KIT BROOKMAN is a London based playwright and director. His plays have been widely performed at major companies in Australia, where he is originally from. Recent work includes The Plant (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney), The Great Fire (Belvoir St Theatre), A Rabbit For Kim Jong-il (Griffin Theatre Company), Nora (co-writer, Belvoir), Small and Tired (Belvoir), Night Maybe (Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre), and Heaven (Old 505 Theatre). His London premier was Close at the (Landor Space 2018.)

Kit was an Associate Playwright at Belvoir St Theatre in 2012 and a Resident Writer at Griffin Theatre Company in 2014. Awards include the 2017 Rodney Seaborn Award, the Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission and the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Fellowship. Small and Tired was nominated for Best New Work at the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards, and had its US premiere in 2016. Close was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwright’s Award.

Kit trained as an actor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and has worked as an actor with Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Bell Shakespeare Company, and the Old Fitzroy Theatre. Directing work includes the world premieres of Small and Tired and Zoë Coombs-Marr’s Is This Thing On? for Belvoir St Theatre. Kit is published by Currency Press. www.kitbrookman.com

MELISSA CHAMBERS is an ensemble theatre director. She has created shows for theatres in Melbourne, the UK, Europe and New York City where she was based from 2008-14.

Recent work includes WHALESONG (The Signal House / East 15 BA CT), CLOSE (The Signal House and the Landor Space, London), We Don’t Live Here Anymore (Governor’s Island Trust, NY), The Secret History (East 15, BA CT), The Wild Finish (The Living Theatre and Culture Project, NYC), and A Difference: The Ada Byron Project (Freight Project NYC).

 

Her work has toured to festivals in New York City and throughout Europe including The Porsgrunn International Arts Festival (Norway), Het Feinhout Teatre, Amsterdam, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Rock Surfers Theatre, Sydney.

Melissa originally trained as an actor at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She has worked as an actor in Australia for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Red Stitch and Hothouse Theatre, off-broadway in New York for 59E59 Theatres, and in award-winning Brooklyn experimental groups International Wow and Immediate Medium. She has also worked in new writing incubation for emerging and established New York playwrights at organizations including Rattlestick Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre Young Blood Program.

In Europe Melissa is an Associate Artist of Awake Projects and has also trained in physical theatre with Teatr Pieśń Kozła in Poland.

She holds an MA in Performance Practice and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London and is a visiting lecturer at East 15 BA Contemporary Theatre and Rose Bruford College, European Theatre Practice. www.melissachambers.net

Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, New York

CLAIRE MORGAN (composer) is a Berlin based Australian composer and DJ. She began her musical life as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, performing her first original piano piece at age 11 at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland and an MA in Film & Television at the Australian Film, Television and  Radio School. Claire has written music for feature films, TV series and short films. Her compositions encompass a wide range of styles from full orchestral scores to minimalistic ambient works or Manga-inspired high tech breakbeats, fusing a deep classical history with a modern electronic aesthetic which has been fine-tuned by seventeen years as a professional DJ.

Claire has spent the last six years living in Berlin, composing remotely for Australian production companies and performing worldwide as a techno DJ. She plays regularly at venues and festivals across Europe, including Berghain in Berlin, De School and Shelter in Amsterdam, Fuse in Brussels, Culture Box in Copenhagen and Awakenings Festival in Eindhoven. In 2018, Claire released her first solo track “Inexorably” on Berlin imprint The Zeitgeist, and she is currently completing her first solo album which juxtaposes piano improvisations with ambient techno and field recordings.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/claire-morgan

Film Composition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI_STtekdzY&t=618s

 

 

LUKE MULLINS (performer) has worked extensively throughout Australia and the UK for major companies such as Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, The Old Vic, The Barbican, Home, Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre. He has also created work with a number of independent and ensemble companies including Stuck Pigs Squealing, Sisters Grimm, Uninvited Guests, Uncle Semolina and Friends, Liminal, Little Death, Wrecked all Prods and Arts Radar. 

His independent practice includes co-writing and performing the solo work Lake Disappointment at Carriageworks, Autobiography of Red a solo work he created and performed at Malthouse Theatre, Irony is not Enough: Essay on my Life as Catherine Deneuve created with Fragment 31 at Arts House. 

As a core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing he has been a creator and performer on Back at The Dojo, The Eisteddfod, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, 4xBeckett, Agoraphobe,he directed night maybe by Kit Brookman (Stuck Pigs/Theatre Works) and  and co-directed and performed in The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy (Stuck Pigs/Melbourne Festival/MTC).

Luke was a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Actors Company 07-09. Awards: George Fairfax Memorial Award for excellence in Theatre Practice. Green Room Award for The Season at Sarsaparilla. Sydney Theatre Award and Helpmann Award for Waiting for Godot.

 

GAVIN RICHARDS (associate producer)

Originally from South Wales, Gavin has worked as an associate producer for the David Glass Ensemble (Bleak House, 2019) and as the producer of Julius Caesar (Mad Wolf Theatre) 2020. 

 

Gavin trained as an actor at the Arts University Bournemouth and has worked as an actor with, The London Improv Theatre, The David Glass Ensemble, Firehorse productions, Chameleon Productions (Ed Fringe) and Dartmoor Railways & Warner Brothers. He is also a season regular on ‘The Orphans’ audio podcast for the Light and Tragic Company.  

 

Gavin has taught children and trained teachers in Drama Education, as well as directed 3 productions in (Chengdu, China); Ali Baba, Hansel and Gretel and Journey to the West (Marphy’s Playhouse). Additionally, he has facilitated workshops in Italy as part of the David Glass Ensemble's ongoing AB Project.

CLOSE, 2018 L-R Kit, George, Gaby, Jack, Madison, Carissa, Will and Melissa

© 2019 The Signal House / photography Matthew Kaltenborn