Playwriting Australia is delighted to introduce this year’s Dramaturgy Interns
Our highly popular Dramaturgy Internships program is back in 2014, with 21 theatre artists joining us in Sydney and, for the first time, in Melbourne in partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company.
Artistic Director Tim Roseman and Literary Director at Melbourne Theatre Company Chris Mead will lead fortnightly meetings in both cities, training our interns in script assessment and dramaturgical feedback over a six-month period. The Dramaturgy Interns will also be involved in PWA’s scripts selection process for the National Script Workshops and have the opportunity to attend theatre events and meet with guest artists.
We thank all the people who applied for this year’s intake – we received 100 applications in total making it a huge and exciting pool of talent to choose from. We are pleased to bring together a diverse group of directors, playwrights, actors, provocateurs, and academics.
In 2014, the Dramaturgy Internships are supported by the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Trust and our dedicated sponsors who contribute greatly to the success of the program by offering the interns the opportunity to meet with established artists, see and read a vast range of new Australian plays in print, production and on screen. We thank them for their generous support.
Read Charlotte’s bio
Charlotte Bradley is currently undertaking a Masters in English Studies at Sydney University, and holds a BA (Hons) in Theatre and English from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that she was Marketing Manager at Griffin Theatre Company and Digital Media Manager at Opera Australia. In 2010, Charlotte was awarded Wellington’s Chapman Tripp Theatre award for ‘Most Promising New Director’ for the premiere production of a new New Zealand play, Katydid by Lucy O’Brien at BATS Theatre, Wellington. Other directing work includes A Most Outrageous Humbug (winner of ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at the 2009 NZ Fringe Festival (NZFF)) and Tony Kushner’s short play Terminating at Victoria University. Charlotte has also worked as a performer for NZ’s Capital E National Children’s Theatre, and in Three Spoon Theatre Company’s productions of Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet, The Storm and the devised work March of the Meeklings (winner of ‘Best in Theatre’ and ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at the 2008 NZFF). Charlotte’s producing credits include Who’s Neat? You! (winner of ‘Best in Theatre’ at the 2010 NZFF) and Tea for Toot at BATS Theatre. Charlotte’s Masters dissertation is on postdramatic writing for theatre, which she hopes to develop into a PhD.[/collapse]
Read Rachel’s bio
Rachel Chant is a Sydney-based freelance theatre director, Associate Artist for Rock Surfers Theatre Company, and the founding artistic director of independent theatre company Eclective Productions. With a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre/Journalism) and Masters of Applied Theatre Studies from the University of New England, Rachel has been directing theatre in Sydney since 2010. Directing credits include: Machine (Old505 Theatre ‘FreshWorks’ program), The Pitchfork Disney (Sidetrack Theatre); Hybrid Dream: a postdramatic reimagining of Strindberg’s Dream Plays (PACT Theatre); Disposable (King St Theatre); The Massacre (The Roxbury Hotel); Trivial Dispute (UNE Arts Theatre); and many university productions. Assistant Directing credits include Sweet Nothings (dir. John Kachoyan, ATYP + pantsguys Productions), and The Ham Funeral (dir. Phil Rouse, New Theatre). Producing credits include: Sweet Nothings (ATYP + pantsguys Productions); Uh Oh Tony! (Rock Surfers Theatre Company); Bondi Feast (Rock Surfers Theatre Company); The Pitchfork Disney (Eclective Productions); Hybrid Dream: a postdramatic reimagining of Strindberg’s Dream Plays (Eclective Productions). Rachel aims to make theatre that is bold and stylised, driven by story and grounded in aesthetics.[/collapse]
Read Tom’s bio
Tom Conroy is an actor and theatremaker. Since graduating as an actor from the Victorian College of the Arts, he has worked extensively with many mainstage theatre companies including Cock (Melbourne Theatre Company/La Boite); Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare); Spring Awakening (Sydney Theatre Company) and Romeo and Juliet (State Theatre Company of South Australia).
