bAKEHOUSE THEATRE & KINGS CROSS HOTEL PRESENT
AMANDA LAING | MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Amanda is a graduate of Theatre Nepean. She subsequently completed an Internship with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Brisbane and then went on to train and perform in Japan with the renowned Maro Akaji and Dairakudakan. She has trained in a variety of physical theatre techniques, most extensively in Suzuki, Viewpoints and Butoh, as well as various dance styles under the direction of Janice Breen. Stage credits include: Bicycle, Roadkill Confidential, Zeroville (Lies, Lies and Propaganda), Electra (No White Elephant), Amadeus (Assistant choreographer - Zen Zen Zo/WIS Hong Kong). Screen credits include: Love the Vagina (Sparrow-Folk music video), Double the Fist: Season II (Fight Lab Team - ABC/Fistworthy Productions).
ARISA YURA | ACTOR is an actor, movement and performance maker working extensively across theatre, film and television in Australia, Canada and Japan. Her theatre credits include Nippon Memories (NIDA Director’s Project), Rival of Men (Honda Theatre, Tokyo, Japan), Teen Dream (Fu-Gen Theatre Company, Toronto, Canada), the world premiere of Justin Fleming’s play His Mother’s Voice (bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company), we, the lost company (Clockfire Theatre Company), Yasukichi Murakami: Through A Distant Lens (CAAP). Arisa was in the original cast of Visiting Hours (Vivid Sydney 2016).
ANDREW MCMARTIN | PRODUCTION MANAGER Andrew is the Production Manager and resident Stage Manager for bAKEHOUSE as well as the Venue Operations Manager at KXT. He has worked as a Stage Manager and Venue Manager in Australia and the UK. Andrew’s Stage management credits with bAKEHOUSE include Jatinga, The Laden Table and Black Jesus (KXT - Kings Cross Theatre); The Ishmael Club (Old Fitz); His Mother’s Voice (ATYP Selects); Love Field (TAP Gallery), and the development showings of Two Chairs and His Dark Materials. Other credits include Encore Vocal Group, Songs from the Heart and the Blue Moon Festival. As a venue and event manager he has worked at the Sydney Festival, Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Tropfest.
CHEYNE FYNN | ACTOR is a Sydney based actor and graduate of the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts. Theatre Credits Include: Visiting Hours (bAKEHOUSE/Vivid Sydney) Edmond (Two Peas) Trade (Hurrah Hurrah), Angels in America (Chalkdust/Monkey Baa), Cinderella: The Pantomime & Vital Signs (Bare Productions), Phaedra (Lies, Lies & Propaganda) The Crucible (EHP), Enron, House of Games & To Kill a Mockingbird (New Theatre) History Boys (bAKEHOUSE), Storylines: A Land Beyond the River (bAKEHOUSE /TRS), Great Expectations (bAKEHOUSE/ ATYP), Two Chairs & His Dark Materials (bAKEHOUSE – Development), The Mousetrap (Genesian), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest & Of Mice and Men (ETC). Screen credits: Powder Train (Feature) Behind Mansion Walls & Deadly Woman. Cheyne will next be seen in the New Australian Comedy Webseries Remember my Name (Doors are Closing Productions).
DERBAIL KINSELLA | ACTOR & OPERATOR Derbail is originally from Dublin Ireland and holds a BA Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and Music from University College Cork. In 2012 Derbail moved to New York to further her career attending the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and joining the 68Cent Crew Theatre Company. In NYC Derbail worked with the Irish Arts Centre and on the Punchdrunk production Sleep No More. In Sydney Derbail has worked in production for Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Circus Oz and most recently as an Actor and Musician with Secret House Theatre Company in The Winter’s Tale.
