Independent Theatre Panel
Xanthe Beesley - Panel Co-Chair
Emilie Collyer - Panel Co-Chair
Emilie Collyer writes plays, fiction and poetry. Theatre awards and shortlistings of note include: The Good Girl (Winner Best Writer Melbourne Fringe & Green Room Nomination), Dream Home (shortlisted Edward Albee Scholarship and Patrick White Award, seven Green Room Nominations), Promise (Winner George Fairfax Award, Highly Commended Patrick White Award). Commissions include: Malthouse, Arena, ABC Radio, Punctum Inc, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival and St Martins. Emilie received the 2016 Malcolm Robertson Prize (Malthouse) for her play Contest. The Good Girl had its US Premiere in New York in 2016. In 2017 Emilie has plays on at both Hollywood Fringe (The Good Girl) and Edinburgh Fringe (Once Were Pirates). Her prose and poetry has won numerous awards including three Scarlet Stiletto crime writing awards.
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.
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.
ANNE-MARIE PEARD has been a Melbourne-based independent arts writer and editor since 2006. Before that, she spent many years working in festivals and arts event management in Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne. She’s an occasional theatre critic at The Age and writes for various arts publications as well as her blog Sometimes Melbourne. She also teaches arts journalism and criticism.
BRONWYN PRINGLE is a freelance Lighting Designer and Theatremaker who has worked with companies such as Pop up Playground, NICA, ArtPlay, City of Voices on a huge variety of projects in venues ranging from the Princess Theatre, a London nightclub, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts, a California arts centre and a woolshed in Glencoe. Credits include Serial Blogger (X:Machine), Songbirds and Angels (La Mama), Beneath and Beyond (Making Space), The Book of Daughters (JOLT arts), Closed for Maintenance (Making Space), Yarn (La Mama), The Book of Revelations (Black Hole), American Song (Red Stitch), The Fever (La Mama). Bronwyn has won Green Room Awards for alias Grace (Malthouse Theatre), Letters from Animals (Here Theatre/SRWT) and two Melbourne Fringe design collaboration awards.
YONI PRIOR has worked as a performer, animateur, director, dramaturg, translator and writer with theatre and dance companies in Australia, the Middle East and Europe. She served on the Australia Council Theatre Board, was Chair of the Big West Festival, and is currently on the Board of Back to Back Theatre. She is a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in Drama in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University. Her doctoral research focused on contemporary Australian rehearsal processes, and she has created a number of digital theatre collaborations between Deakin University, the University of Amsterdam, the British Museum and Cambridge University. A founding member of the Gilgul Ensemble, in 2018, she will collaborate with Samara Hersch on a new interpretation of ‘The Dybbuk’.
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.
EUGYEENE TEH is a designer across multiple artforms. For MTC, designs include Endgame, Straight White Men and Abigail's Party, and for Malthouse Theatre, Blaque Showgirls, Meme Girls, A Social Service and Approximate Translation. As a co-artistic director of Little Ones Theatre, his many designs include Merciless Gods, The Happy Prince, Dracula, Dangerous Liaisons (MTC’s NEON), (Malthouse Helium) and Psycho Beach Party. For MKA, his designs include The Trouble with Harry, The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe,’ Triangle and sex.violence.blood.gore. Other recent credits include Back to Back Theatre’s Lady Eats Apple for Melbourne Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera’s Exil, In Between Two for Sydney/Melbourne Festivals, and Fraught Outfit’s Book of Exodus Part II. Eugyeene is the recipient of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship and has been nominated for five Green Room Awards.
Paula van Beek
PAULA VAN BEEK is a performance maker and educator passionate about supporting emerging practitioners and the development of original work. Paula regularly teaches performance and devising skills workshops for the VCA Foundation and short course program. She is a core tutor on the Melbourne University curriculum subjects ‘The Actor’s Process’ and ‘Improvisation: Space, Text and Action’. For five years Paula taught the solo-self devising project ‘Lifepaths’ for Verve Studios and has worked widely as a mentor with Melbourne Fringe Festival artists. Paula has a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, Wellington, NZ and a Graduate Diploma in Animateuring (Performance Making) from VCA, Melbourne. She is currently completing a Masters in expanded performance pratice at RMIT School of Art. Paula’s unique expertise in creating original work has been forged over 17 years of professional experience.
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.