FOCC’S ARTISTS

The Artists

Margi Brown Ash – Co-Writer/co-devisor/Performer Home, Eve and He Dreamed a Train

Margi presented EVE (Metro Arts Brisbane & The Blue Room Perth) and HOME (La Boite Indie and Queensland Theatre Company) resulting in Gold Matilda Award 2013 for her Body of Work & 2 Blue Room Awards for Best Performer & Members Choice Best Play. Other companies: directed Hedonism’s Second Album (La Boite Indie 2014); ensemble member The Paratrooper Project, 2013-4 (Phluxus 2), The Rain Project 2015 (Niz Jabour), Wizard of Oz 2013 (Danger Ensemble & La Boite (nominated Matilda Award Best Actor). Member Actors Equity since 1977; Taos Associate; Associate Artist Imaginary Theatre; Qualified therapist & member Australian Counselling Association; Winner Arts Queensland Individual Fund 2014; Queensland Cultural Champion 2014.

Travis Ash – Co-writer/Co-devisor/Composer/Performer Home, Eve and He Dreamed a Train

Travis works between Sydney and Brisbane and was apprenticed by Bryan Nason OME and the Grin ‘n’ Tonic Theatre Troupe (2004-08). He now performs and designs sounds for the nest ensemble (2011-) and Force of Circumstance (2014-). In Sydney Travis wrote the libretto and directed a chamber opera, ‘Nothing But a Raucous Instrument’, about the Renaissance-mad-prince-genius-murderer Carlo Gesualdo with the Volta Collective in 2011. During his time at Sydney Uni (2009-2014) he played the virgin Hippolytus of Euripides, Salinger’s Zooey, Hamlet with Sydney University Dramatic Society. He sometimes performs his one-man adaptation of ‘The Dream of a Ridiculous Man’ by Dostoevsky. He studied Philosophy, English, and Composition at The University of Sydney/Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with distinction.

Benjamin Knapton – Director/Co-devisor/Designer Eve 2016 and Director/Co-devisor/Designer He Dreamed a Train

Benjamin Knapton is an Australian stage director, artist and designer. He most recently directed shows for: Chamäleon Theatre in Berlin (Wunderkammer), Brisbane Powerhouse (He Dreamed a Train), MA Scène Nationale in Montbéliard (Devant Vos Yeux / Before Your Eyes), and Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast (Horizon with Angels). Critics have described Ben’s works as “dazzlingly inventive”, “incredibly moving” and “cutting edge”.

Most recently Benjamin was the Associate Artistic Director of Circa, Australia’s premier contemporary circus company. During his six years with Circa, Ben created, directed and co-directed new circus works and large-scale events that toured extensively to major international festivals and venues across the globe.

Benjamin has also produced and managed a number of international tours and new projects, including headline projects with London Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival (How Like an Angel), International Dance Festival Birmingham (Wings of Desire) and the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning. He holds a BA in Applied Theatre, an MA in directing, and a practice-led PhD in directing. Ben’s Masters won the prestigious Philip Parsons Prize.

Leah Mercer – Director/co-devisor Home and Eve 2012

Leah Mercer is a director/deviser/writer with the ensemble The Nest which develops and produces new works for performance. She is also the co-ordinator of the Performance Studies course at Curtin University.

Work by The Nest include Joey: the Mechanical Boy, co-written with Margi Brown Ash, Alex Brittan and Tessa Darcey which had a work-in-progress showing at Blue Room Theatre, Perth (2010) and A Mouthful of Pins which had a season at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2008). Her work Melancholia was produced at the Looking Glass Theatre (New York City, 2005) and showcased at the Playworks’ Festival (Sydney, 2006). Her practice-led PhD in Performance was based around a performance entitled The Physics Project which she co-wrote and directed at the Loft, QUT (2006) and presented as a work-in-progress at the Magdalena Australia Festival (2003). She won a 2006 Silver Matilda Award for directing The Knowing of Mary Poppins (The Nest) which she also co-wrote and the production was awarded a Special Commendation from the 2006 Matilda Awards in recognition of an outstanding independent production. It has had two seasons at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2005, 2006), one at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2008) and another at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney (2009). It was published by Playlab Press in an anthology entitled Independent Brisbane: Four Plays (2008).

Freddy Komp – Production Manager and AV System Coordinator Home, Eve 2012 and 2016 and He Dreamed a Train
Freddy is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked as AV and Set Designer (nominated for 2 Groundling Awards and 1 Matilda Award), Director, Actor, and in technical theatre production. Fred has worked with accomplished directors including Daniel Evans, David Fenton, Michael Futcher, Shaun Charles, Eugene Gilfedder, Genevieve Trace and Benjamin Schostakowski. His latest credits include I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS and A TRIBUTE OF SORTS (Queensland Theatre Company ’14), AURELIAN (Metro Arts! ’13), A TENDER THING (Brisbane Powerhouse ’13), 360 ALLSTARS (national and international tour ’13), PROJET.PRÉVERT (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts ’12), WATER WARS (LaBoite ’11), and EMPIRE BURNING (Metro Arts! ‘11).
He completed a BA Applied Theatre (Griffith University ’09) gaining the Applied Theatre Medal (best graduating student), as well as three annual awards of excellence.

Nathan Sibthorpe – AV Content Creator Eve 2016 and He Dreamed a Train

Nathan is an AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14 and an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012. Prior to that, he worked as an Artistic Associate with Markwell Presents. This year, Nathan took on the role of Festival Director for the Queensland Short+Sweet Festivals (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville).

Previous credits as AV Designer include: Australia Day (Opening Sequence – Queensland Theatre Company, 2014); Genesis (Ben Knapton, 2013); The Social Me (Markwell Presents & Artslink QLD, 2013); Bear with Me (David Megarrity & Out of the Box Festival 2012); The Harbinger (Dead Puppet Society & La Boite Indie, 2011); I Feel Awful (Queensland Theatre Company & Brisbane Festival, 2011); Gaijin (Ben Knapton & Gardens Theatre, 2011); Alice in Wonderland (Markwell Presents & Flipside Circus, 2009).

Gabby Castle: Stage Manager/Production Manager FOCC