Contributors

David Kary

David Kary

David Kary completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) at Wollongong University between 1990 and 1992 majoring in Arts Journalism and Theatre Studies. Since completing his degree in 1992 he has been writing continuously about the performing arts. He has contributed to a number of publications including Stage Whispers (16 years), The Messenger, South Sydney Bulletin, Tharunka, Sydney Observer, Latte Life Double Bay, and the Australian Jewish News. Since 2005, he has been the publisher and editor of the online Arts magazine Sydney Arts Guide:- http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/ He is a member of the Australian Journalists Association (AJA) of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA), the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), and is a member of the Helpmann Awards Voting Collegiate.

1394 Articles
Richard Cotter

Richard Cotter

As a child, Richard loved going to the pictures. He is still getting over the advent of the talkie which set cinema back a century but still sounds off on radio ABC, 2GB and 2UE etc about the state of cinema whenever invited. As well, Richard has been a theatre practitioner for the past 35 years and has been resident director for Big Splash Productions for the past 10 years.

612 Articles
Lynne Lancaster

Lynne Lancaster

A passionate theatre person Lynne is originally from Sydney and holds a B.Ed (Art) - a postgraduate Diploma in Information Management (Librarianship) and an MA in Theatre. While living in London ( 2002 -2007 ) Lynne completed the dance criticism course at Sadlers Wells linked in with Chichester University. Lynne has worked for both Ticketek and Ticketmaster here in Australia and was involved with the original production of THE BOY FROM OZ An Ausdance member Lynne is passionate about dance and has studied ballet and Flamenco. Before moving to London she photographed the Sydney Dance Company and Australian Ballet among other companies and has exhibited internationally. Lynne is a SAMAG member and a volunteer at the Art Gallery of NSW. Currently Lynne writes for arthub, danceinforma and sydneyartsguide.

487 Articles
Lynn Belvedere

Lynn Belvedere

Once we were old enough, my parents took the whole family to the Sydney CBD cinemas every week. Thus began a lifetime interest, in going to the cinema every week, and became a passionate cinephile by watching all those very heavily edited ''Australian Film Censorship Board'' cinéaste versions of brand new release ''Cinematograph Films''. Greater Union always gave my father (who worked in Cinema Distribution Exhibition) guest double movie passes, to every first-night ''red carpet Opening Night'' at The State Theatre Cinema at 49 Market Street. Up until his death, my dad always received ''two house seats'' for every Opening Night performance events at the Theatre Royal SYDNEY and at Her Majesty's Theatre SYDNEY. As a child, when mum choose not to go, I often went with him, to those live performance events. As a young child, I remember being taken for each new show, at both The New Theatre at 60 Sussex Street, and the Phillip Street Theatre when located at 150 Elizabeth Street, and for classical music concerts at Sydney Town Hall.   Being happy is a choice, and I have always viewed my life, as material ready be made into a series of amazing tentpole movies. My New Years Resolution is kept every year: ''Get to see/review five new live theatre shows each week, and get to see/review six new cinema movies each week'', plus is one of the Australian Cinema Pioneers and apparently have seen far too much already, but always wanting to experience more and more each year. I am also able to do almost everything that I enjoy doing. Yes, I do have a great daytime job in I.T. as ''Software Design Project Manager'', PLUS each evening until quite late - playwright, writer, director, producer, arts/drama critic and judge, journalist, member FCCA & member AACTA accredited film reviewer-critic-writer, projectionist, plus an innovative iconoclast . . . LYNN BELVEDERE . . .

211 Articles
Judith Greenaway

Judith Greenaway

Judith is a Sydney theatre worker who was ‘born in a trunk’. With a lifelong passion for all performing arts, she has turned her hand to many jobs in film, TV and live theatre. Ranging from earning pocket money for trimming the back legs off tables, so they sat flat on raked stages to owning her own touring theatre company. A lighting designer by trade, Judith experiences performances with a technical eye and an understanding of the jobbing actor and the theatrical bedrock which supports them.

178 Articles
Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan

Paul Nolan was born on the New South Wales North Coast. He has been involved with musical theatre and choral groups on the NSW North Coast and in Sydney. Paul has had poetry published in various periodicals. He is trained in classical piano and has a Bachelor of Music from the UNSW.

