Independent Theatre Panel
Eugyeene Teh - Panel Co-Chair
EUGYEENE TEH Eugyeene is a theatre maker, lecturer, architect and designer across theatre, dance and opera. Recent design credits include Endgame, Straight White Men, Hungry Ghosts, Abigail’s Party and Working with Children (Melbourne Theatre Company); Blaque Showgirls, Meme Girls, and A Social Service (Malthouse Theatre). As a co-artistic director of Little Ones Theatre, his many designs include The Happy Prince trilogy, Merciless Gods (with Griffin Theatre Company); Dracula, Dangerous Liaisons (with MTC NEON); Salome (with Malthouse Helium); Psycho Beach Party and The House of Yes. As resident designer for MKA, his designs include The Trouble with Harry, The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ (Griffin Theatre Company); Triangle and sex.violence.blood.gore. Other recent credits include Melbourne Festival’s Lady Eats Apple (Back to Back); Book of Exodus PartII (Fraught Outfit); Exil and The Howling Girls (Sydney Chamber Opera); In Between Two for Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, The Moors (Red Stitch); and Coloured Aliens (La Mama). Eugyeene is a member of the New Working Group, and was on the artistic panel for Poppyseed Festival. He is a recipient of a Green Room Award with seven previous nominations, and is also a recipient of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.
Chris Wenn - Panel Co-Chair
CHRIS WENN is a sound designer for theatre and contemporary performance. His sound design and compositions have featured in work by Liminal Theatre and Performance, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, rollercoaster, and many others. He completed a PhD at Monash University in 2017, and performs with legendary noise-punk band Primitive Calculators.
TOM BROWNE is a theatre-maker, performer and producer, with a focus on new devised works. With his independent company Grit Theatre he has presented work in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, receiving a number of awards including two Green Room Awards. Tom has spent recent years working in festivals and arts event management in Australia and the UK, and is currently an associate producer for Melbourne Fringe, working to nurture and facilitate the work of hundreds of local, interstate and international independent artists.
RA CHAPMAN is an actor, theatre maker and writer. She won Best Actress at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival (USA) for her role as Therese in David Williamson's film adaptation of Face to Face, and was nominated for an IF Award for Best Actress for the same performance. Ra has filmed 5 seasons of the award winning Wentworth, as prisoner Kim Chang. Most recently performing on stage in Joan with The Rabble Theatre Company in China, Brisbane and Adelaide. Awarded the 2018 Wheeler Centre Playwright Hot Desk fellow and selected for the 2018 Cinescape/Film Victoria StoryLab. Ra is an alumni of the 2017 Besen Writers Group at Malthouse Theatre, a dramaturgical intern for Cybec Electric at MTC and attended the CAAP/STC Directing Workshop in 2016. Ra was selected for the 2 year CAAP/MTC Director's Initiative in 2019 and is currently a 'Living Now' Resident at Malthouse Theatre. Ra is a leadership member of the Equity Diversity Committee (MEAA).
CARLA DONNELLY is a performing arts critic, podcaster and writer; her writing about Melbourne theatre has been published in Milkbar Magazine, The Thousands and Broadsheet. She is the creator and co-host of podcasts Across the Aisle and Club Soderbergh, Across the Aisle winning the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards in the Arts and Entertainment category.
EMMA HALL is a multi award-winning performer, writer and theatre-maker from New Zealand, then Adelaide, then Canberra, and now Melbourne. Emma trained as a professional actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting). Since then Emma has written and/or performed in dozens of productions across Australia and New Zealand and, most recently, in her three full length solo works: We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark, and World Problems (2018), self directed. WMHTC, about social media and free speech, recently represented Australia at the 2018 triennial Women's International Playwriting Festival in Santiago, Chile. Ode to Man, about romantic ambition and Australian masculinity, enjoyed successful seasons in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane over 2017 and 2018. World Problems, about an individualist's role in the collective global future, was developed across Amsterdam and Melbourne and will appear at fortyfivedownstairs in March 2019.
KATE HOOD had a career as an able-bodied actor for many years, performing in everything from classics to musicals. She worked with mainstream theatre companies (Melbourne Theatre Company, STC South Australia, Hit Productions), commercial companies (Gordon Frost Productions) and across film (Constance) and television (Prisoner). She became a wheelchair user a decade ago and her mainstream career ended. She reinvented herself as a disabled actor, writer and director in the disability arts sector. She calls this her ‘in between time’, a time when she worked with a tribe of disabled artists who were siloed away, making work which was seen almost exclusively only by other disabled artists. This gave her a thirst to advocate for disabled performers in mainstream performing arts. Kate is Deputy Chair of Actors Equity's Diversity Committee, founder and Co-Chair of the Performers with Disability Committee, and sits on the board of Arts Access Victoria.
