Michelle St Anne

Michelle is the Artistic Director and founder of The Living Room Theatre.  As a theatre-maker she has created 11 ambitious productions and has received the 2013 national IDEA (Interior Design Excellence Awards) Award in the Event Category. Her work has been performed in various venues in Sydney and Melbourne.

As a freelance actor she has worked for independent theatre companies, performing at Performance Space, The Stables Theatre, Belvoir St, Museum of Contemporary Art and a regional tour of Queensland.  Michelle has also enjoyed stints on film, television, commercials, corporate videos, short films and radio.

She is a graduate of the Victorian College  of the Arts 2003.



Thom van Dooren

Thom van Dooren is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales and co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities. His current research focuses on the ethical, philosophical and cultural dimensions of conservation, extinction and wildlife management, with a particular focus on six groups of crows around the world. His research aims to draw the humanities into conversation with the natural sciences, the arts and wider communities. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia University Press, 2014), Vulture (Reaktion Books, 2011), and numerous articles and book chapters.

Thom is a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute.

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

Leah is a doctoral student in history at the University of Sydney where her research focuses on Torres Strait Islander relationships and engagements with the marine environment and the Islander-turtle relationship. Leah also holds graduate qualifications in material anthropology and human geography. She has undertaken research on material culture and eastern Torres Strait tombstone ceremonies, Islander identity in Sydney and the history of Islanders in the northern Australia railways. From 2001-2012 she taught Indigenous Australian Studies at the University of Sydney and now works part-time for the Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Programs at the University of New South Wales.

Other credits with The Living Room Theatre: ‘She [still] cries at night’

Lawrence English

Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including live performance and installation to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

Visit: Lawrence English
Projects: I Love Todd Sampson, She only Cries at Night

Matt Osborne

Project: They come for them at night
She only barks at night

Matt Osborne has a diverse background covering a range of productions and events including:
theatre, live broadcasts, television, dance parties and large corporate events.

Matt’s long history in the theatrical side is often evident in his approach to other forms of production and events.

His credits for The Living Room as technical director, production manager & lighting designer:

Fellini Fun
I Love Todd Sampson

Visit: Matt Osborne

Alison Bennett

Alison is an actor and theatre maker with a particular interest in collaborative processes. She loves to create new worlds to inhabit with the audience and experiment with physical performance.  She is the Artistic Director of Hurrah Hurrah whose work has been seen at the Old 505 Theatre, Crack Theatre Festival, Site and Sound Festival and Adelaide Fringe. With Hurrah Hurrah she has devised and performed in Trade, The Seagull (in collaboration with The HOT BLOODed Theatre Company) and Frenzy for Two. She was also seen recently in Zelos (Painted Gate Pictures), Inbound (Fancy Basterds), Roadkill Confidential  (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), & Macondo’s Clothesline (Marquez Laundry Theatre for NIDA Independent). In 2016 she was the producer of the Rapid Response Team project at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and is currently developing a new installation for the Creative Play project at the Sydney Opera House. She is an experienced teaching artist working with Sydney Opera House, ATYP, Ashfield Youth Theatre, Casula Powerhouse, Shopfront Contemporary Youth Arts, the Holmes Institute and many more.

Alicia Gonzalez

Trained in Paris, France, Alicia Gonzalez is a theatre maker specialising in physical comedy, movement and ensemble devised techniques to story telling. She works across theatre, film and education as co-devisor, movement director, teacher and performer. In 2016-17 Alicia will be devising and performing with Hurrah Hurrah in their latest show Trade and co-directing The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch for the Maritime Museum by Dropbear TheatreAlicia is an official member of the comedy group Choo Choo Troupe and is Artistic Associate for Clockfire Theatre Company, for who she has collaborated and performed in the 1st instalment of A Hunger Suitewe, the lost company and in 2017: Sultana’s Dream and the Meeting of a Number of Wise Women. Alicia enjoys working as a performance coach for several shows including Mardi Gras favourite The Punters Siren. As Marquez Laundry Theatre Co Artistic Director she has been commissioned to write and perform: Macondo’s Clothesline, Fred & Ginger (Old 505 Theatre) and Lemon Tree (Blank_Space Gallery). Alicia was also selected to participate in NIDA’s 2014 Independent Creative Development Program in Sydney. In 2014 Critical Stages offered Alicia the Emerging Producers residency. In 2015 she had her directing short-film debut. Alicia loves the internationals. Her artistic influences include Compagnie Philippe Genty, Ariane Mnouchkine, Chiara Guidi, Peter Brook & Maguy Marin. Alicia was the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to help fund her studies at Lecoq. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she offers her expertise as story consultant to screen writers.

Natalia Ladyko

Project: Black Crows Invaded Our Country

Natalia is an accomplished actress, dancer, physical theatre performer and puppeteer. Natalia is a drama graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has since trained with specialists including SITI CO (USA) and Anthony Brandon Wong (Chubbuk Technique). After relocating to Sydney, Natalia has worked extensively touring nationally and internationally.

