I am a Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturg. Since 2001, I have been making works that blend performance, art and anthropology to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humour. Lately I’ve been collaborating with choreographers to make performances that combine text and dance. 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 draw mainly from my experience to create autobiographical fiction. I am an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow and a Mike Walsh Fellow. In 2016, I received a Churchill Fellowship to research socially engaged and site-specific practices in Europe and North America. I hold a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT.
My recent works include: The Interpreters (2016), Mermermer (2016), Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (2015), A Social Service (2015), Green Screen (2014), In Spite of Myself (2013), Hello my name is (2012) and At the Sans Hotel (2010). I have presented my work at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Festival de Keuze (Netherlands), Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre Melbourne, Festival of Live Art, Arts House, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, PICA, Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Blue Room Theatre, La Mama Theatre and festivals in Canada and New Zealand. I have led performance-making workshops at The National Theatre School, Monash University, Back to Back Theatre, Dawson’s College and St Catharine’s University (Canada) and at Dublin Theatre Exchange.
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 (Erotic Dance). I most recently collaborated with illustrator Michael Fikaris on a comic book called Instruction Manual for Lonely Mountains. It is an adaptation of my stage play Green Screen and is for sale at $20 (including postage).