Trained at Lecoq in Paris, France, ALICIA GONZALEZ is a director-theatre maker and teaching artist specialising in movement and ensemble devised techniques to story telling. She works across theatre, film and education as co-devisor, movement director, teacher and performer. Alicia is currently jamming with Hurrah Hurrah and performing in their latest show Trade. For Clockfire Theatre Company, Alicia has collaborated and performed in the 1st installment of A Hunger Suite and their latest project we, the lost company. Alicia has worked as movement coach and movement director for several shows including Mardi Gras favourite The Punters Siren. She has also written and performed as a puppeteer for Umbrella Theatre (The Rocks Village Bizarre Festival). She is the Artistic Director of Marquez Laundry Theatre Co, she has been commissioned by the Old 505 Theatre to create devised theatre pieces; Macondo's Clothesline and Fred & Ginger. She was also selected to participate in NIDA’s 2014 Independent Creative Development Program in Sydney. In 2014 Critical Stages offered Alicia the Emerging Producers residency. In 2015 she had her directing short-film debut. Her artistic influences include Compagnie Philippe Genty, Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, Maguy Marin, & Pina Bausch. Alicia was the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to help fund her studies at Lecoq. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she offers her expertise as story consultant to screen writers and works as a corporate roleplayer for various organisations.
Mathias is a Sydney based actor with international training and work experience in the areas of film and theatre. Currently, he is collaborating and performing with theatre company Hurrah Hurrah in their latest show Trade by Alison Bennett. Alongside he is also working together with director Sarah Vickery and composer Maria Alfonsine in their interactive performance project Babelism:Love & Memory, which will be performed at Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic's Institute as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival in September 2016. He has previously starred in Archway1 Theatre Company's production of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit and various short film productions such as Abyss, directed by Jermaine Yuen, which gave Mathias a nomination for Outstanding Performance in the 23rd Sydney Film School Festival screening at the Chauvel Cinema. 2014/2015 also included work with Opera Australia in Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour's Aida, and Sound of Music at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Mathias graduated from Wendelsberg's Theatre and Drama School in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2012 and has since honed his skills through Acting Techniques at NIDA, Michael Chekhov Technique with Natela Dzuliashvili and Showreel Course at Screenwise.
Swedish composer and lyricist Maria Alfonsine provides an intriguing place for her audience to escape across genres such as jazz, folk-pop, film music, musical theatre and experimental contemporary styles. Her starting-point and focus is always; "It's all about the story", no matter what medium or style she is working in. By turns playful and reflective, she finds inspiration in everyday life, the inequalities of the world and the force of nature, and through her art she wishes to communicate awareness, insight and courage. When not working with traditional instruments, she uses voice and body sounds to create organic soundscapes full of observations. Musical Theatre credits include her gender-bent 2012 musical The Song of A Princess, and the 2015 horror comedy musical Dr.McCarb's Independent Surgical Hospital On The Hill with book by Michael Heming. Film credits include the animated short film Chicken Coronation (Marlon Atinyao), the Macbeth influenced short film Waiting In The Wings (Melanie Jayne) and the musical short To The Top! (Fiona Gillman), for which she won the Best Composer Award sponsored by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers at the Sydney Film School Festival in December 2015. Exhibitions include showings of her music and photo art at Pseudo Space as part of Leichhardt Open Studio Trail (LOST), and Tranemo Art Gallery in Sweden 2014. 2016 stage credits include Trade by Alison Bennett, Mens Rea: A Shifter's Intent by Raghav Handa and Babelism: Love & Memory by Sarah Vickery.
