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WORKING BITCHES WORKING TITLE (2019) PHOTO BY LIZ HAM

HAZ LUGSDIN, aka Buck Daddy Hattie, is a performance maker driven by authentic audience connection. Despite this, Haz’s work is characterised by gusto, ego, and innuendo. AUDLEY ANDERSON is an actor and performance artist whose work embodies ecological time using the languages of mediated culture, risk, and joy creating works both playful, macabre, and ‘a bit gross'. Together, they co-devised, co-produced and co-performed their sold-out show 1010011001: Dude, Where’s My Gender? At Giant Dwarf’s Two Queers Festival. Haz and Audley are driven by exploring how non-binary ways of thinking can be applied to art and performance. Their work hybridises various modes of performance to disassemble rigid performance structures and undermine their conventions. For both of these artists, creating and performing is essential in making sense of themselves and their genders.

CASSIE WORKMAN won Triple J’s “Raw Comedy” national open mic competition in 2009. She performed her first full-length show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011. The show, “Humans are Beautiful” won ‘Best Newcomer that year and toured the country, before heading to Edinburgh Fringe. Cassie performed her second full-length show “Mercy” in 2012. The show toured Australia and the UK and won ‘Best Comedy’ in the Adelaide Fringe. It was later recorded and televised on the ABC as well as being distributed through Madman Entertainment. In 2013 Cassie toured the much-acclaimed full-length show “Ave Loretta,” solidifying her position as one of Australia’s leading storyteller/stand-ups and earning her a nomination for best show (previously known as The Barry Award) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show also won ‘Director’s Choice’ at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

SARAH EASTERMAN graduated with a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance from Theatre Nepean and has continued her training with Clockfire Theatre and Bamboozle Theatre (UK). She holds a Diploma of Education in Visual Art and has been shortlisted for the City of Sydney Residency program and the KIAC residency program in Japan. Her performances, collaborations and events include, Working it Out with Kate Mitchell (Chalk Horse Gallery) JobReady (Old 505 Newtown and Sydney Fringe Festival), Olympia Olympia! (PACT Theatre) Bender (Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle), Sydney Kings, (HeapsGay/The Vanguard), Pack it up/ pack it in (Gallery 55), Milkmilklemonade (New Theatre), Miss Julie (Old Fitzroy), Moistness (The Arches, Glasgow), Grover Stands Up (Tokyo Sing-Song) Bird, (Old Fitzroy Hotel/The Secret House).

TAIT DE LORENZO (she/her) is a theatre & film director, writer and curator with a practice in new and multidisciplinary performance, making work under KUNST. She is a graduate of NIDA’s MFA Directing course and holds a BCA in Film & Television Production. Tait has directed and curated work for Kaldor Public Art Projects, King Kong Magazine, Sydney Chamber Opera, NIDA, triple j Unearthed, For Film's Sake Festival and The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. She is currently serving as a resident curator at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. Her recent directing credits include They Took me to a Queer Bar by Tommy Misa (Belvoir Shut Down Residency 2020), A Respectable Wedding after Bertolt Brecht (2019), DIANA (2018), Angel Face by imbi the girl (2018), Fabulous Friends (2018), Texture (2018), Private View by Václav Havel (2018), SPOOK-KIKI (2017), Oops, I Did It Again (2017), Jane Doe (2016), Opia (2015) and Untucked (2015) which was the recipient of Best Documentary at The SMPTE Film Festival, Los Angeles.

 THOMAS CAMPBELL graduated from NIDA in 2002 and Mountview (UK) in 2010. Stage credits include Hamlet (Belvoir), The View Upstairs (Sugary Rum/Hayes), Clybourne Park and The Violet Hour (Ensemble), The Merchant of Venice (Bell Shakespeare), HMS Pinafore (Hayes/Siren), Three Sisters (Sport for Jove), Bed (STC), Anatomy: Titus (QTC/Bell), The Moors, The Trouble with Harry, Misterman, Penelope, Human Resources, Richard III, Twelfth Night (Siren Theatre Company), Dresden (Bakehouse), Tiny Remarkable Bramble (Invisible Circus), Sleepwalk (RADA), the UK premiere of Violet (Mountview), Ruben Guthrie, The New Black and Theatre Ashes at Latitude (Ironbark), Little Women: The Musical (Lost Theatre), PVT Wars (Old Fitz), Nerd Formal (Stables), Savages, Vampirella, The Illusion (Sydney Theatre Award Nomination), and Cloud 9 (Darlinghurst Theatre), Women of Troy and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Downstairs Belvoir), Debris (RideOn) and 2000 Feet Away (B Sharp).