ELIJAH WILLIAMS | ACTOR Elijah has trained primarily at Bakehouse Theatre with Suzanne Millar where he worked on the development of the multilingual work Two Chairs (crack!festival & ATYP) and appeared in Black Jesus at Kings Cross Theatre in 2016 which was Elijah’s first leading stage role in Sydney. Other credits include A Land Beyond The River (Storylines 2012 at NIDA & TRS Bondi), which was based in part upon his life and experiences. On sceen Elijah appeared in the SBS television series The Principal directed by Kriv Stenders, and Wolf Creek for Stan. Elijah was the recipient of the 2017 GLUG for best emerging talent
HEATHER PROWSE | MUSICIAN is a trumpeter, flugelhornist, vocalist and music educator based in Sydney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance – Trumpet) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2017. She performs regularly with her jazz quartet The Wireless, folk-metal band Compendium and various big bands and theatre productions across Sydney. She is a former member of Australia’s most celebrated tertiary jazz ensemble, the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, and critically acclaimed world music group, Sirens Big Band.
JASPER GARNER GORE | ACTOR Recent performance credits include Undertaking (Mongrel Mouth)The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (Sydney Shakespeare Company) The Cherry Orchard (New Theatre) Roadkill Confidential (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), The Ishmael Club (Bakehouse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions), Zeroville (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), The Big Funk (Suspicious Woman Productions) and Amadeus (Genesian Theatre Company). Jasper is the co-artistic director of the production company Lies, Lies & Propaganda.
JOHN HARRISON | CO-DIRECTOR John is Co-Artistic Director of bAKEHOUSE. Directing credits include the original Visiting Hours for bAKEHOUSE and Vivid Sydney; Great Expectations (ATYP Under The Wharf); and in 2014 he directed the development showing of His Dark Materials. Producing credits include Jatinga, The Laden Table and Black Jesus (KXT - Kings Cross Theatre); The Ishmael Club (Old Fitz); His Mother’s Voice (ATYP Selects); the StoryLines Festivals in 2009 and 2012; Metamorphoses (bAKEHOUSE & Apocalypse at PACT).
JOSHUA McELROY | ACTOR is an emerging young actor who began his working life with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company. Credits with bAKEHOUSE include Visiting Hours (VIVID, 2016) Two Chairs (2013), A Land Beyond The River (2012) and The Life Of Galileo (2009). In 2015 he premiered the role of Mike in the national tour of Connected, a new musical by Craig Christie. In 2016 he played Moritz in the Australian Theatre For Young People's award winning production of Spring Awakening directed by Mitchell Butel, he then went on to appear later that year in the sold out season of Low Level Panic, directed by Justin Martin at the Old Fitz Theatre. 2017 saw him in an array of productions including Osama The Hero at the Kings Cross Theatre, Blackrock directed by Kim Hardwick, Australian Theatre For Young People's production of Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore where he was nominated for a GLUG award for Most Outstanding Performance By A Newcomer, Sport For Jove's production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Dennis Kelly's DNA as a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival and Brave New Word Theatre Company's production of Asylum. Later this year you will be able to see him in the new Australian work A Town Called Warboy as it tours around Australia.
KATHERINE SHEARER | ACTOR Kate is thrilled to be back working with Bakehouse, having acted in Bakehouse productions, Her Holiness, Metamorphoses, and alongside Millar in The Glass Menagerie, The Laramie Project and Smokes; A MiMe With Words. Kate is currently producing Sweet Tooth, a short film, written and directed by Shannon Ashlyn. She will also appear with The Leftovers Collective for their Shakespeare Dance Party on March 11th. www.katherineshearer.com
LAURA DJANEGARA | ACTOR grew up in Perth with a passion for performing. Laura completed a BMus majoring in Classical Voice in 2012 at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). At WAAPA, she performed in the operas Die Fledermaus and The Rake’s Progress, and was nominated for the Julie Michael Award for Musical Cabaret. Laura completed a BFA in Acting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2016. At NIDA, she performed in The Roaring Girl, Stranger I am, The Olympians and The Space Between the Fire and the Fuel. She was most recently seen in The Winter's Tale (Secret House) and Time Stands Still (Eclipse Productions). Visiting Hours is Laura's first production with KXTbakehouse.
