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Celcius: support material for independent artists

Adam Kronenberg won a National Young Playwrights award in 1994 and graduated with honours from the University of Wollongong in 1995. He has worked as a puppeteer for Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Hobart) the ABC and Yoram Gross/Flying Bark as well as STC productions of The Fall of Singapore and Moby Dick created by Nigel Triffitt. Later he worked with Spitting Image in the UK, and in the USA on PBS syndicated programs.

Adam won the Marten Bequest travelling scholarship to train with choreographer Domenic Dupuy and Moscow Art Theatre director Anatoli Vasiliev. As a drama teacher, Adam has worked for the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) and the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and HotHouse. As a musician and performer, he toured with Acrobat throughout Western Europe and Australia between 1996 and 1999 winning the Golden Herald award at the Edinburgh fringe in 1997. After working with Outback Theatre for Young People in Deniliquin, he became Head of Training at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. He worked on the film Wolverine with Hugh Jackman. Adam is currently creating a two-hander combining traditional acting techniques and physical theatre.

Alyce Fisher is an experienced actor, comedian, BINGO caller, educator, MC and theatre maker. Her varied career has seen her perform in the 2006 Commonwealth Games Festival & Closing Ceremony, St Kilda Festival 2013, Westend Live London 2016 and Hidden Cinema Albury 2017 & 2018. She studied Theatre Arts at Swinburne University and in 2007 she graduated and received the Venture Cup a $10,000 small business graduates award and launched her own company Theatre on Toast (TOT).

TOT specialised in touring dynamic and relevant Theatre & Education Productions to Regional Victoria & NSW: Billi’s Backyard a primary school show about environmental awareness and Why to Wear a Dinga, Franga, Rubber a roving performance for University spreading the safe sex message with humour.  Alyce is incredibly passionate about Regional Arts & Cultural Development and is currently Executive Director at Murray Arts in Albury Wodonga.

Alyson Evans has worked around the world as a performer, theatre maker and community artist, with a particular focus on cultural development and social change. In Australia Alyson has made theatre with remote Indigenous communities, young people, adults with disabilities, as well as in Cambodia, Nepal, the United Kingdom and New York. After living and working in Darwin and Sydney, Alyson is currently based in Albury, where she is a freelance theatre facilitator, director and producer. She continues to travel across Australia to deliver theatre programs in remote and regional places, and is the Community Producer for Outback Theatre for Young People and a Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama program. In 2015 Alyson received the Australia Council of the Arts Kirk Robson Award, which recognises outstanding leadership from artists working in community arts and cultural development.

Brendan Hogan the winner of the 2018 Martin Lysicrates Prize for his play, Farewell, Mr Nippy and is a theatre-maker who writes for children and their families. Scaredy-Cat (2015) and How to Beat a Bully (2016) were both performed by youth ensembles in schools around Australia. In 2017, he received a Creative Victoria grant and wrote The Last Boy on Earth, a new work about sustainability and renewable energy. It was performed in June, 2018. In 2017/18 he was one of four playwrights selected for Playwriting Australia and HotHouse’s ‘Outposts‘ program, working with dramaturg, Lachlan Philpott, on a new work for children called Play Number 4.

Creating original and inspiring theatre for regional communities, Brendan collaborated with the Yackandandah Cemetery Trust and Museum in 2016 for From Here To There in 2016 and Living Memory in 2017, a collaboration with the local aged-care facility.

Brendan has presented at several conferences and festivals as a writer and an advocate for arts in the community, including the War Widows Guild of Victoria and the Writers, Readers and Poets (WRAP) festival and has featured in national print, radio and television media, including The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine and Back Roads (ABC TV). He currently teaches recreational drama classes at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Yackandandah

Carm Hogan has worked as a producer in the North East developing original and local stories into children’s theatre and created community theatre experiences, such as the Silo Projection in Rutherglen. Working as a singer, playwright, director, performing arts teacher, documentary maker, theatre producer, casting director and more recently a “fixer” on a film set she has also written and adapted plays and musicals, and lectured in creative writing at RMIT University. She has a passion for telling regional stories and graduated with a theatre in education specialisation.