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NARCIFIXION FEATURING ANTON AND BRIANNA KELL (2019)

ALLI SEBASTIAN WOLF is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist working across theatre, performance and visual art. Alli is a creative director/writer/costume maker for performance collective Deep Sea Astronauts. Career highlights include: Performing with Amanda Palmer on the Opera House mainstage, inclusion in Best Australian Stories, features in media around the world including The Guardian and Teen Vogue, the Excellence in New Theatre Award from Sydney Fringe Festival and Spirit of Youth award from Qantas, residencies at the ABC, Phare Ponleu Selpak in Cambodia, HotHouse Theatre, PACT and Queen Street Studios, The CAL NSW Premier’s Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship, and many more.

MARCUS WHALE is a musical artist under his own name and with groups Collarbones and BV, his recorded output primarily forms an electronic world around his singing. Recent releases include solo album Lucifer (2020), and Collarbones' fourth album Futurity (2019), longlisted for the Australian Music Prize. Recent performance works, Praise! in collaboration with Eugene Choi and the Lucifer series in collaboration Athena Thebus have been presented by Performance Space, Asia Topa, Next Wave, Sugar Mountain Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Art Month Sydney.

BONNIE CURTIS trained at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts and completed a secondment with Australian Dance Theatre. Bonnie has worked as an independent artist, playing the role of producer, director, choreographer and performer in works for film, installation and live performance. Her creations and collaborations have appeared at ImPulsTanz, Museum Moderner Kunst (AT), Girona Film Festival (ES), Quadstock Music Festival (US), CinéWomen|Womenartconnect (EU), Asia International Youth Short Film Exhibition (CN), NZ Fringe, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney World Film Festival, and Sydney Fringe Festival (AU), among others. Most recently, Bonnie has been selected for the ATLAS Program for Choreographers at ImPulsTanz Dance Festival in Austria, 2021.

HARRIET GILLIES is an award-winning performance artist working across a range of performance modes. She has completed artist residencies with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Centre and Marina Abramović at Kaldor Public Art Projects, as well as solo residencies with La Serre: Arts Vivants in Montreal, and the Bearded Tit in Sydney. Her performances have been presented across Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Her most recent solo performance, The Power of the Holy Spirit, won the Best Experimental Show Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and had 2 sell-out seasons at the Flying Nun in Sydney. in 2020, Harriet made a new digital performance with collaborator Xanthe Dobbie in a new partnership between Griffin Theatre Company and Google Creative Labs that went on to be presented at 2021 Sydney Festival.

SOLOMON THOMAS is a theatre maker and performer currently situated in Sydney. He explores the intersection between the physical and digital in theatre, experimenting with how theatre and film can co-exist in a live context. He works as a performer, puppeteer, theatre maker and video designer and is driven by how these practices meet formally. He graduated with BCA Honours in Performance from the University of Wollongong in 2013 and for the past six years has been actively engaged in creating and performing work for both independent and main stage theatre. He is a core member of re:group performance collective, Monday Night Cards and Woodcourt Art Theatre. Solomon is currently a puppeteer with Erth Visual & Physical Inc (2014-19) and has toured with them throughout the UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

ALEXI CREECY is a multi-disciplinary effects and props artist working out of Sydney Australia. Specialising in effects that involve the human body as inspiration or a canvas Alexi has created an array of objects and images to intrigue, fool, and horrify audiences both on stage and on screen. With a background in traditional manufacturing techniques, Alexi has since begun developing a stronger digital skillset to both augment or even replace many of his previous analogue techniques. This delicate combination of the two worlds we all now live in, is the realm in which Alexi hopes to develop his creative energy and his final products solving traditional effects problems, using modern techniques and technology.

Harriet Gillies and Natalie Abbott Watermelon performance

WATERMELON FEATURING HARRIET GILLIES & NATALIE ABBOTT (2017) PHOTO BY DAVID HARRISON

MATT PREST is a performer and director with over 10 year’s experience working across performance, theatre and live-art. Matt’s consistent focus is on the experiential nature of live performance. He holds a BFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation and has trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. Matt's work includes The Tent, Hole in the Wall (with Clare Britton), Whelping Box (with Branch Nebula), Running Up a Skyscraper, and The Queen St Run. His work has been recognised with a Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre (Whelping Box 2014), and a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council (2012). He was artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York, 2016, and since 2016 he has also been a theatre fellow at the University of Wollongong.

