Janice has directed for theatre companies and festivals across Australia including Malthouse, Belvoir, Queensland Theatre, Carriageworks, Urban Theatre Projects and Australian Theatre for Young People. 

In 2016 she was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne  and has since directed four productions for the company:Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, Good Muslim Boy co-adapted with Osamah Sami and Australian Realness by Zooey Dawson.

 

Other recent credits include Lake Disappointment (Carriageworks) and The Tribe (UTP Sydney Festival/Belvoir/Castlemaine State Festival/The Substation.)

Janice has directed two contemporary operas Biogaphica, composer Mary Finsterer/libretto Tom Wright for Sydney Chamber Opera/Sydney Festival 2017 and Ned Kelly composer Luke Styles/libretto Peter Goldsworthy for Perth Festival 2019.  She also enjoys creating work for non-conventional spaces and has created promenade, site-specific and audio-led work. 

 

Janice has received several awards including the 2006 Playwriting Australia /Goethe Insitut's Dramaturgy Fellowship and the the VCA's Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch's Travelling grant. She attended the international residency program at the Royal Court in 2001.

She has a Grad Dip Fine Arts from the VCA, a BA Arts (UNSW) and a Certificate in Radio Broadcasting (AFTRS).

Janice has been a board member of Arena Theatre Company since 2018. 

Photo: Pia Johnson

Previous Projects

2019

Ned, composer Luke Styles, libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, Perth Festival Australian Realness by Zoey Dawson, Malthouse Theatre

 

2018

director & co-adaptor, Good Muslim Boy from Osamah Sami’s award-winning memoir Malthouse Theatre & Queensland Theatre
project curator - Nibble, Nibble, Little Mouse - an immersive theatrical experience based on Hansel & Gretel for primary school children, Newstead ArtsHub Newstead

 

2017

director, Biographica, composer Mary Finsterer, libretto Tom Wright, Sydney Chamber Opera/Sydney Festival
on tour, The Tribe, Castlemaine State Festival & The Substation, Melbourne
director, Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, Australian Premiere, Malthouse Theatre (Green Room Award Nomination for Best Ensemble)

director, Turbine, return season Malthouse Theatre & regional tour Victoria

 

2016

Director in Residence, Malthouse Theatre
return season, The Tribe, Belvoir & Urban Theatre Projects

director - Lake Disappointment, Carriageworks, Sydney. (Nominated for 5 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director, Best new Work/Winner Best Lighting Design)
director - Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Suitcase Series, Education Program, Malthouse

 

2015

Assistant director, Death and the Maiden, MTC, dir. Leticia Caceres
Director & co-adaptor of The Tribe, with Mohammed Michael Ahmad from his novella. First presented as part Bankstown Live by Urban Theatre Projects/Sydney Festival

 

2014

dramaturg, Mantle, My Darling Patricia, Campbelltown Arts Centre
assistant director to John Bell, A Winter's Tale, Bell Shakespeare, SOH
dramaturg, The Piper, My Darling Patricia, Sydney Festival, (Winner Best Production for Children,2014 Sydney Theatre Awards)
participant Melbourne Theatre Company's Inaugural Women Directors' Program

 

2013

director, Milawa Monologues by Margaret Hickey,The Old Chaff Barn, Milawa
concept and artistic direction, Quay to the City, atyp (in partnership with Sydney Living Museums, SHFA and The Big Dig) a theatrical walking tour through The Rocks featuring 30 young performers.
curator, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, Malthouse Theatre

 

2012

dramaturgy, Miss Julie, dir. Cristabel Sved, Darlinghurst Theatre

 

2010

director, Alaska by DC Moore, atyp Under the Wharf independent program
Mentor for annual writers program, Fresh Ink, Australian Theatre for Young People. Return Season - A Woman in Berlin, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

 

2009

director & co-adaptor, A Woman in Berlin, with Meredith Penman, TRS at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney

 

