Photo: Pia Johnson
Over the past 20 years I've worked as a director, writer, dramaturg and curator for companies big and small around Australia including Malthouse, Belvoir, Queensland Theatre, Carriageworks, Urban Theatre Projects, Australian Theatre for Young People and Redstitch. Recently, I directed two new Australian operas - Biographica composed by Mary Finsterer for Sydney Chamber Opera/Sydney Festival and Ned composed by Luke Styles for Lost & Found/Perth Festival.
In 2016 I was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne where I have directed four productions for the company. Since 2018 I have been on the board of Arena, a multi award-winning children's theatre company based in Bendigo.
I have been fortunate to receive several scholarships and awards including the 2006 Playwriting Australia /Goethe Insitut's Dramaturgy Fellowship and the VCA's Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch's Travelling grant. In 2001 I received anAustralia Council stipend to participate in the Royal Court's International Residency program. I am a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of New South Wales and AFTRS radio broadcasting course and have previously worked as a radio journalist, broadcaster, publicist and nurse.
FULL LIST OF PROJECTS
Ned, composer Luke Styles, libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, Perth Festival
World Premiere, Australian Realness by Zoey Dawson, Malthouse Theatre
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
dramaturgy, Miss Julie, dir. Cristabel Sved, Darlinghurst Theatre
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
director & co-adaptor, A Woman in Berlin, with Meredith Penman, TRS at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney
assistant director, dir Chris Kohn Antigone, Belvoir, Sydney
- 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 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
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
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.
director, Moved Reading, Seeking Djiran by Linda Jaivin, Playbox, Melbourne
director, Psychopathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley, Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne
Moved Reading, Her Mother and Bartok, Meredith Oakes, Royal Court International Residency, London
Crave by Sarah Kane, B Sharp program, Belvoir Street, Sydney
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
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
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
The Mandragola by Machiavelli, Doubletake Theatre, PACT, Sydney
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