Kate is recognised as one of Australia's foremost directors of dance-theatre. She is an award winning creator of multidisciplinary works which cross the mediums of film, television and live performance. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts (School of Dance) and the following year studied at the John Bolton Theatre School. In 1997 she co-founded KAGE with Gerard Van Dyck. As the Co-creative Director of KAGE she has devised, directed and/or performed in all of the Company's works including:
CONTAMINATION - Karyn Lovegrove Gallery (Next Wave Festival 1998)
NO (UNDER)STANDING ANYTIME – Athenaeum Theatre (Kate received a Fellowship from the Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra in 1999 to develop this work which premiered at Next Wave Festival 2000)
BIRTHDAY – Malthouse Beckett Theatre (Kate was awarded a Womens' Artist Grant from Arts Victoria in 1999 to develop a solo performance directed by John Bolton)
NOWHERE MAN - North Melbourne Town Hall (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003)
THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDEDOWN - North Melbourne Town Hall and Artplay (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2004)
AL FRESCO - Outdoors (Melbourne 2006 Cultural Festival for the Commonwealth Games)
HEADLOCK – Malthouse Merlyn Theatre 2006 (also selected to be on the 2006 VCE Drama Playlist), Adelaide Festival Centre, Sydney Opera House 2009
APPETITE – Fairfax Studio Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2008)
Many of these works have won Kate and KAGE industry awards and national and international recognition. The awards for Kate include joint winner of the Eva Czajor memorial Award, which salutes women directors, the Canberra Critics' Circle Award for Dance, a Green Room Award for Female Emerging Artist in Dance and the 2004 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.
Kate was commissioned by Chunky Move to choreograph a new work THIS SIDE UP which she performed in Melbourne in September 1999. The work toured nationally for the Big Day Out in January 2000. Kate was invited to present THIS SIDE UP at the World Dance 2000 Tokyo Asian Next Wave in August 2000 where she performed the work with Gerard Van Dyck.
In 2001 Kate was the recipient of a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris (Australia Council Studio).
Kate was the Australian representative for the Little Asia Dance Exchange Network as part of the Made to Move program and performed her solo work THROW AWAY THE FAT,BONES, SKIN in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Taiwan and Tokyo in 2000 as part of World Dance 2000 Tokyo Asian Next Wave.
Kate played a leading role in Arena Theatre's production EAT YOUR YOUNG which premiered at the Telstra 2000 Adelaide Festival and later toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Taipai and Singapore.
In 2002 Kate participated in an Arts Business Mentorship Program through Arts and Recreation Training Victoria with creative producer Angharad Wynne-Jones.
Also in 2002 Kate created Underground for the third year dance students at the Victorian College of the Arts. The work was invited to be performed in Saitama, Japan in 2003 where it won the Grand Jury Prize at the 12th Saitama International Creative Dance Contest.
In 2003 Kate received a travel grant from the Ian Potter Foundation to work with Choreographer Benoit LaChambre and Compagnie Par.b.leux (based in Montreal) to perform in 100 Rencontres for Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and Festival Montpellier Danse.
The same year Kate was Choreographer-in-Residence at Dance Box, Osaka, through an Asialink artist residency grant.
In 2005, Kate was the Artistic Director of a company of six young Australian performers resident at World Expo 2005 in Nagoya, Japan.
Kate returned to Japan in 2006 to tour KAGE's collaborative work INK to Osaka and Yokohama as part of 2006 Year of Australia/Japan Exchange.
Kate has been commissioned to create new works for Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide (Misfit for the 2001 Come Out Festival) and Pink Lines for Tasdance.
Kate works as a Choreographer and Movement Director for Theatre. Previous productions include: The ThreePenny Opera Malthouse/Victorian Opera, Michael Kantor's Babes in the Wood, Dennis Moore's The Ishmael Club and Billy Maloney as well as Punch for St Martins Theatre. In 2008 Kate directed Frank Woodley’s acclaimed solo show Possessed.
In 2009 KAGE was invited to be the inaugural Company in Residence at Arts Centre Melbourne.
In 2012 Kate worked as a consultant dramaturge for Polyglot Theatre for their production City of Riddles and also participated in a directorial attachment with Melbourne Theatre Company and Associate Director Peter Evans.
