Street Performers

CHAOS MAGNET

Chaos Magnet is a three piece roving trio, who combine instrumental music, theatre, circus, and dancing. During the set, the characters in Chaos Magnet tell their story: they are fugitive space warriors on the run from evil president Splurg, who banned roving trios on their home planet Nebulon. The music consists of upbeat original compositions, New Orleans classics, and their own twists on a range of contemporary tunes. They play all this while juggling, dancing with choreographed moves, and venturing into the thick of the crowd.

The band is Anna Joy Gordon (The Barons of Tang, Mangelwurzel), Charlie Woods (Mangelwurzel, Red Brigade) and Alexandra Roper (Big Band Frequency).

Chaos Magnet is well suited to a festival/large event setting, where they can play their songs while roaming around. They stop every few songs in a new location, to do another little theatre performance, as each vignette works on its own

TAP JACK

Tap Jack are a dynamic street performance duo who take music theatre to a new level.  Their act consists of: tapping, singing acapella and playing guitar all at the same time.

 Riotously entertaining, Tap Jack will have you singing alone to rock classics and tap favourites  including:

  • Girls just wanna have fun
  • Brother (Matt Corby)
  • Talk is cheap (Chet faker)
  • Lover (Sonia dada)
  • Arthur theme song

 Set up is simple, straightforward and easy and they supply their own PA system.

Their short sharp 10 minutes sets are perfect for street parties, passing trade, busking events and festivals

 
   

Actors

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George has performed in a wide range of professional theatre shows that have toured Australia and the UK. He has also directed/performed in several short films and web series, including Theft & Wedlock, Viewer’s Choice Award winner, Short + Sweet Melbourne 2010. George’s dedication to professionalism and to maintaining a positive rapport with others was instilled in him during his tenure at Grundy Television’s Neighbours in 2006.

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Current student Georgina Baveas is a passionate and driven performing artist. Her previous studies include a BA Film and Screen Media from the Griffith Film School, and a BA Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art. and work experience includes many short and feature length films.  Georgina is an open and truthful performer with a great sense of humour and a professional work ethic.

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Theatre graduate Kane Felsinger stepped out of the VCA and into the Melbourne Theatre Company's Lawler Studio to work on the Directors Development of “Beached as the male lead.  He has since performed as Benvolio in Bell Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” at Hamer Hall with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is set to make his television debut in two new TV series premiering in August; ABC's "Upper Middle Bogan", and Peter Heliar's  series called, 'It's A Date".


 

 

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A proactive and passionate artist, Laura Jane Turner's credits include performances at the Victorian College of the Arts, 12 short films, 2 music videos, 3 TVC's, 4 pilot episodes, a web series, 2 theatre/musical theatre productions, 4 roving/street performances, an instructional video, runway fashion show and a feature film released on DVD in 2012. In 2010 she was nominated for Best Actress at the Brisbane 48 hour Film Festival and has recently received a scholarship through the VCA for her outstanding artistic abilities.

MADDIE NUNN

Madelaine Nunn is a versatile young artist with a background in gymnastics, dance, drama and writing. Her short film Graveyard Grapes, won the People’s Choice Awards in the Newcastle Film Competition, Show down and she has performed in theatre festivals in Hungary and Australia, such as representing the University of NSW at The Festival of Australian Student Theatre. Madelaine is an energetic and creative performer always willing to experiment with new work, notably with the Sydney based PACT Theatre Ensemble.

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Maggie graduated from the VCA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts Degree, and has since worked on several Short Films including Frank & Lucy, A Bottle of Wine, Chained Up, and Art as they say, is in the Process, as they Say, and a Corporate Video for SMAART Recruitment. While at VCA, her roles have included, Zillah in A Bright Room Called Day, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Daisy in Sex Life of Snails, Chick in Crimes of the Heart and Masha in Three Sisters. Having undertaken 11 years of dance training she has also performed with Sudden Impact Entertainment Company at Dreamworld.  

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Rachel began performing on stage and taking classes in acting and singing at the age of nine. She has since performed in stage productions up and down the east coast of Australia and trained in all fields of performance at both NIDA and The VCA. Rachel has also worked on several short films in both Sydney and Melbourne and was the 2012 recipient of the Richard Pratt Bursary at the VCA. Nothing makes her happier than to continue to expand her experience and understanding of the craft.