Natalia recent theatre credits include a sell-out season of Macondo’s Clothesline, created by Marquez’s LaundryFellini Fun – The Living Room Theatre; A View From Moving Windows directed by Augusta Supple and Better Man – Bulldog Productions. From dramas to adult fairy-tales to children’s theatre, other varied credits include: Queen C (Belvoir), Molly – A Tale of Blood & Guts & Giants & Weddings (CarriageWorks), Petting Zoo National Regional Tour (Arts On Tour), one woman show – I Want To Be A Miracle (Newtown Theatre), The Horrible Demise of Detective Slate (Fraser Studios), Cogs and the Dragon (Powerhouse Museum/Malenia Walk Singapore), Gondwana (Out Of The Box Festival).

Amongst her credits, Natalia has been resident performer for Erth since 2006 and is Co-Artistic Director of a traveling theatre company, Umbrella Theatre.

Visit: Natalia Ladyko

Lian Loke

Lian Loke is a performer, designer and researcher, with the body as the central focus of her interdisciplinary practice. She is co-founder of the Pork Collective, a group of artists working in performance installation and is currently training in the Bodyweather performance methodology. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.

His credits for The Living Room as performer: ‘They come for them at night’, ‘She only barks at night’
As set designer:’ I Love Todd Sampson’; ‘I Love Todd Sampson(redux)’

Gavin Burland

Project: She only barks at night

Gavin Burland completed a BSc in Human Anatomy and Zoology in 2002 and gained five years experience as a Museum Prepator where he practiced the arts of dissection and plastination and employed museum plotting techniques as well as learning human anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

He has seven years experience working as the Scientific Officer at the Faculty of Vet Science in the University of Sydney. Gavin transferred his skillset learned from medicine to vet science. He manages the technical operations within the anatomy area at the Vet School where he oversees all aspects of the work done – from embalming large and small animals, to the dissection of specimens, the production of plastinated specimens and the production and maintenance of museum potted specimens.

Gavin is currently Vice President of the Australasian Institute of Anatomical Sciences (AISAS) and is considered one of the leading plastination experts in Australasia.

Lisa Kotoulas

She only Cries at Night

Lisa Kotoulas has a Master of Art, Painting from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.
She has exhibited since 2009 in various galleries including Galleryeight, Kaleidoscope Gallery, ESP and  Kudos.
Her work has also seen in drinking holes including Young Henry’s Brewery, City Hotel and 3 Weeds Hotel, Paddington.

I strive to capture the moment, or better still a fine grained moment, where time stands still and masquerades are broken down to reveal an underlying raw, real and visceral emotion.

In 2012 she achieved the Emerging Artist and Designer Award Finalist, Kudos Gallery & Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize Finalist, ESP Gallery.

Visit: Lisa Kotoulas


Professor David Schlosberg

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory – in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. He is the author, most recently, of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory(Oxford 2016). Professor Schlosberg’s current research includes work on climate justice – in particular justice in climate adaptation strategies and policies, and the question of human obligations of justice to the nonhuman realm. He is also examining the sustainable practices of new environmental movement groups – in particular their attention to flows of power and goods in relation to food, energy, and sustainable fashion. And he continues with theoretical work at the interface of justice, democracy, and human/nonhuman relations in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Jude Philp

Project: She only barks at night

Jude Philp is Senior Curator of the Macleay Museum at The University of Sydney. Her work includes overseeing the curatorial work on the museum’s 600,000+ items (many of them insects), researching and writing exhibitions, giving gallery talks and working with researchers investigating the collections. She is currently working on the Macleay’s forthcoming taxidermy exhibition: “Stuffed, Stitched and Studied” to open in November 2014. Jude studied anthropology at Sydney and Cambridge Universities and undertook her doctorate on museum collections and Torres Strait Islanders’ philosophy of history. Since that time she has worked in a variety of museums where her research has focussed on 19th century history and Pacific Islander material culture.

Visit Jude Philp

Dr Frances Flanagan

Frances Flanagan is the author of Remembering the Revolution: dissent, culture and nationalism in the Irish Free State (Oxford University Press, 2015).  She holds a DPhil and MSt in historical research from the University of Oxford, and bachelors degrees in arts and law from the University of Western Australia. She has been a senior scholar at Hertford College Oxford, a Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow at the London Institute of Historical Research, and a postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently a research affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute, and is working on a project concerning the commemoration of ecological loss.

Elisabeth Wale

Project: They Come for Them at Night
Elisabeth Wale is an Honours Fellow of the Sydney Environment Institute in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies.

Her honours thesis examines why climate induced migration has been so powerfully commandeered by a security logic, which actors have been substantially influential in constructing this narrative and how they have done so. This area of research was chosen in order to enable a step towards safeguarding the rights of climate refugees and to provide for an informed discourse on the issue area.

Elisabeth’s interests lie in human rights and as such she has volunteered and worked with organisations including Amnesty International, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Red Cross, ChildFund, Enactus, the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program and St Vincent DePaul.

