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Aliyah Knight

Writer, actor & director

Aliyah is a storyteller and performer living and working on unceded Gadigal land. She is passionate about telling queer and diverse stories that represent complex and flawed individuals.

Aliyah is a member of ATYP’s Fresh Ink cohort for 2024. She was the recipient of Performance Space’s 2024 Stephen Cummins Residency, during which she developed a new hybrid work THE DOG HOUSE—a queer exploration into mortality, lineage, and transformation—under the mentorship of Anna Breckon (The Second Woman). They were also selected for Performance Space’s Queer Development Program and presented an excerpt of this work at the QDP Showcase. Aliyah is developing their first full-length play, Snakeface, a modern-day adaptation of the myth of Medusa, which was the runner-up for the 2024 ATF NYC New Play Award.


Aliyah is currently developing their first full-length play, Snakeface, a modern-day adaptation of the myth of Medusa, which was the runner-up for the 2024 New Play Award held by the Australian Theatre Festival NYC.


Aliyah was recently announced as one of twelve filmmakers selected from across Australia to participate in For Film’s Sake & Sydney Film Festival’s Platform: Lab incubator.


Also an experienced note-taker, Aliyah has worked with Roadshow Rough Diamond and Mad Ones Films across a number of rooms. They are developing Blood Rush, a horror-comedy pilot about a vampire girl band.


Aliyah graduated from AFTRS with a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production in 2024. Their final film Consume is a queer horror short exploring the intersection of religious trauma and internalized homophobia. In 2023, Aliyah was selected for ATYP’s National Studio program, resulting in their short play Four Legs Good being commissioned for ATYP’s Intersection Festival

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