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Paul Kelly

Singer/Songwriter

Australian rock music singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has recorded nineteen studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Camille O'Sullivan

Singer/Performer

Previously an award winning architect and painter, Irish-French Camille O'Sullivan is a singer/actress who enjoys a formidable international reputation for her unique dramatic interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Nick Drake, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and Arcade Fire. The award-winning singer – an original star of the Olivier Award-winning La Clique – has stunned audiences around the world with 5-star sell-out performances; her solo shows include Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall, The Roundhouse, a 6 week Apollo Theatre London West End run, and a show-stealing BBC appearance on Later with Jools Holland. Camille starred in the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and won a prestigious Herald Angel Award for her tour de force, solo performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rape of Lucrece. The epic poem was adapted for stage with original music by Camille and her musical director Feargal Murray, and brought glowing reviews from critics and the public at the Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne and Holland Festivals, and the Dublin Theatre Festival.

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Feargal Murray

Musician

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Feargal is a songwriter, composer, producer, string arranger and session artist. He has enjoyed chart success in The US Billboard Album Charts, The UK Album Charts and The Irish Album Charts, has written for a Grammy nominated album and has written an award-winning musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece for the RSC – the work was co-composed with singer Camille O’Sullivan and co-adapted with director Elizabeth Freestone and was a hit at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival, winning the prestigious Bank Of Scotland Herald Angel Award.

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Gaelle Mellis

Designer

aelle has been working as a theatre designer and collaborator in Australia and overseas or over 25 years. Her designs have toured to the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the United States.

She has designed for companies including Restless Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, Adelaide Film Festival, Vitalstatistix, Rambert (UK), Graeae (UK), Tanja Liedtke and was a co-founder of performance company Ladykillers. Individual awards received throughout her career, include 2002 Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award; a 2004 Churchill Fellowship, a 2009 South Australian Screen Award for her production design Necessary Gamesand most recently, she was awarded an inaugural Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship.

Gaelle proudly defines herself as an artist with disability and is passionate about cultural accessibility and diversity. Gaelle has recently worked on rarely seen an exhibition of photography by blind and vision impaired artists and  is currently developing her own disability related performance project Take Up Thy Bed and Walk.

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Neil Simpson

Lighting Designer

Neil Simpson is a theatre maker with many years’ experience, including a number of Big hART productions. He often works on fragile projects, using his wide range of skills to help bring them to fruition.

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Phillip Kavanagh

Playwright

Phillip is a playwright and dramaturg based between Adelaide and Sydney. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Playwriting) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Phillip was awarded the 2011 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award; the 2011 State Theatre Company of South Australia Flinders University Young Playwrights Award; the 2011 Colin Thiele Creative Writing Scholarship; and the 2014 Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award. He has also been shortlisted for the 2014 and 2013 Philip Parsons Emerging Playwrights Fellowship. In 2013 he undertook an Australia Council JUMP mentorship with playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell, through which he first developed Deluge. Other works include Jesikah (STCSA) and Ecobots (Buzz Dance Theatre).

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Michael Hankin

Designer

Michael is a NIDA trained Set and Costume Designer for theatre and film. Some of his recent credits include The Glass Menagerie (Belvoir St Theatre); Angels In America (nominated for Best Stage Design at the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards and 2013 Australian Production Design Guild Awards, Belvoir St Theatre), 247 Days (Chunky Move / Malthouse Theatre / 2014 Netherlands tour); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Royal); Ugly Mugs (Malthouse Theatre / Griffin Theatre); and The Dark Room (nominated for Best Stage Design at the 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards). His short films include: Reason to Smile and Julian and The Amber Amulet (both winners of the Crystal Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival).

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Alan John

Composer

Alan has been composing theatre music and soundtracks for more than 20 years, making him Australia’s most prolific composer for theatre, film and television.  Alan has developed close working associations with director Jim Sharman, singer Robyn Archer, writers John Romeril and David Holman, and especially with Neil Armfield and Belvoir Street Theatre, including Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Diary Of A Madman, Diving For Pearls, The Government Inspector, Death and the Maiden, The Governor’s Family, Judas Kiss, Small Poppies, Emma's Nose, My Zinc Bed, Waiting For Godot and The Underpants. Alan’s projects for the Bell Shakespeare Company include Antony and Cleopatra, Henry V, Henry IV, The Winter’s Tale and Hamlet. For the Sydney Theatre Company Alan composed the original music for Hanging Man, A Man With Five Children, A Doll House and Major Barbara. Alan has numerous film and TV credits was awarded the APRA/Screen Composers Award for Best Music in a Feature Film for The Bank.

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Nigel Levings

Lighting Designer

Nigel Levings studied Lighting Design at Theatre Projects in London and with Jules Fisher in New York. He is the only Australian lighting designer to have won Broadway’s prestigious Tony Award – other awards include a Helpmann, an Ovation, a Dora Mava Moore, two Outer Circle Critic’s Awards, a Drama Desk and a Tony. In a distinguished career he has lit over 440 productions including 140 operas and 25 musicals.

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Paul Blackwell

Actor

Paul Blackwell has worked throughout Australia on stage, TV and film for more than twenty years. Paul's work with Brink's Artistic Director, Chris Drummond, includes Thursday, When The Rain Stops Falling, The Clockwork Forest, this uncharted hour and Night Letters. His recent stage work includes Volpone, Eh Joe and The Seagull for State Theatre Company SA, and other theatre credits include Vere for Sydney Theatre Company, The Odyssey for Malthouse Theatre, The Chairs for Melbourne Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir The Underpants and Ubu. Paul's film credits include Charlie’s Country, The Boy Castaways, Red Dog, Dr Plonk and The December Boys and TV credits include Deadline Gallipoli, Fenner Doco and My Place.

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Nathan O’Keefe

Actor

Nathan starred in State Theatre Company’s box office record breaking production of The Importance of Being Earnest and has recently returned from New York where he performed the title role in Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company’s Pinocchio, the city where he also performed in Windmill’s successful Plop! on 42nd Street. He co-created and performed in the Helpmann Award winning Me and My Shadow for Patch Theatre Company, performed in the Ruby Award Winning Man Covets Bird (Slingsby) and the Helpmann nominated Grug (Windmill). Other highlights include Harbinger, This Uncharted Hour and The Hypochondriac all for Brink Productions. Nathan won the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award for his body of work throughout 2010.

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Jacqy Phillips

Actor

Jacqy’s career began in 1977. Ten halcyon years followed performing with Magpie, State Theatre Company of SA and Lighthouse. In 1986 she moved to Sydney, played the original Irene in Home and Away, Pirate Jenny in two productions of The Threepenny Opera, played Alex Harding’s Only Heaven Knows, toured Australia Jim Cartwright’s To and met her musical and life partner, Cliff Stoddart. Together they travelled the world as buskers. They returned to Adelaide in 2000 and perform regularly as the duo, Tin Can Alley. 

Jacqy has performed in Patch Theatre’s perennial production of Pigs, Bears and Billy Goat’s Gruff over six years, including a season in 2008 in New York. In early 2009 it played Wellington, New Zealand season and will play Sydney Opera House and Victoria Arts Centre later in the year.  She appeared in and for State Theatre Company in The Great Man, The Government Inspector and The Cripple of Inishman. Other credits include Drums in the Night for Brink productions and Stephen House’s play, Borrowed Time.  Jacqy has been a proud member of Equity for 32 years.

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Rory Walker

Actor

Rory has appeared in many of Brink’s productions and works regularly in Adelaide, interstate and abroad including: State Theatre Company of South Australia (The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, Drowning In My Ocean of You, Third World Blues, How I Learnt to Drive, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Department), Patch (The Lion in the Night), Windmill (Afternoon of the Elves - Adelaide, Sydney and Seattle U.S tour, The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful and Boo), The Border Project (Disappearance) Flying Penguin Productions (Translations – Adelaide and Melbourne – Malthouse tour, The Birthday Party) and Slingsby (The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy – European tour).