157 Articles
Ben Apfelbaum

Ben Apfelbaum

My photography began when my father handed me the proverbial brownie box camera as a child. As cameras developed I went through Fujica and Olympus range finders graduating to my first single lens reflex camera, the Minolta SRT101, the latter being the greatest facilitator to my growth as a photographer. Digital photography has only added to this. I was a regular contributor to Camera Craft magazine (Australian Camera ) for over three years. During Australia’s Bicentennial year (1988) I made it a personal project to document the celebrations. This culminated in the creation of a book of my photos which was published in 1989. The book was called CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA and came with an accompanying calendar. My works have appeared in a number of publications including the coffee book entitled MY AUSTRALIA (1989), publisher Robertsbridge Severn. This book had a preface by the then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke. I was a co-photographer on a book entitled SYDNEY- DISCOVER THE CITY with text written by Robert Treborland. Major Mitchell Press was the publisher. Also for two years I was the photographer for calendars celebrating Sydney’s multicultural communities. The two calendars were entitled MULTICULTURAL SYDNEY. My work appeared in a group exhibition held at Sydney’s Town Hall pertaining to the diversity of life in South America to raise money for orphanages there. I have over one hundred photos stored in the New South Wales State Library archive. I had a solo exhibition held in 2007 entitled Ben’s Lens at the Sydney Jewish Museum which celebrated the vibrancy of the Sydney Jewish community. Some of these photos are on the Museum’s permanent display. I have exhibited internationally firstly at the Spruill Gallery in Atlanta Georgia, united states, and in an exhibition entitled Kosher and Co at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Currently I am a regular contributor to J-Wire and this esteemed publication.

152 Articles
Mark Pigott

Mark Pigott

A memorable part of Mark’s childhood, in Sydney in the sixties, was spent queuing up in George Street to watch the latest movies. Mark remains an avid cinema and theatre goer, and believe that the essentials of great drama remain the same in both ‘'genres'’. Mark’s other interests are photography, cricket and rugby. He is happy to discuss the finer points of swing bowling at any time.

136 Articles
Bronwyn Fullerton

Bronwyn Fullerton

Bronwyn Fullerton worked as an actress and singer for over 20 years after training with Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre Studios in Sydney in the 70s. She has worked for The Ensemble Theatre, Stables Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Theatre-in-Education touring, Rocks Theatre at The Sailor’s Home, Balmain Loft, North Coast Theatre Co., Giniby Theatre Co., Bondi Pavilion Theatre and two years with the Marionette Theatre of Australia, including a tour from Alice Springs to Arnhem Land. As well as Film and Television (Chopper Squad) and Voice Overs, Bronwyn worked for the Gate Theatre Club in London and studied mime in Paris. She now teaches ESL English to foreign students and completed a Post-Grad in Film & Video at UTS in 2009/10.

73 Articles
Jake Freeman

Jake Freeman

Jake Freeman is a junior administration assistant, editor, camera operator and filmmaker. Jake has previously completed his studies in Film and Television at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (NMIT) and in Business Administration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During his business studies Jake co-managed and hosted a major fundraising event as part of his course assessment that raised over $1000 with guest speakers from the The Big Issue and The Oaktree Foundation in attendance. He has worked for Channel 31, SYN Media and RMITV in various roles such as camera operator, editor and director. Jake has recently been writing and performing stand-up comedy in various Melbourne venues.

49 Articles
Maggy Franklin

Maggy Franklin

Maggy Franklin has been a passionate attendee at all types of theatre and muscial theatre in Sydney for many years. She has a teaching diploma in Speech and Drama, has attended Darlo Drama classes, acted and directed in Crast Test Drama, directed at Short and Sweet Sydney, is involved in Actors Anonomyous and has worked as front of house for various theatres. An ex-high school teacher, she is now responsible for accrediting aged care homes, plays tennis, gets to the cinema whenever possible, and is a Lifeline telephone counsellor. She believes one can never go to too much theatre, and there is always something to be experienced at every production.

