Born in the Northern Territory, Trisha Morton-Thomas is a writer, producer and actor who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. She has a background in radio broadcasting, journalism and theatre. An Aboriginal woman from the Anmaterr People.
Trisha trained in the Uta Hagen technique of acting at the Eora Centre for Performing arts in Sydney and has worked with some of the most celebrated Australian directors in film, television and theatre including Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton, Wayne Blair, Stephen Page, Noel Tovey and Nigel Jamieson. Straight out of drama school, she landed the lead character Mae, in Rachel Perkin’s 1997 debut feature film Radiance.
In more recent years Trisha has appeared in the award winning ABC drama series Redfern Now, series 1 and 2, as the formidable Aunty Mona and most recently as Lola in 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Australian Aboriginal narrative comedy series which she also wrote and produced as well as starred in.
In 2004 Trisha worked for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) where she produced, directed and wrote documentaries and short drama for Imparja Television and SBS. Many of her documentaries were sold onto the ABC and NITV.
In 2007 she joined the newly established National Indigenous Television Services (NITV) as one of the first Aboriginal Commissioning Editors, eventually working her way up to Senior Commissioning Editor. While at NITV, Trisha oversaw hundreds of hours of television production including documentaries, dramas, music television and magazine style formats.