Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, and teaching artist. Her past productions with Queensland Theatre include: The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Fledglings, Riley Valentine and the Occupation of Fort Svalbard and A Tribute of Sorts. With Laboite Theatre Company: Single Asian Female and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With Dead Puppets Society: The Wider Earth and The Harbinger. Emily has collaborated on numerous independent theatre projects with Monsters Appear; Imaginary Theatre Company; and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Awards include: 2012 Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role; and a recipient of Queensland Theatre Independents Resources funding to develop a new work with fellow collaborator Ellen Bailey. Emily has worked as a teaching artist with numerous organisations across Australia and is passionate about engaging young people with the arts.
Ruby Donohoe is a performance-maker whose practice is rooted in the politics of encounter and in offering defiant acts of sensitisation in the face of the tyranny of convenience. Engaging with artistic lineages from performance installation and site-specific performance, Ruby uses intuitive collisions of text and somatic process-orientated movement.
Writing credits include: LUNG WATER developed with support from Doppelgangster (UK/AUS), SITI Company (NYC), and Backbone Arts (BRIS); The Good Room’s These Frozen Moments – contributing writer (Metro Arts, 2017); An Act of Intimacy which was developed as part of MKA’s subtxt festival (La Mama, 2015) and a sold-out debut at Backbone’s 2high Festival (Metro Arts, 2015).
In 2017, Ruby graduated from SITI Company’s 2016/17 biennial conservatory (NYC), was a SITI Lab resident artist, a Doppelgangster (UK/AUS) DeepWater artist, and was in-residency at Seoul Arts Space Mullae.
And this one time she danced naked, painted gold in the Hakuba Mountains, Japan with Akaji Maro from Tarantino’s Kill Bill.
Katrina Irawati Graham
Katrina Irawati Graham is an Indonesian-Australian who writes across genres and formats from crime, drama and kids animation. Her true love is feminist horror.
Her short films and scripts have won multiple awards. Raesita Grey, her Indonesian ghost feature film, was selected for development under Screen Queensland’s IncuBAIT horror genre initiative. She co-wrote the crime webseries SCOUT which screened on ABC iView and won Best Foreign Webseries at Vancouver Webfest and Best Crime/Thriller Webseries at New York Webfest.
She was a participant in AFTRS/Screen Australia’s Talent Camp – a diversity and inclusion project designed to develop stories and capacity by creatives from diverse backgrounds.
Her first play, Siti Rubiyah, has been developed through the LOTUS Asian-Australian program created by Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Australian Asian Performance (CAAP) and the Girgensohn Foundation. It is in development with CAAP at Carriageworks later this year.
Keavong Alson Men
Keavong Alson Men is a Brisbane-based actor and writer of Cambodian descent. As an actor, from 2014-2017, Keavong was a part of Queensland Theatre’s Logan Theatre Youth Ensemble ‘Traction’ where he performed in theatre productions including I Love You I Love You and The Pen-Ultimate. In 2017, in regard to his writing, he was 1/6 writers in Queensland Theatre’s 18-26 Playwright’s Program where he was mentored by Maxine Mellor in writing his play Train Ride Home with Pa. From 2017/2018, he was a part of the creative team for Claire Christian’s creative development of her play Book Club which had its reading at La Boite HWY Festival in mid March 2018. In 2017, Keavong completed his degree from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre.
Malcolm Steele has been a Drama teacher for over thirty years. Recently, that all changed when he left the profession. He has directed countless student productions, musicals, Rock Eisteddfods and other theatrical events. He was also a director for Nash Theatre. He has completed training with NIDA, Zen Zen Zo and participated in writing workshops with Queensland Writers’ Centre, Playlab and QTC. While completing an Education degree he studied Dramaturgy with Hilary Beaton and Writing for Performance with Don Batchelor. Malcolm has written full length works for secondary students, the emerge project, 10X10, Short and Sweet and has had a major work presented at the Judith Wright Centre. In 2017, his first manuscript was shortlisted for the Publishers’ Introduction Program at Varuna House. He continues to write both fiction and plays. Acceptance into the Incubator program, is a dream come true.
Sarah Wilson is an emerging Brisbane based writer. She is currently studying a dual Arts/Mathematics degree at the University of Queensland. Sarah was a member of QTC’s Young Writers Group in 2016 and part of Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights 18-26 Program in 2017. She is also involved with student theatre at UQ, including directing a piece in Underground’s Playground Theatre Festival and stage-managing ARTS UQ’s end of year showcase. Sarah also had a short story published as part of the Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers’ 2014 anthology.