OTYP STAFF

Sarah Parsons

Creative Producer

Sarah Parsons has been involved with theatre for over 15 years, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre and Media), an Honours degree (specialising in Theatre for Young People), and a Bachelor of Teaching (Drama) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Sarah began her professional career by writing, designing, directing, performing in and touring Theatre in Education shows to most of Central West NSW with Stuck in the Mud Productions, a Bathurst-based, touring children’s theatre company she co-established in 2005.

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In the past, Sarah has been engaged as Lecturer of Theatre for Young People at Charles Sturt University, Director of the Bathurst Theatre Company’s Youth Theatre arm, Education Facilitator for Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra, and Workshop Manager for Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). During her time in Sydney, Sarah directed three shows for ATYP: Compass (2013), Luke Lloyd: Alienoid (2014) and The Voices Project: Beneath Us (2015), and was the Assistant Director on two shows: Max Remy Super Spy (2012) and MROCK (2014, with Sydney Theatre Company).

Sarah is fiercely passionate about theatre for young people, and has a strong and varied background in facilitating workshops, arts management, directing and creating theatre for all ages. Her particular interest is in theatre and arts for young people in regional and remote Australia, and during her career has worked across most of New South Wales. Sarah believes drama provides children with an amazing opportunity to express themselves; to learn, create, co-operate, devise, share, and above all, have fun.

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Claire Harris

Business Manager

Over the past fifteen years, Claire has worked in various areas of the arts, most recently as Creative Producer at Outback Theatre for Young People and Marketing Manager at Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney. In Melbourne she was the Membership and Marketing Manager for Live Performance Australia. This involved delivering the Helpmann Awards, and launching Australia’s first Producer Development Program for emerging theatrical producers. As a freelancer she has also worked with Eastern Riverina Arts (Wagga Wagga), the Wired Lab (Cootamundra) and Ideas that Stick (Sydney).

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Claire graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and TV) and has also completed an Advanced Diploma (Business and Public Relations) at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Claire has worked with festivals, theatre companies, schools and arts organisations but her first love is working with young people in theatre. She is thrilled to be re-joining OTYP after maternity leave to take up the role of Business Manager.

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Keily Nethercote

OTYP Trainee

Keily joined Outback Theatre for Young People in early March 2016 as our very first trainee. Keily will be with OTYP for two years learning the ins-and-outs of the professional arts industry. She is currently in Year 11 at Deniliquin High School studying Visual Arts, Legal Studies, Modern History, English and Maths, she is also studying a Certificate 2 in Business at Riverina Tafe.

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Keily’s position with OTYP is for two years, and she is sure that it will inspire her for a life time of different career paths. Keily is a keen learner and likes to be involved with the task that is at hand, she is an approachable person and gets along with everyone. Keily feels that even from only being with OTYP for a few months, she has adjusted well to the team and her position.

She is enjoying exploring her imaginative and creative side, is a great communicator and is hands on and responsible with anything that she has to do.

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Julie Cassar

Book keeper
In 2008, Julie made a ‘tree change’ from Melbourne to the Riverina to join her partner in the management of the family farm.  She has a background in administration and finance, is currently bookkeeper for Outback Theatre for Young People and volunteer Treasurer for South West Arts and the Deniliquin Film Society.

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Julie is inspired by the opportunities created for regional young people, through their interaction with OTYP’s projects, artistic and technical staff, to expand the pool of experiences on which they can reflect to dream and imagine their future

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ARTISTIC STAFF

JESSICA BELLAMY

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THE ECHO IN OUR WALLS, HAY 2014/2015/2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, OUTBACK STORY GENERATOR, GRIFFITH, HAY, DENILIQUIN, 2014
MENTOR, EMERGE: RIVERINA PLAYWRIGHT PROJECT, 2014/2015

Jessica Bellamy is a Sydney-based playwright. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting (NIDA) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons)(UNSW). She has been a Griffin Theatre Playwriting Australia Associate Playwright (2011/12) and Writer in Residence at Grey Projects, Singapore (2013). She is the recipient of the 2013 ATYP Foundation Commission, writing Compass (nominated for 2013 Sydney Theatre Award), and is winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011 for Sprout (Pedro Collective and Tamarama Rock Surfers).

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Other plays include: Shabbat Dinner (Tamarama Rock Surfers, Checkpoint Theatre); Fight or Flight (Canberra Youth Theatre); devised work The Grief Parlour (Clockfire Theatre, True West); devised work LoveNOT (Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Manila); devised work Lovely Ugly (Griffin Theatre); A Fourth of Nature (ACT Department of Education’s School Spectacular, nominated for 2011 Canberra Area Theatre award); as well as short plays for NIDA Open Programme, True West and Bondi Feast Festival.

Jessica’s monologue ‘Little Love’ is published by Currency Press, and was adapted to a short film Bat Eyes (dir. Damien Power)(Top 10 finalist of YouTube Your Film competition, Venice Film Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Tread Softly Festival (Sligo), Cockatoo Island Film Festival, Dungog Film Festival, Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week).

Jessica has tutored playwriting for ATYP, Beyond the Square, Grey Projects and in high schools.

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JULIAN LARNACH

PLAYWRIGHT, BORDERTOWNS , BERRIGAN SHIRE 2016/17
PLAYWRIGHT, EMERGE: RIVERINA PLAYWRIGHT COMMISSION, 2014/2015

 

Julian Larnach is a Sydney-based playwright. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. In 2014, he was awarded the inaugural EMERGE: Riverina Playwrights Commission. The commissioned play, Beneath an Oxbow Lake, premiered in Griffith in June 2015, before a sell-out regional tour that finished at ATYP. His monologue Something I Prepared Earlier was produced for the 2014 season of ATYP’s Voices Project, BITE ME, and published by Currency Press.

 

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He has completed creative developments for new works with Sydney Dance Company, Darwin’s National Youth Week Festival, NIDA Independent, Playwriting Australia and Griffin Theatre, as well as dramaturgical secondments with Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company. He has been generously supported by the Australia Council of the Arts, having undertaken a JUMP Mentorship and received an ArtStart grant.

He was Resident Playwright at the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2015 and an Affiliate Writer for Griffin Theatre Company in 2013. Julian has been shortlisted for the Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting, the Edward Albee Scholarship and the PWA Re-Gen Seed Commission. He is currently under commission with the Outback Theatre for Young People.

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Alyson Evans

Alyson has worked around the world as a performer, theatre maker and community artist, with a particular focus on cultural development and social change. In Australia Alyson has made theatre with remote Indigenous communities, young people, people with disabilities and mental illness, prisoners and former refugees, as well as in Cambodia, Nepal, the United Kingdom and New York.

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After living and working in Darwin and Sydney, Alyson is currently based in Albury, where she is a freelance theatre facilitator, director and producer. She continues to travel across Australia to deliver theatre programs in remote and regional places, as well as being a Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama program.

In 2015 Alyson received the Australia Council of the Arts Kirk Robson Award, which recognises outstanding leadership from artists working in community arts and cultural development.

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Spencer McGill

FACILITATOR, DRAMA FORCE WORKSHOPS,
DENILIQUIN 2015/2016

Spencer McGill is a Deniliquin based Actor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative and Performing Arts as well as a major in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Newcastle (2013). He has presented workshops at Aspire Me Drama Camps (2015) and is currently also a Project Manager at South West Arts Regional Arts Board (2014-2016).

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Spencer is very strongly passionate about improvisation and it’s ability to build confidence in youth who may feel socially or emotionally isolated, and thrives on helping children find their creative spark. Spencer believes drama provides a much-needed outlet for youth, especially in remote and regional areas.

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