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Creative Team Profiles

Meet the Creative Team behind the 2019 production Natural Order!

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Margot Politis

DIRECTOR

With over 18 years of practice, Margot has become a recognised leader in NSW inclusive arts practice as a performer, choreographer, film director, and devisor of new dance theatre. Margot was appointed Artistic Director of Milk Crate Theatre in 2018, after two years serving as Associate Director, and designed and directed the company's 2019 major production, Natural Order. Previous to this, she spent 2009-2016 as the Accessibility Director at Shopfront Arts Co-op, where she established the Accessibility Program, directing the Bodylines and Harness Ensembles of young people with disability in various performances and films; including the film Reaching Out Over & Over, which was an official selection of the 2016 NYC Indie Film Festival. She began her career performing with Restless Dance Theatre as a mentee to Kat Worth in 2004, after graduating from the Flinders University Drama Centre 2003.

In 2017 Margot choreographed the Shopfront Arts Co-op and ATYP co-pro, Dignity of Risk alongside Natalie Rose, which won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People. Independently Margot has worked with Ausdance NSW, Accessible Arts NSW, Murmuration, Dirty Feet, The Song Room, Ever After Theatre, and Autism Spectrum Australia. She has been funded to study with various companies and artists in the USA: Axis Dance, The Gabrielle Roth Moving Centre, Tricia Brouk; and in 2013 was awarded a Cultural Leadership Grant from The Australia Council for the Arts to do the same in the UK, working with: Candoco Dance Company, Stopgap Dance, Mind The Gap, Graeae Theatre, and Oily Cart. In May 2015 she was artist in residence at Tasdance, Launceston, to provide skills development in inclusive practice for the company. Also in 2015, Margot established Self Help Arts, a collective of artists with lived experience of mental health support needs.

Margot's focus as a practitioner is in making interdisciplinary and immersive performance work that explores social constructs, integrating theatre, film, movement, sound, setting and light. Margot has spoken at many events about disability and mental health, including as a panellist at the MCA Mental Health Awareness Week forum, and has consulted on the development of Arts and Health policy for government and organisations.

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Jacqueline Marriott

Assistant Director

Hi, I'm Jac – I am the Assistant Director for Natural Order. I am most inspired by travel, kids and learning new things. I love to move, play and be silly, which are three of the core ways I explore and create my work as an artist.

My role in 'Natural Order' is as Assistant Director, which I have interpreted to mean I play the part of a very enthusiastic, passionate, excitable human who corrals our ensemble together and supports our wonderful director, Margot.

I have been a part of the show for about a year when I was a Teaching Artist with the Physical Theatre workshops that were part of the development of the show. Since the commencement of this year, I have been in attendance of various other show-development workshops and ongoing collaborations with Margot. These collaborations range from technical things like organising, timetabling and doing grown-up/computery stuff like that to creatively exploring all the facets of the wonderful world that makes up Natural Order. It has been a sublime ride, this 'Natural Order' one and it is my hope that you, too, thoroughly enjoy your visit to DAVO.

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Liam O'Keefe

Lighting Design

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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Emma White

Set, Prop and Costume Design

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, McDonald's, 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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David Molloy

Videography

David is a writer and multidisciplinary artist for stage and screen. He is half of the theatre collective Gom Jabbar and runs the videography company Irony Mark Films. Outside of the theatre, he writes screenplays and proudly rears dachshunds.


As a video artist, David has contributed to such works as 'Natural Order' (Milk Crate Theatre); 'Monument' (Gom Jabbar); 'The Forest Unyielding' (Self Help Arts); 'Machine' (Eclective Productions); Carly & Troy Do A Doll's House (His Three Daughters).


As a performer, David has been involved in 'Treats: Unit' (Belvoir/Shopfront); 'Godface' (Matriark Theatre); 'Trojans' (Team Mess); 'The Pitchfork Disney' (Eclective).


David is also a playwright with 'A Farewell To Arms' (IPAC); 'Monument' (Gom Jabbar) and Suiters (IPAC) among his credits.