Clancy Hauser obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University Melbourne; majoring in Sociology and minoring in Drama and Journalism and is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Child Therapy through play. Clancy was a member of the Hothouse Theatre Studio ensemble from 2014-2016, performing in Letters from the Border, Between the Clouds and At the Hip. She has also performed in local productions with community theatre groups. She has worked as a teaching artist in the Hothouse Theatre drama school, working with primary school aged children to devise, write and direct end of year performances. As an emerging theatre writer Clancy participated in Playwriting Australia’s Outposts program in 2017 and attended the ATYP National Studio project 2018.

Felicia Lannan is a graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and National Institute of Circus Arts and regularly returns to Albury Wodonga as a circus trainer. She works with independent circus companies –  Madhouse Circus and AfterDark Theatre and will soon collaborate with Point&Flex Circus to perform Boss Squad for Sidesault at the Melba Spiegeltent and Borderville 2018.

Kerryn Beatty is a Graduate of Swinburne University (Performing Arts) and her work as a performer spans stage, TV and film. She is an actor, an emerging writer, a singer/songwriter, and has recently begun work as a performer in public spaces. Kerryn lives, works, parents and creates in regional Australia. Some of Kerryn’s performance credits include: Stage – Hidden Cinema (Albury City Council), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Burn, Body of Desire (HotHouse Theatre). TV – Raw FM (ABC TV). Film – The BBQ (Revolution Partners P/L), Medics Training DVD (Australian Army). Writer – Finalist in ‘Solo’ Monologue Competition (La Trobe University, Write around the Murray, HotHouse Theatre). As a singer/songwriter Kerryn has performed at the Yackandandah Folk Festival, Marrickville Bowlo, The Galah Bar and many regional venues across Victoria and Southern NSW.

Kyle Walmsley is a performer and theatre maker having worked with companies around Australia including Canberra Youth Theatre, Queensland Arts Council/ArtsLink, Darwin Community Arts, Brown’s Mart Theatre, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin Festival, Polyglot, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and HotHouse Theatre.

Kyle was a clown doctor for the Starlight Children’s Foundation in hospitals around Australia and remote communities across NT, a national finalist in ABC’s Raw Comedy Competition, a state finalist in Green Faces Comedy Competition. He has written for JUTE Theatre’s Enter Stage Write program and been published by Currency Press for the Australian Theatre for Young People anthology of playwriting ‘Bite Me‘.

Kyle trained at the prestigious Ecole Philippe Gualier in France and has written and performed 3 solo shows for Sydney and Darwin Fringe Festivals and an independent season in Albury Wodonga. Kyle is Associate Artist at The Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

Leisa Whyte has written and produced indi-productions of A Different Telling-one act play (2014), Alessandro’s Story -a monologue (2015), And Then he Came Home -a monologue (2016). In 2018 Then He Came Home was presented at one act play reading, directed by Elaine Crombie supported by Murray Arts at HotHouse Theatre.

Leisa was one of four writers selected for Play Writing Australia’s Outposts program (2017-18) to develop a piece of current writing – That Summer.

Luke Icarus Simon is an Honours graduate in Australian Drama from Sydney University where he trained with Sydney University Drama Society (appearing in numerous plays) and with NIDA teachers Nick Enright, Bill Pepper, Dean Carey and Gale Edwards.

His stage work includes credits with Belvoir St, Stables Theatre, Griffin, Marian St Theatre, Inter Play, Seymour Centre, Sidetrack Theatre and the Greek Theatre Workshop. His plays have been staged at Belvoir St and the Stables Theatre. He has worked as an actor, director, and producer for nearly 40 years. His screen credits include the SBS drama The Girl from Steel City, film roles for the AFTRS and the feature Luigi’s Ladies. As a writer, his teleplays include work for SBS and the ABC, most recently writing, directing, producing and starring in My Stamp Collection. He is the author of two academic books and four books of literature most recently, The Gospel of the Fallen New and Selected Poems 1996-2016.

Michaela Schmidt is an emerging artist who has trained in classical voice, drama and physical theatre having completed her VCE and year 12 last year. She has performed with the Murray Conservatorium Vocal Consort as a choral scholar, the Murray Conservatorium Choir, and many solo events including self-organised recitals and the Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod. She has also taught Braille music and basic drama performance skills, as well as directed the Junior Choir at the National Braille Music Camp in Mittagong. For 1.5 years, she has trained with The Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Physical Theatre. She has completed workshops at Melbourne University in music performance (classical voice), and in live cinema with re:group collective.