Michaela Gleave

I Love Todd Sampson, 2013
Advisor 2015

Michaela Gleave is an Australian-based artist currently living and working in Sydney.  Her practice investigates the physicality of perception, interrogating the systems and structures through which we construct our image of reality. Executed as a series of experiments, her often-temporal works question our relationship to time, matter and space, working with natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the frameworks that shape our knowledge of the universe. Operating between the spaces of personal experience and global understanding, Gleave’s often-illusory works hover at the junction between art and science, returning repeatedly to the atmosphere and the space of the sky as the site for her work. Gleave’s installations, performances and interventions question the relationship we have with our surroundings, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.

Gleave’s work has been exhibited extensively across Australia as well as in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Iceland, the United States and Mexico. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours First Class) from the School of Art Hobart, UTAS. Gleave has participated in residency programs in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Iceland and regional Australia, including being resident artist with the CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division during 2012-13. She has received numerous grants and prizes, including a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, Arts NSW and City of Melbourne project funding, as well as being a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, the SOYA Awards, and the Redlands, Hazelhurst and Maddock’s art prizes. Her recent exhibitions include: ‘Trace: Performance and its Documents’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2014; ‘A Day is Longer than a Year’ (solo) at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, 2013; ‘Our Frozen Moment’ (solo) at Performance Space, Sydney, 2012; ‘We Are Made of Stardust‘ (solo) as part of Art Futures at the Hong Kong Art Fair, 2012; ‘Octopus 11: The Matter of Air’ at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White)’ at the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2010; and ‘Primavera 09’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009.  Michaela Gleave is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.


Rosie Boylan

Project: She only barks at night

Rosie has been creating hats for theatre and film for almost thirty years with credits to her name including the feature films, The Great Gatsby, Australia, Moulin Rouge and The Piano. These high profile costume collaborations and an extensive body of theatre work have consolidated her reputation as a leading milliner for large-scale industry productions. Rosie has also garnered respect for her couture millinery following collaborations with a number of leading Australian fashion houses, including recent commissions with Sass and Bide and R. M. Williams.

Visit: Rosie Boylan

Alister Spence

Alister Spence has long been one of the leading lights in contemporary original jazz and improvised music in Australia, as an outstanding composer/performer. Spence has toured nationally and internationally extensively for the last 20 years, performing with his own trio and with bands such as Clarion Fracture Zone, Wanderlust, The Australian Art Orchestra and The Laughing Clowns. The Alister Spence Trio has enjoyed critical acclaim both here and overseas, being nominated twice for Best Australian Jazz Album at the ARIA Awards (2004/2007). Their most recent release fit was voted in the Top Jazz/Impro releases worldwide for 2009 (Wire Magazine, UK).

Alister’s compositional and improvisational engagement with texture and atmosphere lends itself very well to film and theatre. His film composition credits include the feature film, Beneath Clouds (Director Ivan Sen, AFI nomination for Best Soundtrack 2002) as well as many short films and documentaries.

Alister’s theatre credits include sound design for Angela’s Kitchen – Griffin Theatre, Winterreise – Malthouse ( performer, composer/improviser)

His credits for The Living Room:

A Little Room
Sounds of loving Todd Sampson
I Love Todd Sampson
Sounds from the living room

Mary Rapp

Australian cellist/double bassist/vocalist, Mary Rapp, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for her distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, classical, and regional music traditions. Mary’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings such as Ensemble Offspring and the Australian Art Orchestra.

She has performed nationally and internationally as a part of festivals such as the Sydney Festival and at venues such as the Opera House. She was a featured artist at the 2015 Woman’s International Jazz Festival. Mary’s practice defies categorisation; indeed she works in the spaces between categories, genres, and cultures.


Julia Reidy

Project: She Only Barks at Night

Julia Reidy is an Australian guitarist, improviser and composer who is being increasingly recognised as one of the country’s most unique emerging talents. Drawing upon a variety of diverse musical influences, her musical approaches are informed by an exploratory attitude towards musical vocabulary in the context of both improvised and composed structures. She currently performs and collaborates with notable musicians such as Clayton Thomas, Burkhard Beins, Richard Scott, Tony Buck, Hilary Jeffery and Jim Denley. She has recently been based between, and deeply immersed within the improvised music scenes in both Sydney and Berlin.

Julia released her newest album, Spaces Between, last November.

Kate Fenner

Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Kate has been around horses all of her life and has wide and varied experience in competing and training around the world. She began riding as a very small child in Crookwell, country NSW, and later took her horse (an off the track thoroughbred) to school with her in Armidale. Kate then spent many years riding, training and competing around the world from Hong Kong (dressage), UK (dressage, show jumping and eventing), Singapore and Malaysia (dressage, show jumping and polo), to the USA (dressage and John Lyons Certification Program). She completed her Bachelor of Equine Science in 2013 and is currently working on a research honours project, is a Level 1 British Horse Society Instructor, Pony Club Chief Instructor for many years, Working Equitation Judge and Instructor and has extensive competing and judging experience in Australia, Europe and the USA.

She performed in She Only Barks at Night with Harry.

