What is a theatre artist?

Some people prefer the terms theatre maker, or slashie (as in writer-slash-actor-slash-producer). Essentially: for financial, practical and creative reasons, many practitioners are training in multiple roles, whether they perform them simultaneously or switch from project to project.

There are things you can achieve with theatre, that you can’t in any other medium.

My approach is quirky, highly physical, and based around the intimacy and imaginative freedom possible when audience and performers share the same space. When I branch out into other forms like audio or film, it’s all about storytelling that sticks with you and makes you feel things.

I’m proud to be part of a vivid creative community here in Sydney. I was part of the inaugural KXT/bAKEHOUSE Step Up Team, and am the founder of indie theatre company Thirty Five Square.

Plays I’ve written include: Duckpond (Thirty Five Square and Old 505 Theatre), House on Fire, and my autobiographical cabaret A Westerner’s Guide to the Opium Wars (Thirty Five Square and Kings X Theatre; The Blue Room Theatre).

In addition to producing my own work, I was a producer on Leaves in its Australian premiere (Some Company and KXT), Red Cross (Arrive. Devise. Repeat.), I Hate You My Mother (assistant producer, Real Harpy and White Box Theatre with Red Line Productions), and MinusOneSister (assistant producer, Stories Like These for Griffin Independent).

As an actor, I have performed with Ninefold Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera, and with many writers and directors in new work development. 

Beyond the traditional theatre sphere, I bring storytelling and performance skills to businesses and organisations looking to cultivate better customer service and employee relationships.

I have facilitated workshops with Ovolo Hotels, and been involved as an actor with Corporate Actors Australia. With Thirty Five Square, I aim to inspire playful thinking, discussion and problem-solving through art.

 

Victoria/Self A WESTERNE'R’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS Thirty Five Square & bAKEHOUSE Theatre (Sydney)/The Blue Room Theatre (Perth) 2019 📷Clare Hawley

Victoria/Self
A WESTERNE'R’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS
Thirty Five Square & bAKEHOUSE Theatre (Sydney)/The Blue Room Theatre (Perth) 2019
📷Clare Hawley

Fleance WYRD: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH Ninefold 2018 (Halloween) 📷 Lauren O Photography

Fleance
WYRD: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH
Ninefold 2018 (Halloween)
📷 Lauren O Photography

Fleance WYRD: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH Ninefold 2018 📷 Liam O'Keefe

Fleance
WYRD: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH
Ninefold 2018
📷 Liam O'Keefe

Victoria/Self A WESTERNER'S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS Thirty Five Square 2017 📷 Victor Kalka

Victoria/Self
A WESTERNER'S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS
Thirty Five Square 2017
📷 Victor Kalka

Victoria/Self A WESTERNER'S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS SUDS 2016 📷 Victor Kalka

Victoria/Self
A WESTERNER'S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS
SUDS 2016
📷 Victor Kalka

Nymph ARMIDA (Haydn) Pinchgut Opera 2016 📷 Brett Boardman

Nymph
ARMIDA (Haydn)
Pinchgut Opera 2016
📷 Brett Boardman

Ensemble THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA MUSE 2015 📷 Shakira Wilson

Ensemble
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
MUSE 2015
📷 Shakira Wilson

Hank 2 HANK by Ryan Devlin AIM Dramatic Arts 2014 📷 Heidrun Löhr courtesy of AIM

Hank 2
HANK by Ryan Devlin
AIM Dramatic Arts 2014
📷 Heidrun Löhr courtesy of AIM

Marg AFTERSHOCKS by Paul Brown & the Workers Cultural Action Committee AIM Dramatic Arts 2013 📷 Kurt Sneddon courtesy of AIM

Marg
AFTERSHOCKS by Paul Brown & the Workers Cultural Action Committee
AIM Dramatic Arts 2013
📷 Kurt Sneddon courtesy of AIM

Ensemble PHYSICAL STAGES: LOCK & KEY AIM Dramatic Arts 2013 📷 courtesy of AIM

Ensemble
PHYSICAL STAGES: LOCK & KEY
AIM Dramatic Arts 2013
📷 courtesy of AIM

 

DIRECTOR

Assistant Director (dir. Rosane McNamara) THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl New Theatre 2017 📷 Bob Seary for New Theatre

Assistant Director (dir. Rosane McNamara)
THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl
New Theatre 2017
📷 Bob Seary for New Theatre

A VIEW OF CONCRETE by Gareth Ellis SUDS 2016 📷 Daniella Pilla

A VIEW OF CONCRETE by Gareth Ellis
SUDS 2016
📷 Daniella Pilla

ALPHABETICAL ORDER by Michael Frayn SUDS 2016 📷 Victor Kalka

ALPHABETICAL ORDER by Michael Frayn
SUDS 2016
📷 Victor Kalka

IT WAS ALL TOO MUCH FOR HER by Mariya Tkachenko AIM Dramatic Arts 2014 📷 Heidrun Löhr courtesy of AIM

IT WAS ALL TOO MUCH FOR HER by Mariya Tkachenko
AIM Dramatic Arts 2014
📷 Heidrun Löhr courtesy of AIM

PRODUCER

A WESTERNER’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS Thirty Five Square & bAKEHOUSE Theatre (Sydney)/The Blue Room Theatre (Perth) 📷Clare Hawley

A WESTERNER’S GUIDE TO THE OPIUM WARS
Thirty Five Square & bAKEHOUSE Theatre (Sydney)/The Blue Room Theatre (Perth)
📷Clare Hawley

Assistant to Producer I HATE YOU MY MOTHER by Jeanette Cronin White Box Theatre, Real Harpy, Red Line Productions @ Old Fitz Theatre 2017 📷 Rupert Reid

Assistant to Producer
I HATE YOU MY MOTHER by Jeanette Cronin
White Box Theatre, Real Harpy, Red Line Productions @ Old Fitz Theatre 2017
📷 Rupert Reid

RED CROSS by Sam Shepard Arrive. Devise. Repeat. for Sydney Fringe Festival 2016 📷 Johnny Nolan

RED CROSS by Sam Shepard
Arrive. Devise. Repeat. for Sydney Fringe Festival 2016
📷 Johnny Nolan

LEAVES by Lucy Caldwell Some Company @ Kings X Theatre 2016 📷 Clare Hawley

LEAVES by Lucy Caldwell
Some Company @ Kings X Theatre 2016
📷 Clare Hawley

Treasurer SUDS 2016 📷 Alex Smiles

Treasurer
SUDS 2016
📷 Alex Smiles

Assistant Producer - Development MINUSONESISTER by Anna Barnes Stories Like These for Griffin Independent 2015 📷 Brett Boardman

Assistant Producer - Development
MINUSONESISTER by Anna Barnes
Stories Like These for Griffin Independent 2015
📷 Brett Boardman

Emerge Festival AIM Dramatic Arts 2014 📷 courtesy of AIM

Emerge Festival
AIM Dramatic Arts 2014
📷 courtesy of AIM