I work as a performer, writer, director, producer and dramaturg, responsible for realising my own projects from conception to presentation since 2002. I make live performances, videos, objects, site-specific installations and books. My live works are philosophical and text-based; I borrow from theatrical, choreographic, literary, comedic and visual art languages to create a mode of contemporary performance that plays with form and pursues a narrative. I am interested in people, relationships and story first and foremost and how to use language simply to convey a hidden and modest complexity. I have been commissioned by both theatre and dance venues, and presented in both contexts internationally. My solo work has been shown in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, the US, Canada, France, Austria, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy, Finland and Belgium.
As a solo performance artist, I have spent many years investigating and being concerned with the mode of performance – or ‘voice’. I have made several performances that played on a kind of autobiographical fiction (the fictional non-fictional representation of my self) and what it is to be present in a room with a group of strangers; presence and absence of self have always played a keen part in my works.
Often I use performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations, and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. The starting process is often a written text or idea imagined responding to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. I have been awarded an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship, a Mike Walsh Fellowship, an Australia Council Theatre Award Fellowship and a Sidney Myer Fellowship. As a 2016 Churchill Fellow, I directed my research into socially engaged and site-specific practices in Europe and North America. I graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation in 2008 and I hold a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT.
I have led workshops in performance-making and writing for performance in Australia at the VCA, National Theatre School, Monash University and Back to Back Theatre; in Canada at Dawson’s College, St Catharine’s University, Intrepid Theatre and Simon Fraser University; in Ireland at Dublin Theatre Exchange for Dublin Theatre Festival; and in Austria at Tanzquartier Wien.
As a performer and collaborator, I have worked with Tamara Saulwick (Public), Ian Pidd, Jessica Wilson and Bec Reid (Passenger), and with Ridiculusmus (The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland). As a dance dramaturg I have worked with choreographers Jo Lloyd (Confusion For Three) and Luke George (Public Action, Erotic Dance). In 2016 I collaborated with illustrator Michael Fikaris on a comic book called Instruction Manual for Lonely Mountains based on my work for stage, Green Screen, and I am co-editor of the Australian edition of Imagined Theatres, an online anthology created by Daniel Sack.