In 2015, five local playwrights, theatre makers and live artists will have an opportunity to develop their work in a national context as Artists-in-Residence at La Boite Theatre Company.
Future Fidel, Dan Evans, Niz Jabour, Eleanor Jackson and our new Live Artist in Residence, Sandra Carluccio will each develop a new work as part of a year-long artistic process guided by La Boite Artistic Director Todd MacDonald, Creative Producer Glyn Roberts, and visiting professional artists. As part of the residency, each artist will workshop their piece with actors and dramaturges, and La Boite will facilitate public readings or showing of the performance, plays or experiences they have created.
The residency will also create opportunities for the artists to forge closer connections with the wider theatre culture through monthly meetings, masterclasses with professionals within their own field, and creative development sessions.
This Artists-in-Residence program has been made possible through funding from Australia Council's Emerging Artist Commission, Early Career Residencies, Creative Partnership with Asia and In The Mix initiatives.
La Boite is keen to contribute to the national theatre culture in a way that is driven by the local, and this program will provide, we hope, a distinctive, fulfilling and much needed way forward.
Meet the Artists
Daniel Evans is a writer, director, and producer who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. His theatrical work is about new mythologies for unreliable futures. Inspired by Pop culture, spurred on by the blur between performer-spectator, Daniel forges worlds that are ridiculously heightened, and strangely familiar, but not without heart. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective exploring themes of memory, yearning and embarrassment inside of a theatre where the domestic is made epic and the small, infinite. He has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle and as the Performance Program Manager at Metro Arts. He currently teaches in the Applied Theatre Department at Griffith University and works as a Producer on the Channel Nine reboot of Big Brother for Southern Star Endemol and is a contributor to frankie Magazine.
Daniel's written works for the stage include I Should Have Drunk More Champagne (Metro Arts, 2013), Wide Awake & Wasted (Griffith University, 2013), How To Make Snow (Little Red Company, 2012), Here Goes Nothing (Griffith University, 2012), Where We Begin (Brisbane Festival, 2011), Vodka Cranberry Soda (The Alleyway Project, 2011), Never For Ever (Griffith University/ Playlab Press, 2011), Ivy Shambitt and the Sound Machine (Backbone Youth Arts, 2010), Single Admissions (Young, Lazy & Talented, 2010), The Reunion (with Rebecca Meston, Metro Arts, 2010), Holy Guacamole (Backbone Youth Arts, 2009), Dirty Moles (The Emerge Project JWCOCA, 2008), Smother (The Emerge Project JWCOCA, 2007), Opening A Fuzzwollop's Frame Of Mind (Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Award, 2000) and an adaptation of Angela Carter's The Lady Of The House Of Love (Brisbane Cabaret Festival, 2005). He was nominated for a Matilda Award for his direction of Rabbit (Nina Raine; The Good Room/ Metro Arts Allies, 2011) and has also directed The China Incident (Peter Houghton; Queensland Theatre Company, 2013) Face to the Wall (Martin Crimp; 2011), Antigone (Sophocles; 2011) and DNA (Dennis Kelly; 2012) for Griffith University. From 2008 - 2009 he was the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle and has also written for SBS’ coverage of Eurovision 2010 and 2011. He currently teaches in the Applied Theatre Department at Griffith University and works as a Producer on the Channel Nine reboot of Big Brother for Southern Star Endemol and is a contributor to frankie Magazine.
Niz Jabour was born in 1962, in a small village called Ashameyah on Euphrates River in Southern Iraq. In 1979, while still; at high school, Niz directed and wrote his first play. In 1985, he completed his theatre directing degree at the institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad. During his studies, I Niz participated in more 52 theatre performances as an actor, set and light designer and director. Niz was in continuous exile for 12 years, from 1987 to 1998, in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and finally, Australia. While in exile in 1996, he worked as a theatre director with the Pakistan National Council of Arts and French Culture Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan. In 1998, he arrived in Perth, Australia, before moving to NSW where he worked as a director and facilitator of several projects at companies including Newcastle Community Arts Centre. In 2001-2004, he completed a Masters of Creative art at Newcastle University and directed a trilogy of works entitled The Epic of Refugees, receiving many City of Newcastle Drama Award nominations. In 2009-2012, Niz completed a Doctorate of Creative Art at Curtin University, Perth, which included practice-based research about Memory, Narrative and Performance. As part of this, he wrote, directed and performed in Iraqi Nights, presented at Full Throttle Theatre in Townsville, of which he is now Artistic Director. In 2014, he will be presenting his new solo work about Mullah Nasruddin as part of La Boîte Indie, which combines Arabic folk tale and music with contemporary true stories of refugees which he has gathered as part of his doctorate research. His research has been published in "Refugee Performance", Intellect Press, 2013.
