Facilitating Artists

Milk Crate Theatre employs practising artists with a passion for community development. These artists bring a broad range of expertise to our workshop program and productions including workshop and creative development facilitator, directing, set and costume design, sound and lighting design, production management, acting and film work. 

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ASLAM ABDUS-SAMAD

Aslam Abdus-samad is an actor, performance maker and movement artist. He maintains his practice as a physical theatre performer throughout Australia and Internationally. He has trained with NIDA, Stella Adler Studio (NYC), IUGTE (Italy), MADimprov (Spain), ZenZenZo and holds a P. Grad Dip in Performance Creation (VCA). Credits include: Fire and Ice (Movement Director, Shopfront Theatre), Antigone (Actor; Ninefold Ensemble), Hands I Burnt (Director; Sydney Fringe), Rausch (Actor; Elsie Edgerton-Till), Punk Rock (Movement Director; Ashfield Youth Theatre), Metafour (Actor; Glorious ThingTheatreCo), The Horizon (Billy the Bartender; CobbstarProductions), Moments of Perfect (Deviser;Midsumma Festival), Rapid Response Team (Artist; PACT), Scotty (Actor; Stella Adler Studio).

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KAY ARMSTRONG

2020 marks Kay's 30th year as a professional artist. Kay is an award-winning dance artist (Robert Helpmann Scholarship 2004 / 2013 Dame Peggy Van Praagh Fellowship) Currently Kay is investigating the fusion of her visual arts and performance practice in her creative studio in Western Sydney.

 

Amongst recent credits she won first place in the 2019 Liverpool Arts Society Awards, was finalist for the 2018+2019 Contemporary Art Awards, four years running finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art Award (2016-2019), Finalist in the international photo competition Head On Festival Photo Awards(2017), Ranked 8th for the Australian Photography Awards and Top 20 for the Australasian's Top Emerging Photographers Award (2019). Her works have been seen in curated group exhibitions in both Melbourne and Sydney. 

 

Tandem to her creative practice Kay also continues to mentor emerging dance artists and continue her creative facilitation work in the community arts sector.

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JAMES BROWN

James Brown is a Sydney based composer and Sound Designer whose process often involves creating music in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound. Selected theatre shows include Lake Disappointment (Carriageworks), Broken (Darlinghurst Theatre), The Lee Ellroy Show (KVS, Brussels), and We Was Them (SOIT). He has composed dance scores for Victoria Hunt's Tangi Wai and Copper Promises and Kristina Chan’s A Faint Existence, as well as contemporary scores for the Australian Ballet. (Scope, Muse) James has also composed the score for the feature documentaries A Brilliant Genocide (Ebony Butler), Bloodlinks (William Yang), the miniseries Top of the Lake (Jane Campion) and in 2016 for the Videogame Fallout 4 (Bethesda). He holds a Visual Arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in Acoustic Physics from Sydney University.

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JAMES DALTON

James Dalton is a theatre-maker and PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research focus is on medical students and the multiple performance modes that afford their developing medical subjectivity. Through this work he is interested more broadly in the connections across cultures that situate health and care beyond biomedical and economic models, and James continues to investigate how arts and humanities are constitutive of health rather than instrumental tools for STEM professionals.

James' artistic focus is on developing new writing, staging immersive participatory projects, and multidisciplinary collaborative CACD projects. His collaborations have included works with Legs On The Wall, Underbelly Arts Festival, Milk Crate Theatre, and NSW Health, as well as at the Prague Quadrennial, in Novi Sad, and in theatres and found spaces around Australia. These projects reflect his interests in anxiety, community-building, historiography and apocalypse. 

SARAH EASTERMAN

Sarah Easterman is a creator working across comedy, cabaret, installation, sculpture and performance. She graduated with a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance from Theatre Nepean and has continued training with Clockfire Theatre and Bamboozle Theatre (UK). She holds a Diploma of Education in Visual Arts.

