Susanna Dowling- Original Director, First Season
Director in Residence at Bell Shakespeare Company 2014. Resident Artist, STC 2012. Associate Artist, Belvoir 2010. Associate Director, PlayWriting Australia 2012-2013. Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA), UNSW (MA) and NIDA (Grad Dip in Directing).
For Sydney Theatre Company: The Long Way Home by Daniel Keene (Assistant/Tour Director), In a Heart Beat by Jo Turner, Rough Draft #9 (Girl in Tan Boots) with Tahli Corin. Bell Shakespeare Company: Intimate Letters (Assistant Director), Tartuffe (Assistant Director), Henry V (Assistant Director), Minds Eye ‘Merchants’ with Roanna Gonsalves. Griffin Independent: Girl in Tan Boots, by Tahli Corin. Belvoir: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler (Assistant Director), The Kiss by Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Peter Goldsworthy and Guy de Maupassant, Yellow Moon by David Greig. Tamarama Rock Surfers: Vigil by Morris Panych. City of Sydney: The Hungry Ghost created with Mei Tsering. Abbey Theatre, Dublin: A Month in the Country (Assistant Director). Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin: Playground by Lisa Harding, God’s Lap by Paul O’Brien. NIDA: Fewer Emergencies by Martin Crimp.
Gertraud Ingeborg - 'Ana'
Gertraud has been working for the stage as an actress, director and producer since 1982. Her acting credits include among many others Streetcar Named Desire (with Cate Blanchett, directed by Liv Ullmann, which toured Washington and New York), Manna , Thyestes and This Little Piggy (Sydney Theatre Company); Friday (SITCO, Old Fitzroy Theatre); King Lear, 2 Players – 60 Minutes (Old 505 Theatre, Mechanics Institute, Melbourne Fringe); Quartet (Adelaide Fringe Festival/Belvoir Street Downstairs); Mary Stuart (New York International Fringe Festival, New Theatre, Belvoir St Downstairs, Old Fitzroy, Wollongong Workshop Theatre); One Flea Spare, Bumming with Jane (B Sharp); Nacht Mutter, Oskar und die Dame in Rosa, King Lear, 2 Players – 60 Minutes (Theater am Hof, Bolzano Italy; Melbourne Fringe Festival); Live Acts on Stage (Stablemates); Stallerhof, Visiting Hours, Shakespeare in the Sex Shop, King Lear, The Tempest, Belle of the Cross, Splendour, Hamlet, (Harlos Productions); Mother Courage, (new theatre); Short & Sweet: Thin Air, Runner up best actress (2010); Sacred Profane, 1st place Judge's and People's Choice; Reflection in a Sunday Mirror (2014) Short Films: May - A United Nations Production; A God Forsaken Day – La Dorade & IFSS; Touch - Adrian Chiarella; Feature Films: 15 Amore – MXM Movies; 1/6 And A Smile – SBS; Voice Over: Honor Bound – Dance Performance, Festival Vienna; Poems by Else-Lasker Schüler – ABC Radio; White Man Got No Dreaming – Cojo Productions.
Anne Wilson- Illuminate Educate Producer & 'Catherine'
In 2014, Anne produced and performed in a sell out season of “Ruby Moon” at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre. As a skilled improviser, Anne has performed at Belvoir, as well as the Shakespearean improvised show “Much Ado About Impro” (Sydney Comedy Festival, NIDA). She appeared in the third season of “Rake” (ABC) and the TV Pilot “The Dream Life”. As performer and creator of the cabaret “What I Did For Love”, Anne toured the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Her other musical performances include "Orfeo Ed Euridice" (Art Gallery NSW) under the direction of Shannon Murphy, “The Truthmakers” (Seymour Centre) and the Gala Final of Short, Sweet and Cabaret, Sydney. As a voice over artist, Anne has worked for clients such as Apple, HOPE 103.2 and recently in an animated short film for TEDx. Anne studied under Lynette Sheldon Actors Studio Sydney & New York and is a trained Drama Teacher who has taught the HSC Syllabus for over ten years.
Skyler Ellis- 'Ken'
Skyler was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, but moved to Sydney in 2012 to study acting at NIDA. Since graduating, he has been involved in an array of productions, including; BU21 (Outhouse Theatre); Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Brevity Theatre; Melbourne Fringe); touring educational shows with Poetry in Action; Space Cats (Brevity Theatre); and the 2015 run of Neighbourhood Watch from Illuminate Educate. Later in 2017, he will be performing in a tour of Room on the Broom.
Nick Masters- 'Martin'
Originally from Melbourne, Nick graduated from NIDA in 2011. Since then he has gone on to work with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Old Fitz Theatre, and with Red Stitch. His various film and television credits include the feature film 'Holding The Man', directed by Neil Armfield and the award-winning miniseries 'INXS: Never Tear Us Apart'. This will be his first production with Monkey Baa and Illuminate Educate.
Julie Hudspeth- 'Belinda'
Julie has worked as an actor, writer and teacher for over 35 years. She has appeared many times at The Ensemble Theatre, including Williamson’s Nothing Personal, Misto’s Harp on the Willow and Pinter’s Old Times. For the past two years she has played Sheila in Shoehorn Sonata for schools. In 2012, she did a 7 month national tour of Biddies for CDP. Julie began her career in London, working on new plays for Commonstock Theatre Company. As a writer, she has adapted Vikram Seth’s Golden Gate for CBC and ABC Radio Drama, as well as edited Geraldine Brookes’ Year of Wonders for the ABC book reading. Her play, The Great Pretender, about the male impersonator, Effie Fellows, was performed in Perth. In addition, she has taught students at WAAPA (Perth), Lasalle (Singapore) and The Actors’ Centre (Sydney); as well as at numerous secondary schools.
