npf16 cast and creatives

Directors & Dramaturgs

 Emma Valente Emma Valente is a freelance director, dramaturg and lighting designer. She is the Co Artistic director and Co CEO of THE RABBLE. Recently Emma has been the dramaturg for Schmaltz (Daniel Schlusser/ Malthouse Theatre), Calamity! (MTC NEON),Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/ Tower Theatre) Podium Dances (Arts House/ FOLA) and Bright World (Arthur, Theatre Works).Emma’s recent directing credits include: In The Bleak Midwinter (Malthouse Theatre) Sappho: In 9 fragments (Aspen Island Theatre Company), Deathly/ Death/ Dead (Director/ Curator – Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Writers’ Festival), Cain and Abel (Belvoir St Theatre), Frankenstein (Malthouse Theatre), Room of Regret (Melbourne Festival, Theatre Works,), Story of O (Neon Festival, Melbourne Theatre Company, THE RABBLE) Orlando (Melbourne Festival, Helium Program – Tower Theatre Malthouse – Brisbane Festival, DARK MOFO), Special (Carlton Courthouse), The Bedroom Project (Linden Gallery) Cageling (CarriageWorks – 45 downstairs ), Salome: In Cogito Volume III (CarriageWorks). For THE RABBLE she is currently working on Cain and Abel, Joan, Ulysses and Candy House. Emma has been nominated for 6 Green Room Awards and 1 Sydney Theatre Award including 2 nominations for most Outstanding Contemporary Performance (Room of Regret, Frankenstein) and a win for Design Integration for Special.  Emma teaches Dramaturgy and Performance Making amongst other things at Monash University.
 Leticia Caceres B&W Leticia Cáceres has been lauded as one of the most exciting directing talents in the country. This year Leticia directed THE DISTANCE for MTC. Her next project will be EGG also for MTC and THE DROVERS WIFE for Belvoir. Leticia held the position of Associate Director at MTC for three years for which she directed DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (STC/MTC), BIRDLAND, YELLOW MOON, COCK, THE EFFECT , CONSTELLATIONS, HELICOPTER and RANDOM. The latter was nominated for three Green Room Awards including Best Direction, Best Main Stage Production and received a Best Actor Award for Zarah Newman and a Drama Victoria Award. YELLOW MOON is nominated for four Green Room Awards; Best Direction, Best Sound/Composition, Best Lighting Design and Best Ensemble. For Belvoir Leticia directed MISS JULIE, adapted by Simon Stone, and MORTIDO and THE DARK ROOM, both by Angela Betzien. THE DARK ROOM was nominated for seven Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Main Stage Production, and received a Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian Work. For Queensland Theatre Company Leticia directed THE ORPHANAGE PROJECT , FAR AWAY and MEMORY OF WATER which received eight Matilda Award nominations including Best Direction, Best Design and Best Actor Awards in both Lead and Supporting categories.
Chris Mead_FA.14 Chris Mead is Literary Director of Melbourne Theatre Company. Previous positions have included: inaugural artistic director of PlayWriting Australia; Literary Manager of Belvoir; curator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference; Festival Director, International Festival for Young Playwrights; and Literary Manager, and Wharf 2LOUD Producer, of Sydney Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include Richard Frankland’s Walking into the Bigness (co-director with Wayne Blair, Malthouse Theatre 2014), which won Best Performance for VCE Theatre Studies and was nominated for three Green Room Awards (Best New Play, Best Ensemble, Best Production), Ian Wilding’s Rare Earth (NIDA 2011) and Quack (Griffin 2010), and Damien Millar’s The Modern International Dead (Griffin 2008) which won Best New Play, Sydney Theatre Critics’ Awards and the WA Premier’s Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW, Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Chris has a PhD from Sydney University, was awarded an inaugural Dramaturgy Fellowship by the Australia Council and was selected to attend New Visions New Voices at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. His monograph on institutional racism and outreach strategies was published by Currency House; and Chris wrote introductions to Currency Press play volumes by Lachlan Philpott, Caleb Lewis and Lally Katz.
Kamarra Bell Wykes headshot Kamarra Bell-Wykes is a descendent of the Yagera and Butchulla people of South-East Queensland. as well as South Sea Islander, Maori, English, Welsh and Polish blood lines. Kamarra started her career as a performer and playwright over 15 years ago.Kamarra has written a number of award winning health-education shows including Chopped Liver, Body Armor and North West of Nowhere. These plays were written specifically for prison, school and Aboriginal community audiences and combined have toured over 11 years and have been seen by more than 30 000 people across Australia. Her other works Shrunken Iris, Mothers Tongue and Crying Shame are analytical examinations of spiritual fracturing and how it manifests in physical ways. Kamarra is now developing her dramaturgy skills with the support of Playwrighting Australia and ILBIJERRI.In 2012 Kamarra graduated with her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. Kamarra then worked as a teacher and youth worker in a number of communities in the Northern Territory. In 2014 Kamarra was approached by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company to take on the role of Education and Learning Manager where she has been working to build the program from the ground up. Kamarra is delighted to be able to combine her love of performing arts and education in this role; using collaborative community development processes to create art-for-change.