48 Articles
Allan Chapple

Allan Chapple

Allan Chapple has done over three thousand performances, including the series director in 2005 Tele movie ''Dynasty – Behind the Scenes'', two thirds of which involved singing, and has produced a dozen or more dramatic and comic plays, 2 full scale musicals, 6 theatre restaurant shows, 20 pantomimes and children’s shows, 2 short films and written and directed some 60 corporate and training videos. He has taught acting for TV and Film at Ensemble Studios as well as acting for theatre at Brent Street and many other schools, and corporate communication skills for many top leaders in the public and private sectors.

47 Articles
Carolyn Neumann

Carolyn Neumann

Highly qualified in things other then 'the Arts'; Carolyn's life long love of theatre, movies, comedy and music has meant that she has spent much of her life in dark rooms with strangers - sitting upright and paying attention. So now - please sit upright and pay attention...

46 Articles
John Pollak

John Pollak

John Pollak did Arts and Law at Sydney uni. He practised Law for a short while and went into business. He made too much money for his own good and today is not so much retired as having little to do. He plays tennis and carries the bags for his wife when she goes overseas. When prompted and badgered he does the occasional review. He goes to Ethiopia every now and then and where, with Professor McGuigan of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he is bringing the Sodis Program for safer water to the Tigray region. When seen in public he is often hunched over a cup of coffee and a foccacio whilst immersed in a diabolical suduko. Or he is driving his wife to bridge.

33 Articles
Roger Balch

Roger Balch

After an overly sensible young adulthood in the UK blighted by a business degree and attempts at climbing the corporate ladder, Roger saw the light and moved to Australia where he drifted into journalism and reignited a teenage love of the arts and general wonderment at the world. Viewed as slightly odd for his habit of reading books in pubs, he lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. He has no pets.

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Michelle Gosper

Michelle Gosper

When Michelle’s mum took her to see a travelling production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Taree High School hall, she was so smitten that she spent the next couple of weeks pretending to the Lady Bracknell to the cows in the milking shed. When the great god, Gough Whitlam gave her an English/History teaching scholarship for Newcastle University she signed up for the brand new Drama course instead and made it her major and performed in university productions and theatre restaurant shows. Teaching followed and Michelle was there for the introduction of the School Certificate in Drama in 1985 and HSC Drama in 1993. She wrote and directed countless productions, acted in a few, created site and theme specific theatre for various events and community groups, became Star Struck Drama Director and created Hunter Youth Drama Ensembles, putting on productions of HSC Drama text. She also produced 3 daughters and completed a Master of Theatre Arts Degree, taught HSC Drama 18 times and became an examiner for HSC Drama. Now retired, Michelle is still involved in Star Struck and is also one of 5 City of Newcastle Drama Awards (CONDA) judges, viewing approximately 60 -70 shows per year produced by the thriving theatrical community in Newcastle. Michelle is proud to be part of this passionate and dynamic community and is grateful to be able to share some of her experiences on this website.

24 Articles
Joy Minter

Joy Minter

After a twelve month working holiday that took her from Sydney to Perth, Joy moved to Australia from Canada. She first lived in Canberra, where she studied literature and sociology at ANU. After graduating she moved to Sydney and enrolled at Macquarie to complete an honours year in Australian literature and graduated in 2001. She worked in finance and the arts before establishing the arts and entertainment website thebuzzfromsydney, which reviews and promotes live performance and exhibition in Sydney. She has been a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) since July 2013. She loves the vibrant art scene in Sydney, and reporting on local theatre.

24 Articles
Diana Newman

Diana Newman

Diana Newman is a playwright who has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales with a double major in English and Theatre Studies, graduating in 1991. Diana has had three plays produced and she was shortlisted twice for NIDA’s playwright’s course. BITCHIN’ was workshopped at the Genesian Theatre in 1995 with the production being directed by Pamela Whalan. GAZUMPED was performed at Belvoir Street’s Open House program, directed by Ainslie Masterton in 1995. STANDUP was performed in 2000, directed by Rhonwen McCormack of Velvet Masque Productions at the Three Weeds Hotel, Rozelle.

