2014 PARTICIPANT & MENTOR BIOGRAPHIES

Fresh Ink mentoring in 2014 ran in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. We were thrilled that for the first time we were able to offer the programme in Adelaide and Perth. This was made possible thanks for the support of the Graeme Wood Foundation and Copyright Agency.

2014 MENTEES

Grace Chipperfield (SA) is in the middle of her Honours degree in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University, South Australia. She participated in the National Studio (2013) and applied to the 2014 Fresh Ink Mentoring program to continue her playwriting education. For the past eighteen months she has been involved in a collaborative university innovation grant project in which she co-wrote a play adapted from the Nart Sagas of the Caucasus. It will be performed at the Bakehouse Theatre in June this year.

 

 

Lochlin Maybury (SA) is a 2013 Flinders University Drama Centre acting graduate who, during his training, performed in Punk Rock, A Mouthful of Birds, Dangerous Liaisons, Melancholy Play, Unity (1918), Blackrock, The Blue Room and Tusk Tusk. He is currently working as an actor/writer with ActNow Theatre on The Law Project; a series of workshops centred around creatively engaging with young people and the criminal justice system. He is also due to appear in Polygraph Collective’s production of Man in a Bag later this year. Lochy is a keen playwright and seeks to employ performative and writing skills to form an Adelaide-based theatre company in the coming years.

 

Lucy Haas-Hennessy (SA) grew up in Queensland, where her earliest writing projects involved transcribing favourite childhood films and changing the names of the characters to cover her tracks. She moved to Adelaide at age twelve, by which time she had thankfully moved on to writing her own (unplagiarised) stories. She was inspired to try her hand at writing theatre in high-school after discovering the works of Samuel Beckett, and wrote and performed several self-devised pieces before going on to study Drama and English at Flinders University. In 2010 she was a winner of the State Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (with commendations in 2013 and 2014.) She was a member of the 2013 Urban Myth Senior Ensemble as a playwright, and continues to write for the Sub(urban) Collective. Her Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama (with Honours in English literature) adequately qualifies her for her day job in a video game shop.  Her hobbies include thinking about cats, trying not to think about the inevitability of death, and getting into arguments on the Internet with strangers and loved ones alike.

 

Peter Beaglehole (SA) is beginning a PhD at Flinders University and works as a tutor in the Drama department. He has reviewed theatre for stagemilk.com, performed as musician and stand-up in Adelaide Fringe and written for Urban Myth Theatre Company as part of the 2013 Come Out Festival and for the Inkpot Diaries project. Recently his play May Day was shortlisted in the final five for the State Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights’ Award 2014.  

 

 

 

Sophia Simmons (SA) is currently in her second year of studying acting at the Adelaide College of the Arts and was a winner of the Flinders University Young Playwright Award last year with her play ‘Brightness’. She has been involved in many theatre and film projects over the last few years including some teaching and directing work for Urban Myth Theatre and as an actor with Act Now Theatre, but playwriting is relatively new for Sophia. She is very honoured to be a part of the Fresh Ink Mentoring program and is excited to be working with others artists and to see what she is capable of.

 

 

 
Kevin Mararo Wangai (WA) is Kenyan born, an avid writer, and a media graduate with a passionate interest in multiple forms of story telling. He believes in the strength and importance of story telling; how they allow for subjects to be approached in an intimate and responsible manner, combined with the multitude of emotions and experiences that they can communicate to an audience. Film making is another of Kevin's artistic ventures and as with theater he is attracted to stories that deal with issues of humanity and the challenges that we encounter in the state of world affairs.

 

 

 

Sarah Young (WA) is a Perth-based comedian, writer, actor and voice over artist who has been widely involved in the Australian entertainment industry for almost ten years.  After receiving formal training in classical singing at WAAPA, she moved to Sydney to continue acting studies at the Actors Centre Australia. Most recently, Sarah performed as a support act for comedy troupe The Puppetry of the Penis (2014).