Beng Oh is an Asian-Australian director who has staged a wide range of productions. He has directed plays by Franz Xaver Kroetz, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Peter Handke, Heiner Müller, Frank Wedekind, Gertrude Stein and Christopher Marlowe, among many others. Beng has a commitment to diversity, contemporary work and queer theatre. Notable productions include The Yellow Wave, the Australian premiere of Tom Fool (aka Mensch Meier) by Franz Xaver Kroetz and a Green Room Award nominated production of Porcelain by Chay Yew. He completed post-graduate directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Beng is the Co-Artistic Director with playwright Jane Miller of 15 Minutes From Anywhere.
Janice Muller Headshot Janice Muller is a freelance theatre director and dramaturg based in Victoria. She has a Graduate Diploma from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. Directing credits include: The Tribe, co-adapted with writer Mohammed Ahmed (Urban Theatre Projects/Sydney Festival); If the Truth be Told (The Old Chaff Barn, Milawa) and A Woman in Berlin, co-adapted with Meredith Penman (Rock Surfers /Malthouse). Other recent projects include: concept and artistic direction of Quay to the City, a theatrical walking tour in The Rocks (Australian Theatre for Young People); curation of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Malthouse); dramaturg and script editor on Mantle (My Darling Patricia/Campbelltown Arts) and The Piper (My Darling Patricia/Sydney Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2015). Janice was the first recipient of the Goethe Institute and Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Exchange Scholarship (2006), was awarded the VCA’s Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship (2003), and was selected for the Royal Court’s International Residency (2001). She has worked as an assistant director on Death and The Maiden (MTC), A Winter’s Tale (Bell Shakespeare) and The Misanthrope (MTC).
 TIm Web photo 2 Tim Roseman is a director, dramaturg and producer. From 2007-2012 he was Joint Artistic Director of multi-award-winning new writing venue Theatre503 in London, where his productions included Life for BeginnersThe Girl in the Yellow Dress, Breed, Trolls, Peter and Vandy, This Much Is True, Natural Selection, The Final Shot and Decade. His other UK theatre directing credits include: Overspill (Soho Theatre, Churchill Theatre, Bromley), The Arab–Israeli Cookbook (Gate/Tricycle), Don Juan Comes Home from the War (National Theatre Studio), The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Salisbury Playhouse), Skittles are a Reason to Live (BAC), revival of Journey’s End (New Ambassadors, West End and national tour), A Number (Dailes Theatre, Latvia), You Might As Well Live (New End), To My Man (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford/Haugesund Teater, Norway), Lovers (New End), Così (New End), What Didn’t Happen (Old Vic), 90 Minutes (Southwark Playhouse), Blackrock (Young Vic), Recruitment (King’s Head), Our Town (Warwick Arts Centre), On Cigarette Papers (Old Vic/RADA), Kingdom on Earth (Landor), Nearly All Sondheim (Greenwich Playhouse). Tim has been invited on three occasions to direct the Old Vic’s Celebrity 24-Hour Plays. He has developed plays with the Old Vic, Young Vic, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Pleasance, Gilded Balloon (Edinburgh), Caird Company and RADA. He was Joint Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s New Directions season.
Iain Sinclair - Headshot Iain Sinclair is a director, dramaturg and translator, and is currently PWA’s Resident Dramaturg. Since graduating from the RADA masters program in text and performance studies Iain has been an active advocate of new writing theatre as both director and dramaturg. He has produced over thirty new plays in a professional context and has been a dramaturg to many others. Iain has also regularly worked as a director and dramaturg for the ANPC and for PWA. In 2003 Iain took a year studying  best practice in developmental dramaturgy, internationally visiting ASK theatre projects in LA, New Dramatists in New York, and the Traverse, Paines Plough, the Royal Court and National Theatre in UK. He is also an established mainstage  director whose recent work includes Our Town, Blood WeddingAll My Sons andMojo. His new writing credits  include the award winning original production of Kate Mulvany’s The Seed,  Tom Holloway’s Beyond the Neck, Donna Abela’s Jump for Jordan and Eddie Perfect’s The Beast  as well as premieres of new work by Duncan Graham, Victoria Haralabidou, Caleb Lewis,  Mary Rachel Brown and most recently James Millar and Peter Rutherford’s new Australian Musical A Little Touch of Chaos.

Actors

Headshot Emina Aliyyah Ashman Emina Aliyyah Ashman Headshot Keith Brockett Keith Brockett Headshot Darcy Brown Darcy Brown    
Headshot Rosie Clynes Rosie Clynes Headshot Mark Coles-SmithMark Coles-Smith Headshot Isabelle Ford Isabelle Ford    
Headshot Jacinta Yelland  Jacinta Yelland Headshot Carissa Lee Carissa Lee Headshot Lisa Maza Lisa Maza
Headshot Anna McGahan Anna McGahan Headshot Aaron McGrathAaron McGrath Headshot Joshua Monaghan Joshua Monaghan
Headshot Colin Moody Colin Moody Headshot Charlotte NicdaoCharlotte Nicdao Headshot Kelton PellKelton Pell
Headshot Alex Pinder Alex Pinder Sophie Ross Osamah Sami  
 Carly Sheppard  Sonya Suares Headshot Emily Tomlins Emily Tomlins
Headshot Katherine Tonkin
Katherine Tonkin
Headshot Mark Leonard Winter
Mark Leonard Winter