19 Articles
Toni Adams

Toni Adams

Toni loves classical music, especially opera and other ‘integrated’ art forms. Toni trained as a pianist but has pursued this only for pleasure in adult life. She has also sung in amateur choirs in Australia and France and has a strong appreciation of liturgical music, ancient and modern. Toni also enjoys theatre, especially Shakespeare and 18th century comedies, and film, including French films. She also likes theatre sports.

19 Articles
Alan Hartstein

Alan Hartstein

Alan has worked in the media business for nearly 20 years as an editor, writer and sub editor across a large number of newspaper, magazine and online newsletter titles. He has had a passion for stage and screen for as long as he can remember and has, he admits, never been backwards in coming forwards when it comes to having an opinion. His interest in the arts runs across the full spectrum, from opera, ballet and musicals, to symphony concerts to large music festivals, pub gigs and just about everything in between.

18 Articles
Gemma McDonald

Gemma McDonald

Gemma McDonald is a currently completing a Bachelor of Journalism/Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. As a budding journalist, Gemma frequents many online publications as a reviewer and opinion writer, fuelled by a deep-seeded admiration for good food, literature and art. Presently she works as the sub-editor of Mascara Literary Review and is an intern for the Sydney Airport Companion Magazine. When she’s not writing, Gemma spends much of her time painting, reading books in awkward places and experimenting with eccentric fitness routines.

15 Articles
Markus Webber

Markus Webber

Markus Weber, born 1953 in Hall in Tyrol. After his drama-education at the Otto Falckenberg Academy in Munich he has worked as an actor, director, dramaturgy and musical-producer at numerous European and international theatres. In addition, he is the successful author and translators of plays, musicals, opera and ballet-librettos. His rock-musicals for children, Jungle Book and Koala Joe, were international successes and are presented regularly. His play End of Dreams won the German Theatre Association Award for Best New Play. After over 150 professional theatre productions in Europe and 35 years of living like rover on highways and in too many hotels, he decided to embark on his biggest dream ever – live and work in what he calls the home of his heart: Australia. He now lives in Sydney, specialising in Arts Management.

14 Articles
Daniel Dewar

Daniel Dewar

After working as a freelance record and mix engineer while completing a Bachelor of Sound Engineering in Brisbane, Daniel moved to New York City and worked in film & television as a sound editor and designer on productions such as the Emmy-winning documentary When I Walk, feature-western Dawn of Conviction and New York music and discussion show, The Facts. Returning to Australia, Daniel moved to Sydney where he continues to work as a sound designer on local and international productions, most recently the Namibia Nine, a documentary on nine Namibians who fled persecution and migrated to the United States. Daniel's critical writing is published on www.filmaday.com.au and has been published on Sydney Arts Guide. He has also just completed the production of his screenplay, Blue Morning, through Sydney production house FiveTwenty.

13 Articles
Mary Wren

Mary Wren

Mary Wren is a High School English teacher in Sydney. In that capacity, she also teaches film studies and drama and is passionate about both mediums. Mary has been active in amateur productions, and also contributed as a drama director in school musical productions and Rock Eisteddfod. Mary has a great love of theatre in all its forms, from Shakespeare, to musicals, to Theatre of the Absurd and Opera, and sees as many productions as possible. Mary also enjoys dance, particularly the ballet and contemporary dance.

13 Articles
Ron Desiatnik

Ron Desiatnik

I can’t act, sing, dance, paint, direct, or produce, but I enjoy watching and listening to those who can. However I do hold a doctorate in law, and am a published author of both fiction and non-fiction works, an editor, law reporter, book reviewer, avid traveller, cartoonist, sculptor, decorated babysitter and, when I have the time, a barrister. I now have my own website to exhibit my ceramic art- www.suprisingceramics.com. At the core of much of what I do-is writing. So, what could be better than to combine the enjoyment I get from films, plays, ballet, musicals, art exhibitions and other artistic endeavours, with the enjoyment I get from writing. Ergo – I became a reviewer.