Tom is passionate about new Australian theatre, and is excited about gaining greater insight into, and understanding of, dramaturgy. Tom has worked as an actor and collaborator on a number of developments and productions of new Australian works: Small and Tired (Belvoir); Land & Sea (Brink Productions); Night Maybe (Stuck Pigs Squealing); Moth (Arena Theatre Company/Malthouse/Brisbane Powerhouse/Regional Arts Victoria); Delectable Shelter (Hayloft Project); The Sweetest Thing (B Sharp) and The Share (five.point.one). Tom has worked on other script developments for Belvoir; Brink Productions, in Adelaide and London; and Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye program.
He was awarded the 2010 Green Room Award for Best Male Performer (Independent) for his performance in Something Natural, But Very Childish at La Mama in Melbourne.
Read Frederick’s bio
Frederick Copperwaite is a Bunuba man from the Fitzroy Crossing region of the South-West Kimberley, WA. He graduated as an actor from WAAPA in 1987 and has extensive theatre, television and film acting experience.
Frederick is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Redfern based Aboriginal performing arts company, Moogahlin Performing Arts. For Moogahlin he has directed This Fella, My Memory (Carriageworks), The Cake Man (2012 Sydney Festival, Carriageworks), Lessons in Flight (2008 Dreaming Festival), Gathering Ground 2008, Gathering Ground 2010 and Yellamundie: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, produced by Moogahlin, Carriageworks and Sydney Festival.
Frederick has over 35 years experience teaching theatre and acting in a variety of training environments, including NIDA, UNSW, Charles Sturt University (Wagga), ATYP, ACTT, NAISDA, Sydney Actors Centre, Newtown High School of Performing Arts, MacDonald College, John Curtin Senior High School for Performing Arts as well as extensive work with young Aboriginal people and community, particularly, urban and rural NSW, The Kimberley (WA) and East Arnhem Land (NT). Since 2007, Frederick has worked as an Arts Educator for the Bell Shakespeare Company, regularly touring to rural and urban areas throughout Australia teaching Shakespeare and theatre arts related subjects to primary and secondary school students and teachers, special community groups and remote indigenous communities. Frederick is currently Head of Theatre and Screen Performance Studies at Eora College of Aboriginal Studies: Centre for Visual and Performing Arts.
Read Dino’s bio
Dino is a director, dramaturg and producer with a passion for contemporary theatre. In 2009, he co-founded Apocalypse Theatre Company to provide a vehicle for artists to showcase their craft through the staging of contemporary work that experiments with the boundaries of theatre but preserves a strong sense of narrative. For the company, he has directed and produced Ross Mueller’s Construction of the Human Heart, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (from Ovid), Patrick Marber’s Closer and John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Other directing credits include Sergel’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Dino is a strong advocate of the voice of Australian playwrights. As dramaturg, he has worked with early-career writers and has also had his skills recognised by established playwrights. As a graduate of Sydney University’s Department of Performance Studies, he has interned at Belvoir Theatre where he produced an account of Neil Armfield’s rehearsal process on Gwen in Purgatory and researched and produced a dissertation on Tommy Murphy’s body of plays (titled Tommy Murphy: Toward the Political). Dino graduated from Sydney University with First Class Honours in Performance Studies (Bachelor Arts) and a Bachelor of Commerce. He was recently appointed Artist Liaison for the Sydney Fringe Festival 2014. Dino is currently working with Camilla Ah Kin and Mary Rachel Brown on several new Australian-work projects.
Read Sophie’s bio
Originally from Melbourne, Sophie is an actor, director and theatre-maker, with a passion for creating new work. A graduate of the VCA (Acting) she also recently completed a law degree at the University of Sydney and is a recipient of the Pratt Foundation Encouragement Award.
As an actor, Sophie’s performance credits include Tattoo and Motortown for Griffin Theatre Company; After All This for acclaimed independent theatre company Elbow Room (Green Room Award for Best Independent Production, 2011 and Best Performance at the Melbourne Fringe, 2011); The Waiting Room (development) for STC Rough Drafts; Titus: The Ultimate Murder Ballad Musical for Darlinghurst Theatre; Hamlet and Measure for Measure for Complete Works Theatre Company and her acclaimed solo-show Miriam and the Monkfish (The Old Fitz, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival) which she co-wrote with award-winning playwright Tessa King (Buried; Malcolm Robertson Award for Playwriting) and toured for over four years.