Keyna Wilkins is a published composer, pianist and flautist based in Sydney. Exploratory, open-minded and globally inspired, her music creates a unique hybrid of sound worlds. Virtuosic improvisation and wide stylistic versatility has led her to perform with many Sydney-based flamenco, jazz, classical and latin ensembles as well as write and perform theatre music. Keyna's compositions are published by Australian music publishing house,Wirripang and include a saxophone orchestra piece, Dinner Party, a solo flute piece inspired by a flamenco dance, Buleria Fiero a collection of solo piano pieces Sky Pieces and a 3 part tuba piece Mars. Aspects of jazz, French impressionist, flamenco and the influence of contemporary Australian composers can be heard in her works. Her compositions have been performed around Sydney and UK. Other 2013 projects include writing a sci-fi opera with Michal Imielski (former assisiant director for Opera Australia) using space sounds taken from spectrograph recordings from nebulae, stars and planets and a busy schedule playing shows at the Basement, The Standard, Camelot Lounge, Blue Beat, Sydney Conservatorium in various ensembles from flamenco to French gypsy to jazz. Recent high profile performances include opening the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival at the Convention Centre with Flamenco Australia, (rated 4.5 stars by the Adelaide Advertiser), the sell-out opening of the 2011 Picasso Exhibition at the Art Gallery NSW, and jazz performances on the main arena of the Royal Easter Show in 2012. Born in picturesque Somerset, UK, Keyna developed an early passion for music, learning piano at age seven and flute at age ten. Since then she has enjoyed a rich and varied music education spanning UK (Bath Spa University) and Germany (Hildesheim University) and Sydney Conservatorium. She was awarded her MA Flute Performance in 2008 from Bristol University (UK) before emmigrating to Sydney in 2009. She is currently refining her compositional style with the Master of Music Composition course at Sydney Conservatorium under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd.
Naomi Livingstone graduated from ACTT in 2008 and studied at the Atlantic Acting School in New York in 2010. Recent stage credits include: The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin (dir Louise Fischer); Closer by Patrick Marber (dir Glen Hamilton); Combat Fatigue by Alison Rooke (dir Ian Zammit) for the Sydney Fringe Festival, and Off the Shelf; The Opehlia Experience by Melissa Jones with franticmuse; An Ordinary Street, A Night on the Town for Short and Sweet. A passionate believer in skills sharing and artist support, Naomi is a proud member of piLAB, a collective of theatre practitioners dedicated to sharing their skills with other artists, investigating performance and facilitating new works. Naomi has also worked with the bold new Actors Collective, a collaborative exploring new works and providing opportunities for new artists. Naomi also teaches Script Analysis at The Actors College of Theatre and Television. Other stage credits include Louis Nowra’s The Jungle (dir Pete Nettell) , Lorca’s classic The House of Bernarda Alba (dir Maeliosa Stafford) and The Crucible (dir Patrick Dickson & Maeliosa Stafford). Film credits include Late Tuesday and Round and Round, shorts by Jenna Erikson, Joe Harper by Reece Farris, and two shorts by award-winning filmmaker Michael Bates - RecallGirl and Loose Oranges - and with whom she is also currently working on a feature-length film Resistance . Naomi also studied at David Atkins’ Dynamite Dance Studios.
Phyllis Wong (Phyllis Photography) is a commercial photographer based in Sydney and Hong Kong. Her work in commercial photography specializes in fashion, performing arts, architecture and portraiture. Phyllis has built a portfolio of work that explores functionality and aesthetic details in different visual styles, and a wide variety of subject matter. Phyllis began her career in urban design and planning, where she developed an artistic sensitivity for the interactive relationship between people, nature and the constructed urban environment. She creates images using the aesthetic of her subjects to tell stories about them. Her style is distinctive and her retouching skills take the visual qualities of her subjects to a new height. Phyllis is enthusiastic about her evolving skills, and is eager to embrace different aspects and genres of photography. In her various studies Phyllis explores her fascination with fashion, design, gender and representation. Her philosophy is to examine the concurrent concealment and exposure of clothing design in order to dissect the body and its relationship with people’s perspectives on power relations in society. In Phyllis’s portfolio you will see her interpretations of gender, environment, and traditions. The process explores the aesthetic quality, functionality and scale of body and space.