by Wesley Enoch. This week included rehearsal observations and design participation. I worked closely with Jacob Nash and Richard Roberts. I spent 10 days working with the cast of Fangirls, directed by Paige Rattray for Belvoir St Theatre. My final trip was a week-long stay in Sydney with the cast of Hide the Dog, directed by Isaac Drandic rehearsing at Sydney Theatre Company’s wharf rehearsal space. At each city I visited I attended professional productions for the first time. I was able to see the work of some of Australia’s leading theatre designers and performers. I saw dance shows, theatre shows, operas and original works by Shakespeare. In any spare time I had while away, I visited art galleries, museums and exhibitions. In my home state, I visited shows, participated in a stage combat workshop and creative developments.” – Jayla Booth

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.