More about Kate

Maddy Wilson

They come for them at night
She only barks at night

Maddy Wilson has recently completed a Certificate III in Theatre and Screen Performance at The Actors College for Theatre and Television and currently studies full-time at Macquarie University towards a Bachelor of Arts – Media with a major in Screen Production. Since 2007 Maddy has consistantly built a  portfolio of works in performance, production and makeup artistry.

Imogen Cranna

She only barks at night
She [Still] Cries at Night
She Cries at Night
I Love Todd Sampson 2013

Imogen is a multi-disciplinary artist. In 2009, she joined youMove Company, and has had the opportunity to work as a dancer with both established and emerging Australian choreographers such as Kay Armstrong, Emma Saunders, Anton, Tony Osborne, Ian Colless and Sarah Vyne-Vassallo. Following her desire to create hybrid art with the interactive media program, Isadora, Imogen held an artist residency with Eramboo Artist Environment from 2009 to 2012. In 2010, her multimedia work Tyche appeared in the Sydney Fringe Festival as part of the triple bill, Three Steps Towards.

In 2012, she toured nationally as the new media artist on Vicki Van Hout’s critically acclaimed production Briwyant and in 2013, she collaborated as both a performer and media artist for The Living Room Theatre’s premiere of Michelle St Anne’s award winning theatre work, I Love Todd Sampson. She also appeared in her own work, wItness bench, as part of AIOP/Australia/2013. In 2014, Imogen presented ĭn-dwĕl′ for Dance Meets Music and created a public interactive sound installation, entitled play, as the inaugural recipient of the Enliven Pittwater Artist in Residence.

She collaborated as composer and media artist in 2015 for Cloé Fournier’s full-length work, Dining [Uns]-Table and undertook a one week full time Curated Residency at QL2 to develop her work WiTNESS, which looks into the potential of merging interactive media and authentic movement. Imogen also appeared in Michelle St Anne’s contemporary performance theatre work, She Only Barks at Night and most recently, she performed in Victoria Hunt’s multi-disciplinary work Tangi Wai, as part of LIVEWORKS 2015.

Visit: Imogen Cranna

Cloé Fournier

Cloé is a French-born independent dance artist trained in ballet, contemporary dance and theatre. She graduated from the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional (CRR) de Saint-Etienne and from the Universite Lumieres Lyon II in France. She moved to Australia in 2007. Since then she has worked with national and international companies, independent choreographers and directors.
Visit: Cloé Fournier

Harry – the horse

Project: She only barks at night

Harry is a 7 year old Paint gelding, standing 15.1hh. He is trained by Kate Fenner

Erin Whyley

Erin is excited to utilise her education and varied industry experience to continue her career in the Event and Arts industry. With just over 4 years experience, her challenging and exciting roles have included Venue and Event Coordinator at the Actors Centre Australia, Lighting and Audio Operator for ACA Sydney Productions, Art Department Assistant at Network Ten to Production and Stage Management for theatre and festivals. She graduated from the Enmore Design Centre in 2012 where she studied Live Theatre, Production and Events, majoring in Design, AV and Production.

Genevieve Lilley

Genevieve is a practising architect. After working for 8 years for British architect Sir David Chipperfield, she opened her own practice in London in 1999 and in Sydney in 2005. She runs a small practice, specialising in a range of odd and unique projects. She also designs modern jewellery using coloured gems, continuing a 9-year creative directorship of renowned studio Venerari in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.

Her design work has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Out Magazine and Vogue Living.
She has written for the Fifth Estate, the Architectural Review, and Houses Magazine.

Penny Perkins

Penny is passionate about supporting the Arts and has been an avid supporter of LRT
since 2009. She commenced her career with The Old Tote Theatre Company and EMI
Music prior to her 30 year span in HR.

During the course of her career, Penny founded and ran a successful recruitment
agency business for 20 years and now currently runs her own HR Consultancy. Her
experience incorporates a multitude of management skills and her client exposure
includes working with a range of small and large corporates as well as not for profits.

Penny has served on a number of industry associated committees over the years and
was a board member of Options Consulting Pty Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Recruitment
Consulting Services Association (FRCSA) and a member of the Australian Institute of
Management (AIM) and Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Sarah Marriott

Sarah enjoys supporting and performing in independent theatre and has recently joined the LRT family. While studying a Bachelors of Commerce and Arts at Sydney University, she produced and performed in the Commerce Revue, ‘Les Biz’ and managed the backstage of numerous shows at the Seymour Centre.

She works as a financial analyst in large IT corporates, specialising in driving lean efficiency and making forecasting accurate and meaningful for senior  executives.

As Treasurer, Sarah provides financial advice to the board and ensures we sufficiently fund LRT’s creative works.

Ray Parslow

Ray is an award-winning designer and one of Australia’s leading proponents of environmental graphic design. His understanding of form and space enables him to easily cross from two- to three-dimensional projects successfully designing award-winning identities, corporate communications, signage and interactive environments. As a visual communicator, he visually expresses the imaginings that are in Michelle St Anne’s mind before they physically exist. This helps to create and build a visual presence for the performance, exploring aspects of the experience to make an emotional connection with the viewer. Tempting engagement and participation.

