Worked in professional theatre for 40 years as an actor/director/ creator/ mentor/ educator in Canberra with The Street Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, Shortis and Simpson, Canberra Youth Theatre, Eureka! Theatre Company, CADS, The Ensemble Theatre Company, Theatre ACT, About Face Theatre Company and Women On A Shoestring Theatre Company (WOASTC). A huge variety of styles of direction and performance, contemporary, classic, community, children’s theatre, Bunch of Posers as characters and statues, many performances created from research and workshop processes. Toured Nationally with WOASTC, Playing Australia funded. Acted for the Web, DVD, video, film, CD Roms and done voice over work. Ongoing improvisational work as patients with medical students at ANU, School of Medicine, also with Law students. and as Casual Education Assistant at The National Film and Sound Archive presenting material from the collection.
Recent work examples
Return season for All This Living! at The Street Theatre in March for opening of Seniors week and other performances. Then performances in Cooma, Delegate and Braidwood.
Working on development of a cross cultural performance around gender and equity with community group.
November with Aspen Island Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, a pop-up outdoor theatre in conjunction with Design Festival, in Canberra playing Tiresias/Chorus in Oedipus.
Performed in All This Living! a solo show at The Street Theatre in May 2015, also June in Gunning, developed through The Hive writing program at The Street Theatre.
Ran workshops with residents of Karralika Rehabilitation Centre, for Tuggeranong Arts Centre, culminating in a performance, for an invited audience, of extracts from King Lear.
Directed a week’s creative development of Grief Eaters by Emma Gibson, for ‘First Seen’ at The Street Theatre.
Commercials Googong Estate and Goodwin House, Screencraft. Music Video, Limelight Crux Media.
All This Living! through Hive program at The Street, workshopped with director Rochelle Whyte, myself as actor.
Law School ANU, Family Law, sourced, auditioned, directed on the shoot actors for teaching videos.
Law School ANU, Ethics, as above, also played ‘a senior lawyer’.
Centre Link Video ‘a doctor’. Photo Shoot Department of Health.
Participated in a week’s Workshop with Rob Marchand TV director, using film director Mike Leigh’s method, immersive characters.
Acting roles in workshops and 2 public readings of new plays for Hive program.
Continued writing solo piece.
Part of Artists in Residency as actor at Belconnen Arts Centre revisiting Destination Home a play performed in 2011 at The Street.
Directed Chekhova by Subhash Jaireth for The Street Theatre, a new work.
Six Fingers Creative Marketing Shoot for Estate Agent. DoHa Featured Individual Photo Shoot. Palliative care featured individual actor for postcards and film for YouTube. In Hive Program writing solo show.
The Street Theatre performed in season of Destination Home a new verbatim theatre piece, created by 2 migrants and 2 refugees through Hive Program from our own stories, a sell-out season.
Worked on script development of Chekhova with Subhash Jaireth.
At the National Film and Sound Archive performed in and directed Radio play live performance Felony for a Fixer for National Folk Festival and at the NFSA Theatrette
Worked for The Street Theatre and OxFam on Refugee Realities as an actor and trainer of volunteers. This was a simulation large scale outdoor project in Commonwealth Park.
Actor for UCAN, overworked staff member. Actor Sasha for Pharmacy Guild –Hep C, SilverSun.
For Bunch of Posers statues round Civic and Queen at The Museum of Australian Democracy.
Worked on development of script Destination Home as part of the Hive program as an actor/writer.
2009 to 1975
Project with 3 Seniors groups, them telling their stories, financed by a grant from the Aged Care Department. Scripted sections of their stories and they performed them.
Acting (A) or directing (D), experience for over 100 different plays, including
Breathing Corpses (A+D), Medea (A), Farmer will swap combine harvester for Wife (D in Cooma and toured area, theme domestic violence), Hedda Gabler (A), Three Tall Women (A), Lend Me a Tenor (A), Slippery Slope (A), Empty Suitcases (D), At The Crossroads (D), Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (D), Love Child (D), Ship of Fools (D), An Ocean Out My Window (A), Coming Home (A), Away (A), Bartholomew Fair (A), Spring Awakening (D), Adventure In The Deep (A), Everyman (A), Did You Say Love (A), Child Of The Hurricane (A).
Awards for directing and acting, including local personal Greenroom award for contribution to professional theatre in the ACT and Greenroom company award to Women On A Shoestring, professional theatre company of the year and critics circles awards, nomination as Canberra Times Artist of the Year.
Workshop leader and mentor in professional theatre with developing directors and actors. With community organisations, recovering drug/alcohol addicts, youth theatre groups, with Tertiary students and classroom teachers.
Born: Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Qualifications: Numerous performance skills, direction and creative workshops over the years.
Teachers Certificate, Furzedown College, University of London Institute of Education,
Major (Drama) 1963-1966.
LLCM (TD) Speech 1969.