Finn O'Branagáin (WA) is a graduate from NIDA’s 2012 Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting). In 2014 she is co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival. She wrote the immersive, interactive 'When Leaving Earth, Please Turn Out the Lights' for THAT Production Company's 2014 Play Reading Season and will dramaturg their upcoming development of 'In My Steps' by Future Destin Fidel.​​ In 2013 she wrote ‘Envelope’, based on audience stories, for The Vertebras as part of Backbone Youth Arts and Metro Arts Elevate program. She was a NIDA Independent Artist for performance poetry show ‘The Epic’ with Scott Sandwich. Her performance poetry and physical theatre show ‘2880 Minutes Late’ was performed by Painted Tree at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and NIDA Student Festival. She dramaturged for the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art's 'Salon' for Choreographer Tim Brown and Expressions Dance Company's 'Apples and Eve' for Choreographer Lucas Jervies. She has been a finalist of the NT Young Achiever of the Year Arts award, and a winner and finalist in the Fist Full of Films Festival. Her work has been presented at the Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, 2High, The State Library of Queensland, and the World Theatre Festival. She has been feature poet at the National Young Writers’ Festival, Off the Page, Wordstorm, Tease Festival, National Science Week, The Spinning Room, a Buddhist temple, and the inaugural Nightwords festival at the Sydney Opera House, after winning Wild Card in the 2008 National Poetry Slam finals. In 2011, Finn was mentored by award winning playwright Lachlan Philpott as part of the Australia Council's JUMP program, worked as a Darwin Theatre Company Independent Artist, Australia Council Cultural Leader, Backbone Ensemble Member and Express Media National Young Writers Month Ambassador. In 2010, Finn’s co-written work ‘Dancing Back Home’ toured with JUTE and Mudlark theatre, and she was a writer in ATYP’s show 'The Voices Project', which was published by Currency Press.

 

Tyler Jacob Jones (WA) is a Perth-based actor, singer, playwright and director with a range of theatrical credits encompassing musical theatre, plays, light opera, cabaret and children's theatre. He forms one half of the creative partnership Holland St Productions, along with collaborator Robert Woods. The pair have written two successful original musicals; Falling to the Top: the Musical Trashtacular (ArtRage Theatre Award - Best WA Theatre Production, Fringe World 2013) and Point & Shoot (Artrage Theatre Award - Best Theatre Production & the Martin Sims Award for Best WA Production, Fringe World 2014). Tyler's first play, F**k Decaf, premiered in May 2014 at the Mary Street Bakery in Perth. Tyler has played principal roles in the WA Premiere productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Monty Python's Spamalot, bare: a pop opera, Falsettos, Second Samuel and Curtains. Professionally, he has appeared in Blood Brothers with Amanda Muggleton for Janus Entertainment, and toured Perth schools with Perform Educational Musicals. As a director, he has staged a number of productions for WA theatre company Playlovers Inc., winning the Mary Webb Award for Best Director of a Musical at the 2011 Robert Finley Awards for his production of Side Show: the musical. He also directed the premiere seasons of Falling to the Top - The Musical Trashtacular and Point and Shoot.

Ava Karuso (NSW) is a playwright/performance maker based in Sydney. Her first writing credit was the short play Spoons and Forks, which was performed and published in 2008 as part of the Page-To-Stage festival. Since then her love of playwriting has grown, and in 2012 her first full length play Rope Burn was performed as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, with the script later published by Australian Plays. She was also artist in residence at the Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre creating the edible piece Life.Death.Food. Last year Ava took part in the Griffin Theatre Company’s Story Lab at Casula Powerhouse where she worked with artists from many cultural and artistic backgrounds to explore the means of storytelling. Ava is currently developing the play The History of the World from Now which is to be produced in 2015.

 

 

Nick Atkins (NSW) is a theatre and performance maker. He graduated from UNSW with a BA Media, Theatre & Performance (Hons 1st Class) where he received the Cate Blanchett Award. In 2011 he presented his first solo work Unsex Me as part of Riverside Theatre’s inaugural ‘True West’ season. He has completed residences with Urban Theatre Projects, Blacktown Arts Centre, CAMAC Art Centre Marnay Sur-Seine, and completed the Pentales Hemmingway Writers Fellowship, Berlin. He performed in a regional tour of ‘Dance Hall Days’ a new work devised collaboratively with the Q Theatre Company (dir. Katrina Douglas). He recently presented his latest solo work ‘A Boy & A Bean’ in partnership with PACT and PP&VA. ‘A Boy & A Bean’ was awarded Best Performing Arts event at Sydney Mardi Gras and was later presented at the New Theatre, Dublin. He has worked as the Co-Artistic Director for the Crack Theatre Festival, and is currently a Board Member of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

 

 

Emily Sheehan (NSW) is an actor and playwright. She studied improvisation and comedy writing at The Second City Training Centre in Chicago. This year Emily is one of Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Interns. Emily was one of the mentees at atyp’s National Studio in 2013 where her monologue Eating Sunshine was produced and published as a part of The Voices Project.  Credits include collaborating with theatre companies Q Theatre, atyp, Rock Surfers Cut&Paste, Factotum, Perform Educational Musicals, The New Theatre, Genesian Theatre, and Epicentre Theatre Co. Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at the Actors College of Theatre & Television and the University of New England.

 

 

 

Jake Brain (NSW) is a writer living in Sydney. Graduating from UTS in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communications, he previously attended Fresh Ink National Studio in 2013, his work featuring in the 2014 ATYP production Bite Me. He is passionate about film and theatre, and has work for Matchbox Pictures as a Script Assistant.