Performances include Working it Out with Kate Mitchell (Chalk Horse Gallery); JobReady (Old 505 Newtown, Sydney Fringe Festival); Olympia Olympia! (PACT Theatre); Bender (Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle); Sydny Kings (HeapsGay/The Vanguard); Pack it up/pack it in (Gallery 55); Milkmilklemonade (New Theatre); Grover Stands up (Tokyo Sing-Song); Bird (Old Fitzroy Hotel/The Secret House).

ALICIA GONZALEZ

A Jacques Lecoq theatre graduate, Alicia is a director, theatre-maker and performer specialising in physical comedy, improvisation and movement working across theatre, film and education. Her work would most likely be described as Theatre of Image and within the Australian theatrical landscape it explores the visual element in story telling on stage. Over time Alicia has been drawn to projects that observe the fragility of the human condition and its relationship (or mirror) to the natural world. Her curiosity in collaborating with others is in response to a growing tend of artists taking control of their creative output and specifically geared towards visually arresting, non-traditional performance styles. Each project Alicia delves into provides the opportunity to apply the skills of visually minded creators to a question or a theme that she and the collective are all absolutely passionate about. 

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FELICITY NICOL

Felicity Nicol is an award-winning Performance Director and Artistic Director from Sydney, Australia. A graduate of NIDA, she has gone on to work with some of the most prominent artists around the world, including Ontroerend Goed (BEL), Punchdrunk & Gecko Physical Theatre (UK), Illutron (DEN) and Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN). Felicity holds a particular interest in working with young people, specifically queer young people & young people experiencing mental health issues. This interest has led her to working with Spark Youth Theatre & Australian Theatre for Young People (AUS), Mit Ohnes Alles (GER), The Torontonians (CAN) and Company3 (UK).

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LIAM O'KEEFE

Liam is a freelance lighting designer and technician based in Sydney.

Recent design work includes: Natural Order (Milk Crate Theatre); A Murder Story (Ninefold); Wyrd: The Season of the Witch (Ninefold); Tonsils + Tweezers (Jackrabbit); Brothers Karamazov (Arrive Devise Repeat); The Winter's Tale (Secret House); Dry Land (Outhouse Theatre Co./Mad March Hare); Best Before (The Bird Cartel); American Beauty Shop (Some Company); This Is Not Mills And Boon (Glorious Thing); Consensual (New Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Genesian Theatre), Tri-Beckett (Ninefold); Rats - Dirt/Moonshine (Fledgling Theatre Co.); After The End (The King's Collective); Transcience (leftofcentre Theatre Co.); Atlantis (Subtlenuance); METADATA (De Quincey Co.); DRIFT (Two Peas); GODFACE (Matriark Theatre Inc.); Smudge (The King's Fools); The Tragedy of Antigone (Ninefold); Contrite Spirit (Edgeware Forum); Shut up and Drive (Subtlenuance) and Year of the Family (Tooth and Sinew).

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CALI PRINCE

Cali's work is multi award winning combining more than 18 years of professional experience across the arts, cultural, community sectors including 7 years in cultural development in local government. Offering a distinct creative edge, Cali has a

recognised track record in pioneering at the intersection point of arts, culture, creativity, and communities ground up led change. Cali specialises in Community Cultural Development practice and breaking new ground in complex creative collaborations towards social change, empowering less dominant voices and enabling deep transformation. She has pioneered the concept of transformation in the 4th Space, publishing on this in the journal International Arts in Society Series: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts (2016). More recently she established the project Western Sydney 4th Space Lab during her Artist Residency at Blacktown Arts Centre. This project with cocollaborator

Wendy McDougall will undertake a creative inquiry into this space with 20 practitioners and artists across Western Sydney (in development).

 

Cali is adept at facilitating and bringing together creative collaborations across multi art forms, diverse partnerships, and communities of practice including in Arts Disability, indigenous theatre projects on many productions she undertook as assistant to Noel C Tovey. More recently she has spent 10 years living and working with artists and marginalised communities in outer Western Sydney.

