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Kate Denborough

Creative Director

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. 

In 2013 Kate was recognised in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Gerard Van Dyck

Creative Director

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.

Simone Schinkel

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.

Ambassadors

Lisa Gorman

Ambassador

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

Ambassador

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.

Board

Lyn Swinburne AM

Chair

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 Ross

Vice Chair

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.

Fabienne Michaux

Treasurer

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.

Sarah Connelly

Secretary

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.

Adalene Pandeli

Board Member

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

Board Member

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 Benjamin

Board Member

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.

Current Project Personnel

Pier Akec

Performer

Pier graduated from Carey Baptist Grammar School 2013. He is currently studying Construction Management at RMIT University. Pier loves soccer, athletics and footy and is partial to a bit of house music. This Pier's first performance with KAGE and he can't wait!

Heath Bergersen

Performer

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).

 

 

Nyuol Bol

Performer

Nyuol is 21 years of age and a Psychology student at Victoria University. He has previous undertaken an International Development degree prior to his current field of study. Nyuol plays soccer nine months out of every year and loves music. This is his first project with KAGE and he can't wait to get started! 

 

Bill Coleby

Risk Manager

Bill Coleby has 27 years of experience applying risk management to the leisure, public venue and festival industries. Bill has extensive experience in the development of operational and safety procedures, OH&S policies and manuals, maintenance, management skills, safety training procedures, venue and festival safety programs development and implementation, accident circumstance investigation and loss adjusting.

Bill commenced Risk Management for Shows, Venues and Amusement Parks in the 1980’s. Bill was instrumental in producing the original Safety Seminars for the Australian Leisure Industry. He has also attended and assisted with the production of safety seminars in the USA for the American Recreation Equipment Association. Bill has performed Risk Management audits and given safety advice to most of Australia’s Amusement Parks and Leisure Venues in the past. Bill has performed circumstance investigating for Victorian WorkCover, investigating serious accidents. He is also experienced in loss adjusting for the Leisure Industry. Bill is a member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia Limited, National Safety Council of Australia, Australian Amusement Leisure & Recreation Association and was for five years on the board of directors of St Martins Youth Arts Centre. Bill has an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety) and an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

Coleby Consulting was formed due to the high demand for Risk Management for Festivals, Venues and Events. We are a small organization with a low profile dedicated to assisting the Festival, Venue and Event industry with pro-active Risk Management, Risk Assessments, Safety and Emergency Plans and training. Our performance and results are our testimony. 

 

Milan Colic

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 Cooper

Lighting Designer

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. 

Jordine Cornish

Secondment

Jordine Cornish is an early career dance artist whose work draws from personal story telling as well as her exposure to professional dance artists and art work in Melbourne and Europe. Her artistic work provokes imaginative realities encouraging the viewer to move away from literal, narrative thinking. She is interested in non-traditional settings (performances existing in spaces like vehicles and bedrooms) which allow the viewer to see and experience spaces in a new way. She incorporates the tool of improvisation into her practice as a way and desire of exploring, experimenting and moving past the known experiences in the body.
Recently, Jordine’s dance practice has been focused towards creating dance work for young audiences. She sees young people as an exciting, honest and open audience considering them to have not yet lost their connection with imaginative play as a means of making sense of the world. They are not so concerned about being understood, or justified, but with being present, anchored in the now. Working for young audiences is not about simplifying things, but about investigating and sharpening the facets of her artistic practice further. Valuing work which is not spoon fed to the audience she’s fascinated with interactivity, spectacle and participation, enabling the audience to have a full bodied experience of the work.
Jordine has recently returned from Germany where she was working (as a collaborator and performer) with renowned Dutch artist Erik Kaiel and Italian Choreographer Gabriella Maiorino on their new production ‘connect the dots’. Jordine has completed a Post Graduate in performance creation (Choreography) and a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Whilst at the VCA Jordine was a recipient of the prestigious Dr Phillip Law Travel Scholarship. She has also received two Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants, an Art Start Grant and professional development support from the Arts Centre Melbourne. 

David Denborough

Writer

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.

Working with memory in the shadow of genocide: The narrative practices of Ibuka trauma counsellors.

Raising our heads above the clouds: Using narrative practices to spark social action and economic development (the work of the Mt Elgon Self-Help Community Project)

Beyond the prison: Gathering dreams of freedom

Family therapy: Exploring the field's past, present and possible futures

Queer counselling and narrative practice

Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience.

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 Duffy

Production Manager

Carmel is a production and people manager.

She has vast experience in live performance event delivery in its many forms and is a skilled manager of crews, cross cultural and artist liaison, venue operations and project management.

