Besen Family Artist Program / Season 2018 Placements

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Since 2005, the Besen Family Artist Program (BFAP) at Malthouse Theatre has provided workplace learning experiences for Australian theatre makers. In 2018, the program continues with opportunities offered to early to mid-career artists who seek value in observing specific professional Malthouse Theatre productions and the ongoing artistic work of Malthouse Theatre, as well as being mentored by a company artist. Through the Besen Family Artist Program, Malthouse Theatre partners with the Besen Family Foundation to grow the next generation of innovative theatre-makers and cultural practitioners. The artists for the 2018 Besen Family Artist Program production placements have been selected as the result of an extensive open application process.


DESIGN / Eloise Kent
Bliss (Marg Horwell)
Eloise is a Melbourne-based designer and graduate of the Master of Design for Performance at the VCA. She has a keen interest in creating spaces that respond to and interact with the site, the performer and the spectator. Eloise has designed for theatre, exhibitions, parties and public installations.

PRODUCING / Roshelle Fong
— with Toby Sullivan
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian artist whose multi-disciplinary work explores technology’s potential to inspire new expressions of humanity. Roshelle has performed at RAW Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and at the Sydney Opera House, and her one-woman production, A Virtual Virtual Reality Show premiered at Auckland Fringe Festival 2017.

DIRECTING / Penny Harpham
Melancholia (Matthew Lutton)
Penny Harpham is a director, performer and Co-Artistic Director of independent theatre company, She Said Theatre. She is a recent Directing graduate from the VCA where she was awarded the Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence and the Global Atelier Scholarship for Overseas Travel. She won a Green Room Award for Best Audience Engagement (The Stream/The Boat/The Shore/The Bridge, Next Wave Festival 2012), has been nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production (HART, She Said Theatre 2015), received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award (2015) to complete residencies at the ZK/U in Berlin, Mullae Arts Space in Seoul and intern with TheaterRampe in Stuttgart and was selected to partake in Playwrighting Australia’s inaugural Directors Studio (2015) and Melbourne Festival’s Directors Lab (2016).
Her passion for new writing and experimental performance form has seen her work with companies across Australia and overseas, including Red Stitch Actors Ensemble, Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin, The Seymour Centre, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Junction Arts Festival, BATS Theatre Wellington, Mullae Arts Space Seoul, Hothouse Theatre and Brisbane Powerhouse.

DRAMATURGY / Glenn Saunders
Bliss (Tom Wright)
Glenn Saunders is a Melbourne-based dramaturg and writer. Originally from Sydney, he maintained the theatre-review site thespellofwakinghours, holds an Honours degree in Screen Production from Macquarie University, and is a recent Master of Dramaturgy graduate from Victorian College of the Arts. Equally at home with research and new work, he has served as dramaturg on Seneca’s Oedipus (workshop, dir. Shannan Ely); Elias Jamieson Brown’s Aleppo, and Fiona Spitzkowsky’s This Storm Will Kill Your Children (VCA Writing for Performance); and on DELILAH (Left of Centre Theatre Co.).

DRAMATURGY / Keziah Warner
— Living Now Writing Program (Mark Pritchard)
Keziah has worked as a script reader, literary manager and dramaturg in London (The Cock Tavern, The Space, Rich Mix, The Last Refuge, Descent Theatre), Auckland (Playmarket, Scratch New Writing), New York (Soho Rep) and Melbourne (Melbourne Theatre Company, Playwriting Australia, MKA). She is a graduate of Goldsmiths College and Soho Theatre's Writers' Lab.

Proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation and Debbie Dadon AM.


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