 

Cali has worked on independent theatre productions including the premiere of Little Black Bastard with Noel Tovey, also Pork Chop Productions, the Bell Shakespeare Company, State Theatre South Australia, and Riverina Theatre Company. Cali established theatre workshops in Arts Disability practice including the Access Arts program Sound Circles in Sydney and a Creative Expression program at St Ives CAS, The Spastic Centre. Cali is the original creator of Unlock Your Creativity, which ran for 4 years with funding from City of Sydney and the Australia Council for the Arts. At present

Cali is nearing completion of a Doctorate in Cultural Research at the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University), her practice led research focuses on collaborative creative process between artists, people and their communities and institutions.

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GRAEME RHODES

Graeme is professional actor with 25 years experience in theatre, film and television. Most recently in 2016 he performed the one man show Morgan Stern for Company of Rogues theatre company (Blood Moon Theatre). In 2013 he toured the show Murder for the company Erth visual and physical inc. to festival in Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania, in 2011 he performed multiple roles in the STC production Before/After. He has appeared in numerous TV productions most recently Tough Nuts and the Kangaroo Gang for Foxtel and the BBC and Home and Away for Channel 7. As well as a facilitating artist with Milk Crate Theatre, Graeme is a member of Milk Crate Theatre's Artistic Advisory Committee and was one of the company's founding members. 

BETHANY SIMONS

Bethany Simons is an award-winning writer, performer and teaching artist hailing from Regional NSW. As a maker, she creates character and story-based performance works. Her original stage productions, The Weather and Your Health and Reception: The Musical received numerous industry nods, including 4 Green Room nominations and Best Cabaret at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe. Both works were selected for the VCE Drama Playlist and have toured nationally to more than 60 venues.

In 2012, Bethany received the Victorian State Touring Award for 'outstanding contribution to regional arts and culture' in recognition of grass-roots community engagement which always involves food and story-exchange.

Bethany has collaborated with arts companies around the country including Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Youth Music, Milk Crate Theatre and Southern Cross Soloists. An active facilitator and guest speaker, she conducts writing, storytelling, vocal and drama workshops across education, arts and community settings. She has appeared as narrator and voice-over artist for live concerts, broadcasts and podcasts, and was formerly Program Director of Theatre Network Australia.

Bethany has an Honours degree in the BA Acting for Screen for Stage from Charles Sturt University. Her COVID-19 story was featured on the ABC Program 'New Normal' and her improvisational web series for kids, 'Simon Says', can be found on her website: bethanysimons.com

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LUCY WATSON (Mads Clove)

Lucy is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work spans and often combines writing, visual art and performance informed by acting, clowning, dance and spoken word poetry. She often presents work as Mads Clove. Lucy completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours, majoring in drama and literature, from Australian National University, and a Master of Arts, majoring in sculpture, performance and installation, from University of NSW Art and Design. Lucy is passionate about the role of art in healing and community, and has been facilitating theatre-making classes and processes for a range of groups, styles and settings since 2012. She is interested in expanding and fracturing what we expect of ourselves as humans, so we can feel safe expressing differently.  

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EMMA WHITE

Emma White is a set and costume designer that has recently completed her MFA (Design for Performance) at NIDA. Emma also has a BFA (Sculpture/Installation) from UNSW Art and Design.

 

Recently, Emma worked in London assisting designer Rajha Shakiry on Nine Night for The National Theatre and Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe as a recipient of a Frederick J Gibson Bequest.

As a set and costume designer, her theatre credits include Stay Happy Keep Smiling and Venus In Fur for NIDA, The Knife at Bondi Feast, The Other Side of 25 at the Old 505 Theatre, Daisy Moon Was Born This Way for Q Theatre Company and The Library of Babel at Sydney Fringe. As Associate Designer, Emma's credits include American Psycho for Hayes Theatre, Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest for Sport For Jove.

Emma has worked in costume and art departments in film and television productions for the ABC, Giant Dwarf Productions, Emerald Films, Droving Productions and Dollhouse Pictures. As a Designer, Art Director and Art/Wardrobe Department Assistant, Emma has worked for commercial clients such as Sony Music, McDonalds, Screenwise and Sydney Opera House. Emma is currently designing Chorus at the Old Fitz, Natural Order for Milk Crate Theatre Company and Homesick at the Old 505 Theatre.

Milk Crate Theatre is proudly a Gold Mental Health First Aid skilled Workplace. 

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