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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. 

Kay Armstrong

A graduate of W.A.A.P.A, Kay has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer in theatre, film, television, corporate theatre and street theatre for the last 26 years. 

Trained originally in dance, she is an award-winning Western Sydney interdisciplinary artist who has worked across arts sectors including theatre, dance and arts and disability and assumed various management, directorial and lead artist roles. In 2017, Kay is developing a body of interdisciplinary work called HALF, which looks at ageing. She presented part of this work at Platform Shorts and in currently creating a photographic essay around the ageing female body. 

Two of her visual art works in photography and video art were selected and exhibited as finalists for the 2016 Fishers Ghost Art Awards at Campbelltown Arts Centre, and she is a finalist in the 2017 Head On Photo Awards, a prestigious international photographic competition, as part of the 2017 Head On Photo Festival. 

Suzanne Dunne

Suzy Dunne is an interdisciplinary performer and arts educator who specialises in physical theatre, 

drama and movement direction. She graduated with Distinction from BA Dance at Western Sydney University and has diverse experience working in arts education, facilitation and creation. As an independent practitioner, she has worked extensively as a theatre and movement director and tutor for various inclusive programs including Beyond the Square, RUCKUS, Riverside Theatres, National Theatre of Parramatta, The Joan, FORM Dance Projects and Ausdance NSW.  

Sarah Emery

Sarah is an independent filmmaker, theatre practitioner and community artist. Sarah was previously the Associate Director at Milk Crate Theatre and the Outreach Director at Shopfront Youth Arts Co-op. Her collaborative film and performance work with these companies has been presented at Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera house, Hazelhurst Gallery, Carriageworks, Luna Park and Darlinghurst Theatre Company. In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Australia Council's Kirk Robson Award for her leadership in Community Arts and in 2015, she won the UTS Golden Eye Award for Innovation in Sound and Image. Sarah has a Masters in Media Arts and Production (UTS), a Bachelor of Arts/Education (UNSW) and is currently studying a graduate certificate in screenwriting at AFTRS. 

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

Laura Hart

Laura has been a performer for over fifteen years - focusing on improvisation, devising, cabaret and standup comedy. Her cabaret debut Without Sex had a sold out season in the Central West and Sydney, and a successful tour to Brisbane in 2013. She has worked creatively with not for profit organisations such as Camp Quality, The Starlight Children's Foundation and Ted Noffs, and has been selected to participant in the 2017 Young Social Pioneer Program with Foundation for Young Australians. Laura has written sketch comedy for shows such as Sketchy At Best (2016 & 2017 Giant Dwarf Theatre) and trained at Impro Australia, Improv Theatre Sydney and UCB. She has gained experience in comedy for screen - performing for Pedestrian TV and ABC's Fresh Blood and was a 2016 State Finalist for Triple J's Raw Comedy Competition. Laura is a member of all-female improv troupe Confetti Gun directed by Birdie Connell, and recently toured to New York to perform in the shows Queer, Far, Wherever You Are and Confetti Gun

Lex Marinos OAM

Lex Marinos is a graduate of the University of NSW and from 1972 was one of the actors that established Sydney's New Wave. He quickly became a regular in TV comedy on ABC and SBS. He was director of the multicultural festival Carnivale 1996 - 1999; and executive producer of the Yeperenye Festival in Alice Springs for the Centenary of Federation. Between 2006 - 2014 he worked as an actor with BighArt touring regional festivals. In 1994 he received the OAM for services to the performing arts. 

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. 

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.

Kevin Ng

Kevin is an artist of Indonesian-Chinese descent living in Sydney, having created work in numerous contexts including, theatre, experimental live arts, and community arts with a strong emphasis on socio-political dynamics; responding to the experiences of Asian Australians, democracy and a diverse range of young people.

Most recently he has been commissioned to direct Shopfront Arts Co-op's Junior Ensemble in 2016 and 2017, and Senior Ensemble in 2016 with performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His collaborations include the Mook Gwa Institute which has presented work at Underbelly Arts Festival and Tiny Stadiums, and was a member of PACT centre for emerging artist's inaugural year of Rapid Response Team 2015 which challenged seven emerging artists to create politically responsive work within twenty-four hours. As a technical producer her has supported work created by multiple companies and independent artists including Milk Crate Theatre, Rock Surfers Theatre, Performance4A, Blacktown Arts Centre, and Campbelltown Arts Centre. 

He has been a youth member of Shopfront Arts Co-op since 2005 and outreach artist and director-facilitator in their residential programs. As a board member of Crack Theatre Festival, Kevin is an advocate and community builder for emerging artists in NSW.

