Alison Bennett

Mentor

Alison is a performer and director with an interest in visually engaging devised performance. As well as working as a freelance performer, she is the Artistic Director of Hurrah Hurrah, a company that creates collaborative theatre. With Hurrah Hurrah Alison has directed and produced TRADE (Adelaide Fringe and the Old 505), The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (in collaboration with the Rocks Pops Up Project) and Frenzy for Two by Eugene Ionesco (as part of a 9-month Residency with Woollahra Council). With Hurrah Hurrah she is currently creating Roomba Nation that will be performed at the Old 505 Theatre in July and The Pastels which will be seen at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne in October. She also created Rapoonzel, a roving performance of poetry and clown for kids at the Sydney Opera House.

She has recently performed with Drop Bear Theatre in The Magic Hat at Casula Powerhouse. She has also created works of theatre with ESL students at Langues-en-Scène in Paris and has facilitated workshops in theatre making at ATYP, NIDA, Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse, Jigsaw Arts (UK) and Organic Arts (UK). She has also worked as a mentor with Ashfield Youth Theatre for young artists affected by mental health issues. She is a regular collaborator and performer on the Creative Play and Digital Education projects at the Sydney Opera House. She has just completed the digital drawing project Join the Dots in Japan which was a large-scale collaboration for the Sydney Festival with visual and performing artists from Australia and Japan. As an actor, her most recent credits include: Australian film Zelos, TROUPE (UK: commissioned by the Bestival Music Festival) as well as This is Not Mills and Boon (Glorious Thing Theatre Co), Roadkill Confidential (Lies, Lies & Propaganda) and Macondo's Clothesline (NIDA Independent). She is a regular performer with the Leftovers Collective. She was an independent producer for PACT Centre for Emerging Artists on the Rapid Response Team Project and is the Program Manager for Adult Short Courses at NIDA. Alison holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Drama) from Monash University and trained at the Le Coq School of Theatre in Paris.