11 Articles
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman

Began professional career as dancer/singer with J.C.Williamson’s as part of an Arts Council- sponsored country tour with “The Sentimental Bloke,” followed by shows such as “Camelot,” and “The Boys From Syracuse.” Joined the Garnett H. Carroll circuit, performing at Sydney’s iconic Tivoli Theatre, in “The Windmill Revue,” and “Fade Out, Fade In.” After a stint in the RAN, embarked on the Sitmar (Now P. & O. Cruises) Passenger Liner T.S.S “Fairstar,” working as Stage Manager for their Theatre on the Sea, and then was promoted to Cruise Director. Disembarked ship in 1983 and formed a double club act with the late Chris Shaw, (Female Impersonator), performing in all the clubs throughout NSW. Did a season at Sydney’s “Olde Bull ‘N’ Bush” Theatre Restaurant in William Street. After retiring from full-time employment, performed in musical theatre with “The Lugar Brae Players” situated in Bondi. Last performed with Ashfield Musical Society, playing “Senator Wingwoah” in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Member of The Genesian Theatre Company, and currently teaches Line Dancing at the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club in Waverley.

11 Articles
Suzy Wrong

Suzy Wrong

Suzy Wrong is usually in Sydney, but grew up in Singapore where she had worked both onstage and behind the scenes in the 1990s. In 1996 she won “Performance of the Year” for her role in Purple (Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble) at the Life Theatre Awards. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BA in Theatre and Film Studies, and while she works now in the publishing industry, the theatre is still where she spends most of her leisure time. She started her blog Suzy Goes See in April of 2013, and has written over 150 reviews to date.

10 Articles
Izabella Staskowski

Izabella Staskowski

A Melbourne based writer and photographer, Izabella Staskowski is completing a Bachelor of Journalism at RMIT - majoring in Literature. Izabella has studied theatre and photography over a number of years, and has grown up surrounded with visual and performing art. In her spare time she can be found at a live music concert, gallery or at a production.

9 Articles
Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn is a theatre practitioner and student researcher with interests particularly in the effects of physical, embodied experience on performance. Kathryn has worked as a dramaturge for ABC Radio National and other emerging theatre companies in Sydney, and is interested in developing interpretive processes particularly around music in theatre. Kathryn has recently been accepted into a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at Kings College London which she will commence in 2014. Kathryn studied as undergraduate at the University of Sydney where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

9 Articles
Suzanne Rath

Suzanne Rath

Growing up in Ireland, Suzanne Rath had a strong appreciation of the rich cultural tapestry of her country and their historically strong literature and theatre scene. Since moving to Australia in 2012, she has immersed herself in the arts in Sydney. In her spare time she attends events in film, theatre, music and art. Suzanne is involved with Kino Sydney, a monthly short film screening, for which she has directed, written and acted in several films. Suzanne works as a physiotherapist. She is currently working on her first novel and feature film.

7 Articles
Tony Laumberg

Tony Laumberg

Tony Laumberg has been involved in entertainment since he was a child, having been persuaded by his mother to perform as a singer in talent contests while on holidays and managing only to win a wooden ruler showing the sights of the Blue Mountains! From there, he progressed to sharing his humorous insights on ABC TV and Radio while still a teenager and followed that with appearances on Willesee at Seven as a comedy reporter while trying to hold down a job as a CBD solicitor. It wasn’t long before Tony found his way onto the stages of the Comedy Store and other “interesting” venues as a stand-up comedian which he engaged in for 8 years and over 500 performances along with comedy legends such as Rodney Rude, Vince Sorrenti, Austen Tayshus and George Smilovici. After a stint as a writer of numerous optioned screenplays and a recipient of many government writing grants, he has ended up since 2002 writing and producing 12 plays, mostly comedies, including Unsolicited Male, Lawyer! Lawyer!, 2 Weddings & A Lawyer and his latest, Murder Most Funny!

6 Articles
Raul Hernandez

Raul Hernandez

Raul Hernandez is an Actor, Producer, Director and Broadcaster, born in Guayaquil - Ecuador who has worked for many years in Radio, Theatre and TV. As an actor he has represented several works by renowned playwright Ecuadorian Jose Martinez Queirolo, 14 years as an actor with the group "Doscaratulas Theatre", working as a broadcaster for Radio Onda Cero in Ecuador for 6 years and as a correspondent for that station for the MTV Latin Awards 2008. In Sydney he has worked as a broadcaster at Radio 2 TripleO FM for "Latinos FM" a program for the Latin American community. He currently lives in Sydney - Australia and continues his studies.