Sandra is an independent performance maker based in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane, Australia. She creates live art experiences using locative media, specific sites, audience participation, and sensory experiences. Her practice intersects and simultaneously brings to life public, social, and personal spaces.
This year Sandra has been awarded an ArtStart grant through the Australia Council for the Arts, which will allow her to undertake residencies across Australia and in New York as a curatorial assistant for Art in Odd Places. She has also been awarded an Early Career Residency grant to work with La Boite Theatre company to create a This is Capital City. This is Capital City is an immersive promenade performance that was presented at La Boite Theatre Company as part of their “Indie” season last year. It was awarded the “Bille Brown Best Emerging Arist” award and was nominated for the same awards in categories including “Best New Australian Work” and “Best Independent Theatre Production”. This is Capital City was also selected in a competition alongside five other La Boite “Indie” productions to be presented at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Other presentation credits include PACT centre for emerging arts, Performance Space, Art and About, Anywhere Theatre Festival and State Library of Queenland’s The Edge, Queensland Theatre Company (Night Garden) and Metro Arts (Cross-Stitch). Sandra has also worked alongside innovative artists such as Blast Theory (UK), p.v.i. collective (WA), and one step at a time like this (VIC). Sandra holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Performance Studies) with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology. Her honours thesis explored Brisbane City Council cultural policy, placemaking, participatory and site-specific performances.
Future Destin was born in East of Congo in the town called Uvara. His passion is to continue to entertain and motivate other young refugees to become voice of their community. After the civil war in 1996, Future and some of family members were force to flee to Tanzania. In 1998, Future found out that his mother was killed in Congo. During this time, he was desperately searching for his sister. No one knew where she was. Future's sister contacted Red Cross to find out about Future and her other brother's whereabouts. Finally, in 2004 they were re-united. In total, Future spent 8 years in a refugee camp called Nyarugusu. In 2006, Future joined a Kwatamaja (African) Dance Group in Australia. Future was also participating in acting training via a private training company. Future and the Kwatamaja Dance Group performed at Woodford Folk Festival, community functions, churches and private functions. In 2007, Future and group of young refugees formed the Fimbo Boys. Mainly performing African Modern Dance and Singing. Fimbo Boys performed at the World Refugee Day Community Festival (three years in a row), at countless community events, churches etc. Since developing Fimbo Boys, one of proudest achievements has been supporting many young people away from getting into trouble, drinking, wasting time to being so dedicated to such a positive and empowering creative program. Future Fidel developed and performed in I am here at Brisbane’s Powerhouse, World Refugee Day Community Festival, Refugee Lantern Parade and Empire Theatre in Toowomba in 2011.
Eleanor is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.
Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist, Eleanor has featured at the Overload Poetry, Queensland Poetry, Sydney Writers, Melbourne Writers, Brisbane Writers, Brisbane, Anywhere Theatre and Woodford Folk festivals.
Her audio poems have been published in Overland Journal, Going Down Swinging and the Cordite Poetry Review, while recordings of her work have been featured on RRR’s “Aural Text”, 3CR’s “Spoken Word”, ABC Radio National’s “Night Air” and the online poetry channel, “IndieFeed: Performance Poetry”. Her video poetry collaboration with Thomas Day, “Just before you died”, was the winner of the Queensland Poetry Festival filmmakers’ award in 2012 and has been featured on Wunce Magazine, the Sydney Writers Festival App and Slam TV.
She is the co-creator of several extended poetry works, having collaborated with fellow poet Betsy Turcot as The Belles of Hell, and with multi-disciplinary artist, Thomas Day. These works include the two-woman poetry dialogue, She Stole My Every Rock and Roll; an audio visual remix and tribute to Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, DJ Thought Fox vs MC Lady Lazarus; and Chosen Family, which premiered in 2013. Together with Exist ARI, she devised and performed a two-hour series of one-on-one of performance poetry works at Metro Arts.
She has a particular interest in place-based story-telling and curates the spoken word component of the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, coordinates the Brisbane Fringe Festival poetry/performance program and is a member of the Queensland Poetry Festival program committee. She is the producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map, a series of audio poetry walks supported by the City of Melbourne. Currently she is the Poetry Editor for the online magazine, Peril Magazine, which considers and promotes Asian Australia creative culture, where she recently curated another place-based series of works by contemporary Asian Australian writers for the Peril Map.