MICHAEL DEAN | CO-DIRECTOR To date Michael has directed seventeen productions both in Sydney and overseas. He is founder and co-artistic director of independent production company Lies, Lies and Propaganda, and has directed and produced all Lies productions to date. Michael's work frequently involves new and devised work, close collaborations with other artists, and bonkers twists on classic tales. Recent examples include a new version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol last Christmas at KXT (written by Melissa Lee Speyer); Bluebeard; or the Marriage Mistakes of a Nameless Bride, created with Curly Fernandez for the men's toilet at Bondi Pavilion (Bondi Feast, 2017); and Bicycle (Adelaide Fringe and the Old Fitz, 2016), written and performed by Danielle Baynes. Michael is also an Associate Artist with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co., for which he assistant directed Jatinga (2017) and His Dark Materials (ATYP, 2014), directed Love Field (TAP Gallery, 2013) and stage managed Great Expectations (ATYP, 2012). Michael studied Theatre Arts at Brown University in the United States, graduating in 2009.
MONICA SAYERS | ACTOR Having studied previously at ACA (Actors Centre Australia) and ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People), MONICA continued her training at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and graduated in 2004. Over the years she has worked extensively across varied mediums including TV’s Rake, Love My Way, All Saints, UK’s The Royals, featured in corporate videos, short films, voiceovers and countless commercials. Her main theatre highlights re Chimerica and Australian Graffiti with Sydney Theatre Company and Hay Fever with Melbourne Theatre Company. Monica has also been working recently on character voiceovers for an animation series and hopes to focus more on this area in the coming year.
NICOLE WINEBRG | ACTOR Nicole is a graduate of Theatre Nepean. Recent theatre credits include; Edward Gants Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Polyamorous Productions), Osama The Hero, Year of the Family, Scenes from an Execution and Electra (Tooth and Sinew), Amadeus (Genesian), The Three Sisters and Jesus (Factotum Theatre), Miss Julie, In The Slaughterhouse of Love and As You Like It (No White Elephant), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (Sydney Shakespeare Festival).
REBECCA CLAIRE MORET | ACTOR & SINGER Melbourne-born soprano Rebecca Claire Moret is currently based in Sydney where in 2016 she debuted as Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, the title role of Suor Angelica, and covered the title role of Madama Butterfly with Opera Projects Sydney. She was a 2016 Young Artist with Pacific Opera and since performing in Rossini's The Barber of Seville with the Opera Australia Schools Company in 2014, she has been performing as a casual member of the Opera Australia Chorus. She was a member of the company for the inaugural production of the Kings Cross Theatre/Vivid Festival's Visiting Hours.
RICHARD HILLIAR | ACTOR Richard's recent credits include Edward II, The Crucible and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sport for Jove), White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Freefall Productions), The Ishmael Club and Great Expectations (bAKEHOUSE), Metamorphosis (Apocalypse Theatre Company), Phaedra (Lies, Lies and Propaganda) and Il Trovatore and Cosi fan tutte (Opera Australia). He is also the artistic director of Tooth and Sinew, for whom he has directed Osama the Hero, Year of the Family and Scenes from an Execution.
SHEILA KUMAR | ACTOR Currently based in Sydney, Australia, Sheila has also lived & performed in Melbourne, London, Seattle, China, Malaysia & India. Upon graduating a 3yr drama course at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, she has since worked in Theatre in Education, touring Australia for many years and has had lead & featured roles in Short and Feature Films, TVCs and Corporate Videos. 2016 saw her playing the attendant to Leila in Opera Australia's production of The Pearlfishers, directed by Michael Gow, with seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne's State Theatre. In 2017, Sheila had a lead role in the sold-out season of Jatinga by bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company at the Kings Cross Theatre and is excited to be joining bAKEHOUSE again on Visiting Hours in 2018.