In 2011 Kate directed two new works for KAGE. SUNDOWNER was created in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and premiered at Castlemaine State Festival in April 2011. SUNDOWNER will undertake an extensive national tour in 2013. LOOK RIGHT THROUGH ME is a collaboration with Australian poet and philosopher Michael Leunig and premiered in September at the Malthouse Theatre. Both works were nominated for the 2011 Artshub Award for Innovation in the Arts.
In March 2013, Kate will perform alongside Gerard in a new duet called FLESH AND BONE as part of L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Umbrella Events Program.
Kate is currently developing two new works for KAGE entitled FORKLIFT and TEAM OF LIFE. FORKLIFT is an international collaboration and will see the creation of a new contemporary outdoor circus work. TEAM OF LIFE harnesses the power of two great dramatic traditions – sports and theatre. By honouring the great Australian Game (AFL) and the World Game (soccer) it tells stories of young people’s search for different kinds of freedom.
Gerard’s training and performance experience includes contemporary dance, acting, slapstick, puppetry, and motion capture. Gerard choreographs, teaches, critiques and regularly discusses dance. After graduating at the Victorian College of the Arts he co-founded KAGE with Kate Denborough and has performed in all of KAGE’s award winning works throughout Australia and overseas. Gerard clocked up 50+ performances of his solo THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN and won some awards along the way. He has toured extensively with BalletLab and Polyglot Puppet Theatre, and worked locally with artists such as Nat Cursio, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, desoxy Theatre and Sandra Parker. Gerard has danced in a piano costume for Sarah Blasko and floated in a space ship for David Noonan. He has directed circus and comedy, and provided dramaturgy for ballet. When Gerard isn’t busy with KAGE he works as a Marriage Celebrant. He is on the dance panel of the Green Room Award Association and is a regular guest on Triple R’s Smart Arts Program.
General Manager and Producer
Simone Schinkel (née Collins) is a creative producer with extensive experience in arts and festival management. Upon graduating from QUT with a degree in Fine Arts (Technical Production), Simone assumed Stage and Production Management positions with LaBoite Theatre, Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Music Festival, River Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Straight Out of Brisbane and Brisbane Festival. Subsequently transitioning into producing, Simone managed the Valley Markets delivering Chinese New Year and Valley Fiesta and was the Event Producer at Ipswich Events Corporation (2006-08). Simone relocated to Melbourne in July 2008 and immediately started employment with Melbourne Fringe producing the Festival's Federation Square projects – a pakour performance, circus show, an interactive projection, and a craft exhibition involving 100 artists from around the world. In 2009 she continued working at Melbourne Fringe as Artist Development Coordinator. Additionally, Simone has worked in Melbourne with Next Wave, Emerging Writers Festival, Western Edge Youth Arts, White Whale Theatre Company, St Kilda Festival, Moomba Festival and Opera Australia. During 2010 and 2011, while General Manager at KAGE, Simone worked part-time for John Paxinos providing management and financial services to Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Wheeler Centre, Music Outback Australia and Melbourne Writers Festival.
The Gorman brand is now 14 years old (in 2013). Lisa has a team of around 150 staff across 18 Gorman stand alone retail stores nationally and in New Zealand, as well as a thriving online store. She has an experienced retail partner with whom she works with daily to keep Gorman at the top of the industry. She participates in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival annually and has done for the last 13 years. Lisa Gorman is a great supporter of the local arts, collaborating seasonally with local artists such as Rhys Lee and Rachel Castle and working closely with RMIT on a mentorship program.
Eddie Perfect is an actor, composer and comedian. Best known for his role as Mick Holland in Ten's Offspring, Eddie also wrote and starred in Shane Warne The Musical (2009 Helpmann Award Best New Work, 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Best Music Theatre Script). Other television credits include Kath and Kim, Blue Heelers, Stingers and MDA as well as performing his own brand of dark satirical music comedy on ABC TV's Standup, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Good News Week and The Sideshow. On stage, Eddie has played Alexander Downer in Keating! The Musical (Company B Belvoir, for which he won a Green Room award in 2008), Macheath in The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse Theatre) and has toured both nationally and internationally in numerous successful one man shows including Angry Eddie, Drink Pepsi Bitch, Songs From The Middle (with The Brodsky Quartet), The Big Con (Malthouse Theatre, with Max Gillies) and most recently Misanthropology (Sydney Festival) for which he won the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer. In 2012 Eddie performed the role of Luther Billis in the Opera Australia production of South Pacific.