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Rani Pramesti is passionate about storytelling. Her versatility has seen her engage in creating a multimedia puppetry performance, show off her team-spirited devising skills, wow audiences with her quick-witted improvisational cleverness and more. She is entering her third and final year of a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she has expanded her repertoire of classical and contemporary plays and continued to build on her film acting experiences. Moreover, she is disciplined, dedicated and punctual as a professional artist.

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Some of Sebastian's credits include STC's La Dispute, Lewis in Cosi and Mark in Second Childhood (both for New Theatre), Meryl Tankard's contemporary piece VX18504 and Through These Lines: The Tunnel Project, performed in the historic WWI tunnels in Mosman (No Rest For The Wicked). Other roles include various TV performances in Home and Away, All Saints, The Life Support Show, the U.S. feature film Wolverine, the ABC feature The Road to Coorain, various short films and TVC's.

 

Music theatre

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Alana graduated from the VCA in 2011 and has since been working steadily in Film and Television including pilots for "Punchliners" and Communications" as well as Theatre.  Alana most  recently played Viola in carving theatre company’s sell out season of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and is delighted to be playing Clarice in the new musical ‘Dreamsong’ as part of the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

ANDREW DOYLE

Andrew was a graduate of the inaugarual Bachelor of Music Theatre degree at the VCA. Since graduating in 2011 he has toured nationally and internationally with stage productions and established himself as a corporate entertainer throughout Melbourne. He was worked as an MC/Singer for such organisations as The Emirates Melbourne Cup tour, Rotary International, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Camp Quality, City of Melbourne and Committee for Melbourne. Andrew has hosted various private functions such as weddings, birthdays and club functions and is often praised for his preparation and versatility.

Contemporary dancers

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Claire is in her second year of A Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the VCA.  Originally from regional NSW, she completed her HSC Dance as an accelerated student in 2010 and was also member of the Arts Unit’s State Dance Ensemble from 2009-2011. During her time at VCA Claire has worked with Fiona Cameron performing ‘Ronnie’ and Vivienne Rogis with ‘The object stares back’. This year she is involved as a dancer and choreographer in ‘Conjunct’, a student devised instillation and collaboration between artists and dancers. to be performed at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, StripFest and MUDfest.

ELLYA SAM

Ellya SaM started her dance training at the age of 3 and completed her Ballet Advanced 2 RAD & ISTD and her Modern Advanced 2 ISTD all with distinctions at the age of 16. She is also a winner of multiple The Dance Society of Malaysia ballet competitions and has performed soloist roles touring Malaysia with Ena Ballet Japan and Danceworks. In 2009 she won a scholarship enabling her to dance in Vienna for the Vienna Opera Ball.  Since relocating to Australiaand competing as a ballroom and Latin dancer she has won an Australian Title 1st Placing in the youth category and in 2013 spent a week on secondment with the Australian Dance Theatre.  She has also performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Dancebox Malaysia.

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Trained in classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre, Emma Riches began dancing at the age of 3.  In year 10 Emma was selected as a member of the NSW Public Schools State Senior Dance Company, where she toured around NSW and received sponsorship to create a blog of her journey with Schools Spectacular. Emma was also involved with a project entitled Abjuration in 2011 which was awarded Most Outstanding Choreography in the Fast and Fresh youth festival. In 2012, Emma undertook fulltime dance training at Ev and Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre under the direction of Sarah Boulter. During this time she performed at many prestigious events, including the Australian Dance Festival and Sydney’s Carnival industry night as well as performing the lead role of Zoe in Deborah Oswald’s play The Peach Season, for Chalkdust Theatre Company. Emma’s professional industry experience includes the Tiny Tickers Heart Foundation Charity Ball, Showtime Attractions and Channel 10’s Puberty Blues.

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Fiona is a Melbourne based choreographer and performer specializing in contemporary improvisation. She was awarded a Diploma of Dance through the Queensland Dance School of Excellence before moving to Melbourne in 2001 to study her Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has since completed both a Postgraduate and Masters degree, each with first class honors and has created and performed works for curated and independent seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Design Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Next Wave Festival, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Dancehouse. She has studied with Australian and internationally renowned artists including Deborah Hay from whom she has commissioned and performed solos I’ll Crane for You (2008) and In the Dark (2010). Fiona’s training, choreographic and performance work has been recognized and supported by grants and awards from The University of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Friends of the Victorian College of the Arts, Besen Family Foundation and Chunky Move. Fiona is currently completing her Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching and is a Solo Residency artist at Victoria University.