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Antoine Jelk

Actor

Antoine graduated with Honours from Flinders Drama Centre in 2014. During his time there he has worked with numerous directors, including David Mealor, Rosalba Clemente, Tom Healey, Sarah Dunn and with filmmaker Sara West on her short film Teenage Filth. Theatre highlights include playing Vershinin in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Lorenzo in Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, Chadwick in Simon Stephen’s Punkrock (Flinders 2013 graduation show), and Thomas in Arden vs. Arden (Flinders 2014 graduation show).

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Verity Laughton

Playwright

Award winning playwright Verity Laughton has written for most forms of theatre including mainstage adult drama, a promenade community event, a musical, plays for child and family audiences, as well as for dance, for puppets, for theatre of image and a ‘neutral script’. Her awards include winner of the 2009 Inscription Open Drama prize for the play for adults The Ice Season and winner of the 2004 AWGIE for Community & Youth Theatre for the play The Lightkeeper. In other writing, Verity’s radio play Fox for ABC Radio National won the 2004 AWGIE for Best Radio Play and her poem, Fox Man, was the runner up for the Blake Prize in 2011. 

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Alice Oswald

Poet

Poet Alice Oswald was trained as a classicist at New College, Oxford University. Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), received a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Oswald often works in book-length projects and is known for her interests in gardening, ecology, and music. Her second book, Dart (2002), was the outcome of years of primary and secondary research into the history, environment, and community along the River Dart in Devon, England. Oswald’s other collections of poetry include Woods, etc. (2005), winner of a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009), illustrated by Jessica Greenman; A Sleepwalk on the Severn (2009); and Memorial (2011), a reworking of Homer’s Iliad that has received high critical praise for its innovative approach and stunning imagery, which won the 2013 Warwick Prize for writing. Oswald was the first poet to win the prize.  Oswald’s many honors and awards include the T. S. Eliot prize for Dart, a San Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Poetry, a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and a Ted Hughes Award. She lives in Devon with her husband and three children.

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Jocelyn Pook

Composer

Jocelyn is one of the UK’s most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. She has established an international reputation as a highly original composer winning her numerous awards and nominations including a Golden Globe, an Olivier and two British Composer Awards.

Often remembered for her film score to Eyes Wide Shut, which won her a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination, Pook has worked with some of the world’s leading directors, musicians, artists and arts institutions – including Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, the Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, Andrew Motion, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and Laurie Anderson. With a blossoming reputation as a composer music for the concert platform, Pook continues to celebrate the diversity of the human voice. Her first opera Ingerland was commissioned and produced by ROH2 for the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in June 2010. The BBC Proms and The King’s Singers commissioned to collaborate with the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on a work entitled Mobile. 

Pook won an Olivier Award for the National Theatre’s production of St Joan, and for her music-theatre piece Speaking in Tunes she won a British Composer Award. She won a second British Composer Award for her soundtrack to DESH, which accompanies Akram Khan’s dance production of the same name. In 2014 Pook composed the score for a new dance piece Lest We Forget choreographed by Akram Khan for English National Ballet to mark the centenary of the First World War, as well as the score for King Charles III, a new play by Mike Bartlett being performed at Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

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Yaron Lifschitz

Director

Yaron is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) where he was the youngest director ever accepted into its prestigious graduate director’s course. Since graduating, Yaron has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre and circus. His work has been seen in 33 countries, across six continents by over 500 000 people.

He was founding Artistic Director of the Australian Museum’s Theatre Unit, Head Tutor in Directing at Australian Theatre for Young People and has been a regular guest tutor in directing at NIDA since 1995. He is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Circa. With Circa, Yaron has created works such as by the light of stars that are no longer…, CIRCA, Wunderkammer, How Like an Angel, “S”, Beyond, Opus and Carnival of the Animals. His recent works have been reviewed as being “stunning”, “exquisite” and “the standard to which all other circuses can aspire”.

Yaron’s passion is creating works of philosophical and poetic depth.

 

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Zephyr Quartet

String Quartet

Zephyr Quartet – composers and performers/Daise Morrow

Zephyr Quartet is a bold and adventurous string quartet, delighting in the exploration of diverse music and forging dynamic collaborations. Since its inception in 1999 the quartet has shown a continued determination to expand the boundaries of art music and how it is received by audiences. A firm believer in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art, Zephyr has achieved an enviable reputation for artistic excellence, innovation and audience development. Armed with the spirit of collaboration, Zephyr Quartet has become a leading exponent of collaborative arts practice, drawing inspiration from working with artists from diverse backgrounds, including theatre, dance, literature, visual art, environmental art, design, film and media art, to produce work that is vital, current and courageous.

 

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Hilary Kleinig

Composer/Musician

Hilary plays cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba and has studied in Australia at the Elder Conservatorium with Niall Brown and Janis Laurs and in the UK with Anna Shuttleworth and Alison Crumb.  She is a multi-skilled musician whose work includes performance, composition and arranging, education and arts management. Hilary has worked in live and recorded performance as a freelance musician and in orchestras for opera, ballet and musicals. As a baroque specialist she regularly plays with chamber ensembles such as Syntony, Adelaide Baroque, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Hilary composes and arranges music for film, dance, theatre and ensembles. She is also a dedicated teacher of cello and conductor of ensembles.

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Belinda Gehlert

Musician

Belinda studied at the University of Adelaide with Keith Crellin and holds a Diploma and a Bachelor in violin performance and a postgraduate diploma in jazz violin performance. An accomplished performer, improviser, composer and arranger of music, Belinda’s experience as a freelance artist spans across many genres. In addition to her work with Zephyr Quartet, Belinda is a member of the Adelaide Art Orchestra, a casual musician with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the founding member of The Ruby Frost String Quartet. As a performer, her career highlights include performing in the 2004 production of the Ring Cycle, and national and international touring with Australian Youth Orchestra. As a professional composer, Belinda composes and arranges music for the Zephyr Quartet, The Ruby Frost Quartet and theatre.

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Emily Tulloch

Musician

Emily is currently balancing an active musical life while finishing a Masters in violin performance at the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide. In 2003 she completed her BMus at the Elder Conservatorium and in 2004 received first class Honours. Her strong interest in orchestral playing has seen her perform and tour with Adelaide-based ensembles such as Co-Opera and the Adelaide Art Orchestra, and nationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also been involved in youth music ensembles for a number of years, maintaining an active role in the development of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra from its inception to 2005, acting as Concertmaster/Mentor in 2004-5. She also enjoys musical theatre and has played in productions of The Phantom of the Opera, The Boy From Oz and Miss Saigon.

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Kris McQuade

Actor

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kris’ most recent TV series has included Wentworth (earning her an Astra Award nomination for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female), A Place to Call Home, Packed to the Rafters, Killing Time and The Circuit. Her extensive theatre credits include the role of Dolly Pickles in three international tours of Cloudstreet playing in Zurich, London, Dublin and New York, and roles in Threepenny Opera in Sydney and Bogota (South America), Our Lady of Sligo, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, Mourning Becomes Electra and The Odyssey. Kris’s recent film roles include Subdivision, December Boys and Better Than Sex.
 