NITIN VENGURLEKAR is a writer and performer from Bankstown who works across the fields of contemporary performance and alternative comedy. He has performed his stories, poems and short comic pieces at various literary and alternative comedy events around Sydney, including Club Cab Sav, Parramasala, Sydney Writer’s Festival, Secret Garden Festival, Penguin Plays Rough and Fabulous Monster. In 2015 he presented his full-length nonsense epic Neville Umbrellaman as part of Bondi Feast, and a collection of his work in The Neville Umbrellaman Variety Hour Featuring Freddy Nietzsche’s Good Time Skiffle Quintet as part of the City of Sydney’s Late Night Library program. He also wrote material for and performed in Nitro Theatre/Bankstown Arts Centre’s large-scale community productions of The Prophet: Remix (November 2015) and The Night Sky (November 2016), directed by Felix Cross. His most recent performances include The Big Day (2016), a staged wedding at Giant Dwarf, and Another Day in Paradise (2017), a reading accompanying an exhibition of Myuran Sukumaran’s art works at Campbelltown Arts Centre. He recently completed his PhD at the University of NSW for his thesis ‘The Choreography of the Gaze: Looking Back at Spectators in Works by Pina Bausch and Jacques Tati’.

MALCOLM WHITTAKER works as an artist, writer, researcher, performer, producer and teacher. He does this in solo pursuits and in collaborations with other artists and non-artists. His work as an artist is mostly made and executed through the engagement of participants and collaborators in the framing of play spaces that adopt social forms and rituals from popular culture and the everyday. His projects have taken the form of theatre and gallery situations, site-specific and public interventions, performance lectures, film shoots, phone calls, support groups, radio programs, elevator rides, teeth-brushing services, walks in the park, games of chess, gift shops, handshakes, newspapers, letters in the mail, digging holes in the dirt and the borrowing of books from the library. He has made and presented work extensively across Australia, as well as in the UK, Finland and Europe. Malcolm recently completed his PhD at The University of Wollongong, where he also works as a sessional teacher of art theory and practice. He is currently a member of the Artistic Directorate of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

ALISON BENNETT holds a Bachelor Performing Arts (Drama) from Monash University and trained at the Lecoq Internationale School of Theatre in Paris. She is currently the Program Manager for Adult Learning at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney (NIDA). At NIDA she is also a tutor on the BFA (Acting ) program teaching comedy, grotesquerie and clowning. Alison has recently collaborated with the Sydney Opera House/Sydney Festival/Spiral (Japan) on Join the Dots, a cross cultural digital drawing and performance project. She has performed The Magic Hat (Casula Power House), TROUPE (commissioned by Bestival Music Festival UK), Roadkill Confidential (Lies,Lies & Propaganda) & This is Not Mills & Boon (Glorious Theating Theatre Co), and recently appeared in Zelos (Painted Gate Pictures) and The Lonely Hearts Variety Hour (Platon Theodoris). She has directed and produced TRADE, Roomba Nation, The Seagull and Frenzy for Two. She recently directed 'The Duck Pond' by Tabitha Woo and co-produced 'Our Blood Runs in the Street' for Chopt Logic. She is currently re-developing Roomba Nation as part of her creative practise Honours program at UNSW.

ADRIANE DAFF is an actor, writer and theatre-maker. She is also a founding artist of The Last Great Hunt. Some notable theatre credits include "Lé Nør" which was nominated for two 2019 Helpmann awards (including best new Australian work) and "The Irresistible", which was also nominated for a 2018 Helpmann Award (best new play) and had a seasons at Dark Mofo (2019) and the Sydney Opera House (2019). Adriane has studied in Perth (WAAPA BA in Theatre Arts), New York City (Ward Meisner Studio), Paris (Ecole Philippe Gaulier) and Sydney (Kim Farrant and Force Majeure). In 2018, Adriane wrote, produced and performed in "Era of New Paradise" for the Griffin Theatre’s Batch Festival in Sydney. Adriane also co-wrote the audio works "Into the Jungle" (DreamBig festival in Adelaide), "The Turners" (Sydney Writer’s Festival), and "The Confidence Man" (Arts House and Perth Theatre Company).

JONNY HAWKINS is a DJ and Story Teller with a big love for Disco and the history of Dance floors. He studied Acting at WAPPA, was the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Critic’s Best Newcomer Award, the 2014 Burton Award for outstanding Shakespearian Performance. His appearances across Film and TV include: Channel 7’s "Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door" and Les Norton ABC’s award winning "Riot" and Stan’s "The Other Guy". As a writer, Jonny received funding from SBS & Create NSW to make a multi-award-winning short film "Joy Boy", which he wrote and acted in. His solo show "Maureen, The Harbinger of Death" was programmed for Sydney Festival 2021 and his lecture on the history of Disco "Disco Conversion Therayp" won Melbourne Fringe’s Tour Ready Award. Jonny is founder of The Dollar Bin Darlings, Sydney’s best loved DJs and hosts of some of Australia’s most anticipated concept parties. Currently working on new concepts for seated parties at Giant Dwarf and The Vanguard.