Carmel cut her circus teeth touring with Circus OZ and has continued to work on and off with physical theatre companies including Not Yet Its Difficult, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Dislocate and others. In addition she has worked extensively on all of Melbourne’s festivals and with major companies such as Melbourne Theatre Co. and Opera Australia. During a her appointment at Arts Centre Melbourne as production manager, she project managed productions of all sorts in all of their venues and outdoor sites. Highlights include the National Ballet of China, Philip Glass’ Qatsi Trilogy, breakdancing extravaganza RedBull Flying Bach, Capetown Opera Co, Tubular Bells For Two and many others. This is her first production for KAGE. 

 

Thomas Edmiston

Technical Manager

Thomas has been working as a freelance theatre technician since 2009. Based in Brisbane, he is the current Production Coordinator of Student Theatre at the Queensland University of Technology and Deputy Head of Lighting and Programmer of Opera Queensland. He has worked throughout Australia on productions with Queensland University of Technology, Opera Queensland, Cirque Du Soleil, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, The Woodford Folk Festival and Griffith University. Recent productions include: Julius Caesar (QUT), Otello (Opera Queensland), August: Osage County (QUT), Saltimbanco – Brisbane, Newcastle (Cirque Du Soleil), Swan Lake (Queensland Ballet), QUT Theatre Republic (Brisbane Festival), and World’s Biggest Orchestra Challenge (Queensland Music Festival). 

 

Kutcha Edwards

Musician

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

Leila Gurruwiwi

Performer

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.  

George Halkias

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.

 

Carly Heard

Production Manager

Carly is a production specialist who enjoys working across a wide range of disciplines from large scale public and corporate events to theatre. Carly has been instrumental in the success of many major Victorian events such as The St Kilda Festival, City Of Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve and the internationally recognized 2006 Commonwealth Games Yarra River Project (The Fish).  In addition Carly has production managed theatre tours nationally and internationally for companies such as Lucy Guerin Inc and The Spaghetti Western Orchestra.  Carly has also produced and executed major creative projects for corporate clients such as Strongbow Neon Night Surfing and implemented large scale activations for Stella Artois at Tropfest and the AACTA awards.  Carly very much enjoys engaging with Melbourne’s artistic community by offering adaptive skills with a sprinkle of personality to collaborate in the making of rewarding journeys.

 

Assmaah Helal

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.

 

Marg Howell

Set and Costume Designer

A triple Greenroom Award winner, Marg has also recently won Sydney Theatre Awards for Stage and Costume Design for Summertime In The Garden Of Eden. Marg was the Designer in Residence for the Lawler Studio with Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011, she is a regular collaborator with Angus Cerini- Doubletap. In 2014, Marg will design shows for Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company and Arena.

Recent projects include: Cock (MTC), Summertime In The Garden Of Eden (Sisters Grimm), Savages (fortyfivedownstairs), By Their Own Hands (The Hayloft Project), Constellations (MTC) Music (MTC), The School For Wives (Bell Shakespeare), Tame (Malthouse Theatre), The Histrionic (STC/ Malthouse Theatre), Ophelia Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Bell Shakespeare/ Chambermade Opera), Save For Crying (Angus Cerini-Doubletap), Bare Witness (La Mama/ fortyfivedownstairs), Do Not Go Gentle (fortyfivedownstairs).

 

Henna Kaikula

Performer

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.

Kiki Kuol

Performer

Kiki finished year 12 in 2013. She is currently studying hospitality, tourism and event management at Tafe. Kiki loves

sport, in particular basketball and netball. She also loves music and dancing and can’t wait to get on stage with KAGE!

 

Amy Macpherson

Performer

Amy completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts receiving the Joy Nichols Award for Outstanding Achievement (2005) and the Dr Philip Law Travel Scholarship (2007). Amy performed in Symphony for Legs on the Wall as part of Sydney International Arts Festival 2013 and toured to South Korea. Recently Amy received a 2014 JUMP mentorship grant to work with Narelle Benjamin. Amy was a 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. Other companies she has worked for include Cadi McCarthy & Company and Opera Australia. She is Co- Director of dance collective Phantom Limbs, touring works to the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, Theatre Works and QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Canberra. Phantom Limbs’ most recent work TRTH+FNTSY received ‘Best Dance’ and ‘The Discovery Award’ in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013. Amy’s choreographic commissions include Private Dances with Phantom Limbs as part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Your Twenty Worst for Dance Card, an Ausdance Victoria initiative. 

 

Mark Middleton

Technical Manager

Mark is a Production/Technical Manager from Brisbane, Australia. Graduating at the top of his class in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Production from the Queensland University of Technology, he was also awarded the Ashley Wilkie Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Performing Arts.

While at home, Mark freelances in Queensland, spending significant time with companies including: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet and Major Brisbane Festivals. Mark is also a sessional academic for Queensland University of Technology, working as a teacher, mentor and Production Manager to the Technical Production Students for their professional dance and theatre seasons.

