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LGBTI Theatre Festival 2018 - JOURNEY

The LGBTI Theatre Festival is an emerging theatre festival that aims to provide a platform for queer artists, performers,  play and screen writers, poets, drag king and queens to produce and devise original works. Through this festival we aim to showcase the diversity of the queer voice. Last year’s Festival sold out and had a variety of performance.

This year we are moving to Sydney and expanding the festival to a three night event. The theme this year will be “JOURNEY”. 

OUR ARTISTS

 Vivienne Eliot   Vivienne JK Eliot is a Newcastle based artist with focus on ceramics, photography and ink paintings. She has developed her skills over years of practice and most recently completed a diploma of visual arts in 2017. Eliot has competed in state wide competitions for her art, as well creative writing and poetry. The 2018 annual LGBTI Theatre Festival will be her second performance art piece. 

Vivienne Eliot 

Vivienne JK Eliot is a Newcastle based artist with focus on ceramics, photography and ink paintings. She has developed her skills over years of practice and most recently completed a diploma of visual arts in 2017. Eliot has competed in state wide competitions for her art, as well creative writing and poetry. The 2018 annual LGBTI Theatre Festival will be her second performance art piece. 

 Jimi Dhalluin-Goninan  Jimi could be considered to be something of a refined blend of Australian/Polish heritage – given his passion for the arts, vodka and BBQs. He now lives in Paris, with his wonderfully understanding French husband and cats, where he works closely with The Big Funk Company; writing, directing and producing theatre events. For other of his raunchy ramblings and published work, feel free to browse jimify.me, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jimifyme or show your devotion at facebook.com/JIMIFY.ME

Jimi Dhalluin-Goninan

Jimi could be considered to be something of a refined blend of Australian/Polish heritage – given
his passion for the arts, vodka and BBQs. He now lives in Paris, with his wonderfully understanding
French husband and cats, where he works closely with The Big Funk Company; writing, directing
and producing theatre events.
For other of his raunchy ramblings and published work, feel free to browse jimify.me, follow him
on Twitter and Instagram @jimifyme or show your devotion at facebook.com/JIMIFY.ME

 Teddy RK   Teddy is 19 years old from the UK but is now an Aussie. He is studying to be an Auslan interpreter and loves to write music and poetry in his spare time. Teddy draws inspiration from his struggles being a trans man in today's society, how he overcomes his hardships and also, his girlfriend. He has an abundance of stories and tells them through his music and poetry.

Teddy RK 

Teddy is 19 years old from the UK but is now an Aussie. He is studying to be an Auslan interpreter and loves to write music and poetry in his spare time. Teddy draws inspiration from his struggles being a trans man in today's society, how he overcomes his hardships and also, his girlfriend. He has an abundance of stories and tells them through his music and poetry.

 Bella Davis  Bella is an actor/writer who has a passion for confronting, interactive, raw theatre. Before attending AIMDA, Bella graduated from Mackillop Catholic College, near her hometown on the Central Coast, NSW. Due to Bella’s love and passion for improvisation she competed in a number of Theatre Sports competitions around the Central Coast and in Sydney. She has also appeared in many plays and productions at Lay Cock Street Theatre and in independent theatre shows. She has studied improvisation at Giant Dwarf Theatre and has traveled to New York City to teach Drama to disadvantaged girls.

Bella Davis

Bella is an actor/writer who has a passion for confronting, interactive, raw
theatre. Before attending AIMDA, Bella graduated from Mackillop Catholic
College, near her hometown on the Central Coast, NSW. Due to Bella’s love and
passion for improvisation she competed in a number of Theatre Sports
competitions around the Central Coast and in Sydney. She has also appeared in
many plays and productions at Lay Cock Street Theatre and in independent
theatre shows. She has studied improvisation at Giant Dwarf Theatre and has
traveled to New York City to teach Drama to disadvantaged girls.

 Seymour Nixen  Seymour is a playwright, producer, director, and performer, and graduate of the BA Comm (Theatre/Media) course at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Nominated for Best New Talent at Short+Sweet 2016, Seymour was a mentee playwright at ATYP’s National Studio in September 2015 and in September 2016 trained as part of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s two-week Puppetry Intensive. Seymour’s short play “Tupperware George” won the People’s Choice Vote (Top 80 Week 7) at Short+Sweet Sydney 2016, and their play “Moist” won the People’s Choice Vote (Top 80 Week 3) at Short+Sweet Sydney 2017.   

Seymour Nixen

Seymour is a playwright, producer, director, and performer, and graduate of the BA Comm
(Theatre/Media) course at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Nominated for Best New Talent at
Short+Sweet 2016, Seymour was a mentee playwright at ATYP’s National Studio in September
2015 and in September 2016 trained as part of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s two-week Puppetry
Intensive.
Seymour’s short play “Tupperware George” won the People’s Choice Vote (Top 80 Week 7) at
Short+Sweet Sydney 2016, and their play “Moist” won the People’s Choice Vote (Top 80 Week 3)
at Short+Sweet Sydney 2017.

 

 Madhur Arora  Madhur has always had a passion for music, singing especially. Performing all throughout his schooling years, he's excited to perform at the LGBTI Theatre Festival as it will be the first independent performance of his career.    

Madhur Arora

Madhur has always had a passion for music, singing especially. Performing all throughout his schooling years, he's excited to perform at the LGBTI Theatre Festival as it will be the first independent performance of his career. 