Lyn is best known as the founder and previous CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia. She has an exceptional track record of brand, community and partnership building in the not-for-profit sector with expertise in strategic planning and development, innovative income stream generation and corporate governance.
Lyn is the recipient of numerous awards including as a finalist in the Australian of the Year in 2006 and she was named Melburnian of the Year in 2007.
Carol has an MBA from the Wharton school and brings with her a range of experience from global companies such as General Electric, AT Kearney and The Boston Consulting Group. Carol's previous roles also include General Manager for the Catherine Freeman Foundation and Executive Producer for Storm Dance Theatre. Carol was recently awarded the Westpac Community Treasurers Award for her work at KAGE.
Adalene is a Tax Manager for Asia at BHP Billiton. She previously worked in the corporate tax division of KPMG for 12.5 years. Adalene is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduated from the University of Melbourne (1997) with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Sally Arnold has always been a creator. Beginning with her career as a ﬂautist leading into her passion for cooking. She opened a gourmet cookware shop then became a department store buyer. Setting up the new concept of boutiques in the home-wares area within a department store. After several great years working in retail buying around the world, Sally returned to the performing arts. Managing a jazz dance studio and then heading the Corporate Development department of The Australian Ballet. Then followed psychotherapy training in Melbourne with some time spent in the USA. Now Sally combines her business, musical, arts management and psychotherapy background to form Corporate Creative Directions. A program using the power of music, visualization and collage to help business people move through problems, seek solutions to situations, gaining greater staff satisfaction and productivity. Her passion is to combine the world of performing arts with food and wine in unique and exciting partnerships.
Romani has worked in the creative industries for many years, most recently as a consultant solicitor at the Melbourne office of Media Arts Lawyers were she offers services to visual arts clients. This year Romani will join the team at MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) to present the 2013 program. She is also a practicing visual artist herself, specializing in mixed media sculpture, while exploring imagery through collage and video. She is a founding member and director of the ‘Key of Sea Project’ and founding board member of Northcity4, artist studios and educational organization in Brunswick.
Sarah has been a management consultant for more than a decade in Australia and the USA. She holds a senior role at Nous Group in the Strategy and Public Policy practice, and was previously a Senior Manager in Strategy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sarah has worked with some of the world’s largest organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to improve their performance by improving their strategy, structure, operations and people management. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing her MBA.
Fabienne Michaux is Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer – Asia Pacific for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Before assuming her current role in early 2012, Fab was the General Manager for Structured Finance Credit Ratings in Asia-Pacific and a member of Standard & Poor’s Global Change Leadership team. Before joining Standard & Poor’s in 1994, Fab worked in various banking and corporate treasury roles.
Fab was a national committee member for Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) and the inaugural chair of WiBF’s Victorian sub-committee (2011–2013) and a National Committee member on the Australian Securitisation Forum (2000–2010). Fab holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Distinction) in Economics and Finance from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a diploma in Treasury Management from the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers (later the Finance and Treasury Association). She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Current Project Personnel
From Derby, Western Australia, Heath is an actor and musician who has appeared in a wide variety of film, tv, concert and corporate performances. While still in his teens he shared the role of Willy in the Black Swan Theatre Company production of Bran Nue Day (1993). Also for Black Swan Theatre, Yandy (2004) and Uncle Vanya (2005). He has worked extensively for Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, Talk it Up (2009), Muttacar Sorry Business (2009), King Hit (2003), Inside Out (2002) Runumuk (1997),Wicked (1994), Price of Love (1994).
Heath has played the didgeridoo in bands and for numerous local and international functions, including with the Graham Wood Trio and guest artist Martin Piecuch from New York at the Ellington Jazz Club (2010) and with the Barry Bruce Quartet and guest artist Martin Piecuch from New York in 'Didgeridoo Meets Jazz' (2010). He previously played didgeridoo for the Yabbu Band and the Alice Haines Band.
Heath’s film credits include In the Air (short 2012), Ship to Shore & Sweat for Barron films (1996), Southern Cross & Rabbit Proof Fence (2001), My Past My Present (2008), Jacob (short film, 2008), and for television; The Circuit (2008), Dirt Game (2009), Australia on Trial (2011), Wild Boys (2011), Mabo (2011), History of the World (2012)and Breakers (1997-99).