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James Smith

Actor

James is an acting graduate of Flinders Drama Centre. For State Theatre Company, James has appeared in Neighbourhood Watch and Othello. His studies at Flinders Drama Centre have given him a good foundation and the chance to play many challenging and rewarding roles as well as the opportunity to work with respected directors and teachers including David Mealor, Rosalba Clemete, Tom Healy, Alirio Zavarce and Renato Musolino. James has had some exposure to film during his time at The Drama Centre, playing a self-devised character ‘Victor’ in Kath Dooley’s The Sister and appeared in Aaron Nassau’s OzAsia award winning films Birdbath and Pardesi. In his graduating show Jim played the role of William in Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock directed by Tom Healy. James is currently performing in the State Theatre Company and Hothouse Theatre coproduction of This is Where We Live by Vivienne Walsh.

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Lucy Lehmann

Actor

Lucy has had a deep love for performance from a very young age. During her training at Flinders Drama Centre, she has had the privilege of exploring a diverse range of styles and characters. Lucy's theatre credits include: Blackrock (directed by Anne Thompson and Kym Begg), Metamorphoses (Directed by Tom Healey), Trojan Barbie (Directed by Rosalba Clemente), The Three Sisters Directed by David Mealor, Arden V Arden directed by Tom Healey and The Thugs directed by Sarah Dunn. Lucy’s film credits include Teenage Filth written by Sara Jane West and directed by Richard Bach (short), Drop Bears, written and directed by Steven Banham (feature) and Goodbye 35 written and directed by Heath Nash (pilot).

 

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Nicki Bloom

Playwright

Nicki Bloom’s debut play Tender was first produced by nowyesnow in May 2007 as part of the B-Sharp downstairs season at Company B Belvoir Street in Sydney, Australia. In late 2008, an enhanced version of this original production toured to Hothouse Theatre (Albury) and Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney), playing as part of the main stage subscription seasons at both theatre companies.  In July 2009 Tender was produced by the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater’s Anspacher space in New York City, USA.  Tender is published by Currency Press.  Bloom’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts was produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in October 2008, and is published by Phoenix Press.She jointly adapted Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with director Geordie Brookman, and this adaptation was first produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 2010. Her short play Summer is published by Currency Press in a collection of plays entitled ‘Short Circuit’.  Bloom’s playwriting awards include the 2006 Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize (Tender); the 2007 Inscription Chairman’s Award for Best Play (Tender); the 2008 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (Bloodwood) and the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (Bloodwood). Other awards include the Henry Lawson Prize for Prose.  Her work has also been shortlisted for several awards, including the 2008 New South Wales Premier’s Play Award (Tender); the 2007 Philip Parsons Playwriting Award (Tender); and the 2006 Max Afford Playwriting Award (Tender).

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Geoff Cobham

Lighting Designer

Geoff is an Artistic Associate at State Theatre Company of South Australia in Design and Production, and has worked as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Event Producer and Venue Designer. His recent STCSA set and lighting designs include Mortido, Betrayal, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, and The Kruetzer Sonata. His other set and lighting design credits include Never Did Me Any Harm, Not in a Million Years, The Age I’m In, Already Elsewhere, and Same Same but Different (Force Majeure); and Beetle Graduation, Skip Miller, The Hypochondriac, Drums in the Night, This Uncharted Hour, and The Duckshooter (Brink Productions).

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Chris Petridis

Lighting Designer

Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide with experience across theatre, dance, and other live events in Australia and internationally. Chris has worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia on Eh Joe for the Beckett Tryptych, The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird. Chris has completed designs for Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Mouse, The Bird and The Sausage, Windmill Theatre Company’s Big Bad Wolf and Story Thieves, Torque Show’s MALMÖ, The Border Project’s Half Real, Ludwig’s Fleck and Flecker, five.point.one’s Muff and a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA called If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It.

 

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Thomas Conroy

Actor

Thomas Conroy trained at VCA. His acting credits include Delectable Shelter (Hayloft Project), Moth (Arena Theatre Company), Romeo + Juliet (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Something Natural But Very Childish (La Mama Theatre/Dirty Pretty Theatre), The Sweetest Thing (B Sharp) and  Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company)

 

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Danielle Catanzariti

Actor

Danielle Catanzariti’s theatre credits include FUGITIVE and THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF for Windmill Theatre and BLACKBIRD, directed by Cate Blanchett for Sydney Theatre Company.  Film credits include CLOSED FOR WINTER and the title character in HEY HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUE BURGER.

 

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Lizzy Falkland

Actor

Lizzy graduated from Theatre Nepean. Her credits for Brink include 4.48 Psychosis, Killer Joe, The Ecstatic Bible (Brink/The Wrestling School), The Europeans, Blue Remembered Hills, Ursula, Roberto Zucco, A Dream Play, The Dumb Waiter and (Uncle) Vanya. For State Theatre Company of SA include Mnemonic, Attempts on her Life, Ruby Moon, House Among the Stars and God of Carnage. Other credits include Actors at Work (Bell Shakespeare), Translations (Flying Penguin), Wounds to the Face (Blueprint), Déjà vu (Istrapolitana Festival, Bratislava) and Toy Symphony (QTC and STCSA).

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Quentin Grant

Composer

Quentin has written music for orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists for performance around Australia and internationally.  He is co-director of the Firm, a group that presents a yearly season of new music concerts in Adelaide many of which are broadcast on Classic FM.  As a performer he plays with Quartito Azul and with the music theatre group, the Kidney Art Ensemble. Quentin is a long-time collaborator with Brink Productions.

 

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Bryony Lavery

Playwright

Bryony Lavery is one of the UK’s leading playwrights.  Her play Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. Her play Stockholm, which she wrote for Frantic Assembly, toured the UK before a run at Hampstead Theatre, London in May 2008. Bryony won the Wolff Whiting award for the play in 2008, and the Australian premiere was in 2010, in a touring production by the Sydney Theatre Company.

 

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Dan Potra

Designer

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Dan has worked with companies including Opera Australia and Sydney Theatre Company as well as designing for the opening ceremonies of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  Dan has designed extensively for theatre, opera, film, television and large scale events across the world, in USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Russia. His work in the UK includes The Gathering at Edinburgh Castle, L'Incoronazione for Garsington Opera, Samson for Buxton Festival, Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, As You Like It, Merrily We Roll Along, The Importance of Being Earnest and Moon Landing at Derby Playhouse and the opening ceremony and Portrait of a Nation events for Liverpool ‘08.

 

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Colin Grenfell

Lighting Designer

Recent theatre includes: The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman/Trafalgar Studios/World Tour), Horse Piss for Blood (Plymouth Drum), Hansel and Gretel (Glasgow Citizens), The Village Social (National Theatre of Wales), Tartuffe (ETT), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), Pandas (Traverse), Piccard in Space (Southbank Centre), Faith and Cold Reading (Live Theatre), Canary (Liverpool Playhouse/ETT/Hampstead), Through a Glass Darkly, When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Salisbury Playhouse/Shared Experience), Steel Magnolias, A Doll’s House,  Equus (Dundee Rep), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Edinburgh Lyceum), I Am Yusuf and This is my Brother (Young Vic), Men Should Weep, 365, The Bacchae, Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), Single Spies (Theatre Royal Bath Productions), Riflemind (Trafalgar Studios), Alex (Arts Theatre), No Idea, Panic, Theatre of Blood, Spirit, The Hanging Man, Lifegame, Coma, Animo, 70 Hill Lane (Improbable), Baby Baby (Stellar Quines), Kes, Separate Tables (Royal Exchange Manchester), Touched (Salisbury Playhouse), Enjoy (Watford Palace Theatre), Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman), Casanova, Playing the Victim (Told by an Idiot).  Opera includes extensive work for Opera Holland Park, Falstaff (Mid-Wales Opera), Fidelio (Opera Touring Company Dublin), La Boheme (English Touring Opera) and The Thief of Baghdad (Royal Opera House).