Nadia Dosenko-West directs musicals, school productions and community theatre. Improvisation, Absurdism, Brecht and multi-disciplinary theatre form the foundation of her repertoire. Nadia is excited by the work of Simon McBurney of Complicite Theatre, and is inspired by his “collective imagination” in devised performance. Having trained in visual arts, Nadia creates strong physical imagery through a theatrical narrative. She is a founding director @ BNGLearning in Albury, a company whose aspirations are to create projects that inspire, feed community wellbeing and boost our local creative economy.

Rachel McNamara trained at Theatre Nepean and has performed for television, stage and film. She was nurse Frances Regan in Channel 7’s All Saints, a member of the highly physical bi-lingual musical theatre ensemble LATT theatre in Seoul for three years, and has performed in schools with TIE company Brainstorm productions. As a theatre maker and educator living and working in regional NSW, Rachel has worked in a range of applied theatre settings with the Starlight Foundation, local councils, museums and art galleries and a range of educational institutions, directing and producing numerous productions in schools including musicals, site specific works, works devised by students and works by established playwrights from a range of genres. Rachel is currently a regional teaching artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama™ program. In 2017/18 Rachel was one of four writers selected as a participant in the PWA Outposts playwriting program, with her work Two Sides of Me being selected for dramaturgy and development.

Rachel facilitates an accessible arts program called Speedforce Sessions with occupation therapist Drue Mortlock. Rachel is passionate about creating opportunities for professional theatre makers living regionally to showcase meaningful work in their local communities.

Terry Lockwood was educated in Science and Mathematics, but moving to small town opened him to the world of arts. He started producing plays for local amateur theatre then began a professional musical career including recording two C.D.s. He helped run open mike nights, and then became Artistic Director at the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn. Terry played a vital role in helping direct a major renovation to the Bright Courthouse Theatre, plus the upgrade its technical facilities. He produced various music shows plus directed three plays at this and other venues. Currently Terry is script editing a new play slated for 2019, helping to produce TV commercials promoting local tourism and plans to take up sculptural welding.

Emily Weavers is an accomplished pianist and guitarist, who incorporates the use of technology to produce music. She has worked as a session musician for local rock project Insert Memory and performs with local band Oldplay. She has supported and performed in projects for SWAG (Social Wodonga Albury Gays), a group dedicated to building confidence and providing support within the LGBTQI community. Emily has played roles in films produced by local company, Borderline and Redrat Productions with ’14 everyday meditations with Eric Satie’ to be released in 2019.

Coralie Schell has been performing and working in the music industry for 27 years, fronting live bands, recording albums and teaching music to school aged students. She founded the Wollongong band ‘Trashed out Cats’ who independently released 2 CD’s and supported bands such as the Hoodoo Gurus. Coralie founded Albury local band ‘Francis Pickles’ writing and recording original songs and performing at an array of local venues, and supported local community events such as World Aids Day and SWAG (Social Wodonga Albury Gay’s) awareness events. Coralie and Emily formed ‘The Reggies’ to embrace the use of music and spoken word to tell important social stories.

Mitch Hibbens is a Wiradjuri man and works at Charles Sturt University as Student Liason. He is one of the forces behind Dragioke a celebration bringing together the Aboriginal and LGBTQI communities in the Albury Wodonga region. He believes that change is all about ruffling feathers and that the event was an opportunity to raise visibility of the Aboriginal LGBTQI mob, and to have a positive impact for those living here on the border.

Bobby Whybrow is a Wiradjuri man and cultural leader in the Albury Wodonga region. He has worked in the health and community sector for a number of years and has now also gone back to study at Deakin University. As Co-ordinator for the Black Border Theatre Program at HotHouse Theatre from 2013 to 2016, Bobby was a valuable mentor for young and emerging Aboriginal performers. For NAIDOC 2018, Bobby masterminded a new inclusive event – Drag shows plus Karaoke – Dragioke. The show sold out within days (6 weeks out from the show) which indicates the community’s interest and hunger for community led events that celebrate the inclusiveness and values of Aboriginal people and LGBTQI people.