Ben began his life in Geelong in 1971, the son of teachers, Heather and Alan Cobham.
Ben did all things children do including starting a theatre company in his back shed with the local kids. They were known as 'The Cobetts'. For Bens 9th Birthday he requested a 15amp power supply to the shed - very high tech. The shed performances consisted of sets, smoke, lighting and performance. Ben finished school at the end of year 11 to spend a year listening to music and touring Australian dance companies with brother Geoff Cobham, surviving on Geoff's living away allowance. The following year Ben applied for a VCA Diploma in Dramatic Arts - Production and was accepted at the age of 17.
On completion of the Diploma in 1991 brothers Ben and Geoff started a company called 'bluebottle' after the Goons - a family favorite. That same year Ben also started as technical Co-Ordinator at St Martins Youth Arts Center in South Yarra. It was here that Ben first met long time friend and work colleague Andrew Livingston, a Youth Arts member at the time. Their first production together, Jack and the Bean Stalk was a hit, and inevitably lead to the formation of the Melbourne arm of bluebottle. Following the success of Jack and the Bean Stalk, Ben and Andrew worked closely together on numerous projects, actively working to merge design, light and management. Their individual outreaching talents have enabled Bluebottle to grow. More recently Bluebottle reshaped its entire structure to include a new company called shop bluebottle the sales arm of bluebottle. It currently operates with a permanent mutidisaplanacry staff of sixteen who continue to assist, collaborate and support a vast range of creative, multi disciplinary projects.
Honesty and excellence have prevailed throughout Ben's work practice - occasionally getting him into trouble. Trouble in fact became a familiar counterpart of Ben's journey. He looks forward to the unknown and is at his best when challenged. During the early 2000's, Ben's interest in the integration of light and form, combined with collaborative projects at that time, became crucial factors in beginning to streamline his focus and define his artistic practice. This period marks the beginning of Ben defining his work as a courageous and talented artist.
Ben strives to invent new formats across all domains and create exciting outcomes that challenge and excite both himself and the viewer. Ben's work can be seen in theatres, galleries, museums, found architectural spaces and architecture through disciplines such as music, dance and visual art. Simplicity is a key element within Ben's work - although is simple is not necessarily easy to achieve.
Green Room Award 2001 Lighting Design (Dance) for‘Delirium’, Helen Herbertson
Green Room Award 2001 John Truscott Award for Excellence in Design
Australian Dance Award 2003‘Morphia Series’,Ben Cobham and Helen Herbertson
IESANZ Lighting Award 2006 – Commendation State Library of Victoria Dome Galleries
IESANZ Lighting Award 2008 – Commendation National Sports Museum MCG
Green Room Award 2007 Lighting for Dance for ‘Brindabella’, Ballet Lab
Green Room Award 2008 Lighting Design for Dance for ‘Sunstruck’, Ben Cobham and Helen Herbertson
Green Room Award 2008 Set and/or Costume Design for Dance for ‘Blazeblue Oneline’ (Costume Paula Levis)
Green Room Award 2008 Lighting in Theatre(Alternative/Hybrid Performance) for ‘Coop’
Green Room Award 2009 Lighting Design in Theatre (Alternative and Hybrid Performance) for ‘Miracle’(with Jenny Hector)
Companies / Individuals Ben has worked with
ACMI at Federation Square / Anthill Theatre / Art Gallery of Ballarat / Australian Ballet / Australian National Academy of Music / Australian National Maritime Museum / Australian War Memorial / Back to Back Theatre Company / Balletlab / Bambuco
Black Hole Theatre / Callum Morton / Chunky Move Dance Company / Circus OZ / City of Melbourne / City of Port Philip
Cunningham Martin Design / Danceworks / Dance North / David Lancashire Design / Design Craft / Desoxy physical theatre
Diadem DDM / Fat 52 Stores / Federation Square / Freeman Ryan Design / Gregory Burgess Architects / Handspan Puppet Theatre
Helen Herbertson / Jenny Kemp / KAGE / Legs On The Wall / Lucy Guerin Inc / Malthouse Theatre / Mariana Hardwick / Melbourne Festival
Melbourne Theatre Company / Micheal Kantor / Michelle Heaven / Museum Victoria / National Library of Australia / National Museum of Australia / National Trust of Victoria / NICA / Nigel Jamieson / Phillip Island Nature Park / Simon Barley
South Australian Museum / State of Design Festival / St Martins youth arts centre / Strange Fruit / Sydney Catchment Authority
Taylor Cullity Lethlean / Trevor Patrick / Thylacine / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer / Troppo Architects / Victorian Opera
Victorian College of the Arts and Music / Wood Marsh / X Squared Design / Zoos Victoria
Community Advisor - Team of Life
Milan Colic works as a school psychologist at St John’s Regional College in Dandenong, where he consults with people in individual, family, group work and community contexts. He is also the founder of the Open Gate Psychology Centre, originally set up to support young men going through a tough time. Milan is particularly interested in how methodologies can be used to respond to individuals, families and communities who have experienced trauma. Milan met David Denborough in 2007 when he took part in a Team of Life workshop at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide. In the same year, Milan introduced Team of Life to St John’s with remarkable results. It has since run every year and the heritage of this project has had wide reaching implications. For example, there have been numerous letter exchanges between students at St John’s and young people in other parts of the world who have completing the Team of Life initiative. Past team members have gone on to receive sporting and academic scholarships, as well as presenting their Team of Life experiences at an International Conference in Adelaide. As a consequence of these involvements, the confidence of these young people has grown significantly and has contributed to their engagement and success in school.