 

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Kate Mulvany

Actor/Playwright

Kate Mulvany is an Australian film, television and theatre actress and award-winning playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter. This year she has performed for Bell Shakespeare as Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth and as Cassius in the company’s 2011 national tour of Julius Caesar. Having also adapted the scripts for both of these plays, she is now adapting Medea for Company B Belvoir. Kate has also performed in theatre productions for Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Perth Theatre Company. Kate was the winner of the Company B Belvoir Street Theatre 2004 Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award for which she was commissioned to write The Seed. This autobiographical work went on to win Best Independent Production and was nominated for Best New Australian Work at the 2007 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards. After two sell-out seasons at Company B Belvoir, The Seed toured Australia, and Kate is currently working on its screenplay. Kate’s film credits include The Final Winter, Griff the Invisible, Into My Arms, and Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming feature The Great Gatsby in which she plays Mrs McKee. Her produced works include Somewhere (a musical co-written with Tim Minchin); Embalmer (a musical co-written with Pip Branson); The Wreath (developed as part of Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye programme) and a series of plays for TiG7 Mannheim’s 2011 ‘One World’ project. Kate has also appeared in numerous television series including the telemovie The Underbelly Files – The Man Who Got Away, All Saints and Blue Heelers. As a writer, Kate also writes for film and television, and is a mentor to several emerging artists across Australia and in the UK.

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Tom Mothersdale

Actor

Theatre credits include: The Revenger’s Tragedy (Hoxton Hall); Boys (Soho); Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour); Iphegenia, The Phoenix of Madrid (Theatre Royal, Bath); The Idea Husband (Vaudeville); The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe & UK Tour); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith); Pride & Prejudice (UK Tour); Serious Money, The Master and Margarita, Romeo & Juliet, The Last Ones, The Visit, The Cherry Orchard (Rose Bruford College); The Witch of Edmonton (Shakespeare’s Globe); Half Cut (Electric Picnice); The Pillow Man (Ono Theatre) and The Bedroom (National Youth Theatre).

 

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Rochenda Sandall

Actor

Rochenda recently graduated from RADA and went straight into playing Fiona Shaw’s daughter in The Royal National Theatre’s production of Howard Barker’s Scenes From An Execution. Theatre whilst training includes: Anna in Ashes and Sand; Alexandra in The House Of Special Purpose; Luciana in Comedy Of Errors; Dorinda in The Beaux Strategem; Grushenka in The Brothers Karamazov and Jackie in The Take.

 

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Martin Hutson

Actor

Theatre credits include: Anthony and Cleopatra (Chichester & Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool); A Marvellous Year for Plums (Chichester); The Heart of Robin Hood (RSC); Butley (West End); Taking Sides (Chichester & West End); Collaboration (Chichester & West End); The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre); The Rubenstein Kiss (Hampstead Theatre); The Mandate (National Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Sheffield Crucible); Titus Andronicus, As You Like It (RSC); The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic); Our Country’s Good, Cyrano de Bergerac (Nuffield, Southampton); Love in a Maze (Watermill); Five Finger Exercise (Salisbury Playhouse); Hamlet (Birmingham Rep & Elsinor, Denmark); Ghosts (West End); Another Country (West End); As You Like It (Sheffield Crucible & Lyric Hammersmith); Charley’s Aunt (Sheffield Crucible); The Jew of Malta (Almeida); The Tempest (New Vic); The Merchant of Venice (Birmingham Rep & Tour) and Mansfield Park (Tour). Television credits include: The Passion; A Very British Sex Scandal; Foyle’s War; Midsomer Murders; Casualty; New Tricks and Doctors. Film credits include: AKA Divorce; Atonement; One for the Girls and Virtual Sexuality.

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Lena Kaur

Actor

Lena started her acting career with lead roles in Silent Cry (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Freeworld (Contact Theatre, Manchester) by Madani Younis. She also starred in BBC drama Torn before going to train professionally at Rose Bruford College. Her theatre credits since graduating include The Sky’s the Limit (Old Vic) Rubina (One-woman show at the Birmingham Rep) Sisters (Sheffield studio Theatre). Lena’s television credits include the comedy sketch show Scallywagga (BBC), in which she was also a co-writer, and she played regular character Leila Roy in Hollyoaks (Channel 4).  Other TV credits include Speechless (Kudos) Torchwood (BBC) Prisoners wives (BBC) Emmerdale (ITV) and Doctors (BBC).  Her radio credits include Maps for Lost Lover, Silver Street, and Reality Check (BBC). This year Lena also co-wrote and developed comedy-docu-play 'Are you that Girl off the Telly?' 

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Deidre Rubenstein

Actor

Popular with MTC audiences, Deidre has appeared for the Company many times, most recently in His Girl Friday, Circle Mirror Transformation, Life Without Me, Richard III, August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The History Boys, The Clean House, The World’s Wife, Birthrights, Life x 3, The Seagull, My Father’s Father, When She Danced, A Month of Sundays, No Going Back, and Morning Sacrifice. She was also a Company member for over two years. She has appeared nationwide with most of the major theatre companies: Nimrod, Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia (most recently as Amanda Wingfield in Glass Menagerie), Playbox, Bell Shakespeare Company, and the Stables. Highlights include leading roles in Mother Courage, Cloud 9, Variations, Candide, Top Girls, Three Sisters, Wild Honey, Absurd Person Singular, Falling from Grace, Heroic Measures, The Winter’s Tale, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Broken Glass. Her self-devised one-woman play, Confidentially Yours, written for her by seven of Australia’s top playwrights and originally performed at Playbox, travelled to Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, New York, and London. Another one-woman show, What’s a Girl to Do?, played nationally and at the Edinburgh Festival. Deidre has worked extensively in cabaret from the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney to Mietta’s in Melbourne.  Her television work includes continuing roles in Introducing Gary Petty, Neighbours, GP, Mercury, Possession, Water Under the Bridge, and Palace of Dreams (which won her an AFI Award for Best Actress), and guest roles in City Homicide, Kick, MDA, Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules, and A Country Practice – among others. Her most recent film work includes Salvation and Hey Hey It’s Esther Bluberger. Deidre is also a multi-award-winning narrator of audio books. She has been a proud member of Equity since 1967. 

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Emma Handy

Actor

Theatre credits include The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (Soho Theatre), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Speechless (Share Experience), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong), Crown Matrimonial (ACT Productions), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tito Celestino da Costa), Vincent in Brixton (Royal National Theatre/West End), 50 Revolutions (Oxford Stage Company), Merchant of Venice, Bad Weather, Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Wood Demon (West End), Csongor Es Tunde (Merlin International Theatre). Television credits include Wire In The Blood, Doctors, Holby City, Threesome, Silent Witness, William & Mary, Beneath The Skin and The Bill. Film credits include Fast Girls, Vacuums (Aka Stealing Bess), Vincent in Brixton, Iris, Club Le Monde and Velvet Goldmine.

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Matthew Whittet

Writer

Since graduating from NIDA in 1997, Matthew has made his mark in his hometown of Sydney with Sydney Theatre Company (Wonderful World of Dissocia, Metamorphosis, This Little Piggy, These People, Endgame, Fireface, Attempts on her Life, Seneca’s Oedpius) Company B (The Underpants, The Threepenny Opera, King Ubu, As You Like It, The Book of Everything), The Bell Shakespeare Company (Hamlet and King Lear ) He has also worked with the Malthouse Theatre (Moving Target, Journal of the Plague Year/The Ham Funeral) and State Theatre Company of South Australia (The Department). Matthew recently wrote and starred in his one man show Silver, which had a successful run as part of Company B’s B Sharp season. He also wrote Fugitive, inspired by the stories of Robin Hood, which was commissioned and produced in 2010 by Windmill Theatre Company, Adelaide. Matthew has appeared on television in Sea Princesses, Sea Patrol, All Saints, Blue Heelers, White Collar Blue, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Changi, Backberner, Wildside and Water Rats and his film credits include Moulin Rouge!, You Can’t Stop the Murders and the successful Baz Lurhman epic Australia. 

