White Rabbit Red Rabbit - Performers
4th April, 2017
Ylaria is an actor and director. She has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra since she graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2013. In 2016 Ylaria co-founded FREEFALL Productions with Derek Walker.
Her work includes: Hannah in Lies, Love and Hitler by Australian Playwright Elizabeth Avery Scott, Hazel in the premiere of Where I End And You Begin at the Street Theatre and Catherine in David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof.
Last year she worked as Assistant Director on the Premiere of Crossroads in Melbourne and Follies: In Concert directed by Tyran Parke and featuring Phillip Quast, Anne Wood, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Nancy Hayes.
She is currently directing Under Milk Wood for the Genesian Theatre and working with Neil Gooding on Miss Saigon for Packemin Productions later in the year. Before then, she needs to deal with a ‘Big Fish’at the Hayes with Tyran Parke.
Additional stage credits include: Absolutely Fabulous, I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It, Rent, Urinetown:The Musical, Sense and Sensibility, Auntie Mame and Twelfth Night.
5th April, 2017
Tyran has worked on over 50 professional productions as an actor, director and writer.
Highlights include The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Eurobeat, Assassins, Evita, Sunset Blvd, South Pacific, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes, Jekyll and Hyde, Angels in America, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, The Bladder or the Child, The Tempest, Tick Tick Boom!, Twelfth Night, The Last Five Years, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, In a Pink Tutu, Life Force, Rent, Putting it Together, Playing Rock Hudson, She Loves Me and George in Sunday in the Park with George.
Tyran has received rave reviews for his one man shows which have toured internationally and for his solo recordings.
Primarily working as a director now, Tyran is thrilled for the opportunity to tread the boards again - even if it is all too brief!
When not working on stage Tyran writes novels, works in a zoo and walks across Spain, South America or any other exotic country available. www.tyranparke.com
8th April, 2017
Madeleine has recently returned from the national tour of Ladies in Black for Queensland Theatre.
Some of her recent theatre credits include Straight (Brilliant Adventures & bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co), Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano De Bergerac (Sport for Jove), The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Mr Stink (CDP), Girl In Tan Boots (Griffin Independent & Collide), and M.ROCK (Sydney Theatre Co & ATYP).
Madeleine's musical theatre credits include Avenue Q (LCW Presents), Godspell (Room 8 & Australian Shakespeare Co) and Once (Gordon Frost Organisation & Melbourne Theatre Co).
Madeleine received a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award nomination for her performance as Girl in Once. On screen, you can also catch her in Kacie Anning's award-winning web series Fragments of Friday.
9th April, 2017
Duncan Ragg is an actor and a writer from Goulburn, NSW.
He graduated from the ANU in 2011 where he completed a Bachelor of Laws/Arts and from the NIDA acting course in 2014.
Duncan has appeared as Roland Henning in Writing For Performance directed by Michael Gow, Lewis in Cosi directed by David Berthold, Gilmore/Sanderson in Stephen Sewell’s Kandahar Gate directed by Jeff Janisheski and The Man in
The Red Shoes directed by Elsie Edgerton‐Till.
He is Co-Artistic Director of The Corinthian Food Store Collective, writing and directing This, This Is Mine in 2016 and The Corinthian in 2015 (ATYP/Rock Surfers).
In 2017 Duncan will appear in the US feature film 2:22 and the British feature film Night of the Lotus, recently shot on location in Tanzania.
7th April, 2017
Richard is a graduate of Theatre Nepean.
His recent theatre credits include Edward II, The Crucible and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sport for Jove), Visiting Hours, The Ishmael Club and Great Expectations (bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co.), Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs (The Vanguard), Haircuts (Greek Festival of Sydney), Brother Daniel (Collaborations Theatre), Phaedra (Lies, Lies and Propaganda), Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Othello (Sydney Shakespeare Company), The Tempest (The Puzzle), Jesus and Hedda Gabler (Factotum), Metamorphoses (Apocalypse), Miss Julie, In the Slaughterhouse of Love and As You Like It (No White Elephant) along with The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors.
Richard is also a director, regularly producing under his company Tooth and Sinew.
13th April, 2017
Mansoor graduated from ACA in 2014 after completing a Bachelor in Film and Screen Production from Griffith University in 2008.
Since graduating from drama school his stage performances have included
The Laden Table directed by Suzanne Millar at KXT, Safety Switch and Belleville at the Old Fitz Theatre and Beirut Adrenaline directed by Anna Jahjah at Belvoir.