Damien’s career highlights include EXIT THE KING on Broadway starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon; The Australian Ballet’s SWAN LAKE which has been presented in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo; KEATING! THE MUSICAL, Australia’s most successful subsidised theatre show ever; and Australian Dance Theatre’s BIRDBRAIN which has played over 60 venues around the world. Damien has designed more than 100 theatre productions, including STRANGE INTERLUDE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF both directed by Simon Stone, THE SEAGULL directed by Benedict Andrews, SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL, GETHSEMANE, STUFF HAPPENS and TOY SYMPHONY all directed by Neil Armfield at Belvoir; BLOODLAND directed by Stephen Page, THE LOST ECHO, THE WOMEN OF TROY directed by Barrie Kosky, THE CHERRY ORCHARD directed by Howard Davies, TOT MOM directed by Stephen Soderbergh and RIFLEMIND directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman all at Sydney Theatre Company. Damien’s opera design includes A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Lyric Opera Chicago; CHORUS! at HGO; and COSI FAN TUTTE and PETER GRIMES at Opera Australia. In 2013 Damien will light Wagner’s RING CYCLE, directed by Neil Armfield and produced by Opera Australia. Damien works with many leading dance companies in Australia and this work has toured extensively around the globe. His recent work includes Chunky Move’s MORTAL ENGINE; Bangarra Dance Theatre’s OF EARTH AND SKY; Stalker Theatre Company’s SHANGHAI LADY KILLER; Australian Dance Theatre’s BE YOUR SELF and The Australian Ballet’s ROMEO AND JULIET and THE NARRATIVE OF NOTHING. Damien has been awarded three Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design and a Green Room award for Best Body of Work in 2007. He was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award in 2011 for hisdesign of THE SEAGULL; and in 2012 for his design of STRANGE INTERLUDE, both at Belvoir. Most recently, Damien won two 2012 Green Room Awards for Bell Shakespeare’s MACBETH and The Australian Ballet’s THE NARRATIVE OF NOTHING; and was nominated for his work on Belvoir / MTC’s SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL.
David Denborough (PhD) works as a teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre Publications and a community practitioner for the Dulwich Centre Foundation. Recent books/publications include: Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma.
Recent teaching/community assignments have included Bosnia, Rwanda, Uganda, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and a number of Aboriginal Australian communities. David’s songs in response to current social issues have received airplay throughout Australia and Canada.
Carmel has had a life long career in the Performing Arts.She worked extensively on Melbourne's major events and festivals, and has toured nationally and internationally with many companies. Her disciplines encompass Stage and Production management, technical logistics, lighting and international production liaison. Carmel has recently finished her long tenure as Production manager for Arts Centre Melbourne to return to freelance engagements. She has a rich history working in circus arts and physical theatre with companies including Circus Oz, Club Swing, Not Yet It's Difficult and Flying Fruit Fly Circus. FORKLIFT is her first production with KAGE.