 

 Chris Le Page  After his completion of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative and Performing Arts, and Sociology and Anthropology at University of Newcastle, Chris moved to Sydney and created OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multi-Media  and wrote UNKNOWING. As well as this, Chris produced and created the LGBTI Theatre Festival. (2017)  Currently working on his second play, "Anything But Marriage" a two act play that follow the lives of 2 queer couples paralleled  with the real events of the same sex marriage debate.   Throughout his degree, Chris Le Page devised contemporary and conceptual performative works. "sO-NEG" (2014), "Here's the Alternative" (2015), "Bachelor of Prostitution (2015) "Wedding Video" (2015) "Torture" (2015), "This is Uncomfortable" (2016) and "The Experiment", dir Cadi McCarthy. (2016)   Throughout out 2016 Chris was selected as a participant in the Trajectory program through Tantrum Youth Arts with resident artist Lottie Consalvo who mentored the group of emerging artists. The project creates a ensemble of emerging artists to focus on performance art. As a part of Trajectory, Chris devised performances for the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery 20th celebrations and the annual This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival, as well as performing at The Argyle House with improvised performances.          

Chris Le Page

After his completion of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative and Performing Arts, and Sociology and Anthropology at University of Newcastle, Chris moved to Sydney and created OCCUPY: Theatre, Arts, Multi-Media  and wrote UNKNOWING. As well as this, Chris produced and created the LGBTI Theatre Festival. (2017)

Currently working on his second play, "Anything But Marriage" a two act play that follow the lives of 2 queer couples paralleled  with the real events of the same sex marriage debate. 

Throughout his degree, Chris Le Page devised contemporary and conceptual performative works. "sO-NEG" (2014), "Here's the Alternative" (2015), "Bachelor of Prostitution (2015) "Wedding Video" (2015) "Torture" (2015), "This is Uncomfortable" (2016) and "The Experiment", dir Cadi McCarthy. (2016) 

Throughout out 2016 Chris was selected as a participant in the Trajectory program through Tantrum Youth Arts with resident artist Lottie Consalvo who mentored the group of emerging artists. The project creates a ensemble of emerging artists to focus on performance art. As a part of Trajectory, Chris devised performances for the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery 20th celebrations and the annual This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival, as well as performing at The Argyle House with improvised performances. 

 

 

 

 Adele Masters   Role: Lighting Technicion   Adele is a graduate of The University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Technical Theatre) and while studying was trained in all technical aspects of production including stage management, design and operation. Working with director Cath Mckinnon she learnt how to sound design and stage manage for the show 'Concussion'. While studying Adele was actively involved in community theatre throughout the Illawarra playing in orchestra pits and working behind the scenes, including 'Equus' and 'Lights Out Nellie Martin' at the Phoenix Theatre.

Adele Masters 

Role: Lighting Technicion 

Adele is a graduate of The University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Technical Theatre) and while studying was trained in all technical aspects of production including stage management, design and operation. Working with director Cath Mckinnon she learnt how to sound design and stage manage for the show 'Concussion'. While studying Adele was actively involved in community theatre throughout the Illawarra playing in orchestra pits and working behind the scenes, including 'Equus' and 'Lights Out Nellie Martin' at the Phoenix Theatre.

 Claire Crighton   While at school, Claire attended drama classes at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) with Fiona Gabb, performing annually in two productions. At fourteen, Claire was in a TV series called  Crime Scene Detectives  (Beyond Productions). At 16 Claire achieved a high level at the TDP (Talented Development Program) as a singer songwriter, being able to play a number of instruments. Claire was thrilled to be nominated for “On Stage” for both her group and individual HSC Drama performances.  In 2014 Claire discovered Shakespeare In The Gardens, run by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company (EGTC) and with whom she played Ariel in  The Tempest  and Rosalind in  As You Like It , the latter seeing them tour to the National Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan. In 2015 Claire travelled with the EGTC to Canberra Floriade and performed excerpts of Shakespeare’s plays with two other actors, performing in and around the flowers!  Working with EGTC has also seen Claire play many interactive characters in the community and for local councils, from Alice In Wonderland adaptations to running around Bankstown as a cockroach in a series of litter campaigns. A highlight for Claire in 2015 was a mentoring workshop with Tony Bonner while playing a role in the web series  Banquet Mystery  (StoryHouse).  Claire has taken part in various NIDA short courses as well as being accepted into the year long Actor’s Studio course (2016)  where she worked with industry professionals and performed in  Rausch  by Falk Richter, (dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till). In March this year, Claire played a sassy school kid in the play  Consensual  by Evan Placey at New Theatre (dir. Johann Walraven).

Claire Crighton 

While at school, Claire attended drama classes at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) with Fiona Gabb, performing annually in two productions. At fourteen, Claire was in a TV series called Crime Scene Detectives (Beyond Productions). At 16 Claire achieved a high level at the TDP (Talented Development Program) as a singer songwriter, being able to play a number of instruments. Claire was thrilled to be nominated for “On Stage” for both her group and individual HSC Drama performances.

In 2014 Claire discovered Shakespeare In The Gardens, run by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company (EGTC) and with whom she played Ariel in The Tempest and Rosalind in As You Like It, the latter seeing them tour to the National Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan. In 2015 Claire travelled with the EGTC to Canberra Floriade and performed excerpts of Shakespeare’s plays with two other actors, performing in and around the flowers!

Working with EGTC has also seen Claire play many interactive characters in the community and for local councils, from Alice In Wonderland adaptations to running around Bankstown as a cockroach in a series of litter campaigns. A highlight for Claire in 2015 was a mentoring workshop with Tony Bonner while playing a role in the web series Banquet Mystery (StoryHouse).

Claire has taken part in various NIDA short courses as well as being accepted into the year long Actor’s Studio course (2016)  where she worked with industry professionals and performed in Rausch by Falk Richter, (dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till). In March this year, Claire played a sassy school kid in the play Consensual by Evan Placey at New Theatre (dir. Johann Walraven).

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