Anni Gifford has taught drama at James Fallon High School for the last 12 years. She has written and directed countless whole-school productions, plays, festival and competition pieces – both at the school and in the wider community. She runs the Weeping Candle Cup, an interschool theatresports competition and coordinates the Riverina Drama Camp, a theatre camp for rural and remote students from across the region. She was a Teaching Artist for HotHouse’s Drama School. As Community Director for Hothouse she has worked with Black Border Theatre (Hacting 2016), Hotel Bonegilla (2017) and The River at the End of the Road (2018).

Gretchen Habermann completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance Acting) at the University of Wollongong. After some years of performing she developed a passion for teaching and completed a second degree to qualify as a K-12 teacher. She was the Creative Learning Coordinator at HotHouse Theatre before becoming a Drama Teacher at Albury High School in mid 2017. She now teaches Secondary 1 & 2, HSC/VCE classes plus the Generate Theatre Festival students.

Marisa Quigley is an award-winning Australian blues/roots singer and songwriter, solo artist, and cabaret performer. Since 2008 Marisa has performed her original tunes in solo, duo, trio and band line-ups at festivals across the country from Uranquinty to Port Fairy, from Blues on Broadbeach to Adelaide River Music Muster, and from Katherine Country Music Muster to Yackandandah Folk Festival. She performs with – Marisa Quigley & Her Sunday Best, Chubby Rae & The Elevators, The Blue Yonder and in 2015 as Begley, Butler & Quigley on the BBQ To Broken Hill tour. Since 2016 she has toured her original cabaret show Red Dress & the Sugar Man from Melbourne to the Adelaide Fringe with numerous regional venues in between.

Brian Le Marquand completed creative writing courses at Box Hill TAFE and the Council of Adult Education and studied film production and screen writing at Open Channel. He has had numerous short stories published in a number of magazines. With an interest in community radio he spent a couple of years with a weekly story reading segment on 98.1 FM in Croydon, and 91.4 FM in Box Hill in Melbourne. For ten years as president of the Eastern Writers Group (founded in 1938), he published anthologies and ran the Biggest Little Short Story competition. As Artistic Director of the Slippery When Wet competition he worked with Australian Roadside Services, on the competition and magazine for 6 years, producing a box collection of books and the CD.

In 2014, Brian won the Solo Monologue competition run by Hothouse Theatre, Write Around the Murray, and Latrobe University. In 2017/18 Brian was one of four emerging playwrights selected for the Outposts program run by Playwriting Australia. He is currently researching and writing the history of GIGS Art Gallery and Studios in Wodonga.

Wiggy Brennan has worked as a costume designer/maker for more than 30 years in the North East. For the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, she designed costumes for a myriad of shows starting way back with Totally Wicked! and more recently for Stunt Lounge. She was the set and costume designer for the outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a co-production between the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and HotHouse theatre in 2001. Wiggy was a member of the HotHouse Artistic Directorate for six years which involved her in all aspects of theatre. She was also costume designer for HotHouse for Embers and At the Hip in 2016.

Rob Scott has worked in film production, music and sound recording, photography, theatre, circus, graphic arts and education as well as building design and construction for over 35 years. He was Operations Manager at HotHouse Theatre for 20 years, adapting and designing sets and lighting plans for many productions, locally and nationally, in humble country halls and mainstage theatres. He was also a long time mentor to HotHouse’s Technical Training Program. This broad spectrum of experience and technical knowledge gives him a unique perspective on design and production for theatre and his hands-on approach has been applauded by Directors and Producers across Australia and internationally. Highlights at HotHouse are set and lighting designs for Parallax Island, Confidentially Yours, and The Messiah and lighting designs for Second Childhood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Such A Storm plus lighting designs for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Stagefright and Limelight, A4 Circus Ensemble’s Downpour and Casus’ Knee Deep. Not really retired, Rob continues to production manage many touring productions for the internationally acclaimed circus company Casus.

Spenser Inwood followed her passion for circus as a student at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus where she gained ten years of experience both domestically and globally. She performed in and assistant directed the Fruit Fly’s contribution to the closing ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. In 2013 Spenser had her solo directing debut with the Women’s Circus show What Do I Want? Later that year she joined the Circus Oz ensemble on their Goes Bush tour of Arnhem Land. Since then Spenser has performed in numerous shows for Circus Oz and other companies. In 2018 her new show Casting Off will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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