Grace Partridge

Grace is a versatile artist whose work involves researching, creating and facilitating across the fields of theatre, music and the arts. She has a passion for working at the intersection of performing arts and social justice so is working to forge a career in the Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD)/ Applied Theatre field, fusing community engagement and contemporary art practice. She has studied Musical Theatre in the US, Shakespearean Theatre in London and completed a BA and BMus at UNSW in Sydney. She has both taught and performed with companies such as ATYP, Milk Crate Theatre, Shopfront Arts Co-op and PYT Fairfield. She is also the Found and Artistic Director of Antidote Oan Online/exhibition network that champions social justice based art, and is currently State Leader of Amnesty ARTillery Action Group - dedicated to artistic excellence and human rights. 

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.

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. 

Lauren Scott-Young

Lauren graduated the University of Wollongong's performance course in 2013. Since then, she has been involved in the creation works with various ensembles. Recent work includes re:group's LOVELY developed at PACT Theatre, As I Lay Dying - developed as part of Shopfront Arts Co-op's Civic Life program and as a support artist for a remount of Out Of Line, developed with Shopfront Arts Co-op and Bodylines Ensemble, a group a young dancers living with and without disability, as part of ATYP's Cameo Series. In 2016, Lauren worked as a co-devisor with Margot Politis and Self Help Arts on The Forest Unyielding shown at 107 Projects, Redfern. Lauren has been working as a tutor at Shopfront Arts Co-op since 2015, and in 2017 took up the position of Administration & Systems Co-ordinator. 

Lucy Watson (Mads Clove)

Lucy plays with mediums, merging hand-crafted costumes, installations and soft sculptures, with performances informed by acting, clowning, dancing, text and storytelling. Through her work she wants to loosen the demanding expectations humans have created of what 'humans' are, and how we have to behave, so we can feel safe feeling, thinking and expressing differently.

 

In 2016 Lucy co-devised The Forest Unyielding, a hybrid arts work about mental health and the creative arts, presented at 107 Projects by Self Help Arts, directed by Margot Politis; and began a diploma in Remedial Massage. This year Lucy will be collaborating with writer and performed Tanya Thaweeskullchai to develop a dance installation piece called Carp. 

Lucy graduated from with Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre and Literature at ANU, and a Master of Arts majoring in Sculpture, Performance and Installation at UNSW Art and Design. 

Paul Walker

Paul Walker is a Sydney based artist who has been engaged in the professional dance sector, both locally and internationally, for the past fifteen years - either as a performer, choreographer, teacher, or tertiary level student, in both artistic and commercial settings. He completed his tertiary level dance training at the Central School of Ballet in London in 2007, and completed full time dance training at Brent Street Studios and Ev & Bow. Earlier in 2017, Paul completed a TAFE course in Community Arts and Cultural Development, and has begun taking his dance career into CACD based settings. 

Paul creates works that sit within the realms of dance, performance, installation, and drawing, and he has presented work at Intersect Art Space (Sydney, 2016), STACKS PROJECTS (Art Monthly Sydney, 2016), Tatwerk Berlin (PORCH extended, 2015), Dance At Alaska Projects (2014), SEAM Symposium (Critical Path, 2013), Dance Meet Music (Conservatorium of Music, 2013), Platform Shorts (Sydney Fringe Festival, 2013), and has received support from PACT and Ausdance for the development of new work.

For the past four years Paul has been working with the head of drawing at the National Art School, Dr. Maryanne Coutts, to develop a combined dancing/drawing practice makes up the core of Paul's artistic practice, and he has begun exploring the possibilities of words and text as another layer to add to this. 

Alice Williams

Alice is a theatre maker and PhD student trained in physical theatre, clown, sculpture installation, languages and film theory. Her works have been programmed at Next Wave Festival, Brisbane Festival's Under the Radar, Tiny Stadiums Festival, Performance Space's Night Time Program as well as touring interstate and internationally, including to Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. She is currently completing her doctorate on the Production of Luck, discussing Odin Teatret's historic contribution in the context of local intercultural and intra-cultural work. She is passionate about the relationship between the body (including other materials) and the brain in theatrical creation. She is interested in theatre that makes connections between different social groups and transforms the ways we relate to one another. She is inspired by theatre's capacity to effect what we perceive as real and so chance our realities. 

Christie Woodhouse

Christie Woodhouse a theatre artist creating alternate experiences of public dialogue. She holds degrees in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of New South Wales, Honours Class 1 (2016) for her research on radical aesthetics in community-engaged performance and a Bachelor of Performance from University of Wollongong (2013). She was a recipient of the BBM/PACT drama award which funded artistic development in the UK (2015) researching CACD practices. She has a Certificate IV in Disability and experience as support practitioner working with people living with complex needs. As an artist facilitator she has worked with Milk Crate Theatre, Shopfront Arts Co-op, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and The Joan. This year she is Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival and 3x3x3 solo resident artist with PACT 2018/19.

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