Liliana Maria

Liliana is a powerful storyteller, Anthropologist, Activist & Cultural Educator, who draws on her lived experience to create workshops in order to shift perceptions and narratives on topics of Ethical Storytelling, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants (see testimonials)

Liliana has a B.A. Double Major in Anthropology and Philosophy with a strong focus on migration, human rights and world issues. Liliana has also completed an Honours degree in Anthropology with her thesis titled:

‘Who owns the story?’

Stories of people from a Refugee and Asylum Seeker background, exploring power dynamics, counter hegemonic narratives, and ethical storytelling practices.

Liliana arrived in Australia in 1988 as a refugee on a humanitarian visa. Born in Santiago, Chile, Liliana’s passion for shifting the narrative has taken her to feature in theatre performances, panel discussions, podcast interviews, radio and more.

May 1988 – Santiago Chile

Some of Liliana’s notable features include:

Lead essay for “Seeking Asylum – Our Stories” a book capturing the stories of people who have lived the experience of seeking asylum, Published and created by ASRC and Black Inc Books.

La Boite Theatre Company in conjunction with KIOSK – Digital theatre production ‘The Welcome’ where Liliana shares her experience of belonging in Australia.

La Boite Theatre Company’s immersive theatre production ‘The Village’, Liliana shares her story of fleeing her home country.

In my country” Podcast which launched on the 20th of June 2020 for World Refugee Day

Liliana Also shared her story as part of a panel discussion at the Brisbane Writers Festival as part of Mem Fox’s book “I am Australian too”.

You can also find a snippet of Liliana’s story on SBS Voices (see editorial for full story). 

Liliana has experience in developing and delivering training in a variety of workplaces:

  • Queensland Farmers Federation
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria
  • Heritage Bank
  • La Boite Theatre Company
  • Multi Link
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Queensland Theatre
  • Suncorp
  • Queensland Treasury
  • Queensland Ombudsman
  • Queensland Police
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Best Employment
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • PHN Northside
  • Epilepsy QLD
  • Brisbane Broncos
  • Lords School
  • Qld Rail
  • Anglicare
  • Welcome Sports
  • Brisbane Lions
  • The University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Multicultural Australia
  • Multicultural Council Gold Coast
  • BHP
  • Brisbane City Council
  • And more

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