As a director, Sophie has worked with ATYP, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, St Martins Theatre (Melbourne), North Queensland Academy of Dramatic Arts and Somebody’s Daughter Theatre. In 2013, she was assistant director to Fraser Corfield on the Australian premiere of Spur of the Moment at atyp, written by English writer Anya Reiss and developed through the emerging writers program at the Royal Court in London. Sophie is also a passionate arts educator and has worked for companies including Bell Shakespeare, Artology and WotOpera and from 2011-13 she was a Teaching Artist in Residence at atyp. Last year she was also fortunate to be a part of the selection panel for ATYP’s Under the Wharf season.
Sophie is currently developing a modern retelling of Euripides Electra to be performed later in 2014 and in 2015, Sophie will direct a new Australian work called The Plot written by writer/actor Evdokia Katahanas.
Read Bianca’s bio
Bianca is a Sydney based-an actor, writer and producer, working in film and theatre. She trained at Flinders Drama Centre and was awarded the Neil Curnow Award to study at Stella Adler in New York. She assisted The Wooster Group on their production on Vieux Carre gaining insight into the development of theatre making. In 2012 she was selected attend ATYP’s National Young Writer’s Studio which unveiled her interest and ability to write for stage. In 2013 she returned to NYC to work with acting coach and director Sam Schacht. She featured in Latte e Miele a short film by Louisa Mignone and Andrea Demetriades. Bianca is a performing member of Improv Australia.
In 2013 Bianca joined forces with Such&Such Productions to produce, creatively develop and perform in Sam Shepard’s Cowboy Mouth. Bianca has also experience in film development with Christine King Casting and Entertainment One Group. She is a writer for Film Ink and is currently developing a short film with writing partner Hannah Moore.
Read Steven’s bio
Steven spent his formative years in Perth, Western Australia. In 2013, Steven completed post-graduate Studies in Writing for Performance at NIDA, under the tutelage of Stephen Sewell. He is also a graduate of the WA Screen Academy, majoring in Screenwriting and Directing. Steven received dramaturgical support through Stages WA Playwrights Consortium, under the guidance of Australian playwrights Reg Cribb and Timothy Daly. His theatre credits includes: City of Cranes (selected as part of the Playwriting Australia Re-gen Program at the 2013 National Play Festival), and Pluck! (nominated for the 2013 FringeWorld Artrage Award). Steven was also a member of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Young Writers’ Program since 2010. Steven co-wrote the feature films with award winning film director, Zak Hilditch: The Actress (2005), Reserved Seats for the Plain and Unconscious (2007), The Toll (2009). Steven was also the recipient of the 2007 Bill Warnock Award for his feature script The Enemy on the Wall. Steven is also one half of the sound design/musical composition project The Men From Another Place with Dave Richardson. The pair has composed music and sound design for film, theatre, art installations and museums since 2008. In 2012, the pair was highly commended at the Museums and Galleries National Awards, having designed the audio tour for the Subiaco Museum’s Saving face exhibition. Steven is also an actor, having appeared in many award winning short and feature films, television series and theatre productions.
Read Emily’s bio
Emily Sheehan is an actor, playwright and theatre maker. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Stage & Screen Acting) from the Actors College of Theatre & Television, and a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from the University of New England.
As an actor, Emily has collaborated with professional theatre companies (Q Theatre, Perform Educational Musicals), independent theatre companies (ATYP, Factotum, Zenith Theatre) and community theatre (The New Theatre, Genesian Theatre, Epicenter Theatre Co). Television credits include two seasons of Deadly Women and Dark Minds (Beyond Productions). Emily was nominated for Best Actress at the Australian Webstream Awards for her role in The Drive Web Series.
In 2013 Emily travelled to Chicago to study Improvisation and Comedy Writing at The Second City Training Centre. This year Emily is returning to Chicago with support from the Ian Potter Foundation to undertake a script development with members of The Second City company. Also one of atyp’s Fresh Ink writers, Emily’s monologue titled ‘Eating Sunshine’ was produced by atyp and published by Currency Press as a part of The Voices Project 2014: Bite Me.
