Georgia Adamson, Alice Babidge, Victoria Campbell, Susanna
Dowling, David Fleischer, Cameron Goodall, Anna Martin, Renee
Mulder, Stefo Nantsou, Gideon Obarzanek, Julia Ohannessian, Zindzi
Okenyo, Richard Pyros, Sophie Ross, Tahki Saul, Imara Savage, Jo
Turner, Kip Williams.
In 2012 STC's resident actors (Cameron Goodall, Julia
Ohannessian, Zinzdi Okenyo, Richard Pyros, Sophie Ross and Tahki
Saul) are joined by a larger number of multi-disciplinary Artists
in Residence. The diverse group of artists includes former
Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Gideon Obarzanek, directors Kip
Williams and Imara Savage, designers David Fleischer and Renee
Mulder, teaching artists Georgia Adamson and Victoria Campbell and
the writer/director team Susanna Dowling and Jo Turner.
"Sydney Theatre Company is uniquely fortunate in being able to
support a resident community of artists," says co Artistic Director
Andrew Upton. "This will be the third incarnation of the Company's
resident artists program, following on from The Actors Company and
The Resos. We are trying to get the most out of the generous
support we receive in terms of realising projects that the Company
couldn't do alone. Particularly in the areas of art form
development and community cultural development."
Since 2007, supported by Arts NSW and by philanthropic partners,
STC has engaged resident artists to work in the Company on twelve
month contracts. The first group, The Actors Company, had a focus
on large scale main stage work. In 2009 the model was re-shaped
into The Residents, a smaller and more flexible group of actors
which engaged in main stage, art form development and educational
work for the Company. In 2012 the model evolves further,
encompassing a more varied group of artists working with the
Company across the year with mix of longer and shorter term
contracts to develop new projects according to specialised skills
Each of the Artists in Residence is associated with specific STC
projects and activities. For example, Gideon Obarzanek will work on
the creation of two new theatre hybrid works with the resident
actors as well making contributions to the development of the
Company's repertoire. As one of the Residents, actor Cameron
Goodall's roster includes working on those projects with Obarzanek,
performing in STC shows The
History of Everything and Under Milk
Wood and workshopping a new work with a
visiting international playwright.
"In their time with us, The Resos became a terrific resource for
developing new work," says Upton. "They're creative and curious.
They work quickly and have become extremely intuitive as a group,
not only with each other, but with visiting artists. This method of
working would not have had the chance to evolve without the artists
in residence support."
Resident Designer Alice Babidge will design STC's new
bar, create costumes for STC's Under Milk
Wood and Face
to Face and take a mentoring role with fellow
Artists in Residence, young designers David Fleischer and Renee
Mulder. Director Imara Savage will be involved in workshops for
The Secret River and
with a visiting international playwright. She will assist with STC
activities such as directing audition workshops and developing a
project through our Rough
Draft program and directing a play in our 2013 season.
Playwright Jo Turner and director Susannah Dowling will work on
a major regional outreach project in Armidale NSW that will lead to
a production featuring local New England performers alongside
professional actors. Georgia Adamson will not only work in primary
school classrooms delivering STC's School Drama program (in which STC artists
are teamed with teachers to impart the use of theatre skills in
enhancing literacy and cross-curriculum outcomes) but will also
assist in further developments of the model.
For all of the Artists in Residence, STC is committed to
providing professional development opportunities, access to key
personnel and resources, and encouragement and support for them to
pursue their own interests and projects away from STC.
Money Shots, 2001. Photo: Brett Boardman