CAAP Directors Initiative

The CAAP Directors Initiative is aimed at unearthing, nurturing and developing Asian Australian directors for the stage. Working with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), in partnership with Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company is offering a two-year tailored training program for selected participants.

The first year of the Initiative will include directing workshops, close up observation of mainstage productions and a range of professional development and networking opportunities. In its second year, the program will provide hands-on directorial training and engagement. 

2018 CAAP Directors 

Courtney Stewart

Courtney is a director, actor, dancer and teaching artist. She has worked on productions and developments of new Australian works including Single Asian Female by Michelle Law and A Ghost in My Suitcase by Vanessa Bates. She was Assistant Director on the STC production of Australian Graffiti and directed developments of White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King and Barbaric Truth by Jordan Shea.

Jennifer Rani

Jennifer is an actor, director, creative producer and theatre maker. Recent credits include the ABC TV comedy Rosehaven, the stage production of Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT and a reading of White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King at the 2018 National Play Festival.  A recipient of an Australia Council Emerging Cultural Leadership grant, she was part of the team behind the inaugural WITS Festival Fatale in Sydney.



Kenneth Moraleda

Kenneth is an actor, writer and director.  His directing debut was an immersive theatrical/cinematic/live music show They Say She’s Different (Adelaide Cabaret/Melbourne Fringe Festivals). He was a leading artist in This Here. Land (Liveworks 2017).  His numerous acting credits include Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical, Australian Graffiti, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Man with Five Children (STC), Australian tours of Australia Day and War Horse and upcoming, An Enemy of the People (Belvoir). 

Tasnim Hossain

Tasnim is a playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter.  She was the 2017 Resident Playwright at ATYP where she currently serves as a board member.  Her works have been staged by ATYP, 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, Griffin Theatre, Fringe World in Perth and Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle.  She has screen projects with Goalpost Productions and You Are Here Festival.  She has performed her poetry around Australia and teaches playwriting and performance poetry skills.