Ray’s interests stretch broadly across design, art, architecture, photography and travel. He is a member of Society of Experiential Graphic Designers (SEGD) and helped establish the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) education program in Australia.

AJ Tennant

AJ Tennant is a copywriter, content creator and marketeer. After years of working  in major marketing agencies he more recently changed his focus. Now he works passionately with charities educators and businesses in the arts, helping them find their story, develop a strategy and tell it like no one else. When he has spare time he works on comedy and writing from live stage shows to podcasts and opinion pieces.

Céline Thompson

Celine is an enthusiastic lawyer, specialising in commercial advisory, litigation and employment law.
She provides tailored and accurate advice to clients and is driven by client satisfaction. She is a
confident advocate and utilise her strong interpersonal skills to provide effective strategies in
complex matters. She has lived in eight countries, including Kenya, India and Malaysia and speaks
fluent French.

Celine is passionate about theatre, human rights and animal welfare and volunteer in a number of
community legal centres and not-for-profit organisations.

As a member on the board of LRT, she provides legal advice with respect to employment agreements
and on-going obligations of the organisation.

Monica Brien

Monica graduated from Expressive and Performing Arts UNSW, a Diploma in Acting, Dalhousie University, Canada, and ATCL through Trinity College, London.  She has worked consistently in varied styles of theatre, film and television for more than 20 years. Monica was the Co-founder of The Living Room Theatre and See-Saw Theatre Company. Monica is currently the Director of The Speech and Drama Studio at MLC where she has taught Speech and Drama, Holiday Workshops, Masterclasses, Productions and Ensemble groups for 16 years. Monica has performed in, developed and facilitated numerous corporate training videos, corporate role-play and professional development. She has trained individuals from corporate organisations in vocal and presentation skills, private Speech coaching to News Readers and Journalists.  Monica is also professionally trained clown and ran her own successful children’s entertainment company for 16 years. She has taught clowning and circus workshops for Newtown High School of Performing Arts, MLC School Burwood, Circus Unique, The Studio, conferences and corporate events. Monica has a passion for improvisation and theatre devising and has extensive knowledge and experience in this area, with her theatre, clowning, teaching and acting work.

Elizabeth McArthur

Elizabeth McArthur works as a writer for a blog run by Sydney artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, Gillie and Marc Art Daily, where she asks artists way too many questions.  Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2013.

Alix Pearce

Project: They come for them at night

Alix is a researcher interested in lots of topics, including migration, climate change and how the two fit together.
She works in the environmental sector.

Guy Harding

I Love Todd Sampson (creative development)
A Little Room (Sydney)
Billie (Sydney)

Guy Harding has been lighting theatrical productions for over 15 years, most of which have been dedicated to the lighting of contemporary dance productions throughout Sydney and Canberra. His recent collaborations include projects with choreographers Anton, Vicki Van-Hout and with companies such as Performance Space, Living Room Theatre, Quantum Leap and youMove Company.

Guy has been responsible for the presentation and production of a wide range of leading dance, music and theatre companies. He has delivered Festivals, Live Theatre and large-scale exhibitions of international artists including “Song Dong” and the digital artist Ryoji Ikeda’s Test Pattern [No 5]” installation. Guy continues to consult and help deliver Carriagework’s program, designing the exhibition lighting for Taiwan artist Tehching Hsieh’s work “One Year Performace” currently on exhibition.

Guy is also a sound recordist, film and theatre maker and an educator. He is delighted to be involved in bringing independent drama, film and dance productions to fruition and his cross platform skills give him a solid foundation to advise and create with many.

His involvement in productions goes well beyond design. Guy has extensive experience as a Technical Director and in Operations and Production Management.


Mary Rapp

Mary is currently studying at the Sydney conservatorium and has been a music student for six years, at three different institutions, studying both jazz, classical and composition. She has had the privilege of working professionally with musicians such as Tony Gorman, Aaron Flower, Bobby Singh and James Greening. Mary has composed and played for theatre previously including the 2011 winner of the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production, The Libertine.

Professor Iain McCalman

She Only Cries at Night

University of Sydney Professor and sometimes maritime historian Iain McCalman was born in Nyasaland in 1947, schooled in Zimbabwe and did his higher education in Australia. His last book, Darwin’s Armada (Penguin, 2009) won three prizes and was the basis of the TV series, Darwin’s Brave New World.

Iain is a Fellow of three Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995-2002 and won the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Prize at ANU for Teaching Excellence.

He is a former Federation Fellow and currently a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

His new book, The Reef – A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, published by Penguin in Australia in November and by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in the USA in May 2014. He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities.

Visit: Iain McCalman

Kate Morgan

She Only Cries at Night

Kate Morgan is a freelance cellist after being a  regular member of the Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Chamber Choir,  Brandenburg Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She spent 14 years playing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra on many occasions she took a co-leadership role including covering for the principal cellist.

Her Baroque expertise has led her to being involved in both the Sydney and Adelaide Festivals, in small chamber groups and as soloist. Other festivals include the Barossa, the Huntingdon and the Melbourne Early Music Festival. She regulary flies to Adelaide to perform with Musica da Camera, an Adelaide based Baroque Trio with whom she has toured to Hong Kong.

