DR TOM PAYNE
Artistic Associate (Literary)
Artistic Associate (Composition)
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TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN is a creative leader, artistic director, performance maker, writer, dancer, and cat-sitter from Melbourne, Australia. He first appeared on a federal terrorist watch list at the age of 19.
He’s ‘s best known as Artistic Director/CEO/Co-Founder of MKA | Theatre of New Writing. He’s also Director General of UK/Australian live performance company Doppelgangster – a company focused on climate change, globalisation, and forced migration. His best known works include ‘The Economist’ (about the Utoya Island Massacre), ‘dogmeat’, and ‘Doppelgangster’s TITANIC’. In 2016 he was co-founder and co-festival director of the recently launched Hot!Hot!Hot! Climate Arts Festival.
He twice played a combination of Adolf Hitler and David Hasselhoff called ‘Hitlerhoff’. He tours regularly internationally as a performer/actor/hero. He is a graduate of VCA with a Master of Writing for Performance.
He lives in Richmond, Victoria.
TOM is Co-Director General of Doppelgangster, a UK/Australian performance company with an explicit focus upon climate change, forced migration and globalisation.
He is an environmental arts researcher affiliated with Bath Spa University; where he is currently working part-time with an artist led team on an AHRC funded project entitled Towards Hydrocitizenship. This participatory arts research aims to engage individuals and communities around the UK in dialogues about water and the eco-social.
He lives in mid Wales with his young family at Ty’n yr Helyg Barn. In 2013 he worked with community groups and other collaborators in order to transform part of the barn into a performance space, Ty’n yr Helyg Theatre. The barn is the site of a participatory handmade performance practice that explores questions of ecology, environment and sustainability.
Ruby Donohoe is a Sunshine Coast based producer, performer and performance maker. From September 2016 – June 2017, Ruby will be one of 14 International and American actors accepted into the biennial SITI Company Acting Conservatory in New York where she will be training and working with the company as an intern. She is currently facilitating and directing a show with Queensland disability arts organisation, Access Arts, with whom she has worked with since January 2015.
Ruby graduated with distinction in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and minoring in Scenography at the Queensland University of Technology and has had the privilege of working with Dairakudikan (Japan), Egil Kipste and Max Lyandvert (NIDA), Hayden Spencer, Kokoro Dance (Canada), Leaky Heaven (Canada), Margi Brown Ash, MKA:Theatre of New Writing (Melbourne), Sarah Winter, SITI Company (New York), Strings Attached (Sydney), The Dead Puppet Society, The Only Animal (Canada), Vancouver Burlesque Centre (Canada), Younis Bachir (La Fura Dels Baus) and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.
Ruby’s producing credits include Brisbane Anywhere Festival (2014 Producer In-Training; 2015 Festival Directing Producer), MKA: Theatre of New Writing (2015 subtxt Festival, Senior Producer) and The Only Animal (2013 Producing Intern, Canada).
Ruby is currently collaborating on new work Emu Wars with MKA:Theatre of New Writing & Doppelgangster (UK/Australia). Most recently her self-directed interactive projection dance-theatre work Eye Resolution and installation An Act of Intimacy both enjoyed full-houses/sold-out seasons as part of the 2016 2high Festival (Backbone Theatre)
Vanessa Francesca has written poetry, fiction and theatre for venues including Melbourne University theatre and publications including The Age. Her interest in arts administration has been facilitated by volunteer work coordinating the Melbourne ARTillery festival with Amnesty International and her experience in event planning and grant-writing stretches across several NGOs and committees. She is currently on a diversity scholarship to study improvisational comedy at The Improv. Conspiracy in Melbourne, which is near the studio where she lives and works. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, where she was offered a scholarship, and later won the Percival Searle Prize in English Literature. In her spare time, she tries to entertain her Nonna, who is a very tough crowd.
Composer; musician; founder of ‘Clairey Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’; member jazz outfit ‘The Conglomerate’ & ‘JazzParty’; documentary ‘Beyond Our Ken’ (composer, 2004); film ‘The Rage in Placid Lake (contributing composer, 2003), ‘Titanic’ (composer, Doppelgangster, 2015-16), ‘Baby’ (composer, MKA/Doppelgangster, 2016).