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David Gadsden

Lighting Designer

David has been lighting theatre and dance since 1998. Organizations he has designed for include Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide International Film Festival, State Theatre Company of SA. State Opera of SA, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Windmill Performing Arts, Australian Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Ladykillers, Liana Vargas Flamenco, Junction Theatre Company, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and Cirkidz. Notable recent lighting designs include: The Pyjama Girl for Ladykillers; Cloudstreet for AC Arts; The 7 Stages of Grieving and The Dumb Waiter for State Theatre Company of SA; The Clockwork Forest for Brink Productions & Windmill Performing Arts; Little Women for State Opera of SA; Petroglyphs – Signs of Life for Leigh Warren & Dancers. Scenic designs include: mph for the Accelerator Dance Company, Not Without My Rubber Ducky for Act One, Dream Site and Out of Place for Cirkidz.

 

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Stuart Day

Composer/Musician

Stuart is a multi-instrumentalist who has worked in a wide range of musical settings over thirty years. His music has been heard from  country pubs and community halls of the Australian outback to TV screens and theatres of the world. He has played in punk, funk, country, cabaret, folk, blues, roots and reggae bands and has produced, composed and designed music and soundscapes for plays, dance works, installations, TV, radio and children’s theatre. He has recorded over 25 CDs with various groups and has performed at many major national and international festivals. He has previously worked with Brink Productions on The Clockwork Forest (a co-production with Windmill).

 

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Mick Jackson

Sound Designer

Over the last ten years Mick has worked with the Sound Department at the Adelaide Festival Centre as Sound Designer, Studio Recording Engineer, Board Operator, Radio Technician, Monitor Engineer and Floor Technician.  His credits include numerous theatre, dance, and music performances for Adelaide Festival of Arts, State Theatre Company of SA, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Leigh Warren Dance, Windmill Performing Arts, Brink Productions, Restless Dance, Sydney Theatre Company and Patch Theatre. He has worked on a variety of special events -  from musicals such as Avenue Q, Cabaret, Mamma Mia, and Metro Street to outdoor rock festivals such as Soundwave. Highlights include working with BBC comedy gods The Goodies, Australian musicians Tim Rogers (You am I), Mick Harvey (of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Christine Anu, and children’s act Hi-5.  In 2006 and 2007, Mick was Head Audio/Visual Technician for Australian Dance Theatre’s Held when it toured Japan, France, Austria, Holland and the UK. In his spare time Mick enjoys painting massively super-sized comic books. He’s currently on page 4.

 

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Yael Stone

Actor

Since graduating from NIDA in 2006, Yael has performed in Scorched (Company B), Ladybird (B Sharp/Small Things Productions) Elling and Frankenstein (Sydney Theatre Company) Stoning Mary (Griffin Stablemates/Frogbattleship) The Kid (Griffin Theatre Company) and most recently The Book of Everything (Company B). Yael has appeared in the films West and Me, Myself, I and her television credits include Spirited, All Saints and The Farm. Yael received the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Kid and Best Newcomer for her roles inThe Kid and Frankenstein. She also received a 2009 Helpmann Award nomination for her role in Scorched and a 2009 fbi SMAC Award nomination for best performer.

 

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Alex Menglet

Actor

Raised in a Russian theatrical family, Alex studied at the Moscow State Institute of Drama and performed on various Moscow stages before immigrating to Australia.  His most recent appearances for MTC include Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Festen, Ray’s Tempest, The Seagull, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Visit, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Julius Caesar, Waiting for Godot, The Woman in the Window, The Gift of the Gorgon, When She Danced, The Selection, The Marriage of Figaro and The Taming of the Shrew.  For Anthill Theatre, his work includes The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, The Imaginary Invalid, The Three Sisters, The Crimson Island, The School for Wives, Mother Courage and The Immigrants.  He has performed for most of the major theatre companies including Malthouse (Goodbye VaudevilleCharlie Mudd), STC (Don Juan, Miss Julie), Belvoir Company B (The Seagull, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, for whom he also co-translated The Little Cherry Orchard).  He featured in Queensland Theatre Company’s The Forest, Victorian State Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Church Theatre’s If Winter Comes and most recently in the successful revival of 12 Angry Men for which he won a 2005 Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor. His extensive credits in Australian television include playing Petrov in The Petrov Affair, Alexi in High Flyers, Krzysztof in Seachange and Vlad in House Rules.  Other credits in series and mini-series include Wilfred II, City Homicide, False Witness, Kick, Kath & Kim, Shock Jock, Eugenie Sandler – PI, Janus, Phoenix, Bordertown, Carson’s Law, The Anzacs and The Dunera Boys.  On screen, Alex was most recent work was in Kin, Salvation and The Book Of Revelation; other films include Josh Jarman He Died with a Falafel in his Hand, Wills and Burke – The Untold Story, The Clinic and Children of the Revolution.  Alex works frequently for ABC radio drama and the Russian Language Program on SBS radio, and as a director and translator.

 

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Edwin Hodgeman

Actor

Brink Productions’ The Hypochndriac is Edwin Hodegman’s debut with the company but his experience spans more than 45 years during which he was performed with most of the professional theatre companies throughout Australia including Bell Shakespeare, Brisbane Theatre Company, Marian Street Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Red Shed, State Theatre company of South Australia, Steady Lads Theatre Company  and Sydney Theatre Company . Soon after graduating from NIDA in 1961, Edwin went to Stratford, Ontario in Canada where he lived and performed for three years. The breadth of his work includes ABC Radio, commercial voice-overs for both TV and radio and his film work includes Fourth Wish, Money Movers, Mad Max III, Shine, Look Both Ways, Hey Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger and Lucky Miles.

 

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Terence Crawford

Actor

Terence began his acting career in 1980 in his home city of Newcastle, and appeared in the premiere production of John O’Donaghue’s acclaimed Essington Lewis: I Am Work in 1981 (which played in Adelaide in 1986).  A graduate of NIDA’s acting course, Terence has acted with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies, and in numerous television productions.  In the 1980s he spent 4 years as a company member of the STCSA, which began with Peter King’s production of Richard III (1985), encompassed the premiere of Dreams in an Empty City and ended with Aubrey Mellor’s production of Seagull (1988).  He was delighted to work again with State last year in Attempts on Her Life and will appear in King Lear later in 2009. Terence is thrilled to be making his debut with Brink in The Hypochondriac. Terence is also an established playwright, and one of Australia’s most experienced and respected acting teachers.  His book Trade Secrets: Australian actors and their craft, was published by Currency Press in 2005.  He is currently principal acting lecturer and course co-ordinator of the acting course at Adelaide Centre for the Arts.

 

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Emily Branford

Actor

Emily’s performance career began in 1989 with a lengthy stint with Adelaide University’s Footlight’s and Theatre Guild. In 1994 she joined ensemble theatre group impropriety inc. She was co-Artistic Director, writer and performer for Ricochet Theatre Company touring original productions for schools audiences in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland for over six years.  Since leaving Ricochet Emily has worked as a free-lance writer and performer working for several South Australian theatre companies and other arts organisations in the role of actor, writer, MC and work-shop facilitator. Most recently she performed the role of Lauren in the ‘five star’ sell-out season of Scarborough (by Fiona Evans, directed by Martha Lott) for the 09 Adelaide Fringe. Emily hosted and performed for Channel Nine’s Here’s Humphrey and worked as assistant producer for Channel Ten’s Music Shop. Her television and film credits include ABC TV’s Sun on the Stubble, feature film Black and White and MRC/Raw Nerve short-film Casual Living, for which she received a Best Performance nomination in the recent South Australian Screen Awards. Emily also works as a voice-over artist for radio, TV and on-line and has appeared on local and national TV commercials. 