Kutcha Edwards is a Mutti Mutti man, born in Balranald, New South Wales, Australia. He was 'stolen' at 18 months and denied his birthright to grow with his family and to experience his culture. As a teenager he was reunited with his family and so his journey began to retrieve his identity and reclaim what was denied him his family and his community. For the last nineteen years Kutcha has worked in the community at various organisations in Melbourne such as the Aboriginal Community Elders Services (ACES), Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Fitzroy Stars Youth Club Gymnasium and the Koori Open Door Education school at Glenroy. During this period Kutcha has developed a strong interest in working with Koori youth. The key issues that motivate his work are to empower youth with a strong sense of self worth, self expression, self belief and self determination
Originally from Elcho Island and Gove, North East Arnhem Land, Leila has lived in Victoria for most of her life. Leila has worked on the Marngrook Footy Show as a Reporter and News reader since the show began in 2007 and is also a regular presenter on the Marngrook radio program. She has a great understanding and love for the game and is a keen Western Bulldogs supporter.
Community Advisor - Team of Life
George Halkias is a well respected community figure who has supported some of the most vulnerable members in our community. Over the past 15 years he has coordinated innovative services and programs that have changed the lives of many Australians.
Following completion of a psychology degree and post graduate studies, George has worked extensively in the government and community sectors on various ground breaking projects. He has used his skills to find unique ways to involve the corporate world in his projects such as the recent 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne.
A passionate and entertaining speaker, George now passes on much of his insight, experience and wisdom to professionals, aspiring leaders and the wider community. He believes in raising the awareness and educating individuals on a range of social issues and inspiring them to great achievement in their own fields.
Community Advisor - Team of Life
Born and raised in Australia with Muslim migrant, Egyptian parents, Assmaah has been an avid football fan and player since childhood. She has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science. With extensive experience in a sports for social development context, Assmaah previously worked with Save the Children as the Refugee Youths Sports Development Officer and is currently the community coordinator for Football United, (an initiative of the University of NSW) assisting youth from disadvantaged backgrounds through football playing, education and leadership development opportunities. She is also the coordinator of the Youth Islamic Egyptian Society in NSW which has been established to provide a platform for youth engagement within the local and wider community. She currently plays football in the NSW Super League.
Henna was born in 1980 in North Finland. She competed in rhythmic sports gymnastics at a national level for 12 years. Between 2000-2003 she studied in Stockholm, Sweden at Cirkus Cirkör and at Stockholm University (jazz, modern and street dance). She was a member of the parliament of the Finnish Dance Association 2007-2009 and the Finland's Circus Information Centre 2008-2009. She is a recognised artist in the Finnish theatre/circus scene and has received grants from the National Arts Council as well as Arts Council of the City of Helsinki. Henna is currently touring with Cantina for Strutnfret Productions.
Amy studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, receiving the Joy Nicholls Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2005, and the Dr Philip Law Travel Scholarship in 2007. She has recently worked with Legs on the Wall on ‘Symphony’, presented in Sydney Festival 2013. Amy was a core company member of Buzz Dance Theatre from 2011 to 2012 performing in works Thrill, Restless and Fragile and touring to the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia on the company’s Big Stretch tour. She is Co-Director of Phantom Limbs, which has received awards and funding from Theatre Works, City of Yarra, City of Melbourne, Arts ACT, and toured works to the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, Theatre Works and QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Canberra. Amy is a City of Melbourne Young Artist grant recipient and a guest teacher at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Amy’s choreographic commissions include Theodore and the Winehouse with Phantom Limbs as part of Private Dances in the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Your Twenty Worst for Guerrilla, Dance Card, an Ausdance Victoria initiative
QUT trained, Timothy has been performing professionally for over 13 years. He has worked with Australian Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, KAGE, Shaun Parker & Co, Lucy Guerin Inc, Meryl Tankard, Legs on the Wall, Strings Attached, Stalker, Torque Show, Strut & Fret, Theatre of Image, The Song Company, Anton, Raw Metal, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia and Chunky Move performing Stephanie Lake’s Mix Tape for which he received a 2010 Green Room award. Timothy has choreographed a handful of short works performing in Expressions Dance Company’s Solo – Festival of Dance in Brisbane and iOU in Sydney SPRING DANCE 2012.
