Daniel Keene / Writer
Daniel has written for the theatre since 1979. He has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama twice, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Drama three times, the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, the Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award, the Sumner Locke Elliot Prize (New York), the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award. He has also been awarded the Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts for his contribution to Australian theatre. His work has been presented at the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide International Arts Festivals and at the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. Since 2000 over 80 productions of his work have been presented in Europe, predominately in France. He was the first (and so far, the only) Australian playwright to be produced at the main program at the Avignon Festival, and major productions and tours of his work include theatres such as the Théâtre de la Commune, Scéne Nationale de Toulouse, Scéne Nationale de Valence, Scéne National de Bordeaux, Théâtre de La Colline and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. In 2016 Daniel was appointed to the rank of Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Matt Scholten / Director
Matt is a director, producer, writer, lecturer and acting coach who has worked in mainstage, touring, education and independent theatre settings in regional and metropolitan locations around Australia. Matt has been the Artistic Director & Creative Producer for award-winning, prolific independent theatre company If Theatre. Matt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 with a postgraduate degree with First Class Honours in Directing. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. Matt’s theatre work has been nominated for two Helpmann Awards, three Green Room Awards, the Australian Performing Arts Centre Association’s Drover Award and If Theatre won the 2015 Drama Victoria Award for Best Production for Mother. He is currently producing, writing and developing a series of creative projects across a range of storytelling mediums including theatre, film and television.
Kat Chan / Set, Costume & Props Designer
Originally trained as an architect, Kat worked in architectural practices in Adelaide and Tokyo before moving to Melbourne to study at the VCA. She graduated with a Masters in Production Design and Postgraduate Diploma in Production Design receiving the inaugural Trina Parker Scholarship and the George Tallis Award. Kat is a cross-discipline designer, working across theatre, ballet, video art, styling and events. In 2016, Kat was invited to create the designs for the world premiere of Scent of Love for the Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House, which then premiered at the State Theatre, Melbourne in 2017. Selected recent credits include Mother (Set & Costume, IF Theatre); The Australian Ugliness (Costume, video artist: Eugenia Lim, Open House Melbourne 2018); From Silence (Set & Costume, The Australian Ballet); The People’s Currency (Set & Costume, AsiaTopa Fed Sq, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art); and The Sleeping Beauty (Design Associate to Gabriela Tylesova, The Australian Ballet 2015).
Noni Hazlehurst / Christie
Noni is one of Australia’s favourite and most respected actors and presenters. In late 2016, she completed a second sell-out tour of Mother for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award as Best Female Actor in a Play. In 2017 she appeared in Season 5 of A Place to Call Home on Foxtel and in The Letdown on the ABC. The celebrated film, theatre and television actor and beloved Play School presenter and Better Homes and Gardens host has undoubtedly one of the most impressive and wide-ranging career portfolios in the business. Other recent credits include the feature films Ladies in Black, Truth and The Mule , and the television series The Broken Shore and Redfern Now for the ABC. She was the recipient of the 2016 Logies Hall of Fame Award. Among her many awards, she has won two Best Actress Awards for her role in the feature film Bitter and Twisted, four AFIs (Little Fish, Waiting At The Royal, Fran, Monkey Grip), two Logies (Best Supporting Actress in a mini-series for Waterfront, Best Supporting Actress in a mini-series for Ride On Stranger), and an Order of Australia. She was also bestowed a PhD honoris causa by her alma mater, Flinders University.
Tom Willis / Lighting Designer
Tom is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Since graduating in 2008, he has established himself as a successful freelance designer, working on a wide range of projects spanning traditional theatre, puppetry, dance, circus, opera, musical theatre and cabaret. His work has been nominated for two Green Room Awards, most recently for Life Like Company’s City of Angels in 2015 and 4 Larks’ The Temptation of St. Antony in 2012. As a lighting designer, notable projects include: Dusk (Y-Space), Junk (Flying Fruit Fly Circus), Incognito (Red Stitch), The Light in the Piazza, City of Angels (Life Like Company), Mother (IF Theatre /Regional Arts Victoria), Money Shots (Sydney Theatre Company), The Plague Dances (Malthouse), Self, Hollywood Honky Tonk (Michael Ralph), Orpheus, The Temptation of St. Antony, Undine, Peer Gynt (4 Larks), The Ugly One, The Pigeons (Griffin Independent), Pale Blue Dot (OpticNerve), Exodus (Bone Marrow Theatre), DasShoku Shake! (Yumi Umiumare), Dying City and Purgatorio (Hoy Polloy), Sweeney Todd and Rhinoceros (Union House).
Darius Kedros / Sound Designer
Darius is a sound designer and composer working across theatre, installation, virtual reality and radio/podcast. Since relocating to Melbourne from the UK in 2013, he has created work for the ABC’s Radio National, Melbourne Theatre Company, Festival of Live Art, Scienceworks, Federation Square, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Music Week, and Asia TOPA. Collaborations with Australian artists include Kathy Holowko, Triage Live Art Collective, and Dee & Cornelius. His northern hemisphere credits include The Rambert Dance Company, Momentum Pictures, the BBC, and Virgin Records. Interested in creating artworks using new media and technologies, Darius has most recently turned his hand to spatialised audio in virtual and mixed realities, and is exploring these emerging art forms.
Isabella Kerdijk / Stage Manager
Isabella graduated from the production course at NIDA in 2008. She has worked as stage manager and assistant stage manager on many shows including, for Belvoir, My Name is Jimi, Hir, The Dog / The Cat, Jasper Jones, Girl Asleep, The Drover’s Wife, Mother Courage and Her Children, Kill the Messenger, The Glass Menagerie, 20 Questions, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person (national tour) and Thyestes (European tours). Her other credits include Replay, And No More Shall We Part, This Year’s Ashes, Ugly Mugs (Griffin Theatre Company); Ride & Fourplay (Darlinghurst Theatre Compan y); Rainman, The Ruby Sunrise (Ensemble Theatre); Empire (Spiegelworld); Cranked Up (Circus Oz); The Mousetrap (Australia/NZ tour – LWAA); and Bubble (Legs On the Wall). Isabella has worked as production coordinator on Carmen (Opera Australia on Sydney Harbour) and production manager/stage manager for Puppetry of the Penis (A-List Entertainment). Isabella has also worked on various festivals including The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Sydney Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival.