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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamaica Zuanetti is a Melbourne based writer. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree, majoring in French and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She is an acting graduate of the National Theatre Drama School.
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. In 2016, she was an intern on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric season. In 2017, she was a writer in residence with Lonely Company. Her play Too Ready Mirror was presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy in 2017.
Allee is a playwright from Melbourne where she’s had two plays produced by Theatre 451. Her most recent play, Beers & Trees, was performed at La Mama as a part of the 2015 Explorations Season. An earlier draft of Beers & Trees was read at the Five Point One Reading Sessions in Adelaide. Last year Allee was a part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio where she was mentored by playwright Lachlan Philpott. She also writes short fiction and has been published in Voiceworks and Visible Ink.
SEANNA VAN HELTEN
Seanna van Helten is a writer and theatre-maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her award-winning and Green Room Award nominated company, She Said Theatre, was co-founded with collaborator Penny Harpham and has produced works in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, New Zealand, and regional centres across Australia. Seanna's works include Salt (La Mama Theatre/She Said Theatre), Fallen (Sport for Jove Theatre Company/She Said Theatre), HART with Ian Michael (She Said Theatre), Laika and Wills (Melbourne Fringe 2013; winner of Outstanding Indigenous Artist Award for performer Ian Michael) and Breaking (Melbourne Fringe 2012). In 2016, her play Fallen was selected for development with Playwriting Australia, she was invited to be a resident writer at Lonely Company working with Bridget Mackey, and she was the recipient of the Australia Council's ArtStart grant. Seanna holds a Master of Writing for Performance from Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Arts from University of Melbourne, where her dissertation was awarded the Percival Serle Prize. Seanna has also contributed to Rave Magazine, Milk Bar Mag, Griffith REVIEW and Voiceworks.