Humphrey Bower is an actor, writer and director based in Perth. He has worked with mainstage and independent companies and artists nationally and is currently Artistic Director of Night Train Productions. Recent works include: MASKS, SKIN and WISH. Recent awards include: 2013 Equity Guild Award for Best New Play and 2012 Blue Room Award for Best Production for SKIN; 2011 Blue Room Members’ Choice Award and Best Performance Award for WISH; 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor for RICHARD III. His production of THE TERMS AND GRAMMAR OF CREATION in the Domed Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria won the 2001 Green Room Award for Best Production (Independent Theatre).
Janet Carter completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University in 2008, followed by Honours in Contemporary Art in 2010. She is current a PhD candidate at The University of Western Australia. Janet’s practice embraces sculpture, installation and new media works. She is primarily concerned with investigating contemporary conceptions around gender, sexuality, desire and embodied identity. Recent shows include Proximity Festival (2012) The Blue Room Theatre Perth; The Conservatorium (2012) Paper Mountain; Between the Sheets (2012) Gallery East Perth; Untitled (installation) (2011) Venn Gallery Perth; New Works (2010) Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space Sydney.
Sarah Elson is a visual artist working predominantly with re-claimed precious metals to investigate nature and what is considered valuable to us as West Australians. A Visual Arts graduate from Curtin University of Technology and a current PhD candidate, Sarah was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 2001. In 2003 she completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design, London. Sarah has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has held three solo exhibitions to date: rapier lehmanni (2011) Galerie Düsseldorf; phloem poetica Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2010); and Anigozanthos (eduamonia hybrid) (2007) Galerie Düsseldorf.
Leon Hendroff graduated from Curtin University of Technology in 2001 with a degree in design, winning the inaugural Australian Graphic Design Association Scholarship. In 2009 he was awarded a Union Internationale De La Marionnette scholarship to study with puppeteer/ director Noriko Nishimoto. He has undertaken courses with Czech master puppet maker Jiri Zmitko and renowned Chinese Quanzhou Marionette Troupe. Since 2005 Leon has been designing and making puppets for performance, retail, display and events. He is a Company Associate at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and conducts workshops on puppetry for children and adults.
Emma Craig is a design graduate from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2012 Emma was a recipient of JUMP National Mentorship with designer Zoe Atkinson. She is currently part of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s emerging artist training program First Hand. Emma’s recent shows include Point of View (2012) for Spare Parts and Flicker (2013) as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 600 seconds Summer Nights program for Fringe World.
Cat Jones is a NSW based inter-disciplinary performance maker, media artist, writer and curator. She is currently investigating human-plant relationships through science, art and social history. Cat works across forms including audience intervention, mediated performance, vocal audio tracks, photography and stop motion animation. Cat has collaborated with experimental groups The League of Imaginary Scientists, Blast Theory, PVI collective, Experimenta, The Party Line, Playworks, One Extra Dance and That Elusive Thrill. Her company credits include Artistic Director/CEO, PACT centre for emerging artists and Co-Director, Electrofringe. In 2012, Cat was awarded an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship.
Loren Kronemyer is an internationally exhibiting artist from Los Angeles, California. After graduating with a BFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, she moved to Perth to work with the SymbioticA lab to obtain a Masters of Biological Arts degree at the University of Western Australia. By approaching living material with the tools of artistic research, Loren works to create poetic, yet absurd interactions between the individual and the environment, focusing on how creative impulse marks and alters the living world.
Daniel Nevin is a visual artist who works using alternative and traditional photographic techniques such as daguerreotypes, photograms, pinhole cameras and other ways of using light and recording surfaces to capture impressions of the world. Daniel uses an experimental methodology that combines elements of traditional photography and modern digital image making to produce ephemeral images. His portrait photographs play on the role of touch and contact in the preservation of a unique moment, the transmission of an aura from subject to image. He has studied photography at Edith Cowan University and was recently awarded a practice-based doctorate on the subject of photography and the paradigm of trace.
Rachel Arianne Ogle is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has performed nationally and internationally with Phillip Adams’ BalletLab, Buzz Dance Theatre, Kompany Kido, and Hydra Poesis; Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company, Nigeria’s Ijodee Dance Company, Amsterdam’s Unfinished Company, and the global 50collective. In 2010 Rachel was the recipient of the Future Moves Mid-Career Contemporary Dance Fellowship, undertaking the international project 50 Days in Costa Rica with David Zambrano. In 2013 she was a choreographer and performer in With a Bullet: The Album Project for Fringe World; choreographed We Are Made Of Stardust for Link Dance Company. She is currently developing her first full-length work precipice.
Janet Pettigrew has been working as a theatre and film actor for over 25 years and is one of Perth’s leading female voice over artist and an emerging producer and script-writer. In 2006 Janet established her own film and television production company, Kick the Dog Productions which has undertaken various projects from short films to documentaries and corporate DVD’s. Janet has performed in over 80 plays and toured nationally and internationally. She also has numerous film and television credits that span both sides of the camera. Outside of performing Janet has a background in social and environmental advocacy. In 2010 she became a registered civil celebrant and conducts weddings and funeral ceremonies.
Elise Reitze is a Perth-based percussionist, pianist and composer. She has performed and composed for Tetrafide Percussion, Defying Gravity, 2011 CHOGM Opening Ceremony and the 2013 UWA Centenary. Elise is currently completing a Bachelor of Music at The University of Western Australia, majoring in composition. She is currently a member of Pinata Percussion directed by Louise Devenish and is working on a number of new percussive works, including a Marimba concerto. She currently tutors in piano and percussion.
Ian Sinclair is a playwright, director and performance artist. Predominantly developing work with theatre company The Wet Weather Ensemble, Ian’s practice explores escapism and modern day mythopoesis. Recent works include The Little Mermaid (2013), Bird Boy (2013), Adam and Eve (2011), The Bearskinner (2011), and Red Cross (2012). As a writer: Farm (2013) and Hachiko (2012) for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Acts of Undressing (2011) for The Duckhouse. Ian graduated in 2010 with a BA in Contemporary Performance from Edith Cowan University. He is current recipient of the Stages WA Co-Commission Grant and Ground Floor: Emerging Playwright Program in association The Blue Room Theatre.
Moya Thomas is a performance artist, theatre director and educator. An electronic arts and performance graduate from Curtin University of Technology, her major works include Peacock (2012) Watermill Centre, New York; Stop It! (2009) Kurb, CIA Studios, PICA; Us and Them (2009) PICA; The Dance (2009) Artrage, Bakery; Loud & Pale (2008) Curtin Gallery; and, The Subculture Project (2008). Moya directs and creates theatre work through the Wet Weather Ensemble. Recent shows include Birdboy (2013) PICA, 2012 Watermill Centre, New York; Lear (2011) Tricycle Theatre; Adam and Eve (2011) The Blue Room Theatre; and, Titus (2010) Tricycle Theatre. She is currently developing new Wet Weather Ensemble shows Ghosts Want Hair, The Stationery Pegasus and The Snow Queen.
Proximity Festival 2013, Photo: Cameron Etchells