Ngaire Pigram is a singer, dancer, actor, writer and director from Broome, Western Australia. Ngaire’s work focuses on change and challenging boundaries through storytelling.
After completing her Cert IV in Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA in Broome, Ngaire was successfully accepted in the three-year diploma program the following year, moving to Perth to pursue further studies in Acting in 2004. Ngaire soon transitioned to working on short films. One of her first roles she played the lead in Beck Cole’s Plains Empty, which went to Sundance in 2005.
In 2009, Ngaire danced in Jimmy Chi’s musical Bran Nue Dae; adapted to screen and directed by Rachel Perkins. Later that year, Ngaire played the female lead in Sundance selection Mad Bastards. She then went on to play Kaye in Tony Briggs’ The Sapphires for Belvoir in 2011, which further toured to the Barbican in London.
Ngaire’s writing/directing debut came through a Screenwest initiative in 2013, entitled Dark Whispers. The story follows a mother finding peace in tragedy and grief. Ngaire’s sister Naomi earned a WOW award for her leading performance in the project. Between 2015-2018 Ngaire returned to the theatre performing in Marrugeku’s Cut The Sky “Five Songs For the Future” – an Indigenous perspective on climate change.
For the screen, Ngaire featured in a guest role on ABC’s The Heights in 2018, and recently in a supporting role in Mystery Road Season 2 due to air in 2020.
Ngaire is a proud Yawuru/Wajarri woman.