He has also appeared on the television shows Cleverman, Trip For Biscuits, Rake and Winter along with the feature films Project Eden Vol. 1. and Stephen Sewell's first feature Embedded.
Mansoor is next appearing in his own series funded by the ABC, Screen Australia and Screen NSW titled Mustafa Needs A Wife and will later this year be on stage again in Where The Streets Had A Name for Monkey Baa at Riverside Theatre.
14th April, 2017
Originally from Perth, Contessa Treffone is a Sydney-based actor and performer.
She graduated from NIDA with a BA in Acting in 2012.
Contessa's highlights have included: Lord of the Flies directed by Kip Williams (US-A-UM / Malthouse Theatre), This House is Mine directed by Paige Rattray (Milkcrate / Darlinghurst Theatre Company), minusonesister directed by Luke Rogers (Stories Like These / Griffin Theatre Company), Unfinshed works directed by Clemence Williams (Bontom Productions) as well as Children of the Sun, and All My Sons, both directed by Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company).
In 2017 Contessa will be appearing in new Australian feature film Powder Train (The Ridge Productions). She also recently starred in the Australian premiere of A Mystery of Love and Sex directed by Anthony Skuse (Darlinghurst Theatre Company).
12th April, 2017
Monica Sayers began her studies at Actors Centre Australia and Australian Theatre for Young People, before graduating from NIDA’s full-time acting course in 2004.
She has worked extensively across varied mediums including the televison shows Love My Way, All Saints, The UK’s The Royal and Ireland’s The Clinic, featured in corporate videos, short films, voiceovers and countless commercials.
Her theatre highlights include Dead Caesar with Sydney Theatre Company, His Mother’s Voice and Visiting Hours with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, and Where’s My Money? with Seeker Productions as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2015.
Monica is currently in Sydney Theatre Company's epic thriller Chimerica directed by Kip Williams and later in the year will be in STC's new Australian work, Australian Graffiti playing Lek.
15th April, 2017
Monroe Reimers is a seasoned actor, voiceover artist, teacher, newsreader and screenwriter who can quietly boast over thirty years of experience in the performance industry since his graduation from NIDA in 1977.
He is known for his performances in the feature films Disgrace (2008), Burke & Wills (1985) and Gargantua (1998) as well as his numerous television appearances including Sea Patrol, Water Rats, Xena: Warrior Princess, All Saints, Packed to the Rafters and Better Man.
Monroe’s theatre credits include: The Laden Table (bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co.), East is East (NIDA), Anthology Theatre by the late Bob Ellis, The Seagull (Siren Theatre), Othello (The Actors Company) Coup De etat, The Marginal Farm and Makassar Reef (Melbourne Theatre Company), as well as the original production of Norm and Ahmed directed by Alexander Buzo (Wayside Theatre)
He is also currently developing a one-man show featuring Shakespeare’s Wogs.
6th April, 2017
Matthew made his professional debut playing the lead role of Frankie Valli in the Australian production of the internationally acclaimed musical Jersey Boys in 2011, landing the role straight after graduating from NIDA.
He has worked with some of Australia's leading theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company (Machinal, Orlando, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Chimerica), Bell Shakespeare (Henry V, The Tempest), Belvoir St Theatre (Kill the Messenger), Griffin (Ladies Day) and Queensland Theatre Company (Brisbane and Switzerland).
Matthew was co-host of the children's television program History Hunters, which aired in Australia on 7TWO and ABC3, and also in Canada, South Korea and the UK. He was a founding member of the popular online sketch-comedy collective I'm With Stupid, most recently seen on ABC iView's Fresh Blood. Other TV credits include Deadly Women. His short film credits include Whispers Among Wolves (Flickerfest, Sydney Film Festival, Palms Springs Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival) Chicom, Oiling Point and Latte e Miele.
He was the winner of a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also won the 2016 Matilda Award for Best Actor in a Play for Switzerland.
11th April, 2017
Ben is an actor currently based in Sydney.
He grew up in Canberra before moving to Perth to study acting at WAAPA.
Here, his most notable roles were Leonardo in Blood Wedding directed by Ross McGregor and the title role in Macbeth directed by Andrew Lewis.
His theatre credits include The Mars Project written and directed by Will O'Mahoney, Realism directed by Anthony Skuse, All my Sons directed by Tom Healey, Measure for Measure directed by Matt Edgerton, Grapes of Wrath directed by Sandy Eldridge and Pride and Prejudice directed by Adam Mitchell.