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Huw Pigott

Huw Pigott

Huw Pigott is a student at The University of Sydney, with a keen interest in new media and modern forms of storytelling. The son of a then librarian, he spent much of his childhood reading. He freelances in web design and graphic development. In his free time if he is not reading or watching something, he is probably out in the city enjoying a nice scotch.

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Stephen Carnell

Stephen Carnell

Stephen is a writer/producer/director/actor/trainer for film, theatre, events and corporate productions. Stephen's film work includes co-producing ‘Cross Life’, a feature drama about ten lives in Kings Cross which was selected to screen at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival, 2007 Dungog FF and several international festivals. This feature film received significant funding from the Screen Australia. Most recent film credits include; directing & co-producing Easy Money short film in 2013 (Melbourne Magic Festival 2014, Actors Anonymous FF 2014, Port Stephen FF 2014), directing Happy Anniversary short 2010 (Winner Best Actor 2010 MOBILE Screenfest Winner Best Actress + Best Script in 2011 Spanish Movil Film Fest! + selected for 2012 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival + 2012 Festival International des Très Courts in Paris + 2012 Montecatini International Short Film Festival in Italy) view here https://vimeo.com/81365549, producing Gift of the Gun short 2010 (Cannes Short Film Corner May 2011) view here https://vimeo.com/74258437, acting in A Reason to Die short Tropfest entry 2010, producing & acting in Rupert and the Seven Russian Email Brides short 2010 (Tell Me A Story FF June 2012, Dungog FF May 2011, on stage 2007) view here https://vimeo.com/82588729 and writing & producing ‘Elevator’ Tropfest entry 2009, view here https://vimeo.com/74250765, Stephen is a co-founder and co-convenor of film and theatre network groups, Actors Anonymous Inc and Script In Hand. these groups have over 1,500 members and meet and perform regularly in Kings Cross at the Hayes Theatre.

3 Articles
Elizabeth Surbey

Elizabeth Surbey

Elizabeth had a passion for theatre and performing from her youth and was a keen contributor to the joint school musicals- mostly the Gilbert and Sullivan romps. Once she headed to university this passion dominated with a 4 year stint at UNE in Armidale encompassing both performance and directing as major components of her Double Major in Drama and Major in English Literature. The year after graduation she found herself not only at the newly formed Actors' Centre but also teaching high school drama. She is still there, teaching, directing, writing for high school Drama and on the side across the years has performed in small season productions at Q theatre and directed several productions for the Short & Sweet program being a part of the inaugural group. Keenly she has represented other drama educators as committee member then President of Drama NSW also representing NSW on the National Committee at Drama Australia National Conferences. She completed her MA a decade ago also with a focus on Drana & Theatre at UNSW. She is now a mum of two younguns and recently directed her first two Musicals - perhaps now coming full circle in the scheme of things. She also fairly recently was contributing and consulting editor on a major Drama text for Cambridge Uni Press "Drama ReLoaded". More than anything she loves theatre and is very keen to share her experiences with this forum as well as with her children - developing their passions too.

3 Articles
Philip Pogson

Philip Pogson

Philip Pogson originally trained as a music teacher and classical guitarist at Sydney Conservatorium before undertaking post graduate studies in classical guitar in Europe. For nearly two decades he has worked as a senior business advisor, consultant and company director. He has maintained an active interest in music and the arts as the co-managing director of early music ensembles, “The Marais Project” and “Sounds Baroque”, and “Elysian Fields”, Australia’s first electric viola da gamba improvised music ensemble. Along with his wife Jennifer Eriksson he has co-commissioned more than 20 new Australian works for viola da gamba and electric viola da gamba and acted as executive producer for a number of highly regarded CDs. He enjoys reading, attending concerts and gigs and occasional outings on bass guitar.