She has taken part in many live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, both as soloist and in small ensembles – for example, “Sunday Live”.

Kate has been guest principal cellist with the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company and on two occasions with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, as well as other visiting opera companies.

Her theatre credits include a collaboration with Sarah de Jong, performing solo cello for a number of plays, for example Salt starring Ruth Cracknell.

Susan Miller

A Little Room
Man 40 seeks Woman with Good Legs (2003, 2009)

Susan Miller’s love of learning and performing led her to study a BA and Diploma of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Since graduating in 2006, Susan has performed on stage in Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker for The Preferred Play Company and on screen in the feature film Knowing and the short films Antigone and Open Doors.

She has also worked extensively in Theatre in Education, touring Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, The Word Superb and All The World’s A Stage around Victoria for Complete Works Theatre Company and touring Love Drunk by Gerard Veltre in Victoria and Queensland for Phunktional Theatre. Susan performed in Man 40 seeks Woman with Good Legs and is collaborating on A Little Room.

Gabrielle Quin

I Love Todd Sampson
A Little Room (Melbourne)
Man 40 seeks Woman with Good Legs

Gabrielle Quin worked with a variety of theatre companies and in film and television in Colombia, South America over 8 years, participating in numerous international festivals, performing devised work and contemporary adaptations of classics; including Mapa Teatro’s Richard III for the Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels.

In Australia she has performed with In the Company of Pleasure’s Trilogy of Revolution in the Melbourne International Festival and with Teatro Nacional De Colombia’s adaptation of Garcia Marquez’ Chronicle of a Death Foretold for the Sydney Arts Festival. With The Living Room Theatre she performed in Man 40 Seeks Woman with Good Legs at 45 Downstairs in 2009 and A Little Room in March 2012.

Most recently she performed in Michael Dalley’s Musical Satire Urban Display Suite also at 45 Downstairs and at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Kate Gorman

A Little Room
Man 40 seeks Woman with Good Legs (2003)

Kate has worked in the entertainment industry for the last 25 years. Appearing in more than 25 TV programs including City Homicide, Rush, Kath and Kim, Full Frontal and several years run on some of Australia’s best loved soaps.

Roles in 6 six feature films including The Craic and Evil Angles and lead roles in over 25 plays for numerous theatre companies and tours both in Australia and in the UK.

As a writer she has written for, Comedy Inc and Full Frontal, breakfast radio on TTFM as well as receiving development funding from Film Vic for a feature screenplay which was optioned by production house Mondayitis.

She then went onto write the screenplay for her award winning first produced film ‘Five Moments of Infidelity’ which she also directed. Five Moments of Infidelity won – Best Film Digispaa, Best Film Salento IFF (Italy), played in 10 film festivals and was nominated for a further 9 awards.

Her second feature a documentary ‘The Face Of Birth’ is currently in post production and due for release in February 2012. This is the second time Kate and Michelle have worked together, the first being ‘Man 40 Seeks Woman with good legs’.

Ling-Hsueh Tang

I Love Todd Sampson
A Little Room (creative development)

Ling-Hsueh Tang trained at the Queensland University of Technology, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts- Drama. She has worked extensively in series television as a regular cast member of All Saints, Breakers, Children’s Hospital and New Zealand’s Spin Doctors. Other main roles include the miniseries Tribe, Go Big and Trackers. Her television guest roles include appearances on Sea Patrol, Fireflies, Murder Call, Big Sky and Fallen Angels. Ling has also hosted Playschool and provided character voices on children’s shows Tracey McBean and Spellbinder- Land of the Dragon Lord. Ling made her professional stage debut in Songket at the Sydney Opera House for the Griffin Theatre Company. She has since appeared in Beautiful and The Ghostwriter for And Moor Productions and in David Williamson’s Amigos for La Boite Theatre Company. Ling’s film work includes roles in Ghostrider, Son of the Mask and Strange Planet.

Lanneke Jones

I Love Todd Sampson (creative develpoment)

Lanneke Jones’ love of performing began at an early age when she made her Sydney Opera House debut at the age of five. She performed with Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus for some years, then became a solo performer and toured over four years as Flora in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw. As a teenager she made many trips to New Orleans and learnt how to sing and swing Jazz and Gospel music. Later she graduated with Honours in Music and Education from UNSW, formed an “a cappella” quartet Sorelle and her own band “Soul Kiss”. She is a professional singer and teacher in classical and contemporary music, freelancing with Corporate Bands and Sydney’s Jazz musicians. Lanneke joined the prestigious acappella ensemble The Song Company full-time in 2009 with which has seen her touring to China, New Zealand and around Australia regularly.