Ben recently starred in the AACTA and Logie nominated ABC television series Barracuda by Matchbox Pictures directed by Rob Connolly and based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas.
10th April, 2017
Bron is an actor, director and teacher. She's originally from Perth and a Nepean graduate from way back.
She last performed with bAKEHOUSE Theatre in Two Chairs. Previous work includes Black Eyes, Dead City (Company B), Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Bell Shakespeare), Taming of the Shrew, Look Back in Anger (Chameleon's Dish). UK credits include Juliet in Mu-Lan/Haymarket's Romeo and Juliet, National tours of Lear's Daughters and 58 (Yellow Earth), International tours of Medea and Nothing Left To Lose (Company:Collisions/NationalTheatre), The Lady of the Drowned (Stone Crabs). Radio work includes work with the BBC for Norman Beaton Fellowship, Street and Lane, and narrating Maurice Gleitzman's Teacher's Pet.
As a director, Bron developed and directed A Girl Named Shining Brightly for Polka Theatre,Yellow Gentlemen for Sirius/Yellow Earth/Oval House, and Journeys at the Wimbledon Ambassadors Theatre. Bron has taught drama and speech in Australian and UK schools, Chinatown Arts Space and for Arts Council England.
Derek Walker - Producer
Derek is a graduate of NIDA’s Post-Graduate Directing Program. He directed Proof for FREEFALL Productions after founding the company with Ylaria Rogers.
Previously Derek was the Resident Director for the Australian production of Once (Gordon Frost and Melbourne Theatre Company), Assistant to the Director, Daniel Kramer on the world premiere production of King Kong (Global Creatures), and Director of the Canberra Premiere of Legally Blonde: The Musical (Free Rain).
Additional Production credits include: Avenue Q, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Sunday In The Park With George, Dealer’s Choice, Woyzeck, Blackrock,
Les Miserables, West Side Story, Bouncers, Two Weeks With The Queen, Antigone, Lord Of The Flies, The Popular Mechanicals, and the Importance of Being Earnest.
Derek was recently awarded the 2016 'Glorias' Fellowship from the Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Foundations. He will be travelling to Europe later in the year to work on the English National Opera and Theatre Basel Productions of La Traviata.
Bridget McCluskey - Stage Manager
Bridget has grown up having a passion for the events and entertainment industry. After completing a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Technical Production at NIDA,
Bridget dove head first into her career.
Bridget was Stage Manager on Hilt with Mirror Mirror, Adjudicator on Move It with Ambience Entertainment, Director’s Assistant on Children’s television show Jay’s Jungle Series 2, Assistant Stage Manager on the international production of Absinthe with Spiegelworld, Production Coordinator with Haycom's Creative Services Department working on Tourism Northern Territory Projects, Event Manager at the Dewar's Lock Inn with Yakusan, Associate Producer with Mango Communications Event’s and Activations Team and continuously works with Fourth Wall across multiple projects including the AACTA and CMC Awards.
Additional theatre credits include: Trojan Women, NIDA Foundation Trust Gala, Sunday in the Park with George, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, Cosi, Cymbeline, Empire, Mojo, The Greeks and The Light in The Pizza.
Alexander Berlage - Lighting Designer
Alexander is a Sydney based Director and Lighting Designer. He holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Production) and Master of Fine Arts (Directing) from NIDA.
His design credits include: As Lighting Designer: Griffin Independent: Nosferatutu or Bleeding at the Ballet, Thomas Murray and the Upside-down River. Sydney Chamber Opera: Victory over the Sun. Old 505 Theatre: The Block Universe, Hilt. ATYP: War Crimes, Between Us, Luke Llyod: Alienoid. Sydney Dance Company: PPY15: Revealed. The Old Fitzroy Theatre: The Judas Kiss, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, The Whale, Men, Freak Winds, Howie the Rookie. Hayes Theatre: Dogfight, Everybody Loves Lucy. Critical Stages: Songs for the Fallen, 4000 Miles, Stones in his Pockets. New Theatre: Proof, School for Scandal, Book of Days. NIDA: The Tempest, The Dissolving Self, Antigone, Rausch, Winterreise. As Set/Lighting Designer: The Kings Collective: The Sugar Syndrome.
Alexander was a participant at the 2014 Watermill Center International Summer Program in New York and also awarded the 2013 Peter Baynes Memorial New York Scholarship and the 2014 Leslie Walford AM Award. In 2016 he was also nominated for the Best Lighting Design of an Independent Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his work on The Whale and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.