Read Lewis’ bio
Lewis Treston is a recent graduate from the NIDA’s Writing for Performance Post-graduate Diploma (2013), having previously graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama (2010). Currently he is developing a web series in conjunction with Jim Sharman’s production company Sunday Pictures. Also, in 2014, he received a weeklong creative development residency at The Arts Centre Gold Coast for his play Pre-Drinks, which will be performed by Brisbane’s Rocket Boy Ensemble at Anywhere Theatre Festival later this year. In addition, Lewis’ shows Ragin’ Kelly and Anita Elizabeth Jenson have both received public readings over the past twelve months at venues such as NIDA, QUT, Room 60 and FAST Theatre Festival hosted by LaBoite. As a dramaturge he has assisted in the development of Benjamin Schostakowski’s NIDA graduation piece Klutz, as well as Becky James and Emma Churchland’s The Things I’d Say To You. As a collaborative performer he helped create shows such as Hit [Enter] and 31 Minutes both presented at QUT.
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Morgan Rose Aldrich is a theatre artist originally from New Orleans in the United States who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Master of Writing for Performance at VCA in 2013. She has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg, and producer with such companies as Mondo Bizarro (New Orleans), Taproot Theatre (Seattle), VORTEX Repertory (Austin), Lo-Fi Productions (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Riot Stage Youth Theatre (Brisbane), MKA (Melbourne) and Motherboard Productions (Australia). She studied Suzuki Actor Training, The Viewpoints, and Composition with the SITI Company in 2008. In 2009, and again in 2012, she continued her training in Suzuki as well as Slow Tempo with Pacific Performance Project. In 2010 she was a company directing intern for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Brisbane, Australia and studied and performed in Hakuba Japan with the Butoh company Dairakudakan. Morgan is a founding member of the 7-year-old Seattlebased theatre company Two Hours’ Traffic. Recent works include: Home Address (co-writer/co-creator, 2high Festival, 2010), Love Meats Mouth (writer/director, Two Hours Traffic, 2010), The Rock (dramaturg, Kurunpa Live Arts, 2010), After 3 (writer/dramaturg, Riot Stage, 2011), Shit (writer/director, Two Hours Traffic/Anywhere Theatre Fest, 2011), Merica (writer/director, Two Hours Traffic/MetroArts, 2011), Prometheus Days (writer/co-creator, Riot Stage, 2011), Signature of a Lyrabird (co-writer, 2high Festival, 2012), turn off the tv, set the table for dinner (co-creator, Two Hours Traffic, 2013), The Chorus (writer/co-creator, Riot Stage, 2013), Return of the Eric (co-writer, Vicious Fish Theatre, 2014), Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise (witer, MKA/MTC NEON Up Late, 2014). More at www.morganrosetheatre.com.
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Jessica Bellamy is a playwright based between Melbourne and Sydney. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW). She has been a Griffin Theatre Playwriting Australia Associate Playwright (2011/12), Writer in Residence at Grey Projects, Singapore (2013) and a writing teacher for Outback Theatre for Young People’s Outback Story Generator. She is the recipient of the 2013 atyp Foundation Commission, writing Compass (nominated for 2013 Sydney Theatre Award, published by Playlab Press), and is winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011 for Sprout (Pedro Collective and Tamarama Rock Surfers, published by Playlab Press).
Other plays include: Shabbat Dinner (Tamarama Rock Surfers, Checkpoint Theatre); Fight or Flight (Canberra Youth Theatre, published by Currency Press); devised work The Grief Parlour (Clockfire Theatre, True West); devised work LoveNOT (Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Manila); devised work Lovely Ugly (Griffin Theatre); A Fourth of Nature (ACT DET School Spectacular); as well as short plays for NIDA Open Programme, True West and Bondi Feast Festival. Jessica’s monologue ‘Little Love’ was adapted to a short film Bat Eyes (dir. Damien Power)(Top 10 finalist of YouTube Your Film competition, Venice Film Festival). Jessica has tutored playwriting for atyp, OTYP, Beyond the Square, Grey Projects and in many high schools.
Read Meredith’s bio
Meredith Faragher has a background in literary criticism with a BA (Hons) in Literature and History and an MA in Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne. She became interested in dramaturgy while completing her Master’s thesis – a close analysis of the later plays of Tom Stoppard within their 90s-00s British theatre context, focusing on Arcadia, The Invention of Love and Rock’n’Roll. Meredith was a Volunteer Teaching Assistant with the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Youth Scholarship Program in 2012, and read unsolicited scripts for the MTC under Chris Mead in 2013. She is passionate about theatre, literary criticism, stories and research.