3 Articles
Michele Chapple

Michele Chapple

Michele Chapple is a retired teacher of English and Mathematics. She is a voracious reader across most genres, often devouring six or seven books a week. Lest you be tempted to tell Michele to “get a life !” she wishes it to be known that she has worked as a professional writer for theatre and television as an actress and as a character comedian.

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Esta Stearnes

Esta Stearnes

Trained as improvisation actor with Lyndal Rowe (MTC) 1968 involved with Melbourne Theatre Co training with Malcolm Robert- son, John Bell, Jennifer Claire, Helmut Baikatis, Alan Hopgood, Maggie Millar, Graeme Blundell , Lyndell Rowe, Peter Hepworth, & others. Assistant to Kristian Fredrikssen, costume & Set Design MTC Lennox St Richmond. 1969-1970 St Martins Theatre South Yarra. Viaduct Theatre Club South Yarra 1978-1986 BA & MA Uni of NSW 1995-1997 Worked as Researcher, Producer, & Interviewer with Shoah Foundation - Universal Studios L.A. Project established & funded by Steven Spielberg after 'Schlindler's List' To Record as much Eye-witness Testimony of Survivors as possible. Have a love of the magic of Theatre.

3 Articles
Andreas Hartung

Andreas Hartung

Andreas Hartung was born in Leipzig around the corner from St Thomas’ church, where he was baptised, but moved to Sydney at a young age. He loved music from an early age and gradually also became obsessed with film. He studied Physical Education, Philosophy and Fine Arts at Sydney University which only furthered his broader interests in art, particularly all areas of music, painting and dance. He has reviewed rock music for various magazines in Australia and overseas. For him there is simply nothing more thrilling than a new idea adorned by the beauty of art.

3 Articles
Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson

Tom works in the interesting and enthralling world of management consulting. While his Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) degree is more useful for consulting than it is writing, he enjoys adding to his blog and reviewing the arts from time-to-time. Tom has a keen interest in chess, films, classical music, golf, video games and motorcycles. He’s never met a scotch he disagreed with and is always ready to discuss the topical taboos: religion, politics and money.

2 Articles
Jasmin Rothfield

Jasmin Rothfield

Jasmin Rothfield has been a freelance journalist for many years and is interested in theatre, dance, music and films. She has previously worked in magazine publishing and currently is a primary school teacher.

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Deb Meyer

Deb Meyer

Born and bred in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Deb has been involved in theatre since high school, but remembers well her first experience as an 8 year old, being hypnotised by the art form while watching A Chorus Line at the State Theatre. She did work experience at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Theatre during Year 10, followed years later by winning an acting scholarship at the Ensemble Studios with Hayes Gordon. She completed a BA at UNSW majoring in Theatre Studies, English Literature, Psychology and Sociology, followed by a Master of Teaching in Drama and English at Sydney University, completed in 1998. After some theatre and television experience, Deb far preferred the impact of teaching drama. She has taught Drama and written and directed student productions for over 15 years. When she’s not reviewing theatre, she works as a Drama and Educational Consultant, developing programs for adults and children, including Our Big Kitchen and Kids Giving Back - not-for-profits who help people in need, including the homeless and victims of domestic violence. She is a passionate educator and believes strongly in the power of theatre and the arts to educate, inspire, help others and inform change.

2 Articles
Andrew Hilton

Andrew Hilton

One time starring poet of The Iceberg Auction in Fairy Meadow, however since then his literary career has been seen by many as representing a downward trajectory and an abuse, not just confined to his literary and pictorial scrawls but embracing his critical judgement more generally.

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Georgia Fullerton

Georgia Fullerton

Georgia has always loved writing and has had a few things published whilst at school. She is currently finishing her communications degree having taken time off to travel and study at the New York Film Academy in Manhatten. Georgia has been writing for the Alternative Media Group (City Hub and Bondi View) for four years.

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Desla McLean

Desla McLean

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Lucy Viola

Lucy Viola

Lucy Viola works in the insurance industry by day but outside office hours pursues her passion for art. A keen painter specialising in expressionism and abstract work, she is now looking to expand her creative horizons with theatre reviewing. She is also part of an exciting new start-up business specialising in photography - set to be launched at the end of 2017 - for whom she will providing administration and sales.

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