Founded in 2005 by lawyer Iresha Herath and advertising executive Daniel Goodfellow, 9minds began with a commitment to produce theatre with socially relevant youth themes, presenting new and celebrated Australian works in main stage and independent venues, in Australia and abroad.
The company enjoyed great success, and from 2005 to 2011 performed in Victoria at the Arts Centre, 45downstairs, Gasworks, and Carlton Courthouse; and in Sydney and Prague. The work included the company’s celebrated production of Angels with Dirty Faces which played to sell out audiences at the Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre in 2007, after premiering at the then BlackBox Theatre, Arts Centre in 2005. The Fairfax production was played in live theatre format to audiences in Prague. 9minds9works was another acclaimed program presenting Australian playwrights, from Ross Mueller to Lally Katz, in readings at the Arts Centre. From 2011, 9minds took a well-deserved break when Iresha’s daughter started school.
9minds returned in 2017, with a not-for-profit video to support the “yes” campaign in Australia’s marriage equality vote. A letter to the Australian Prime Minister, it was produced with partners in photography (Luana Bijou) and film (WHope), in Australia and abroad. Shared widely, it was viewed over 75,000 times on Facebook, with community members, journalists and politicians contacting 9minds about the work.
As an independent company dedicated to Arts that inspire and compel social change for young people, 9minds collaborates with artists, educators, advocates and charities, to combine the power of story with opportunities for our audiences to directly impact their world.