 

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Andrew Bovell

Playwright

When the Rain Stops Falling premiered at the 2008 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. The Brink Production transferred to Sydney and Melbourne in 2009 and returns to Adelaide in 2010 before commencing a tour to Brisbane, Canberra and Alice Springs. The play has also been produced at the Almeida Theatre in London, the Lincoln Center Theater in New York and Silo Theatre in Auckland. Its foreign language  premiere takes place in Germany in December, 2010. The play has won numerous awards including the AWGIE for best Stage Work, the Victorian and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and the Sydney Theatre Award and Victorian Green Room Award for Best New Work. Other award winning works for the stage include Holy Day, Who's Afraid of the Working Class and Speaking in Tongues which was revived on the West End in 2009. Andrew's recent film credits include Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson and Blessed co-written with Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas, winner of Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Earlier film credits include Lantana, based on his play Speaking in Tongues, The Book of Revelation, Head On and Strictly Ballroom.

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Hossein Valamanesh

Visual Artist

The much-awarded Hossein Valamanesh was born in Iran in 1949 and graduated from the School of Fine Art Painting in Tehran in 1970. He emigrated to Australia in 1973 and travelled to Central

Australia, where he worked with Aboriginal children. In 1975, Hossein based himself in Adelaide. He has exhibited frequently in Australia and overseas including Germany, Poland, and Japan and most recently in Finland. He has completed a number of major public art projects in Australia and Japan. His work is included in most major public Australian art collections. A monograph on his work, written by Paul Carter, is published by Art & Australia. Hossein was one of the exhibiting artists and filmmakers in Handle with Care: 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Arts Gallery of South Australia.  Designing When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions was his first venture into stage and costume design.  Hossein is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery in Adelaide and GRANTPIRRIE Gallery in Sydney. 

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Niklas Pajanti

Lighting Designer

Niklas works as a theatrical lighting designer across all forms of performance and events.

He has designed for Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, The Eleventh Hour, Company B, Brink Productions, Malthouse Theatre, Token Events, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ranters Theatre, Fred Schepisi, Not Yet It’s Difficult, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Commonwealth Games Festival 06 and many others. Niklas has been nominated for 9 Victorian Green Room Awards, a Helpmann Industry Award and a Sydney Theatre Award. He is the recipient of 2 Green Room Awards. Niklas is principal lighting designer for trafficlight, an independent specialist design studio.

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Carmel Johnson

Actor

Carmel Johnson studied at Stella Adler in New York.  On returning to Australia, she worked with Rolf De Heer on Bad Boy Bubby and Dance Me To My Song.  Other films include: Parklands, The Sweeper, Nobody I Know, Kiss or Kill, Innocence, Rabbit Proof Fence, December Boys and Auntie Joan’s Friendly Grotto.  TV credits include Finders Keepers, Black Beauty, Glad Rags, 3Forever, Sun on the Stubble, McLeod’s Daughters and the ABC series, Rain Shadow.  For the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Carmel appeared in The Price, Triple Threat, Lion Pig Lion, Life x 3, The School for Scandal, Bar Maids, Under Milk Wood, House Among the Stars and Frozen.  For Windmill Carmel appeared in Fugitive and Helly’s Magic Cup. For Holden St Theatres - Hotel Sorrento and Lavender Hope. For Flying Penguin - The Birthday Party. Carmel was in the world premiere season of When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions as part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts and the seasons presented in 2009 by Sydney Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company with the Melbourne Festival (for which she was nominated for a 2009 Green Room Award – Supporting Actress). She won the Oscarts 2008 Best Actress award for her body of work in Adelaide in Brink’s When The Rain Stops Falling and Beetle Graduation and Windmill’s production of Helly’s Magic Cup. She won ‘Best Female Performer’ at the 2007 Adelaide Theatre Guild Awards for her role as ‘Meg’ in The Birthday Party.

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Kevin Harrington

Actor

Since graduating as an actor from the Victorian College of the Arts, Kevin has been continually employed in the arts/entertainment industry for 26 years.  Best known for his TV roles in Seachange, Neighbours and Underbelly he has appearedin over thirty stage productions for companies such as Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Hit Productions, Hothouse, Theatreworks, Victorian Arts Centre, La Mama and the West Australian Theatre Company.  Kevin was nominated for two Green Room Awards for his work in Aftershocks for the MTC and as  ‘Bottom’ in A Midsummer's Night's Dream. In constant demand as a voice over artist and guest roles in TV programs including The Man From Snowy River, All Together Now, Bastard Boys, Blue Heelers and City Homicide,  Kevin is also an accomplished writer having had work produced for Theatre, TV and Radio. He featured in Working Dog's smash hit film The Dish, Australian Rules, Guru Wayne and Tom White. A highlight has been his AFI award nominated performance in the lead role of the film, The Honourable Wally Norman. His most recent role is in the feature film, Red Hill, which is due for release soon. Kevin is delighted to be joining the cast of When the Rain Stops Falling for the 2010 Adelaide return season and interstate tour. 

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Mandy McElhinney

Actor

Mandy was nominated this year for the 2010 USA Helen Hayes Award, for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play, for A Streetcar Named Desire, in Washington DC. She was also nominated for a Green Room Award, for Best Actress in a featured role for The Herbal Bed in Melbourne @ MTC. She has appeared in numerous television series including MDA, All Saints, The Alice, Welcher & Welcher, Stingers, Kath & Kim, Blue Heelers and Water Rats, but is probably most well known for her role in 4 consecutive series of the hugely popular Comedy Inc. for the Nine Network. Most recently, Mandy appeared as a semi regular in the ABC drama Bed of Roses (series 3)   In 2009, Mandy performed in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Cate Blanchett. The production had successful seasons in Sydney, Washington & New York. Some of her other STC credits include The Beauty Queen of Leeane, The Great, Don’s Party and Kafka’s Metamorphosis.  For Melbourne Theatre Company Mandy has appeared in  The Hypocrite, Don’s Party, Life After George and Pride & Prejudice. For Playbox Theatre, she has appeared in This Way Up, Holy Day,Twilight Series and Inside 2000. Feature films mandy has appeared in include Ned Kelly and The Bank.

 

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Yalin Ozucelik

Actor

Yalin was in the world premiere season of When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions as part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts. He was also in the Sydney Opera House season presented by STC and the season presented by MTC with the 2009 Melbourne Festival.  He has also appeared for MTC in the 2008 production of Frost/Nixon and in 2009 performed in Baghdad Wedding for Company B Belvoir. He most recently toured with Bell Shakespeare's King Lear as part of their 20th anniversary season. Other theatre credits include: For Sydney Theatre Company: The Lost Echo. For NIDA Productions: The Bald Soprano. For Matrix/La Boite Theatre Company/Brisbane Festival: A Beautiful Life. For La Boite Theatre Company: Zig Zag St, X-Stacy, Romeo and Juliet, After January, Milo’s Wake. For Kooemba Jdarra: Seems Like Yesterday. For Better Than Nuthin’: The Pitchfork Disney.

