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Theatre Companies Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Theatre Companies panel wholly or predominantly uses text-based material as its language of communication, and if it is presented by a formally constituted theatre or performance company producing a minimum of three seasons per year and governed by a Board of Directors or Committee of Management.
MEG UPTON is a theatre researcher, drama educator and theatre education consultant. She has consulted extensively with both major and independent theatre companies, working with creative teams to develop resources and programs for young people studying theatre. She was Education Manager with Playbox/Malthouse Theatre for eight years, and is proud to have developed and curated a dynamic young and emerging artists’ theatre festival, 3DFest. More recently Meg was a lead researcher on a major national project, TheatreSpace, which examined young audiences and theatre going. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne with a focus on the pedagogies of live performance analysis.
Melanie Beddie is a graduate of Sydney University and VCA. She was co-founder of the $5 Theatre Co. and is artistic director of theatre company The BRANCH.  She works as an actor, dramaturg and director. Since 1990 she has been creating text-based theatre for both large and small scale companies. In 2002 she co-founded the Dramaturgies forum, and is currently a Lecturer in Acting at VCA School of Theatre.

Mattea graduated with a Bachelor of Production from the University of Melbourne (VCA), where in 2011 she was granted the Belura John Tallis Award for excellence in design and production. Since then she has been working as a freelance set and costume designer, and in 2012 returned to the VCA as part of their industry graduate mentoring program. Mattea has worked as a props maker and scenic artist for companies and events such a the Moomba parade (2011-2013) and Creature Technology Company. She has designed shows featured in both the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and most recently Melbourne's inaugural White Night Festival. Recent design credits include The Seance for the 2013 La Boite Indie season, Waa and the Seven Sisters for Melbourne Museum, The Woods at La Mama, and Uncle Vanya at 45 Downstairs.
Shane Grant graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994, specializing in lighting design for theatre dance and music.  Since then he has designed for some of Victoria’s most innovative companies including: Keene Taylor theatre project, Not Yet it’s Difficult, Melbourne Chorale, Ranters Theatre, Playbox Theatre and Yumi Umiumare.  Shane was nominated for a green room award in 2011 for his lighting design for Inotrope’s version of “The Tempest” at Theatreworks.    Shane was the technical manager for Gasworks theatre between 1996 and 2000.  He toured internationally with Strange Fruit 1999 - 2005 as Lighting Designer/production manager/safety officer.  Shane is currently a company director of Metanoia Theatre and the technical manager of the mechanics institute theatre in Brunswick.
Rob has worked in theatre for 40 years, as an actor , director and teacher. As an actor he was a member of the APG collective at the Pram Factory, Carlton, and went on to work as a freelance actor with all the major theatre companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Playbox, the South Australia Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare, where he was an ensemble member for three years. His work has encompassed everything from Moliere’s The Misanthrope for STC to Ibsen’s Miss Julie for MTC with lots of Shakespeare in between. He has been thrice nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Actor and was part of the cast that won Best Ensemble in 1998 for Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues. Rob’s teaching practice has developed from his training as a voice teacher with Rowena Balos, and subsequent laboratory work with Rex Cramphorn, Jenny Kemp, Renato Cuocolo, Robert Draffin and Lindy Davies, as well as 8 years as a lecturer in acting in the Drama School at The Victorian College of the Arts. He has also directed at both a collegiate and professional level, as well as devising his own work. Aside from this he narrates audio books for Bolinda.
Laurence Strangio is an independent director, dramaturg, theatre-maker and educator. His practice includes text-based and devised work produced locally, interstate and overseas and with companies including ASTRA, La Mama, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Playbox, Red Stitch and Castlemaine State Festival. He is currently completing a Masters in Direction (by research) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Laurence has been a member of the Green Room Association since 2003, serving on the Independent Theatre, Theatre: Companies and Alternative and Hybrid Performance panels. He received an Award for Outstanding Direction for his 2000 production of Portrait of [Dora].
Tim is an award winning Melbourne-based writer, director and actor. He directed and performed These are the isolate at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe festival, receiving the inaugural Theatre Works Award leading to a subsequent remount there in 2011. He was a performer in the Five Pound repertory season in November-December 2013. He debuted with the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011 as Leslie Barrymore Lockett in Australia! The Show! following up in 2012 as fast-talking newshound Ed Schwartz in MTC’s production of His Girl Friday. He was an associate director with Melbourne independent company Mutation Theatre, 2010 – 2011. Tim’s other written works of note include Prelude to a Cottage, The History Operation, Only The Suffering World, Radio and God and Water. He received a Young Playwright’s Award from QTC in 1999.