Read Fleur’s bio
Fleur is a prolific Melbourne-based writer and director. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts’ post-graduate directing course (2009) and last year completed her Masters in Performance Writing at the college under the guidance of Raimondo Cortese. Her under-graduate studies in Performing Arts were completed at Monash University where she received the Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement in every semester of her degree and was the inaugural recipient of the department’s award for writing.
Last year Fleur was short-listed for the Edward Albee scholarship for her play yours the face. She assistant directed for Bell Shakespeare, directed Fear and Misery in the Third Reich for Monash University and was co-director of Boy out of the Country at Forty-five Downstairs. In addition to this, Fleur’s play Insomnia Cat Came To Stay toured five cities and was staged at Brisbane Arts Festival.
She is artistic director of Quiet Little Fox and regular collaborator with Attic Erratic Inc. She is a former winner of the SATC Young Playwrights Award and currently blogs about theatre, art criticism, politics and the relationship between artists, audiences and critics at schoolforbirds.wordpress.com.
She recently interned for Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec reading series and her short playlet I want you but I don’t need you was staged as part of Red Stitch’s Playlist.
Read Daniel’s bio
Daniel Lammin is a graduate of Directing at National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Besen Family Artist Program from the Malthouse Theatre. He recently collaborated with Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) to create Columbine, a complex verbatim theatre piece on the 1999 massacre, and during the 2011 Short & Sweet Festival received awards for Best Production and Best Director for his piece Enter Certain Outlaws on the murder of James Bulger. His other directing credits include Pygmalion (5pounds of Repertory Theatre), Howl (NIDA/Theatre Works), Third Reich Mommie (Christopher Bryant), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Doorslam Productions) and The Laramie Project (MUST). He was also Assistant Director on The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Red Stitch) and On the Misconception of Oedipus (Malthouse Theatre). His work as a playwright has been presented at La Mama and as part of the Misdumma Festival. His next production will be his play The Cutting Boys, presented at La Mama at the end of May.[/collapse]
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Bridget Mackey is a Melbourne based theatre-maker. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Flinders University), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (University of Melbourne) and last year she completed a Master of Writing for Performance (Victorian College of the Arts). Bridget recently interned with the Melbourne Theatre Company on their ‘Cybec Electric Program’. She is a member of South Australian theatre company five.point.one with whom she has worked with as an actor and most recently a dramaturg on Notoriously Yours by Van Badham (2014) and The Lake by Ben Brooker (2013). Bridget’s recent writing credits include: live art performance Father/Daughter (It’s That Sometimes You Move Too Loud, Midsummer Festival), Some Blazing Light (MKA), More Intimate Than (Honeycreepers), Hose (MKA) and Endangered Species (Die Pigeon). Bridget is currently working with five.point.one to help curate their 2014 ‘The Reading Sessions’.
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William McBride is a performance maker, writer and dramaturg working across mediums of theatre, live art and contemporary performance.
In 2013, William graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation – Animateuring, where he was the recipient of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.
In 2014 William has presented a range of performance works and begun work with contemporary performance collaborations Odd Body and Slown, Smallened and Son. His solo multi-media performance installation ’andy samberg feet’ was installed at Edmund Pearce Gallery for Midsumma show It’s That Sometimes You Move Too Loud. His theatre work-in-development Party Time Gift Set was presented at Perth’s Fringe World with MKA: Theatre for New Writing.
In 2012, William’s major collaborative live-art work Deliverance drew a massive public response when presented in Adelaide (Gluttony, Adelaide Fringe) and Berlin (Platoon Kunsthalle) whilst in residence at the ZK/U: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik/Centre for Art and Urbanistics.
As a dramaturg, William has worked most closely with She Said Theatre (Laika and Wills Melbourne Fringe 2013 – **** Time Out, ***½ the Age; Breaking Melbourne Fringe 2012), of which he is a founding member and is dramaturg in residence. At the 2012 Melbourne Fringe, William presented his solo performance work Wenny Explains Herself. William has worked as an arts writer and editor in Brisbane (Rave Magazine, 2006-7) and London (Art and Music: the Saatchi Gallery Magazine, 2010). William studied a Bachelor of Theatre and English Literature at the University of Queensland.