Isabella Andronos- Set & Costume Design
Isabella Andronos is a set and costume designer who works across theatre, film and opera. She holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Design) from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours: Class I) from Sydney College of the Arts.
Isabella has been nominated for four Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) awards. Winner: APDG Award for Emerging Live Performance Design 2014, Set Design: The Greeks (Dir. John Sheedy, NIDA). Nominations: APDG Award for Emerging Live Performance Design 2015, Set and Costume Design: Fewer Emergencies (Dir. Susanna Dowling, NIDA), APDG Award for Costume Design for Stage 2015: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dir. Susanna Dowling, Sport For Jove) and Blood Wedding (Dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, NIDA).
Her set and costume design credits include: The Screwtape Letters (Theatre, Dir. Hailey McQueen, Clock and Spiel Productions), This, This Is Mine (Theatre, Dir. Duncan Ragg, Corinthian Food Store Collective), Rausch (Theatre, Dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till, NIDA), Il Tabarro (Opera, Dir. Constantine Costi, Alfie's Newtown), The Fairy Queen (Opera, Dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till, The Sydney Conservatorium of Music), The Greenhouse (Feature film, Dir. Tom Wilson), Green River I and II (Short Films, Dir. Nick Andrews) and Stranger (Short Film, Dir. Peter Skinner).
Steven Kreamer- Composer & 'Gypsy/ Chemist'
Steven is a musician, composer and performer and a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Composition). He has most recently been Associate Musical Director on Little Shop of Horrors (Tinderbox/Luckiest) and Rent (Highway Run). Other recent shows include Nosferatutu (Griffin/Virginia Hyam), Side Show (One Eyed Man), Sound of Music (GFO), Songs for the Fallen (Sheridan Harbridge), Baby (Neglected Musicals), I Might Take My Shirt Off (Dash Kruck), Tim Draxl in Cabaret, Painted from Memory (Michael Falzon), Lady Liberty (Amelia Ryan), O.C.Diva (Hilary Cole), Broadway Unplugged (George Youakim) and LOVEBiTES (Wooden Horse).
As a composer he has had works accepted into both New Musicals Australia and the Home Grown Grass Roots Initiative. He also was a co-writer on There's No One New Around You (Keira Daley, Mark Simpson) and recently had the premiere of his double concerto for Translucent Duo. He has performed in The Drowsy Chaperone (Squabbalogic) and Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest/HIT) which he also musically directed.
Alexander Berlage- Lighting Design
Recent design credits include for The Old Fitz: Freak Winds, Howie the Rookie. For ATYP: Between Us, Luke Lloyd: Alienoid. For Hayes Theatre: Dogfight, Everybody Loves Lucy. For New Theatre: School for Scandal, Book of Days. For NIDA: The Dissolving Self, Antigone, Rausch, Winterise, The Red Shoes, Klutz, Fewer Emergencies. Alex was a participant at the 2014 Watermill Center International Summer Program in New York. He was also awarded the 2013 Peter Baynes Memorial New York Scholarship and the 2014 Leslie Walford AM Award.
Georgiane Deal- Stage and Production Manager
Georgiane Deal completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) at Excelsia College (2014). She has worked as a stage and production manager for various theatre and live events, most recently The Secret River (2017; Sydney Theatre Company), Biographica (2017; Sydney Chamber Opera), The Screwtape Letters (2016; Clock & Spiel), Journey’s End and The Block Universe (2016; Cross Pollinate), and the Wakakirri concert series (2016). For Illuminate Educate, Georgie has previously stage managed Life Without Me (2016) and Neighbourhood Watch (2014), and is glad to be a part of its return season. Georgie teaches Stage Management at Excelsia College and hopes to continue working in diverse avenues in the Sydney theatre, film and events industries.
Christine Greenough- 'Jovanka'
Christine is an Actor/Director and has just finished playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest for OuTaTown Productions. Last year she appeared in The Days are as Grass for RPW and Stories about Humans. She was recently seen on TV in The Moodys, Rake, and the TV pilot of Moretti directed by John Howard. Christine also appeared in her first Music Video for the launch of Blue Juice Band’s controversial single “Act Your Age” which won a 94.5 FBI award and was nominated for an ARIA. Her directing credits include; Maintenance Room, Contractions, the Cabaret Piaff - A Passionate Life, Haiku, The Killing of Sister George.
A professional storyteller, Christine co- founded the storytelling company “The Talespinners” in 1997. The company have devised work for children, as well as the “I remember when…” storytelling programs for seniors and the Aged. The Talespinners have toured throughout Australia, Asia, UK and USA. Christine has been a proud member of Equity since 1972.
Suzanne Pereira- Director, Second Season
Suzanne is an actor, director and threatre-maker whose credits include: Director:Romeo & Juliet: Rewind (Bell Shakespeare); Sweet Phoebe (Jack Rabbit Productions); Crazy Brave (Cross Pollinate Productions) Associate Director: Stop Kiss (Unlikely Productions) Assistant Director: Three Sisters (Sport For Jove;The Man With Five Children (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); On The Shore of The Wide World (pantsguys); The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull (Actors Centre Australia) Actor - Theatre: Between the Streetlight and the Moon (MopHead Productions); Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and The Crucible (Sport For Jove); Platonov (Mophead & Catnip Productions); Stop Kiss (Unlikely Productions); Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Madness, Macbeth Undone (Bell Shakespeare); Titus Andronicus (Cry Havoc); Julius Caesar (New Theatre) TV: Neighbours (Fremantle Media) Film: Breathe (Tanvi Mehta). Training: Actors Centre Australia; Swinburne University of Technology. Suzanne has been a proud member of MEAA since 2010.