2008

assistant director to Chris Kohn Antigone, Belvoir, Sydney 2006

1999-2006 - Regular script assessment for Playwriting Australia
Recipient of the Goethe Institut & Playwriting Australia's Dramaturgy Scholarship
3 week attachment at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, focusing on rehearsal for The Prince from Homburg directed by MGT Artistic Director Armin Petras.
1 month language scholarship – Goethe Institute in Berlin
3 week observation Karl Marx: Band Eins with German theatre group Rimini Protokoll, in lead up to premiere of their production, Dusseldorf
attended a dramaturgy conference hosted by Nordscen in Vilnius

 

2005

Created “Room 806” for X-Wohnungen Suburbs 2005, HAU (Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater). An audio installation as part of a walking tour project in the suburbs of Berlin.
Full-time position: Business English language teacher: Linguarama SprachenInstitut, Berlin

 

2003

director, The Country by Martin Crimp (Australian Premiere) B Sharp, Belvoir

Awarded bi-annual VCA Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship

  • Sept/Oct 2003: El Rey de Algeciras, Centre Teatro de Andaluz, Seville. Observed rehearsals for a new play dealing with illegal immigration and police brutality on the coast of Spain. dir:

    Julio Fraga

  • Oct 2003 & April 2004 : Observed rehearsals for Eraritjaritjaka, Musee des Phrases, by Heiner

    Goebbels based on the writings of Elias Canetti. Premiere: Theatre-Vidy, Lausanne. Interview

    with Heiner Goebbels for RealTimeArts, October 2004

  • Nov & Dec 2003: participated in day to day activities of The Company Theatre, Mumbai, a

    small not-for-profit theatre touring company in Mumbai.

 

2002

director, Moved Reading, Seeking Djiran by Linda Jaivin, Playbox Theatre director, Psychopathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley, Red Stitch Theatre

2001

Moved Reading, Her Mother and Bartok, Meredith Oakes, Royal Court International Residency, London
Crave by Sarah Kane, B Sharp program, Belvoir

2000

Crave by Sarah Kane (Australian Premiere), The Storeroom, Melbourne Fringe
Dead Girls Are Fantastic by Lally Katz, co-director Elena Vereker, Next Wave Festival Melbourne

PAST PROJECTS

 

2019

  • World Premiere, Ned, composer Luke Styles, libretto Peter Goldsworthy, presented by Lost and Found Opera and Perth Festival

  • World premiere, Australian Realness by Zoey Dawson, Malthouse Theatre

 

2018

  • Good Muslim Boy, adapted by Janice Muller and Osamah Sami from his memoir, Malthouse Theatre & Queensland Theatre, (Green Room Award nomination for Rodney Afif - Outstanding performance in featured role.)

  • ‘Nibble, Nibble Little Mouse…’  - an immersive theatrical experience for primary school aged children, inspired by Hansel and Gretel, ArtsHub Newstead (Supported by Regional Arts Victoria)

 

2017

  • World premiere, Biographica, composer Mary Finsterer, libretto Tom Wright, Sydney Chamber Opera/ Sydney Festival, Carriageworks.

  • The Tribe, Castlemaine State Festival & The Substation, Melbourne

  • Australian premiere of Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, Malthouse Theatre (Green Room Award Nomination: Best Ensemble)

  • Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Suitcase Series, Malthouse Theatre & regional Victoria.

2016

  • Director in Residence, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

  • The Tribe, return season, Belvoir.  (Winner FBI Smac Award for Best on Stage)

  • Lake Disappointment, by Lachlan Philpott & Luke Mullins. Carriageworks, Sydney. (Nominated for 5 Sydney Theatre Awards: Best director mainstage work, Best male actor in leading role, Best new Australian work, Best Sound Design, Best lighting design (won). Nominated: FBI Smac Awards Best on Stage

  • Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Suitcase Series, Malthouse Theatre Education program.