Alan Flower

I Love Todd Sampson

Alan trained UNSW and the Ensemble Studios. Theatre credits include, Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majuere, Sydney Theatre Co, Sydney Festival) Peribanez and Rays Tempest (Company B). The Removalists, Embers, Stag (Sydney Theatre Co). This Kind of Ruckus, Table Of Knowledge (version1.0) A View from the Bridge and A Street car Named Desire (Ensemble Theatre).  Fool for Love, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Frozen and La Ronde (B Sharpe). Boxing Day, Cross Sections, the Disposal, Fidelity, and Road,(Tamarama Rock Surfers). Blue Heart (Stables). The Woolgatherer and Portia Coughlan (Darlinghurst Theatre).  That Eye The Sky, (Burning House Theatre Co). Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (New Theatre). Macquarie (Government House) Criminals in Love, Young Mo, and Wuthering Heights (Cross Roads Theatre). TV includes; Eddie on Home and Away, Recue Special Ops, Rake, The Silence, The Alice, Home and Away, All Saints  (Morris the Florist), Bad Cop Bad Cop, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Farscape, Backberner, Flipper, Above the Law, Water Rats, G.P, A Country Practise, Big Sky, Roar, and Family and Friends. Feature film credits include Burning Man, and Gabriel, When Good Ghouls Go Bad, Danny Deckchair, Fat Pizza, Jewboy,. Also featured in 6 Trop Fest finalists and a presenter/comedian on the Fox Music Country channel. Alan was the Artistic Director of Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company 2001-2006

Lisa Schouw

She Only Cries at Night
Fellini Fun

Lisa  started out her creative life as a classical dancer in New Zealand.  She was nominated for two ARIAs (Best Video and Best Debut Single) with her band Girl Overboard. Her theatre credits include co-devising, writing and performing in her one woman show Singing Over the Bones for sold out seasons at BSharp 2000, Belvoir Street Theatre and The Stables, 2001.

She also wrote and starred in The Other Woman: The Life and Music of Nina Simone which sold out at The Studio, Sydney Opera House (2004 & 2005) and The Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2004. She directed and produced A Bit On the Side, a series of devised theatre seasons in 2003 at the Side On Cafe, starred in Australian film Hungry Heart, and works as a vocal coach at Actors Centre Australia, NIDA and for various artists.  

Visit: Lisa Schouw

Kylie Mascord

I Love Todd Sampson (creative development)
A Little Room

Kylie graduated from NIDA in 2000 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Technical Production). She has worked as a Production Manager, Stage Manager, Event & Program Coordinator and Entertainment Industry Agent. She has taught at NIDA and is currently teaching Production Stage Management at The Australian Institute of Music and Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Kylie was the Company Stage Manager for Company B 2004-2008, Production Manager for NIDA Open Program, Production Consultant for The Australian Institute of Music’s student showcase 2008. She worked on the Sydney City Australia Day Celebrations 2000-2003 in roles from Production Assistant through to Program Coordinator. Her festival work includes The 2000 Olympic & Paralympic Arts Festivals and the 10 Days on the Island Festival (2003) in Tasmania.

Kylie and Michelle met 1997 when they worked on a fringe production of Athol Fugard’s Dimetos and she hasn’t been able to shake her, finally succumbing to her pleas of help!

Jared Lewis

A Little Room
Man 40 Seeks Woman with Good Legs
Jared Lewis graduated from the VCA School of Production in 2005. While at university and since he has enjoyed the opportunity to explore many of his technical and creative interests including sound, lighting and audiovisual design.

Recent sound design credits include Cleansed directed by Adena Jacobs, ID 08 for the VCA Animateurs and Platonov for the Hayloft Project. Recent lighting design credits include Coming Out at Dancehouse and The Greeks for NIDA at Chapel off Chapel. More recently Jared has been busy touring with Men Of Steel as technical director and operator. For the Living Room he has designed lights for Man 40 seeks Woman with Good Legs and Billie. He is the film designer for A Little Room

Joel West

I Love Todd Sampson
A Little Room ( Melbourne)

Joel is a freelance set and costume designer based in Melbourne. Since graduating from a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University in 2011, Joel has worked on various independent and professional productions in a number of different technical and design positions, including production design for Mademoiselle by High Performance Company, a camp cabaret at 45 Downstairs, and Living Room Theatre’s 2012 Melbourne production of A Little Room also at 45 Downstairs. In 2013 Joel is returning to university, studying a Masters in Production Design at the VCA. Joel is very excited to be collaborating with the Living Room Theatre again, especially on such a unique and exciting piece of theatre.

Jo Elliott

A Little Room
Intimacies of Women

Jo has a Bachelor of Dramatic Art Technical Production (NIDA) and a Masters of Design Science Illumination (Sydney University). She is currently working as an Architectural Lighting Designer for Bassett and has previously been involved with projects such as the Belvoir St Theatre and Sydney Opera House upgrades.

Her lighting design credits include: Theatre of Image, Happy Prince (NSW & VIC tour); Pixel and Friends (Power House Museum Sydney); Tales from the Arabian Nights (NSW & VIC tour); Robinson Crusoe (Adelaide Festival Centre) and Go Pinocchio (NSW & VIC tour); Sydney Festival 2007 & 2008, Triffids, A Secret in the Shape of a Song & House of the Holy Afro (Metro Theatre Sydney); Pieter Dirk Uys, Elections and Erections (Power House, Brisbane); Lingalayam Dance Company’s The Serpent Woman, (Canberra Playhouse & Parramatta Riverside) and The Tempest (Everest Theatre Seymour Centre); Credo Canvas (Stables Theatre) and the Tracking Kultja Festival (National Museum, Canberra); Associate Lighting Designer for Testimony (Australian Art Orchestra, Sydney Opera House); Assistant to the Lighting Designer for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies.

