I am based in regional Victoria and work as a director, dramaturg, writer and curator.  I am also currently on the board of Arena Theatre Company.

 

In recent years I have directed new work for Malthouse, Belvoir, Queensland Theatre, Carriageworks, Urban Theatre Projects, Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Chamber Opera and the Sydney and Perth Festivals.

 

In 2016 I was nominated for Best Director (for Lake Disappointment) at the Sydney Theatre Awards and in the same year was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.

I am a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of New South Wales and AFTRS radio broadcasting course and the recipient of several scholarships and awards including the 2016 Playwriting Australia/Goethe Insitute's Dramaturgy Fellowship and the VCA's Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch's Travelling grant. 

Contact: mullerjanice@gmail.com

Photo: Pia Johnson

PREVIOUS PROJECTS
 
2019

Ned, composer Luke Styles, libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, Perth Festival

World Premiere, Australian Realness by Zoey Dawson, Malthouse Theatre

2018

director & co-adaptor, Good Muslim Boy, by Osamah Sami, from his award-winning memoir 

Malthouse Theatre & Queensland Theatre 

project curator, Nibble, Nibble - an immersive theatrical experience based on Hansel & Gretel for children, ArtsHub Newstead (supported by Regional Arts Victoria)

2017

director, Biographica, a new opera by 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 of 

Bankstown Live,  curator: Rosie Dennis, (Sydney Festival) produced by Urban Theatre Projects.

 

2014

dramaturg, Mantle, My Darling Patricia, Campbelltown Arts Centre

assistant director,  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)

Melbourne Theatre Company's  Inaugural Women Directors' Program

 

2013

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

concept and artistic direction, Quay to the City, atyp i(n 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. (Worked with Zoe Hogan on Small Life.)

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, dir Chris Kohn Antigone, Belvoir, Sydney​

 

2006

- 1999-2006 - Regular script assessment for Playwriting Australia

- Recipient of the Goethe Institut & Playwriting Australia's Dramaturgy Scholarship

  • 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 Einsweeks 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”,  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, Sydney​

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, Melbourne

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

2001      

Moved Reading, Her Mother and Bartok, Meredith Oakes, Royal Court International Residency, London

Crave by Sarah Kane, B Sharp program, Belvoir Street, Sydney​

 

2000      

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

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

 

1999      

Horsegirl and Her Young Gentleman Friend by Lally Katz, Moved Reading, St Martins'Theatre Young Playwrights Competition (Winner)      

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels (Australian Premiere), Saltpillar Theatre Company

Assistant Director, The Misanthrope, trans. Martin Crimp, dir. Simon Phillips, MelbourneTheatre Company​

 

1998 

Graduate Diploma Theatre Directing, Victorian College of the Arts  

Co-director & performer Between the Mask and the Naked Face - combining Wounds to the Faceby Howard Barker & Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene-Fornes,

directed Distant Lights from Dark Places by Andrew Bovell

Assistant Director, The Cherry Orchard dir. Robert Meldrum.

Created & Performed one person performance installation : I am not an East German​

 

1997      

The Mandragola by Machiavelli, Doubletake Theatre, PACT, Sydney

 

​1996     

Co-founder of physical theatre company TILT.

Performed and devised new works: Loving the Alien, The Stables, Sydney  

Moving Stills – a collection of theatrical snapshots!, Melbourne Fringe Festival