Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Outside Eye Mentorship Program

Exciting news for my fringe show 'How to be a Lady', I've been selected to be on of 18 participants of the 2009 Outside Eye Mentorship Program through the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Full Tilt (The Arts Centre). I am lucky enough to be working with the extremely talented and lovely award winning director Clare Watson.

'Clare has worked as a director, actor, writer, musician, designer, dramaturge and teacher for theatre. She graduated from VCA Directing in 2003. She also has an Arts Degree and a Dip Ed from the University of Melbourne. Last year she created an installation in Brussels at Les Bains::Connective during a residency supported by Aphids.

In 2006 Clare had a Besen scholarship as assistant director to Michael Kantor at the Malthouse. She also created 6 independent projects. In 2005, Clare directed Hotel a site-specific work (for which she won the inaugural Best Director Award for Melbourne Fringe), The Diabolical Ones for Melbourne University, performed at the Old Melbourne Gaol and Smashed, written by Lally Katz, for Instorage at the Storeroom, nominated for three 2005 Green Room Awards including Best Production.

Clare’s directing highlights include original/devised work such as Uninvited Guests (a theatrical installation in a crumbling art deco apartment, Outstanding Design Award Melbourne Fringe 2004), Life. Get it up ya. (Barry Award nominee Melbourne Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival) and Sucker (Best Solo Show Melbourne Fringe, Edinburgh, Auckland, Adelaide, London and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House). She is currently working on The Man with the September Face: A site-specific rollerdrama, inspired by a suburban skate rink.'

It's so amazing how much more focused your work becomes when you have someone in the room who can instantly identify those areas that most need work.

Also soaking up lots of tips for touring shows nationally and internationally!

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