“Bryant is such an exciting choreographer, it’s difficult to do her work justice in words.” (John Bailey, The Sunday Age)

FIONA MCNEIL

Born and raised in Sydney, Fiona McNeill trained in Irish Dancing from the age of nine.  A current student at the VCA, Fiona has been trained extensively in ballet and contemporary technique and has been fortunate enough to work with artists such as Rochelle Carmicheal, Anna Smith, Vivienne Rogers and Rebecca Hilton. Fiona is also skilled in both commercial and jazz styles of dance. In 2012/2013 she was a cheerleader for the Melbourne Tigers National Basketball League where she was involved in greeting VIP guests and  sponsors, and performing in a variety of televised dance routines. 

GEORGIA BETTENS

Current VCA student Georgia Betten shas worked closely with a large variety of contemporary choreographers including Gerard Van Dyke, Natalie Cursio and Fiona Cameron, as well as being part of Lucy Guerin’s season, ‘Pieces for Small Spaces’ in 2013 choreographed by Becky Hilton. In 2013 Georgia had her choreographic work, ‘Shade.’ performed in VCA’s Student Works. In the same year she was awarded the Norma De Gruchy Scholarship for most improved dancer, and was selected to attend the World Dance Alliance choreographic festival in Paris in 2014.

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Julia began her dance training with the Beverley Rowles School of Dance. At high school Julia recieved an award for contribution and involvement in the arts as well as nominations to perform at the HSC excellence showcase in Dance, Drama and Art at the end of 2008. In 2009 Julia began her training at the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied a Bachelor of Dance. Whilst a student, Julia worked with a range of leading choreographers including Neil Adams, Jade Dewi Tyas Tuggnal, Brett Daffy, Benjamin Hancock, Phillip Adams, Prue Lang and Lina Limosani. In 2012 she was selected as one of six students to represent Melbourne University at Y-Fest in Singapore, a youth Dance festival. She Graduated with her degree in November 2012. 

 

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Graduate dancer Paula is a Melbourne based dancer, choreographer & yoga instructor.  In 2009 she was awarded the Dr Phillip Law scholarship in to undertake an artist-in-residence with company Zikzira Physical Theatre (Brazil).  She has worked with choreographer Fernanda Lippi (The Great Frost 2009), Brooke Stamp (Reverb 2009), Rennie McDougall (Supertone, Next Wave Festival 2012) and Carlee Mellow (Simmer 2010).  Paula’s commissioned works include a collaborative dance film for Next Wave 2010’s ‘Private Dances’ (SALT 2010), an Artshouse CultureLAB solo grant, and a two-part solo work for WELL Theatre (One eye the moon, One eye the sun 2010) & ‘Fray’ a duet choreographed in collaboration with Ben Hancock and presented as part of the Macau Fringe Festival (2007).  As an Australia Council Artstart recipient (2010) Paula has undertaken a mentorship with Ros Warby and worked with TRACKS dance in the ‘Allure of Paradise’ season (2010).  In November 2012 Paula completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography). Paula has recently been nominated as ‘Dancer to Watch’in Dance Australia’s critic survey 2012.

SARAH MEALOR

Sarah trained in Beijing and then at the Colleen Theys’ Ballet School, Johannesburg, South Africa.  In Melbourne she studied at the National Theatre Ballet School (NTBS) completing the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 examination in 2010 and received choreographic awards plus a full NTBS scholarship.  Sarah has an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with Honours in Theatre Studies, and Honour colours for Performing Arts.  In 2012 she received the AG McMillen Arts Trust Scholarship at the Victorian College of the Arts.  This year Sarah worked with Brooke Stamp for the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival and will do a secondment with Expressions Dance Company.  She has worked with choreographers Fiona Cameron, Vivienne Rogis, Anna Smith, and Rebecca Hilton.  

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Tra Mi Dinh has been driven by dance since the age of four. Beginning with Ballet, she became intrigued with Jazz, Irish dancing and Contemporary by the time she was ten. Trained in these disciplines for over 15 years, she has particularly extended her finesse in ballet and contemporary, endeavouring to further her passion by studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently in her third year, Tra Mi is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). During her high school education, along with dance, she studied drama and was selected to be part of both the NSW State Dance Company (2006-2011) and NSW State Drama Ensemble (2009). Throughout her developing career at VCA, Tra Mi has been a featured dancer for works by Fiona Cameron and Anna Smith. She has also gained industry experience with Showtime Attractions, dancing, modelling and promoting for various entertainment companies.