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Lucy Moir is a performer and writer. She graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 2010. Her theatre credits include The Golden Age (National Theatre), Electra (National Theatre), As You Like It (National Theatre), One For the Road (NIDA), Raspberry Factory (PutYourBikeInMyCar), Here, In the Sugarcane (Forty Forty Home), Lovely/Ugly (Griffin Theatre), and The Blind Date Project (Ride On Theatre, Powerhouse and the Sydney International Arts Festival). Lucy is a resident artist for Ride On theatre, and was part of the development of Blind Date in Melbourne in 2012, as a producer and performer. She holds a BA in philosophy and literature, and has an undergraduate Honours thesis in history from Monash University, Prato, Italy. She has also trained extensively with the SITI Company in Spain, studying Suzuki and Viewpoints with Madrid theatre company Kubrik Fabrik. In 2012 she wrote and directed three one-act plays, Shortplay, as well as directing and performing in two plays for Cry Havocs International Theatre Festival in New York. Recently Lucy appeared as Linda Butler in The Dr Blake Mysteries for ABC television, and has also been working extensively with Griffin Theatre’s Festival of New Writing, appearing in June 20 30 40 by Chris Isaacs. In 2013, Lucy worked as a dramaturge for The Hayloft Project on the production Arden V. Arden, and performed in Family of Strangers production A Checkhov Triptych as part of the band, playing violin. Currently, Lucy is an artistic associate with Melbourne-based theatre company Little Feat, developing new work.
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Wahibe Moussa is a performer, emerging writer, performance maker, Dramaturg as well as Arabic Language and Culture Consultant.
After graduating from Bachelor of Performance Studies at Victoria University, Wahibe collaborated in ensemble theatre productions with Melbourne based theatre companies The Torch Company, Theatre @ Risk and Melbourne Workers Theatre. She devised site-specific solo performances with elements of improvisation, in collaboration with visual and installation artists.
In 2007 Wahibe received the Green room Award for her performance as Mahala in the Melbourne premier of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/ Kabul.
Recently, Wahibe decided to put performing aside to concentrate on writing. She fell in love with poetry at Melbourne University, immediately responding to its performative potential. In 2012 she completed the Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she explored the verse-form in performance writing and completed her first full length play, “Breath of God”. It was successfully presented to the public at the end of 2012.
In 2013 Wahibe was one of ten recipients of The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.
At the heart of her writing and performance practice, Wahibe uses language and its poetics to examine and articulate women’s experiences in relation to self-determination and personal power within contemporary culture.
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Tamara Searle is a director and performance maker. She is Artistic Associate at Back to Back Theatre where she curate artists to work with Back to Back Theatre’s experimental performance laboratory Theatre of Speed and Summer School, directs work, and assists in the development of Back to Back Theatre’s new works. In 2013 she directed an independent devised work VOYAGE: The Actual and Properly Truthful Account of the Emigration of Thomas Pender at fortyfivedownstairs. Tamara has trained in Viewpoints with SITI company New York; Body Mind Centreing with the Body Mind Centring association; she has an MA in Theatre Practice from Monash University; and originally trained as a dancer at the Australian Ballet School.
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Mark Wilson is a Melbourne based maker, performer, dramaturg and director. He trained at the VCA (Performance Creation/Directing) and Monash (Performing Arts) and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Performance work ranges from plays to performance art and includes Mein Kampf by George Tabori, The Medium Project (Triage Live Art Collective), Two Weeks with the Queen, Ad Absurdum, and Peter and the Wolf (Uncle Semolina & Friends) and As You Like It. His self-devised solo performance works include Rachel’s Performance, To Keep Men In Awe, a quasi-biography of the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, and Unsex Me, a drag show remix of Lady Macbeth, packed with whispered confessions and booming self-mockery, which continues to divide audiences across Australia (returning to Melbourne in June). He has directed plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Louis Nowra, Joyce Carol Oates and others. In 2012 he assisted Julian Meyrick (Tribes, MTC) and Richard Murphet (The Merchant of Venice, VCA) and was attached to John Bell (The Duchess of Malfi). In 2014 he is the Dramaturg in Residence as MKA: Theatre of New Writing.