Theatre Companies Panel
Daniela Farinacci - Panel Co-Chair
DANIELA FARINACCI’s theatre credits include HELICOPTER, YELLOW MOON (Green Room Nomination Best Ensemble) and RUPERT (MTC). She has Green Room Nominations for THE CLEAN HOUSE, METAMORPHOSES (MTC) and TRAITORS (La Mama). Film roles include LION, LITTLE FISH, MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX and LOU. She has an AFI Nomination for LOOK BOTH WAYS and an AFI Nomination, IF Award and Film Critics Circle Award for LANTANA. Small screen appearances include GLITCH (ACCTA + LOGIE Awards Best Drama), REDFERN NOW, EAST WEST 101 (EQUITY Award Best Ensemble), HOUSE HUSBANDS and LITTLE ACORNS. She has a LOGIE Nomination for THE SOCIETY MURDERS. Daniela teaches at BRAVE STUDIOS and is a proud member of MEAA.
Blair Hart - Panel Co-Chair
BLAIR HART is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Production. As Production Coordinator at Arts House, Melbourne's contemporary centre for performance and interactive artforms, Blair worked across a broad range of projects with companies and individuals including Samara Hersch & Lara Thoms, Brian Lipson & Gideon Obarzanek, Stephanie Lake,Melanie Lane, Speak Percussion and Nat Cursio Co.
From 2012 to 2016 he worked extensively with Chunky Move as Production and Operations Coordinator, stage managing and touring many of their works. In 2019 he re-joined the company as Production & Operations Manager, working to deliver Token Armies, the first work created by Antony Hamilton as Artistic Director. Blair was also responsible for the Video Realisation of L U C I D, which received the 2017 Green Room Award for Visual Design (Dance) in collaboration with Ben Cobham, Pete Brundle and James Sandri.
Mark Hennessy - Deputy Chair
MARK HENNESSY has worked in theatre, TV and film as an actor and physical performer for many years. He starred in the children’s television series, The Henderson Kids and subsequently, in Blue Heelers, Phoenix, Police Rescue, In Between, Halifax f.p. and All Saints. Films include, Dead Calm, Young Flynn, River Street, and The Big Steal. Theatre performances have been with companies as diverse as NYID - Training Squad, DANCE-WORKS - Private Lives/Public Spaces, STRANGE FRUIT - The Field and TOGS THEATRE - The Fabulous Fops. Credits include Blowback - NYID, Cyrano De Bergerac - STC, The 3 Furies by Steven Sewell, Macbeth - THE OLD VAN at Theatreworks, and The Conquest of The South Pole at THE STORE ROOM. His latest solo work, the death & resurrection show, was supported by Arts Victoria.
TAHLEE FEREDAY is a 2017 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Before her studies she was based in Darwin, where she hosted The Breakfast Show with Tahlee on Larrakia Radio 94.5FM. Tahlee’s theatre credits include Astroman (Melbourne Theatre Company), Fallen (She Said Theatre), Love (Dee&Cornelius’s) which toured to the Venice Biennale, Blackie Blackie Brown (Malthouse Theatre) and Slap Bang Kiss (Melbourne Theatre Company)
As a First Nations and queer artist, Tahlee is an advocate for representation of minority voices on the mainstage.
Since graduating from NIDA Jennifer has worked with the Who’s Who of Australian directors in all aspects of the industry. Her numerous stage credits include the Malthouse/STC co- production of The Histrionic, Arbus & West (MTC) Merciless Gods (Little Ones Theatre/Griffin Theatre Company) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mamma Mia (2003-2005 and 10 th Anniversary tours) and Barry Kosky’s Women of Troy (STC). She won a Sydney Theatre Critic’s Award (The Baroness, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for which she also received Helpmann and Green Room nominations), a Green Room Award (Merciless Gods), and Green Room Award nominations for both Women of Troy and Nightingale and the Rose. The voice of innumerable SBS Television documentaries, and audio book narrator (three-time winner of 3M Talking Book of the Year and Best Narrator awards) Jennifer also narrated the multiple international award winning Once My Mother and the AFI award winner My Life Without Steve.
KATIE SFETKIDIS is a Melbourne based lighting designer and contemporary artist and a key creative of Little Ones Theatre. She has worked extensively in theatre and contemporary experimental performance for almost 15 years across Australia. Recent credits include: Daddy (Joel Bray); The Director (Lara Thoms - APHIDS); Exit Strategies (Mish Grigor - APHIDS); Monty Pythons’s Spamalot (One Eyed Man Production); The Happy Prince (Little Ones Theatre); Lysa and the Freeborn Dames (La Boite); Abigail’s Party (Melbourne Theatre Company); Merciless Gods (Little Ones Theatre); Meme Girls (Malthouse Theatre); Kill the Messenger (Belvoir); Calpurnia Descending (Sydney Theatre Company/ Malthouse Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer (Red Stitch Actors Theatre); The Nightingale and the Rose (Little Ones Theatre); Apokalypsis (Charles Purcell/ Zak Pidd - Next Wave Festival). Katie has received one Green Room Award and several nominations. In 2018 Katie ran for Mayor of the City of Melbourne.
Since graduating from The Victorian College of The Arts GARY ABRAHAMS has established himself as one of Melbourne's most critically respected and sought after freelance stage directors and theatre makers.
He has directed the Australian premieres and national tours of several commercial shows, as well as classic texts, con- temporary plays, new Australian scripts, and devised projects. His work encompasses large scale commercial plays and musicals, main-stage works, independent shows and self produced theatre projects.
He is a recipient of THE GRACE WILSON TRUST AWARD for writing, THE JIM MARKS SCHOLARSHIP for Artistic Practice and THE MIKE WALSH FELLOW- SHIP for directing. He is also a GREENROOM AWARD WINNER and multiple nominee for his directing, playwriting and dramaturgy work. He has worked as an assistant and resident director at the Melbourne Theatre Company on the plays “All About My Mother” (2010),“Songs for Nobodies” (2010), “The Gift” (2011) ,“Australia Day” (2012) and the Melbourne Theatre Company and Chunky Move Melbourne Festival collaboration “ Complexity of Belonging” (2014).
Kat Chan is a Set and Costume designer for theatre, dance, video and installation. Originally trained as an architect, Kat worked in practices in Adelaide and Tokyo before moving to Melbourne. Select/recent credits include Torch the Place (Costume, MTC), From Silence (Set/Costume, The Australian Ballet), The Australian Ugliness (Costume/Art Dept, Eugenia Lim/Open House Melbourne).