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Anna Lise Phillips

Actor

Anna Lise has worked extensively in film, theatre, and television.  Conceived in Panama, born in Darwin, she graduated from NIDA in 1996. Film credits include:  Animal Kingdom, Walking on Water, Wanted, Wilfull, A-Wreck-A-Tangle, Envy (for which she was nominated for an AFI for best supporting actress in 2002), and The Boys. Highlights on the small screen include: Young Lions, The Secret Life of Us (Season 2), The Three Stooges (ICON), Bastard Boys, City Homocide, All Saints, McLeod’s Daughters, Marriage Acts, A Difficult Woman, Farscape, Good Guys Bad Guys, Stingers, Water Rats, Heartbreak High, and Wildside. Anna Lise most recently trod the boards in Parlour Song (Bsharp), Don’t say the words (Griffin), The Gates of Eygpt and The Spook (Company B), Festen (STC), Sweet Bird of Youth (MTC), Popcorn (Black Swan) Rhinoceros (B-sharp), 52 Pickup (Downstairs Belvoir), and Men (Edinburgh Festival). Anna Lise was in the world premiere season of When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions as part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts, and in the extended Sydney Opera House season, presented by STC and a MTC season presented with the 2009 Melbourne Festival. Anna Lise is a proud member of the Union since 1996.

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Neil Pigot

Actor

Neil appeared in the world premiere season of When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions as part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts followed by the 2009 STC season at the Sydney Opera House and then a season presented by MTC with the 2009 Melbourne Festival.  He appeared for Melbourne Theatre Company in Will Eno’s one man show Thom Pain, Jane Bodie’s A Single Act, and Moira Buffini’s Dinner. Other theatre credits include Weary Dunlop in Weary – The Story of Sir Edward Dunlop for McPherson Touring, Oleanna for Hothouse, Traitors for Branch Productions, the European tour of Soft for Back to Back Theatre, The Country and Crave for Belvoir Street/In Situ, Rapture for Playbox and the title role in Michael Gow’s The Fortunes of Richard Mahony for Playbox/Queensland Theatre Company/MIFA.  Neil’s numerous television appearances include Rush, Blue Heelers, Stingers, The Secret Life of Us, Marshall Law, State Coroner, The Games, Backberner, The Last of the Ryans, Adventures of Lano and Woodley and the telemovie, The Society Murders. His film work includes Red Dog, Oranges and Sunshine, Blessed, Lucky Country, The Condemned, The Dish, Head On, Redball, and Spotlight. He is also the presenter for two documentaries about Australia's was involvement - For Valour and the soon to be realesed The Digger. Neil is a published author as well as a regular contributor to the Age newspaper, and is familair to Melbourne audiences in his role as a regaular guest presenter on 774's Conversation Hour.  He is a seven-time Green Room Award nominee (including for Brink’s production of When The Rain Stops Falling), awarded Best Actor, Independent Theatre in 1998 for his performance in Judgement and again in 2002 for Uncle Bob.

 

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Michaela Cantwell

Actor

Since graduating from the Flinders University Drama Centre, Michaela Cantwell has been actively involved in film, television, radio and theatre. Her film and television credits include Innocence and Rain Shadow. She is a founding member of Brink Productions, a Board member and current ensemble member and has worked with Red Shed Theatre Company, Playbox, Vitalstatistix, Windmill Performing Arts and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Some of her major performances include The Ecstatic Bible, Sweet Road, Third World Blues, Killer Joe, 4.48 Psychosis, Drums in the Night, this uncharted hour, Translations, Assassins, Noises Off, Honk if You Are Jesus (for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award) Lion Pig Lion, Two Weeks With the Queen and Female of the Species.  Michaela was in the world premiere season of When The Rain Stops Falling for Brink Productions as part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts and played Beetle in Brink’s Beetle Graduation. She has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1994

 

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Writer/Visual Artist

Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers is a writer and an acclaimed visual artist.  Susan adapted Robert Dessaix’s Night Letters for the stage with Chris Drummond, who also directed, and which was presented at the 2004 Adelaide Festival before touring to Melbourne.  Her scripts for performance include the ABC-commissioned radio dramas Dark Moment, written as a solo work for Peter Carroll, and Derelict Woman, written for Ruth Cracknell, Cloak of Feathers and Invertebrate Trilogy. Beetle Graduation is the middle play of her Invertebrate Trilogy.  Susan’s plays have been short-listed twice for ‘New Dramatists’, New York USA as well as for the Griffin Theatre Colonial Award. Her work is regularly selected for conference development by the Australian National Playwrights Conference. As an acclaimed visual artist, Ms Rogers came to the theatre in the 1980s after creating a series of portraits over plaster casts of the faces of well-known Australian theatrical identities, including actors John Gaden and the late Ruth Cracknell.

 

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Electronic Composer

DJ TR!P

DJ TR!P is an electronic composer who has a strong reputation for composing complex music using obsolete technology. TR!P performs his music live and also works as a DJ, remix artist, workshop tutor & composer for theatre, dance, film and radio. He has written for companies including Federation Square, Vitalstatistix, The Australian Choreographic Centre, Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Urban Myth & Restless Dance Company. He has composed for choreographer Tanja Liedtke on many projects including Enter Twilight (Tasdance), Twelfth Floor (Performing Lines) & ‘Construct’ which recently completed a successful London tour. As a live performer he has played his original music at major festivals & events nationally & internationally including Sundown & Super Deluxe [Tokyo], Adelaide Fringe [’02,’04,’06], Big Day Out [’99,’03’,’06], Falls, TINA, SOOB, Adelaide Cabaret Festival [’06,’07], Next Wave & was recently a featured live performer at the Australasian Computer Music Conference. He has scored for many film projects, documentaries & for ABC’s Poetica. TR!P had the honour of remixing the opening welcome of Kuarna Elder, Auntie Josie for the Adelaide Fringe ’07 & ’06. TR!P studied Music Technology & has released numerous albums and various collaborations with artists from all forms of art. 

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Kate Box

Actor

Kate graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2003. Her theatre credits include Attempts on Her Life and Triple Threat (State Theatre Company of SA), Doubt (Sydney Theatre Company/State Theatre Company of SA), The Clockwork Forest (Brink Productions/Windmill Performing Arts), Tender (nowyesnow), 7 Blowjobs (B-Sharp), 4:48 Psychosis (Brink Productions), Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bell Shakespeare), and I’ve Got The Shakes (Darlinghurst Theatre). Kate’s film and television credits include The Black Balloon, Small Claims, Tripping Over, All Saints, Scorched and False Witness. Kate is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. 

 

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Doug Macleod

Writer

oug is a writer and television producer who has worked on many of Australia's most popular comedy shows, including Fast Forward and SeaChange. He is currently the script editor for Kath and Kim. For the BBC and the Nine Network, he devised the epic animated television series Dogstar, for which he recently won an Australian Writer’s Guild Award for his script for the first episode. He has also written a number of children's titles, notably Sister Madge's Book of Nuns and the teenage novel I'm Being Stalked by a Moonshadow. Most recently he was co-author of  Windmill and Company B’s production of The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom.

 

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Gabriela Tylesova

Designer

Gabriela Tylesova graduated with a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts in Design from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1999. Previously she worked as a designer, illustrator and puppet-maker in the Czech Republic for Theatre Maly and Theatre Minor, and also in Australia for Terrapin Puppet Theatre. After graduating from NIDA she has designed widely for both theatre and opera.  Her design work includes Sweeney Todd (2003 Green Room Award for Best Costume Design), L’Elisir d’Amore (2002 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Costume Design) for Opera Australia; The Visit (2004 Green Room Award for Best Design) for Melbourne Theatre Company; Macbeth and Attempts on her Life for Sydney Theatre Company; Can We Afford This/The Cost of Living for DV8 Physical Theatre (Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival).   In  2006 projects included the Opening Ceremony (Costumes) and Closing Ceremony (Sets and Costumes) for the Doha Asian Games in Qatar, as well as set and costumes for The Australian Ballet’s Scheherazade, Bell Shakespeare Merchant of Venice, the revival of Urinetown – The Musical in Sydney and Tom Foolery for Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Sean Riley

Playwright

Sean Riley’s Beautiful Words was premiered by Oddbodies Theatre Company winning the 2005/06 Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Curtain Call Award for Best Dramatic Production and the Adelaide Theatre Critic’s 2006 Ozcart Award for Best New Play.  Beautiful Words also received the 2004 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, was short-listed for the 2004 Patrick White Playwrights Award and selected for the 2004 Australian National Playwrights Conference.  Other works include Significant Others (also short-listed for the 2004 Patrick White Playwrights Award), The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful (Mainstreet and Windmill), My Sister Violet (Urban Myth Theatre of Youth), The Last Acre (Oddbodies Theatre Company) and the award-winning Time of Ashes (Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and Come Out 01). 

