Contemporary & Experimental Performance


Sarah Austin - Panel Co-Chair


Sarah is a freelance theatre maker and dramaturg with a specific interest in creating work work with and for children and young people. She is currently completing her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Sarah Kriegler - Panel Co-Chair


SARAH KRIEGLER is a director, puppeteer, writer, and co-Artistic Director of Lemony S Puppet Theatre. Most recently, she wrote and directed Lemony S’ new work Picasso and His Dog which will tour nationally and internationally during 2019 and was dramaturg/puppetry director on The Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Junk and assistant director/puppetry director on MTC’s Vivid White. She has created works with many other companies including The Malthouse, Chamber Made Opera (CMO), Polyglot, Terrapin, Aphids, Arena and Theatreworks. She was an Artistic Associate at CMO for 7 years, where she directed Captives of the City, commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, receiving two Green Room Awards. Television/film credits; Farscape; Horace and Tina; Downtown; Squeak and Boo; Where the Wild Things Are. Awards; Best Performance for Children (Helpman); Churchill Fellowship; Best Design/Realisation & Best Puppet Work (Green Room); Best Children’s Performance & Gasworks Award (Melbourne Fringe)

Bek Berger


BEK BERGER is a curator and creative producer from Melbourne, Australia. Over the past two years she has been charged with researching, participating and producing alternative festival models across the globe. Her roles have included Associate Producer of American Realness, New York; Live Programming Intern at MoMA PS1, New York; Special Events Producer at Darwin Festival, NT; Associate Producer at Forest Fringe, UK; and Assistant Producer at Fierce Festival, Birmingham, UK. Previous to this overseas dalliance Bek was the Project-­Producer­-In­-Residence at Arts House from 2014 to 2015 in which she researched and produced different performative strategies to inspire conversation. Outcomes included curating the season 1, 2015 Supper Clubs, co­organising La Discorso with Dagmara Gieysztor and establishing the first Independent Convergence with Kieran Swann and Dan Koop. She has produced over 20 independent productions including works from Sisters Grimm, The Hayloft Project, No Show and I’m Trying to Kiss You in additional to holding positions with organisations such as Aphids, Dance Massive and La Mama Theatre.

Jo Dunbar


JO DUNBAR is an accomplished dance theatre artist who was born profoundly deaf. Discovering dance with Kat Worth’s Company Chaos in Australia, Jo returned to the UK where she was awarded a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban. Here, she went on to obtain a Masters with distinction in European Dance Theatre Practice, where she was awarded a commendation from City University London for accomplished work. Since 2004 she has performed and trained with several independent dance artists and companies across UK and Europe. Arriving back in Australia in 2009, she has performed with Restless Dance Theatre, Strange Fruit and Gaelle Mellis. She is co-founder of The Delta Project at Arts Access Victoria; Australia’s first company of Deaf and hearing performers. Based in Melbourne as an independent artist, director and advocate, she is passionate about all things diverse and experimental.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey


MADELEINE FLYNN and TIM HUMPHREY are acclaimed Australian artists who create unexpected situations for listening. They have a long term collaborative practice. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about listening in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions. Their practice intertwines local, national and international relationships. Awards include Green Room Awards for Excellence in Hybrid Arts, the Australian National AMC-APRA Award for Excellence in Experimental Music, and the Melbourne International Festival Award. In March 2017, Madeleine was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Artforms. Their work is documented at http://madeleineandtim.net

Kim Kaos


KIM KAOS has dedicated herself to the creation and advancement of contemporary circus for 40 years. She combines her professional work (as a Director, performer, trainer and critic) in the circus arts with sector advocacy. Kim was founder and editor of 'OzJuggle Magazine' (Australia’s first journal for contemporary circus) from 1988-98. A founding member of ACAPTA (Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association) Kim also served ACAPTA as Chair, Communications Officer and General Manager during her ten year term. Currently Kim works to strengthen critical writing on circus. As a freelance cultural journalist she was selected for ‘Unpack the Arts’ in Stockholm and works at the University of Melbourne (School of Culture & Communication). Her work with Indigenous and refugee communities aims to bring a greater breadth of voices & stories into the arts. As a founding member of ‘The Fair Ground Project’ - she promotes professional outcomes for circus performers with disabilities and creates integrated performance and training projects. Kim is Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiian).

Dan Koop


DAN KOOP is a Producer, Facilitator and Artist working with local communities and public spaces to create work that engages audiences to become participants. Dan is the Creative Program Producer at Melbourne Fringe. As an Artist, Dan has created collaborative works in Hotel Obscura (2016 FOLA), Going Nowhere (2014 Arts House) and the Greenroom Award winning The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge (2012 Next Wave).

Erin Milne


ERIN MILNE has extensive experience as a producer of live and interdisciplinary performance, both independently and in organisations. In 2013 she established Bureau of Works, drawing on 20 years of experience in the arts and cultural industry. She has worked across a range of artforms including festivals, radio, new media, visual art, music, and writing; and with organisations on strategic planning, business development and project management. Recently, she worked with City of Melbourne to establish Yirramboi, a new First Nations Arts Festival, as well as a range of participatory arts projects for the city. In addition to current artists and projects, she has also worked with: ABC RN, Aphids Inc, Arts House, Arts West, Born in a Taxi, Bunk Puppets, Chamber Made Opera, Dance Massive, Deakin University, Festival of Live Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Human Rooms, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Lucy Guerin Inc, Mira Calix (UK), Moreland City Council, Nat Cursio, PAC Australia, Performing Lines, Real TV, Regional Arts Victoria, Ridiculusmus (UK), Too Close to the Sun (Canada) and The Substation. Prior to establishing Bureau of Works, she was Executive Producer of Arena Theatre Company from 2005 – 2013. Erin is currently a Sessional Academic Lecturer at Deakin University, Board Member of Chamber Made Opera, and participant of the current cohort of the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program.

Annette Vieusseux


ANNETTE VIEUSSEUX is the Executive Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc. where she has overseen three international co-commissions, as well as multiple tours to countries including Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Scotland and the United States. Annette is committed to supporting innovative and challenging artistic practices, political advocacy for the Arts, and skills and resource sharing endeavours. She is currently on the Board of Theatre Network Australia and is an active member of international arts networks such as IETM and ISPA. Annette’s career in arts management and cultural leadership began in 2005 when she was Festival Director of Sydney Mardi Gras. Since then she has undertaken communication or producing roles for companies including Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, Next Wave Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Theatre London.