 

2015

  • assistant director, Death and the Maiden, MTC, dir. Leticia Caceres

  • Director & co-adaptor with Mohammed Michael Ahmad of his novella The Tribe, for Bankstown Live, Sydney Festival. Produced by Urban Theatre Projects

 

2014

  • dramaturg, Mantle, My Darling Patricia, Campbelltown Arts Centre

  • assistant director, dir. John Bell, A Winter's Tale, Bell Shakespeare, Drama Theatre, SOH

  • dramaturg, The Piper, My Darling Patricia, Sydney Festival, (Winner: Best Production for Children, 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards)

  • Participated in the inaugural Melbourne Theatre Company's Women Directors Program

 

2013

  • Milawa Monologues, by Margaret Hickey, The Old Chaff Barn, Milawa, Victoria

  • Concept and direction, Quay to the City, a theatrical walking tour through The Rocks with 30 young performers for Australian Theatre for Young People, in partnership with Sydney Living Museums, SHFA and The Big Dig.

  • Curator, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, Malthouse Theatre.

 

2012

  • dramaturgy, Miss Julie, by Strindberg, dir. Cristabel Sved, Darlinghurst Theatre

 

2010     

  • Alaska by DC Moore, atyp’s Under the Wharf independent program

  • Mentor, 12 mth program, Fresh Ink, Australian Theatre for Young People.

  •  A Woman in Berlin, remount, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne as part of the Goethe Institute festival

 

2009      

  • A Woman in Berlin, directed & co-adapted with Meredith Penman, Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney​

 

2008     

  • Assistant Director, Antigone, dir. Chris Kohn, Company B Belvoir, Sydney​

 

2006

  • 1999 – 2006 – regular script assessor for Playwriting Australia

  • Recipient of the Goethe Institute & Playwriting Australia's Dramaturgy Scholarship

Study Plan included a 3 week attachment at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, focusing on rehearsal for The Prince from Homburg directed by MGT Artistic Director Armin Petras; one month language intensive Goethe Institute in Berlin; 3 weeks with German theatre group Rimini Protokoll, in lead up to premiere of their production Karl Marx: Band Eins in Düsseldorf; attendance at a dramaturgy conference hosted by Nordscen in Vilnius.

2005

  • Created Room 806 for  X-Wohnungen Suburbs 2005, HAU (Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater) a project of Matthias Lilienthal. 

 

2003      

  • Australian premiere, The Country by Martin Crimp B Sharp, Belvoir, Sydney​

  • Awarded bi-annual VCA Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship

Sept/Oct 2003: Observation, El Rey de Algeciras dir. Julio Fraga,  Centre Teatro de Andaluz,

Oct 2003 & April 2004 : Observation, dir. Heiner Goebbels, Eraritjaritjaka, Musee des Phrases, Premiere: Theatre-Vidy, Lausanne. (Interview with Heiner Goebbels for RealTimeArts, October 2004)

Nov & Dec 2003: participated in day to day activities of The Company Theatre, Mumbai, a small not-for-profit theatre touring company in Mumbai.

 

2002      

  • Moved Reading, Seeking Djiran by Linda Jaivin, Playbox, Melbourne

  • Psychopathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne​

 

2001      

  • Participant, 4 week Royal Court International Residency London (Supported by AusCo)

  • Crave by Sarah Kane, B Sharp, Belvoir

 

2000      

  • Australian Premiere, Crave by Sarah Kane, The Storeroom, Melbourne Fringe Festival

  • Dead Girls Are Fantastic by Lally Katz, co-director Elena Vereker, Next Wave Festival

 

1999      

  • Horsegirl and Her Young Gentleman Friend by Lally Katz, Moved Reading, St Martin’s Young Playwrights Competition (Winner)      

  • Australian Premiere, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, Saltpillar Theatre Co

  • assistant director, dir. Simon Phillips,  The Misanthrope, trans. Martin Crimp, MTC

 

1998 

  • Graduate Diploma Theatre Directing (High Distinction),  Victorian College of the Arts. During this year, I directed/performed in Between teh Mask and the Naked Face, a Howard Barker/Irene Fornes project; directed Distant Lights from Dark Places by Andrew Bovell; assistant to dir. Robert Meldrum The Cherry Orchard; Created a performance piece in response to war atrocities in Bosnia.

 

1997      

  • director, The Mandragola by Machiavelli, Doubletake Theatre, PACT, Sydney

 

​1996     

  • Co-founder of physical theatre company TILT. Performed & devised new works: Loving the Alien, The Stables, Sydney and Moving Stills, Melbourne Fringe Festival