KIT BROOKMAN is a playwright and director working between the UK and Australia. His plays have been performed in the UK, USA, Germany and Australia, where he is from. His plays include 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). Work for The Signal House includes Close and Whalesong. Two of Kit's plays will have their world premiere in 2022: Mountain at Geelong Arts Centre and The Stones at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and Theater Im Palais, Berlin. He frequently directs the first productions of his plays.
MELISSA CHAMBERS is an ensemble director who works with new writing, and the adaptation of literature and biography (especially of 20th century science) into theatrical form. She has created shows for theatres in Melbourne, the UK, Europe and New York City where she lived during the Obama years.
Work with the Signal House includes WHALESONG and CLOSE. Otherwise she has created We Don’t Live Here Anymore with Candace Thompson and The Governor’s Island Trust, (NYC), The Secret History (East 15, BA CT), The Wild Finish with Monica Hunken (The Living Theatre / Culture Project, NYC), and A Difference: The Ada Byron Project (Freight Project NYC).
Her work has toured to festivals in New York and throughout Europe including to the The PIT festival (Norway), Het Feinhout Teatre, (Amsterdam) the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Rock Surfers Theatre, Sydney.
As an actor Melissa worked in Australia for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Red Stitch and Hothouse Theatre, off-broadway in New York for 59E59 Theatres, and learnt to devise work with Brooklyn experimental groups International WOW and Immediate Medium. She has also worked in new writing development in New York for Rattlestick Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Melissa 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.
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 Manchester, 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, and 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, and 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