Mark’s touring credits started as a lighting realiser in 2008 for LaBoite Theatre Co and have since progressed to Production Manager for companies such as Performing Lines, KAGE, Imaginary Theatre and Circa Contemporary Circus, taking him extensively throughout Australia and international tours.

 

Timothy Ohl

Performer

 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.

 

Vivienne Poznanski

Stage Manager

Vivienne graduated from VCA with a Bachelor of Production in 2010. Since then she has been working in Stage Management for Melbourne Theatre Company for the following productions – 2010: Dead Man’s Cellphone, Life Without Me. 2011: Apologia, Water Carriers, Rising Water, The Importance of Being Earnest. 2012: The Seed, The Heretic, His Girl Friday, Music. 2013: Other Desert Cities, and Rupert. Vivienne has also worked on an international production of One Man, Two Guvnors. In 2014 Vivienne has stage managed ‘Hello There We’ve Been Waiting For You’ for the Next Wave festival and toured MTC’s Rupert to Washington D.C. for the Kennedy Centre’s World Stages festival. 

 

Julie Renton

Costume Designer

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). 

 

John Rodgers

Composer

John Rodgers is a musician, a creator of shows, and a producer. Recent creative projects include Ngangwurra means Heart for the Black Arm Band, Mother Courage and her Children for the QTC, Hipbone Sticking Out for Big hART, The Shadow King for the Malthouse, Hear me, and remember for didgeridus, cellos, guitar, and voice, for the Four Winds Festival, Little Birung with singer/performer Megan Sarmardin, Where the Heart Is with choreographer Natalie Wier (for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award), Glass for improvising trumpeter Scott Tinkler and the London Sinfonietta, music for Sue Rider's The Pink Twins, The Dream Catchers, Tulp: the body public (a multimedia meditation) and a suite for recorder based on Australian bird song for Genevieve Lacey. He has created works for many Australian festivals and companies including Inferno, two shows in Mt Isa featuring dancing bobcats, The Mizler Society with Anthony Burr, and The Sunshine Club, a swing musical about post World War Two efforts at reconciliation, the music for a 2009 Broadway production of Exit the King starring Geoffrey Rush, and he was the primary creator for the cult band Madame Bones. He was musical director on Zen Zen Zo's Cabaret at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, musical creator and player on the QTC's Elizabeth: Almost by chance a Woman, and performed in Annie Lee's Dangling my Tootsies at the Powerhouse. He is currently writing about JS Bach's notorious eldest son Friedemann, and working on a film project 8000 Balustrades with Linda Neil and Randall Wood, Madame Carandini's Musical Curiosity Show with Sandro Colarelli. His violin album A Rose is a Rose... is available on Extreme and his flamenco album The Uncaring Wind was released in 2011 along with the album of Little Birung. The album of Where the Heart is was released in 2012. His playing and works have appeared on numerous other recordings.

 

Daisy Sanders

Secondment

Daisy Sanders has just graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a 2013 BA Arts (Dance). Her studies there included 2009 in the Advanced Diploma (Classical Ballet) and fall 2012 Semester studying as an International Exchange Student in BFA and MFA programs at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), USA. As a student she has worked with Charlie Hodges, Jo Pollitt, Paea Leach and Leigh Warren among others. She has undertaken secondment placements with Sue Peacock and Performing Lines, Lucy Guerin Inc., Bluebottle 3 and internationally, Company Chameleon (Manchester), Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (Dublin/London). Daisy grew up in Canberra and completed Year 12 in 2008 at Dickson College with the highest UAI graduating score (99.7). She was named 2009 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for these achievements and for outstanding community contribution. In August 2013 her original dance theatre work ‘An Invitation to Balter’ was part of the ‘Fresh’ season at UWA Dolphin Theatre and will be presented again at the Blueroom Theatre, Perth, February 2014 as part of the ‘Summer Nights’ season. Daisy is intrigued by; dance meeting theatre, choreography, release technique, improvisation, Feldenkrais and sensory awareness acting  and is passionate and excited abouthow this will build her career as a dance theatre creator and performer.

 

David Nyuol Vincent

Advisor and Performer

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

Performer

Nicci is a freelance artist continually creating and performing works of various art forms. She began her career with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. She has trained in theatre and circus around the globe with: The Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe (China), the John Palacy Trapeze Volant School and Ecole Philippe Gaulier (France), La Fura Del Baus (Spain), Witness Relocation (New York), Italian clown master Giovanni Fusetti and specifically in circus in Montreal, Norway and Germany. Nicci has worked with a number of companies including: Circus Oz, Melbourne Theatre Company, Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus (CIRCA), Melbourne Workers Theatre, Hothouse Theatre, Born In A Taxi, Dislocate and Legs On The Wall. She has strutted her skills on every continent in the world bar one and performed in 10 different languages. She works with independent theatre companies and artists throughout Australia as a performer, creator/ devisor and co-director and also as a solo artist. 

 

Jethro Woodward

Composer

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).