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Artist Facilitator Spotlight! Meet Lex

Milk Crate Theatre is very excited to invite Lex Marinos OAM to lead the next 10 week round of workshops at Ozanam Learning Centre! Lex is a distinguished actor, director and radio presenter, you might even recognise him from such shows The Slap and Kingswood Country! Lex has been involved with Milk Crate Theatre in his capacity on our Artistic Advisory Committee since 2016.

This workshop round Lex will be exploring the fundamental process of storytelling. What is the story we want to tell? Why do we want to tell it? How does it make us feel? How many different ways can we tell it? What are the elements – events, characters, place, time? And most importantly, can we work hard and have fun?

Read more about his incredible career and experience below:

Born in Wagga Wagga, NSW into a family of Greek cafe owners, Lex attended University of NSW, receiving a BA with Honours in Drama, and also studied with renowned American acting teacher, Stella Adler. Since then he has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher.

As an actor Lex has appeared with the Nimrod, APG, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B, Big hART, and at many arts festivals, as well as commercial productions such as The King and I. Best known on television for Kingswood Country and The Slap, and has also had continuing roles in City West, Embassy, S.C.O.O.P, Live & Sweaty, Ballzup, World Series Debating, Strictly Dancing, and Late Night Legends. Films include Cathy's Child, Goodbye Practice, Last Days of Chez Nous, Bedevil, Backyard Ashes and numerous short films.

Since the riotous inception of 2JJ, Lex has also worked as a radio presenter on various ABC and commercial networks.

As a director Lex has worked in all media, notably films An Indecent Obsession, television series Bodyine, Embassy, A Country Practice, plus documentaries. He co-founded the King O'Malley Theatre Company and has directed many shows for commercial and subsidised companies and festivals. He was the Director of Carnivale, NSW's multicultural arts, 1996 - 99.

Lex directed one of the segments of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, and was Executive Producer, YEPERENYE Federation Festival, which took place in Alice Springs as part of Centenary of Federation Celebrations.

Awarded OAM for services to the performing arts, Lex has also held many advisory and governance positions with arts and cultural organisations including SOCOG, The Australia Council, and Community Broadcasting Foundation. Lex is a frequent speaker and writer on arts and cultural diversity; hosts numerous awards and community functions; and is guest tutor at several Theatre and Screen Colleges.

His book Blood and Circuses: an irresponsible memoir was published by Allen & Unwin. Lex is a proud member of Actor Equity since 1970.

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