SAPIDAH KIAN is an actor, director and theatre maker. As an actor, she has worked extensively across film, television, theatre and radio. As a theatre maker and director, she has presented works at FOLA 14 and 16 and also independently with Turtle Lab, a performance laboratory she co-founded. Sapidah also works as a dramaturg and provocateur in theatre, film and mixed media projects. Since 2013, she has been lecturing in theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts across graduate and undergraduate programmes. Sapidah is Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre in 2017.
ERICA McCALMAN is a producer, project and production manager with Ballardong (Noongar), Irish convict, Scottish, and Cornish heritage. She is currently the Creative Producer at Next Wave, has worked with Legs On The Wall physical theatre company and managed the British Council’s ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme. Erica has also worked with Sydney companies Performing Lines, Sydney Festival, Blackfella films and Performance Space managing programs and initiatives both locally and nationally. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival. She has collaborated with artists from Korea, Australia and Timor Leste and holds a particular interest in contemporary, experimental and live art from First Nations and multicultural artists.
JENNIFER MEDWAY is the current Literary Associate of the Melbourne Theatre Company. Prior to this she was Resident Dramaturg at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Studio Artist at Griffin Theatre Company and Associate Artist at Belvoir. Jennifer also works as a freelance dramaturg and script assessor working with companies and independent artists around the country to develop new work.
LISA MIBUS a Melbourne based Lighting Designer with a strong interest in the creation of new work. She co-devised My Lovers Bones (Brown Cabs Productions/Melbourne Festival) for which her lighting design received a Green Room Association Award in 2015. Lisa has designed for many varied independent, as well as mainstage theatre productions, with recent work including Oil Babies (Lab Kelpie),Virgins & Cowboys (Griffin Independent), Genius (St Martins), and Heart is a Wasteland (Malthouse Theatre).
MYRON MY began reviewing theatre in 2012 and since then has consistently been writing about theatre and the arts for online publications as well as his own website. Between 2011-13 he was artistic director of impro comedy group Exploding Heads Impro and has worked in marketing and publicity within the arts sector. He is currently studying at the University of Melbourne where he is completing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management.
MARK PRITCHARD is a dramaturg, director and producer with a focus on new writing. Mark is Resident Dramaturg for Malthouse Theatre, a producer for New Working Group, and co-director of NO SHOW. As Dramaturg for Malthouse: Going Down by Michele Lee, Little Emperors小皇帝 by Lachlan Philpott, Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, Love & Information by Caryl Churchill, Blak Cabaret by Nakkiah Lui. As director/co-director: Triumph by Louris van de Geer (NWG), Wael Zuaiter: Unknown by Jesse Cox (Next Wave), 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog (Red Stitch), The Séance and Shotgun Wedding (NO SHOW). As producer: Anti-Hamlet by Mark Wilson, GROUND CONTROL by Rachel Perks, and Dream Home by Emilie Collyer. Mark is a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, and a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program.
MAURIAL SPEARIM is an Indigenous woman from the Gamilaraay, Kooma, Muruuwari nation. Maurial is interested in exploring theatre, song and dance through the expressions of the body and the utterance of the voice, where artforms are combined to create a story evocative of past and present. A Green Room Nominee, Best Female Performer, Elbow Room, We Get It. Continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists who, much like herself, have a passion to co-create, develop and perform.
JEAN TONG is a Melbourne-based writer and director creating politically irreverent works about the untidiness of cultural identification, structural inequality, and Otherness. Her work–tonally best described as ‘wry outrage’–makes explosive statements using dark humour and vivid imagery that tends to burrow under the skins of audiences long after they leave the theatre. In 2018, Jean will be presenting with Melbourne Theatre Company, at The Coopers Malthouse (MICF), with Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance (Monash Academy of Performing Arts), and completing a Master in Writing for Performance at the VCA. She has also presented at Emerging Writers’ Festival (Tipping Points) and Poppy Seed Theatre Festival (Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit), and published in Peril Magazine.
RICHARD WATTS is the Performing Arts Editor at arts industry website ArtsHub, and hosts the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R. The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves on the board of literary journal Going Down Swinging and on the Committee of Management for La Mama Theatre. He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.