 

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Wendy Todd

Designer

Wendy was Set and Costume Designer for Man Covets Bird (Slingsby) as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2010 – and was recently awarded a Curtain Call Award, with Geoff Cobham, for Best Production Design for the show. Other set and costume design credits include Superheroes (Stone & Castro); Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, Harbinger, The Hypochondriac and Beetle Graduation (Brink Productions); Freaky (Cirkidz & Circus Monoxide) produced by Come Out 2009; After The End (Adelaide Fringe 09); The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby 2007). She was the designer/builder of the travelling street theatre piece, Three Men in a Tub (Fringe 09) and Assistant Designer for the Persian Garden (Adelaide Festival of Arts 2008 and 2006).

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James Kalisch

Filmmaker

James has a bag of experimental short films which have screened in Sao Paulo, Osaka, Manheim, Melbourne.  He has been commissioned to produce propaganda videos for state government programs.  He has crewed on vampire films, animal films and big Muppet films shot in Australia.  He has collaborated with Visual Artists, Composers, Dancers and Actors to assist and produce gallery and installation work.  He collaborated with Black Hole Theatre to produce the film component for the production Caravan.  Occasionally he paints.

 

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Jerome Lyons

Musician

Jerome was born pink and wrinkly in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  This influence of tribal culture and the sounds of “new world music” inspired his chosen career. Jerome has been commissioned to compose music for dance and theatre and has performed widely. He also has a string of CDs to his name and has produced recordings for other musicians. At his workshop - the ‘Cheese Factory Studio Gallery’ in the Adelaide Hills – where Jerome has developed a recording studio, theatre and art gallery, he creates his famous instruments which are sold throughout the world.

 

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Lamine Nanky

Musician

Lamine Nanky born in Senegal West Africa, lived in the Gambia, has performed with Senegambian ballet troupes. Now living and performing in Australia, Lamine regularly carries out West African Drumming classes in School Programmes, performs at Corporate, and Community Events and many Multi-Cultural Festivals

 

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Mondli Makhoba

Actor

Mondli has been resident in Adelaide for six years. He studied South African traditional dance and song in Johannasburg with major South African traditional Zulu ensembles.  He toured UK, USA and European cities with South African cultural troupes presenting concert performances as well as schools workshops and performance tours. Mondli has been a key member of the Migrant Resource Centre’s ‘Jambo Africa’ Program presenting performances and workshops in schools for the Come Out and Fringe Festivals. Mondli coordinates and sings with the Adelaide South African Choir. 

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Assina Ntawumenya

Actor

Originally from Burundi, Assina fled with her family to a refugee camp in Tanzania aged 10 where she lived for more than 10 years. She married while in the camp and moved to Adelaide in 2004. She just completed her Bachelor of social work at University of South Australia and is working part-time at Adelaide Secondary School of English. While Assina has danced a lot Skip Miller’s Hit Songs represents Assina’s first foray into acting and professional theatre.

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Chris Pitman

Actor

Chris was last seen in Adelaide in Michael Gow’s Toy Symphony (Queensland Theatre Company/State Theatre Company of SA). Other theatre credits include the award-winning Cloudstreet, The Sapphires, Capricornia and In our Name (Belvoir), Our Town, Don’s Party Harbour, Boy Gets Girl and Love  for Love (Sydney Theatre Company) and Ghosts for STCSA. 

 

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Adolphus Waylee

Actor

Adolphus was born in Liberia. When he was 14 his family fled to Ghana. Eight years later, in mid-2009, he was able to travel to Adelaide to join his family who arrived here in 2006.  Whilst in Ghana Adolphus got a taste for acting through his involvement in a couple of stage plays and a movie made by Ghanian Film Theatre. Adolphus appeared as Prime Minister Wazirri in Independent Theatre’s production of Mr Johnson at Odeon Theatre. He began as a student at TAFE late 2009 studying Business Administration and then transferred to Flinders University 2010 where he is currently studying Bachelor of Business at Flinders.

 

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Cameron Goodall

Actor

Cameron graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2000. His theatre credits include The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (State Theatre Company of South Australia/Company B), The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney (Queensland Theatre Company/Playbox), Drums in the Night and The Duck Shooter (Brink/State Theatre Company), 4.48 Psychosis (Brink), The Ecstatic Bible (Brink/The Wressling School),  Robyn Archer's Boy Hamlet (Brisbane Festival), The Snow Queen (Windmill/Sydney Theatre Company), The Sign of the Seahorse (Windmill/Playbox), Edward II (Tangent), and as founding member of The Border Project Cameron has co-created and performed in Highway Rock'n'Roll Disaster (winner of the 2006 Spirit of the Adelaide Fringe Award), Please Go Hop!, MedeaMaterial and The War(Gorge). As a musician, Cameron co-founded The Audreys, is regular guitarist for the somewhat irregular Scared Weird Little Guys, and sometimes plays with gypsy outfit Golonka!. Film and television work includes Couch Potato and Behind The News (ABC), Man Janson directed by Hugh Sullivan and Yuri Shima directed by Jack Sheridan, and an embarrassing pizza ad. Cameron was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2006 Helpmann Awards for his role in The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

 

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Eliza Lovell

Actor/Maker

Eliza is an mid-career actor, who has worked with Brink, Vitalstatistix , Junction Theatre Red Shed and State Theatre of SA. After a 2 year devising process, she and her partner, Rory Walker have just completed Patch Theatre latest work A Lion in the Night. Eliza and Rory brought to the role their experiences as parents to a new child, who was born in the midst of the process – a happy accident that enriched their process remarkably. Unfamiliar with the devising methods of Visual Theatre prior to this project, Eliza is now a well-versed, advocate of the process.

 

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Jonathon Oxlade

Designer

Jonathon has worked as Set and Costume Designer with companies including Windmill Theatre, Aphids, Sandpit, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Polyglot, Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, LaBoite Theatre Company, State Theatre of South Australia, Vitalstatistix, Arena Theatre Company, Kid Praha, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Men of Steel, Polytoxic, The Border Project, Circa, The Real TV Project, Is This Yours? and The Escapists.  He is currently the Resident Designer and Visual Artist for Windmill Theatre, and the Production Designer for the Windmill film 'Girl Asleep'.

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Adam Page

Musician

With over 15 years of performance experience, Adam has carved his own path presenting his multi award winning solo show to audiences around the world. As a solo artist and sideman, Adam has appeared at festivals such as WOMADelaide, Glastonbury, The Big Day Out, The Edinburgh Fringe, The New Zealand National Jazz Festival and The Adelaide Fringe (winning 'Best Music by an Emerging Artist' in 2007 and 'Best Music' in 2011). Adam's composition credits include writing for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, numerous collaborations with John Psathas (composer of the Athens Olympic Games ceremony music) and commissions for The Zephyr String Quartet. Adam is the newly appointed coordinator of JazzSA - promoting and creating collaborations, concerts and new works in and around South Australia, tutors at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and is also the host of FixTV, an online TV show filmed in Wellington, New Zealand.