Theatre Companies Panel

Melanie Beddie - Panel Chair

MELANIE BEDDIE works as an actor, dramaturg and director. She is a graduate of Sydney University and VCA. Her PhD, which focuses on Australian actor training, is from Latrobe University. She was a co-founder of the $5 Theatre Co. and was artistic director of the independent theatre company The BRANCH. As a dramaturg, Melanie works with a range of new writing across Melbourne. She co-founded the Dramaturgies forum and in 2004 she received the Dramaturgy Fellowship from the Australia Council. Melanie was Lecturer in Acting at VCA School of Theatre from 2010-2016. Recently she has been working at Federation University and at WAAPA.

Daniela Farinacci

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.

Tahlee Fereday

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 has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company on several projects including; Astroman (Dir Sarah Goodes), Cybec Electric (dir. Luke Kerridge and Prue Clarke) and First Stage (dir. Sapidah Kian). Tahlee also worked with She Said Theatre on their production Fallen (Dir. Penny Harpham) where she played Martha. In 2019 Tahlee will be seen in Love at FortyFiveDownstiars (Dir. Susie Dee) and Blackie Blackie Brown at Malthouse Theatre (Dir Declan Greene)

Ben Grant

BEN GRANT is an award winning actor, sound designer, composer, dramaturge and writer with a strong interest in new Australian stories. A NIDA acting graduate, Ben has performed for Ridiculusmus, Melbourne Theatre Company, Radio National, Bell Shakespeare and many others including world premieres by Nick Enright, Angus Cerini, Hannie Rayson and Jane Bodie. Ben has created sound/music for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Radio National, Bell Shakespeare and many others including Ilbijerri Theatre Company's Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country and Nathan Maynard's The Season. He dramaturged Chamber Made Opera's Captives Of The City and has also made four solo shows: his latest is the upcoming horror electropera The Rug. Ben collaborated with Robert Lepage as an actor/author in Ex Machina's Playing Cards: Hearts from 2013 to 2015.

Chloe Greaves

CHLOE GREAVES is a Melbourne based set and costume designer. Chloe Greaves is a graduate of the victorian college of the arts school of productions. She is a set and costume designer and some of her recent designs include 'Incognito' and 'The River' and 'Roam' for Red Stitch. 'Rule of Thirds' & 'Lucid' (Chunky Move), ‘They Saw A Thylacine’ (Malthouse Theatre), 'The Waiting Room' (MTC), 'Blak Cabaret' (Sydney Festival/Malthouse theatre), "The Magic Pudding' & 'The Grumpiest boy in the world'(Victorian Opera), 'You're a good man Charlie Brown' (Vas Productions), 'The Bacchae' (Fraught outfit Melbourne festival) 'Le Donna Curiose' (The Juliard School, New York), 'Hart' (SheSaid, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival) 'Fun Run' (The Arts Centre), Chloe also works in film and television, she recently designed the feature film 'Living Space' and has styled music videos for artists including Guy Sebastian, San Cisco, DZ Deathrays, Montaigne and Alison Wonderland. Chloe received the 2014 indipendent theatre Green Room award for design for her years body of work. And has been nominated on five others occasions.

Blair Hart

BLAIR HART is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Production. He has worked extensively with Chunky Move, Victoria's flagship contemporary dance company - working as their Production and Operations Coordinator for over five years, stage managing and touring many of their works. Blair was also responsible for the Video Realization 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. Currently the Production Coordinator at Arts House, Melbourne's contemporary centre for performance and interactive artforms, Blair has 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.

Mark Hennessy

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.

Rachael Maza

RACHAEL MAZA graduated from WAAPA in 92 and since then has performed in such works as: Radiance (Belvoir), Holy Day (State Theatre SA), Sapphires (MTC), The Dreamers (Belvoir), Heartlands (ABC), Radiance (Blackfella Films), Beautiful One Day (ILBIJERRI), Wentworth (ABC), Secret Daughter (Channel7), eventually moving into Directing: Stolen (ILBIJERRI/PLAYBOX), Chopped LIver (ILBIJERRI), Yandy (Black Swan), FOLEY (ILBIJERRI), Which Way Home (ILBIJERRI), MY URRWAI (Performing LInes/Belvoir/ILBIJERRI) and is currently Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (Since 2008). She currently sits on the Black Arm Band Board, and has recently joined the board of ACMI. Also is on Indigenous Advisory Board for Circus Oz and Opera Australia.

Sonya Suares

SONYA SUARES theatre credits run the gamut from Pinter to Puccini, with a healthy dose of Shakespeare and new Australian work. Feature films include Wil, Knowing, My Year Without Sex and The Last Ride; television highlights are Rush, Very Small Business, East West 101, Lowdown, It's A Date, Legally Brown and Romper Stomper, Next Generation. In 2012 she founded Watch This, producing and performing Assassins (2013/14), Pacific Overtures (2014), Company (2015/16) and Merrily We Roll Along (2017) to critical acclaim and a total of 12 Green Room nominations! Sonya was a founding director of Poppy Seed Festival and in 2015/16 performed Elbow Room’s smash hit We Get It at MTC Neon and Brisbane Powerhouse. This year, she performed Polyglot/ Papermoon Puppet Theatre's Helpmann-nominated Cerita Anak and MTC’s premiere of Melbourne Talam.

Mark Wilson

MARK WILSON is a Melbourne based actor, director, writer, and dramaturg. He trained at the VCA (Performance Creation, Directing) and Monash (Performing Arts), has studied with Philippe Gaulier, and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Performance work ranges from plays to performance art, and includes the recent national tour of Gary Abrahams’ Therese Raquin. He has directed plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Louis Nowra, Dennis Kelly and others. He has assisted/been attached to Julian Meyrick, Richard Murphet, John Bell and Matt Lutton, and was a Dramaturgy Intern at MTC with Chris Mead. In 2016 he completed his trilogy of radical Shakespeare adaptations: Unsex Me (which toured fringe festivals for five years), Richard II (with Olivia Monticciolo, Melbourne Fringe/Brisbane Festival) and Anti-Hamlet (nominated for four Green Room awards including Production, Writing, Direction).