CURRENT PLAYWRIGHTS-IN-RESIDENCE

Yuki Iwama

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Yuki is a Melbourne-based person(?) who sometimes likes to write plays, short stories, and unfinished novels. Their work is feminist focused, exploring gender, sexuality, and race. They is especially interested in trans* issues and the representation of race in the arts. Their experience in theatre include writing and directing plays that have been performed at La Mama Theatre, Mudfest, and Melbourne Fringe Festival. They was also a participant in ATYP's National Studio, mentored by Lachlan Philpott. They has recently worked as a creative director for RMIT's 2016 production of Snatches as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival and, most recently, they has spoken at the National Young Writers' Festival. They is currently writing and directing their upcoming play, Mercury Boy/F*ggot Girl which is planned to open later this year.

 

 

Liv Satchell

Liv is a writer, director and dramaturg trained at the VCA (Directing) and the University of Sydney. Her practice focuses on community development for emerging artists and producing new work through her company the voice in my hands. In 2013, she co-founded new writing development company Somersault Theatre in Sydney. She is the co-founder of Melbourne monthly performance program Small and Loud with Georgia Symons. Established in January 2016 at The Workers Club, Small and Loud provides a controlled development space for emerging artists to test short sections of full works-in-development in front of an audience. It has recently partnered with Arts Centre Melbourne to present its second year of work in The Channel. Her plays include My Name is Truda Vitz (Somersault Theatre, Tap Gallery) and I sat and waited but you were gone too long (La Mama Explorations). I sat and waited was showcased at Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival at Malthouse Theatre in July and shortlisted for the Silver Gull Play Award and the Philip Parsons Fellowship. 

 

Natesha Somasundaram 

Natesha Somasundaram is a great friend with a spicy personality. She started playwriting 18 months ago accidentally, but now she writes plays on purpose because it stops her brain from imploding. She likes writing about weird things and sad things and funny things and things that she loves. She has a bachelor of performing arts and half a bachelor of law. She's written for the National Play Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and has also been the mastermind behind her mum's passive aggressive email to online clothing stores. She is currently part of the Lotus development program with Playwriting Australia and her favourite youtube channel is the one where the guy cuts stuff up with a molten hot knife. 

DALE THORBURN 

Dale concerns himself with the intensity of a performer’s attention to their movement. The interface between brain and body, what that communication system is and what dynamics it can produce, provides him with the textiles to give form to thought. In his work he aims to elicit various textures and qualities from the performer’s volitions as a way to generate material. He is discovering a quality of oscillation in his process, an irreconcilable nexus of philosophies, between a need to redress story in performance and exposing a piece’s artifice. His skill and attention to physicality has seen him as a frequent collaborator in theatre and dance productions. He grew up in Brisbane, where he served as a principal artist with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (2008-2013) and Artslink Queensland (2011-2013). In 2014 he relocated to Melbourne to complete a post-graduate diploma in performance creation (choreography) from the Victorian College of the Arts. He was awarded the choreographic development award from the faculty after his short study: No Children in this Neighborhood. He has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, director, movement director, dramaturg, devisor, consultant, teacher, improviser and choreographer. Dale’s looking forward to being a little less lonely in the coming months with the help of Lonely Company.

JAMAICA ZUANETTI 

Jamaica is a Melbourne based writer and performer. She first started performing at the National Theatre Ballet School where she studied dance for ten years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree majoring in Creative Writing and French from the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School. Her acting credits include The Visit, The Country, Picnic at Hanging Rock (The National Theatre Drama School), Big Maggie and Yes, Yes, Yes! (Bloomsday in Melbourne), More Intimate Than (Honeycreepers; Melbourne Fringe Festival), The Tragedy of Lucrece (Globe Productions; Melbourne Fringe Festival), Season to Taste (New Blood; Kingston Arts Centre/Adelaide Fringe Festival), Shakespeare and the Dark Lady (Globe Productions) and music video The Lake you Love (Linus Wilson). In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship.

georgie harris

Georgie is a Melbourne-based writer specialising in screen and theatre. Originally from Albury (not Wodonga), she moved to Melbourne in 2013 to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) at the Victorian College of the Arts. During her time at VCA Georgie majored in satire and developed a very disturbed idea of comedy.  Since graduating she has interned at La Mama and has production managed a “puppet poetry slam” for Black Hole Theatre entitled Captured Whispers. In 2016 her work was featured in Red Stitch’s annual showcase Playlist. Being fairly new to theatre writing, Georgie hopes to use her year with Lonely Company to unlearn most of film school.

 

 

eric gardiner 

Eric is a playwright and performer from The Glorious Republic of Melbourne's Inner North. After co-writing several plays at The University of Melbourne, his first full length work, Bounty, premiered at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe, presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and MKA and directed by Tom Gutteridge.  Last year Eric was longlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, awarded to the best writers of nonfiction under 30 in Australia, and received first class honours from The University of Melbourne for his thesis on Australian adaptation theatre in practice. Previously Eric worked as a Creative Producer at The Emerging Writers Festival and Creative Associate at MKA, and has assisted in producing theatre and literature events in collaboration with companies including the Melbourne Festival, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Monash University, The Victorian College of the Arts, Union House Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company.  In 2013 Eric was the co-Artistic Director of Mudfest, working with Josiah Lulham to lead The University of Melbourne’s student arts festival, the largest of its kind in Australia. Eric is currently producing The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, presented by Phil Rouse and Theatre Works, and performing in an independent production of Lally Katz's The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy, directed by Brendan McDougall.