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. 

Aslam Abdus-Samad

Aslam Abdus-samad is an actor, performance maker andmovement 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;MidsummaFestival), Rapid Response Team (Artist; PACT), Scotty (Actor; Stella Adler Studio).

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.

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.

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. www.aliciagonzalez.com.au

Jacqueline Marriott

Jacqueline is an actor, movement artist, play artist and presenter who splits her time between New York and Sydney. With a great love of travel and learning, Jac has trained and performed across the globe, consistently seeking out new methods and avenues of artistic expression, diversification of practice. Jac works as a play artist and presenter with Sydney Opera House and Starlight Children's Foundation, where she brings joy and silliness to the lives of ill children. As a movement artist, Jac has choreographed and performed in various dance films ('Alcoholism','Yes', 'Intersection') and performed in New York (Leimay), Japan (Dairakudakan) and Sydney (Doll Parts). As an actor she is particularly passionate about physical theatre and The Bard and will one day smush these two worlds together in the most wonderful way. She is a graduate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Training highlights include Patsy Rodenburg (New York), Kristin Kinklater (Scotland) and SITI Company (New York). Jac speaks Danish, a smidgen of French and an even smaller smidgen of Auslan but would love to be, and is working towards being fluent in all of these languages. 

David Molloy

David is a writer and multidisciplinary artist working across stage and screen, combining the two mediums into new and exciting forms. He is half of theatre collective Gom Jabbar (along with director Brittany Jones) and runs videography company Irony Mark Films. His debut play Monument premiered at the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival to sold-out crowds. David has co-written three documentary features for One Heart Pictures, facilitated filmmaking workshops at Shopfront Arts Co-Op, and worked internationally as a cameraman, photographer, performer and editor. Additionally, he is the managing editor for youth content publisher 5Why.

 

As video artist: Natural Order (Milk Crate Theatre, 2019); Monument (Gom Jabbar, 2018); The Forest Unyielding (Self Help Arts, 2016); Machine (Eclective Productions, 2014), Carly & Troy Do A Doll's House (His Three Daughters, 2013). As performer: Treats: Unit (Belvoir/Shopfront, 2017); Godface (Matriark Theatre, 2015); Trojans (Team Mess, 2015); The Pitchfork Disney (Eclective, 2012). As screenwriter: Tenebrae (Irony Mark Films, 2018); Life Challenge: Kokoda (One Heart Pictures, 2015); The Road To Peace (OHP, 2014); The Road I Travel (OHP, 2013).  

"I love working with Milk Crate Theatre because their work gives voice to the voiceless, presenting real people and their lived experience in truly innovative and captivating stagecraft. Also they're hilarious and generous human beings who've well and truly earned their place in the Sydney theatre scene."

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).

Felicity’s mission as an artist is to interrupt people’s assumptions about the world and the people we share it with in order to bring these into question. By focusing on those traditionally left out of mainstream narratives, she attempts to redistribute cultural attention towards those who need it most. Felicity does this through humour, debate, gaming dramaturgy and play. These take their forms through a combination of social media, projection, drag(dress-ups), physical theatre, dialogue and virtual reality technologies.

 

Her favourite career highlights include directing at The Sydney Opera House, creating a one-on-one performance for audiences in a moving car, and directing a non-verbal performative memorial via clowning, beer and a slide-show.

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).

 

As a technician, he has been a part of the lighting team for five national tours as well as The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour's Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Aida, Turandot, La Boheme and West Side Story. Liam is also active in the realm of commercial musical theatre with Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Book of Mormon.

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.

Jessica Saras

Jessica is a professionally trained and working Actress, graduating from Charles Sturt University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting for Screen and Stage. Jessica has appeared in various independent theatre productions, most recently in NINEFOLD's October production "Wyrd: Season of the Witch" (2018) in the role of Banquo. In 2017, Jessica created THE BIRD CARTEL alongside Beth McMullen and Gemma Scoble and premiered their new work "Best Before" at The Sydney Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include: "The Mamet Women" (2017), "The Maids" (2016), "Love Song Dedications" (2008), "Stage Door" (2006), "Macbeth" (2005) and "Three Sisters" (2005).

 

Film and Television credits include "The Tail Job", "Black B*tch", "The Big Day" for ABC's Fresh Blood Initiative, "Rescue Special Ops". Jessica is also a popular fixture in locally made short films, most notably Ren Thackham's "Brainless Killers" (2015 Sydney Indie Film Festival winner Best Short Film, Best Special Effects). She has also appeared in various national and international advertising campaigns. 

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. 

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.  

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.

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