For The Living Room Theatre she has designed on the Intimacies of Women & A Little Room.


Genevieve Lilley Architects

Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members: Genevieve Lilley, Chun Suh

Genevieve Lilley graduated from Sydney University in 1991 with the University Medal. After working for 8 years for British architect David Chipperfield, she opened her own practice in London in 1999 and in Sydney in 2005. She runs a small practice, specialising in a range of odd and unique projects. Genevieve has taught final year design at universities in Bath UK, Sydney, Tasmania and Newcastle and has also been a guest speaker and critic on various occasions.
Her design work has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Out Magazine and Vogue Living. She has written for the Fifth Estate, the Architectural Review, and Houses Magazine. She also designs jewellery for Venerari in Sydney’s Strand Arcade, which makes modern jewellery using coloured gems.


Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members:
Nuala Collins, Charlotte Karlsson, Nadia Wagner

Collins-Karlsson-Wagner think it’s nice to make good things with simple materials, and they’ve been practicing; working for architects, councillors, interior designers, film directors, scenographers, and perfumers. They’re looking forward to realising this principle within the opening scenes of I Love Todd Sampson.


Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team Members: Victoria Bolton, Nicole Chojecka, Caroline Comino, Kim Nguyen Ngoc

Ensemble are a team of designers interested in creating spaces that challenge relationships between people and domestic settings, between performer and stage, between performer and audience.
We are drawn to spaces that provide the opportunity for physical and mental engagement. We anticipate the experience of I Love Todd Sampson to be similar to wandering through a building one has never entered before, with feelings of
anticipation, excitement, and fear. We envision the audience travelling through a story, constructing a story rather than watching it unfold. In the physical and mental space where I Love Todd Sampson will unfold a doorway will no longer be simply a conduit between two rooms, but will become a conduit in space, time and psychological state


Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members: Steven Janssen, Christopher Bickerton, Chris L. Smith

FLATPAC is a collaboration supported by the University of Sydney between Associate Professor Chris L. Smith, Christopher Bickerton (Second Year Communications Tutor) and Steven Janssen (Masters level digital fabrication elective co-ordinator). The studio runs as an elective in the M. Architecture program and enables a team of students to explore constructed objects within the domestic scale through graphic representations, parametric studies and 1:1 physical prototypes. These prototypes are produced using digital fabrication processes including laser-cutting and CNC in combination with more traditional construction, detailing and finishing techniques.

Sam Crawford Architects

Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members: Claire McCaughan, Sam Crawford, Adam Edge, Adam Jones

Sam Crawford Architects is an innovative, design-driven practice focused on residential, public, and community projects. Quercus & Co. (founded by Adam Jones in 2012) is a pattern design & printing studio specialising in
printed wallpaper for residential and commercial use. Adam Edge works with Lighting Partners Australia, importing and distributing lighting for domestic, architectural and commercial applications. Sam Crawford Architects, Adam
Jones and Adam Edge look forward to collaborating with The Living Room Theatre on this remarkable project, forging new creative relationships outside architectural/ design practice.


Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members: Dagmar Reinhardt, Lian Loke, Elmar Trefz, Alexander Jung, Dirk Anderson, Eduardo de Oliveira Barata

WLTS is a research group made up of practitioners, designers and media artists. WLTS work into and out of academia, installation design, research and architectural practice. For I Love Todd Sampson, we are combining forces
to create a responsive, performative, acoustic amplifying dynamic spatial environment.

Carter Williamson Architects with Archrival

Project: I Love Todd Sampson

Team members: Kellie Beattie, Charlotte Evans, Julia Anna de los Santos, Lisa Merkesteyn

Achrival: Lucy Humphrey, Claire McCaughan, Cecelia Humphrey, Constance Trofimovs, Patrick Fileti

CARTER-WILLIAMSON believe that architecture is the construction of ideas and atmosphere, represented as sequences of space. Our studio practice is ideas driven, and architecture is the form that captures, expresses and translates these ideas in our work.

Our people are skilled designers, architects, interior and graphic designers drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Our studio model nurtures the practice of critique and collaboration amongst colleagues, clients and consultants, leading to a rich and organic design process. Every project in our studio is fundamentally the result of a collaborative design process which we believe is key to the translation of ideas into tangible form.

ARCHRIVAL is a not-for-profit organisation whose vision is to reform local practices in architecture and design by facilitating innovative artistic and architectural work that will encourage the development of experimental
work outside of everyday professional practice.

Archrival’s experience lies in creating ephemeral, site specific and temporary works for public arts festivals, and its projects strength lies in its ability to harness interdisciplinary project teams. Archrival draws on a large network
of creative professionals, and will mobilise a passionate design team dedicated to exploring new design practices and methods of production. Archrival works actively to produce work outside of the architectural norm and to explore new materials, creating experimental spaces and merging film and new media with installation.