 

 

 

2014 MENTORS

ADELAIDE MENTOR: Nicki Bloom's debut play Tender  was first produced  by nowyesnow in May 2007 as part of the B-Sharp downstairs season at Company B Belvoir Street in Sydney. This production then toured to Hothouse Theatre (Albury) and Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney), playing as part of the main stage subscription seasons at both theatre companies. In July 2009 Tender was produced by the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater's  Anspacher space in New York City, USA  Tender also received a reading  at London's  Donmar  Warehouse in 2010. Tender is published  by Currency Press.  Bloom's  adaptation  of  Henrik  Ibsen's  Ghosts  was  produced  by  the  State Theatre Company  of South Australia in October 2008, and is published by Phoenix Press.   She  jointly   adapted   Shakespeare's   romeo&juliet   with   director   Geordie Brookman, and this adaptation was first produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia  in August 2010. Additional publications  include Summer,  published by Currency Press in a collection of plays entitled 'Short Circuit', and additional productions include Summer  by Griffin Theatre Company in 2008, and Footso/diers by. Stone/Castro and Reel Time Collaborators for Brink's Gorge Festival in 2009.

Bloom's  awards include the 2006 Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize (Tender)the  2007  Inscription  Chairman's  Award  for  Best  Play  (Tender);  the  2008  Patrick White Playwrights' Award (8/oodwood) and the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (8/oodwood)   and  the  Henry  Lawson  Prize  for  Prose.  Her  work  has  also  been shortlisted for several awards,  including  the 2008 New South Wales Premier's Play Award (Tender);  the 2007 Philip Parsons Playwriting Award (Tender);  and the 2006 Max Afford Playwriting Award (Tender)She has been the recipient of two Goethe­ lnstitut scholarships to Germany- the first a language study scholarship in May 2008 and the second to attend Berlin's 'Theatertreffen'  as part of an international forum of theatre-makers in May 2009. Bloom was a 2008 resident writer at Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney. She is an affiliate artist with Brink Productions  in Adelaide and co-artistic director of performance  company nowyesnow.

PERTH MENTOR: Adam Mitchell is an award winning theatre director known for his inventive contemporary theatre productions. He was the Associate and Resident Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company. For Black Swan he has directed Flood, Death of a Salesman, The Motherfucker With the Hat, Boy Gets Girl and When the Rain Stops Falling. He was the Artistic Director of Black Swan's HotBed Ensemble, production highlights included: Yellow Moon: The Ballad Of Leila and Lee, The Shape of Things, pool (no water), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Laramie Project, Falling Petals and the world premieres of Portraits of Modern Evil by Robert Reid and The Dark Room by Angela Betzien.He regularly directs both Opera and Musical Theatre for The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) , and has worked with Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Companies, Playwriting Australia, and is a member of the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors Lab (New York). 

He was awarded the 2008, 2010, 2013 Equity Guild Award for Best Direction, 2010 Equity Guild Award for Best Production (The Shape of Things), 2003 Blue Room Award for Best Independent Production and the 2014 PAWA Awards for Best Production.

SYDNEY MENTOR: Lachlan Philpott. A Sydney based dog person, Lachlan is a playwright who has worked with Australian Theatre for Young People, Belvoir Sydney, Bell Shakespeare, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Bush London, Canberra Youth Theatre, Cre8ion, Crowded Fire San Francisco, Edinburgh Festival, Feast Adelaide, Focus Theatre Sydney, Glen St Theatre Sydney, Griffin Sydney, Hothouse Theatre Albury, Kansas State University, La Boite Brisbane, The Lark NYC, London Pride, Magic Theatre San Francisco, Mardi Gras Sydney, The Mac Belfast, Midsumma Melbourne, Melbourne Festival, MKA New Writing Theatre, The New Theatre, NIDA, Outburst Belfast, Oval House London, Perth Theatre Company, Playwriting Australia, Q Theatre Penrith, PACT Sydney, The NSW Drama Ensembles, The Playwright’s Centre Minneapolis, The Playwright’s Foundation San Francisco, Rock Surfers Sydney, Singapore Writers Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Tantrum Theatre Newcastle, Red Stitch Melbourne, St Martins Melbourne The VCA and The Victorian Arts Centre.

Lachlan co-founded wrecked all prods with long-time collaborator Alyson Campbell in 2000. He writes for Amnesty International and in his extensive work as a teacher, mentor and dramaturg, Lachlan has worked for theatre companies, schools and tertiary institutions around the world. In 2013, Lachlan was awarded an Australia Council Cultural Leadership grant which included residencies at The Playwrights’ Centre and The Lark Play Development Centre in The US. As the inaugural Australian Professional Playwright Fulbright Scholar, he will travel to The USA in late 2014. Lachlan is Chair of the Australian Writer’s Guild Playwrights’ Committee.

The 2014 Fresh Ink Mentoring program was supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation and Copyright Agency