Mel Page is a set and costume designer for theatre and film. For the Sydney Theatre Company Mel costume designed LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES and was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for her designs. Mel also designed the costumes for PYGMALION for STC in 2012; BAAL, a co- production between STC and Malthouse Theatre; and VS MACBETH, a co-production between STC and The Border Project. Mel costume designed STRANGE INTERLUDE, AS YOU LIKE IT and THE PROMISE for the upstairs theatre at Belvoir. For the downstairs theatre, Mel designed the set and costumes for OLD MAN and MEDEA. Most recently, Mel designed the costumes for LA POMPEII at Malthouse. With Simon Stone’s company The Hayloft Project Mel designed costumes on productions THE SUICIDE, THE ONLY CHILD and SPRING AWAKENING; the latter earning Mel a nomination for Best Design in the 2008 Green Room Awards. Mel designed both the set and costume for ASHES TO ASHES at 45 Downstairs and Lally Katz’s THE APOCALYPSE BEAR TRILOGY which was produced by Stuck Pigs Squealing and played at the MTC in association with the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Mel set designed for NOYE’S FLUDDE for the Victorian Opera and THE SPICKS AND SPECKTACULAR for ABC and Token Events. Mel designed an installation for VISIBLE CITY, which was exhibited as a keynote project in the Melbourne Fringe in 2010. Mel production designed the short films GREAT ACTS OF KINDNESS and HOLLOW BONES and worked in the Art Department on feature films THE TENDERHOOK and MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX. Currently she is costume designing Bille Pleffer’s short film BABY BABY. Mel was design assistant on THE TRIAL for Malthouse Theatre and STC and completed a design secondment on Chris Kohn’s production of LALLY KATZ AND THE TERRIBLE MYSTERIES OF THE VOLCANO while studying at VCA. Upcoming work for Mel in 2013 includes HAMLET, ANGELS IN AMERICA and SMALL AND TIRED at Belvoir.
Julie is a Melbourne based set and costume designer. Julie has had the pleasure on working with KAGE on two productions to date. SUNDOWNER, and a season of LOOK RIGHT THROUGH ME at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. Julie has collaborated with Eleventh Hour Theatre on numerous productions including two Endgames and an Othello, culminating with a final set and costume design of King John for the 2010 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. In 2012 Julie designed costumes for a remount Quartet the Razor (A is for Atlas), and constructed costumes for the next installment of Underbelly Squizzy. Other productions include: set design Ariadne auf Naxos (Victorian Opera), The Scoundrel That You Need (Moriarty’s Project Inc), The Fire Raisers (Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne) Julie is the recipient of the Green Room Award for Set Design in an Independent Theatre Category ‘For Samuel Beckett’ 2006 (Eleventh Hour Theatre).
David Nyuol Vincent fled South Sudan’s civil war with his father when he was a child. They made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia but were separated and David was trained as a child soldier. 18 years after leaving South Sudan, David was given a humanitarian visa to come to Australia in 2004. He was awarded a scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Political Science and Criminology at the University of Melbourne. He has spent the years since gaining extensive experience working with young people through community development and family support programs.
David has become an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and is a Victorian Human Rights Ambassador. A true humanitarian, David has created a cross-cultural NGO, Peace Palette, which works towards the empowerment of communities by drawing on local skills and knowledge. He also helped to set up an all-Sudanese football team, the Western Tigers, in the Brimbank soccer league. In 2011, he was noted as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative people. David became a published author with his book “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die” released in July 2012.
Nicci Wilks began her career with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in 1983. She has continued to train in theatre and circus around the globe with The Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, the John Palacy Trapeze Volant School in Paris, La Fura Del Baus (Spain), New York dance company “Witness Relocation”, Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France, Italian clown master Giovanni Fusetti and with circus master trainers in Montreal, Norway and Germany.
She has performed with many companies such as Circus Oz, Melbourne Theatre Company, CIRCA, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Hothouse Theatre and Legs On The Wall. Nicci has also created many new works as a performer, creator/devisor and director with various independent companies throughout Australia and as a solo artist.
Jethro Woodward is a Melbourne-based composer, musician and sound designer recognized for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. A multi Green Room Award winner and nominee, he has worked with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies including MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Company B, Arena, Windmill, MSO, Rawcus, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Fragment 31, Lucy Guerin, Australian Dance Theatre, KAGE and more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth (Malthouse/ Arena 2010), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse/ Arena - 2009) and Irony Is Not Enough (Fragment 31 - 2010). He was the Musical Director and Sound Designer for 6 x Helpmann nominated musical Wizard of Oz (Windmill - 2009).