SUZANNE MILLAR | PRODUCER is Co-Artistic Director of bAKEHOUSE and Creative Director of KXT - Kings Cross Theatre. Production credits include: His Dark Materials in dev (ATYP); Great Expectations (ATYP); Love Field (TAP). Suzanne was Co-curator of the inaugural Invisible Circus Festival (KXT). Recent directing credits: Jatinga (KXT bAKEHOUSE); The Laden Table (KXT bAKEHOUSE); Black Jesus (KXT - Kings Cross Theatre); His Mother’s Voice (ATYP Selects); Two Chairs (CRACK!); StoryLines Festival (NIDA & TRS) Coup d’Etat (Riverside Theatres, NIDA, TRS). In 2013 Suzanne worked with Red Leap Theatre in New Zealand on the development of their production Sea. Suzanne is the founder and facilitator of bACE Mumbai, established in 2014, working with award winning NGO Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) to establish an arts program in Kamathipura, and build an artist’s exchange between Sydney & Mumbai. In 2015 Suzanne worked at Park theatre, London, on the development of Justin Fleming’s new play Dresden. In 2018 Suzanne directs Dresden at KXT
SUZ MAWER | ACTOR In 2017 Suz worked extensively with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, performing in sold out seasons of the critically acclaimed ‘The Laden Table’ and ‘Jatinga’, and continues this relationship in 2018 in ‘Visiting Hours’. Suz has worked with some of Australia’s most innovative theatre directors and companies – Apocalypse, bAKEHOUSE, Clockfire Theatre Company, Siren Theatre Company, Impro Australia, Theatresports Queensland, 6oftheBest, Queensland Theatre Company, FRISK Theatre Co, Redcliffe Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company. Suz has her own podcast which she writes, produces and voices. ‘Modern Myths & Legends’ is available on iTunes.
TARA CLARK | ACTOR Tara is a trained actor, unwitting director, published playwright and one half of theatre company Two Peas. Recent stage performances include Darling Mae Thomas in Old 505's inaugural subscription season production, We're Bastards and Tanya Crawley in the Australian premier of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, a production which earned 7 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations in 2014. The same year she wrote and directed Jennifer Forever, since published by Playlab Indie. In 2016 she co-wrote (with Kieran Foster) and directed Drift, performed at ATYP and since published by Australian Plays. In 2017 she was invited to join the Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) Committee.
TEGAN NICHOLLS | SOUND DESIGN is a Sydney-based sound designer, podcast producer and music maker. Her soundscapes and original music have been heard in the recent stage productions The Servant of Two Masters (Sport for Jove), Measure for Measure (Sport for Jove), Wasted (The Kings Collective), Taking Steps (Ensemble Theatre), Asylum (Brave New Word), Morgan Stern (Company of Rogues), The Clean House (New Theatre), This is Not Mills & Boon (Glorious Thing), and Osama the Hero (Tooth & Sinew). Tegan created the sound design for the AWGIE winning radio play Spirit (Donna Abela) and has produced podcasts for Word Travels, The Starlight Foundation and FBi Radio’s All The Best. Tegan’s upcoming productions include Back-to-Back (The Joan), and The Sound of Waiting (Darlinghurst Theatre Co.).
YANNICK LAWRY | ACTOR After completing his undergraduate degree in Law, Yannick trained as an actor at ArtsEd in London where he gained his Masters in Acting. Working as an actor, voiceover and presenter in Sydney since 2008 his credits include the 2018 feature film, Trust, playing ‘Nick’. TV credits include Australia: The Story Of Us for Channel 7, and The Checkout for ABC tv. Recent theatre credits include a sell-out national Australian tour as ‘Screwtape’ in The Screwtape Letters with Clock and Spiel Productions, and Alain in The God of Carnage (Twisted Tree Theatre)