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Australian Dance Theatre

Garry Stewart Artistic Director
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Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) is at the forefront of Australian contemporary dance, committed to creating dance works of the highest standard that are intellectually and artistically compelling. Since 1999, ADT has been under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart, recipient of the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and named as one of the world's 50 most influential choreographers. Under Stewart's leadership, the company has an impressive history of collaboration and using media such as robotics, photography, architecture, 3D graphics and video. With its repertoire extending to film, interactive installations, gallery exhibitions and works for public spaces, ADT has received numerous Helpmann, Green Room, Export and Australian Dance Awards.

Julianne Pierce

The Art Engineers
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Julianne Pierce is an Australian independent producer, curator and writer working across disciplines including performance, visual arts and media arts. In February 2016 she launched the Art Engineers with producers Greg Clarke and Virginia Hyam and graphic designer Slade Smith. The Art Engineers' vision is to create unique and exceptional design, art and performance events. She has recently worked as a Creative Producer on Festival2018, the arts and culture program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, April 2018. Responsible for curating and delivering Australian and international programming for a large-scale free and outdoor festival led by co-Artistic Directors Yaron Lifschitz and Kate Fell from Circa. Julianne was Creative Producer for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe, overseeing delivery of all Fringe produced events including the Fringe Parade which attracted over 60,000 people and the popular Fringe Illuminations projections onto the Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library, SA Museum and University of Adelaide. From 2012 to 2014 she was Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre, relocating back to Australia after five years in the UK as Executive Producer with artists company Blast Theory. With Blast Theory she produced and managed new media performance and broadcast projects for commissioners including Channel 4 Education, Royal Opera House and Sundance Film Festival. Julianne writes on visual arts and culture and currently contributes a monthly profile on South Australian artists commissioned by Guildhouse Well Made for The Adelaide Review. She is a regular contributor to Artlink magazine and is Guest Editor on the December 2018 issue with a focus on Virtual Reality. Julianne is a founding member of the influential computer artist group VNS Matrix, who formed in 1991 and continue to have their work included in significant exhibitions and publications worldwide. From 2013 to 2015 she was Chair of Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Joel Allan

Toe Jar Creative
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Crowned with the Best Emerging Producer Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Joel charges forward as an independent producer with his new project: Toe Jar Creative. This is a joint venture with one of his friends, Tarquin Schahinger, as they look at exciting and new ways to engage the audiences of Adelaide with live performances. With a keen interest in immersive experiences, this dynamic duo brings their own strengths to the team. Joel approaches his work with love, passion and empathy and a hunger for people to step out of their daily routines and witness the stories that exist around them. Toe Jar Creative will also look at emerging artists and assist them into the world of festival digital marketing. Through branding, content creation and mentoring, the team will offer services to those artists who may not understand how to navigate the world of social media for their own benefit. Joel is attending hoping to build on the success of his first festival program at Raj House. He is looking to connect with emerging and queer artist’s looking to take the leap of faith and join the Australian festival scene. With a strong understanding of how the Adelaide Fringe scene operates, he is looking to impart that knowledge with those interested in attending the 2019 festival.

Emma Knights

Emma Knights Productions
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Emma Knights is a graduate of both the Elder Conservatorium (classical performance) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (contemporary music). She is a full-time freelance musician working as a pianist, a musical director, composer, songwriter, orchestral/band musician and repetiteur/accompanist. She has toured professionally with Opera Queensland and internationally with Vintage Vendetta. Most recently she was an invited accompanist for the International Congress of Vocal Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017. Emma has been running her own production company, Emma Knights Productions, for the last five years. Emma Knights Productions is an immersive music-based events company and has created and/or produced Floating Melodies (2016 SA Tourism Silver Award Recipient & 2014/15 SA Tourism Bronze Award Recipient), Chicago (nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Best Professional Musical 2017), Oklahoma on a horse farm (nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Best Professional Musical 2016), Space Encounters, Aqua Beats (curated by Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival 2017), Haydn Seek, Pirates of Penzance on the Popeye (sold out in 2014/15/16 & 2017 Adelaide Fringes), Tales of Adventure and Lose Yourself, a local singer/songwriter concert in the Mintaro Maze. Emma has also been a performer in the Adelaide Fringe for the last ten years working mostly as a cabaret accompanist and with improvisational theatre and more recently as a curator. In 2017, she co-curated a program for LIVE on 5 at the Adelaide Oval and in 2018 she curated for the National Wine Centre.

Restless Dance Theatre

Michelle Ryan / Belinda Hellyer Artistic Director / Development Manager 7-15 August
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Led by Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, Restless Dance Theatre creates high quality real, raw and uninhibited dance theatre that speaks eloquently to everyone. It is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with young people with and without disability to collaboratively create outstanding inclusive dance theatre. The company presents unexpectedly real dance theatre works in multiple mediums to diverse audiences.

The multi-award winning company has mounted 33 major productions to widespread critical acclaim including Intimate Space in the 2017 Adelaide Festival and In the Balance in the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The company has also produced highly acclaimed film works.

Gluttony

Daniel Michael Director 8-18 August
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Gluttony is a diverse venue hub and is the second largest venue in the Adelaide Fringe. Last year Gluttony sold 121,500 tickets during the Fringe. It attracts a multitude of assorted acts from around the world. It is our goal to make the experience for artists and staff as pleasant as possible and we find that this makes Gluttony a pleasant place to be for everyone.

Holden Street Theatres

Martha Lott Artistic Director & Co-Founder 11-30 August
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Holden Street Theatres is known as 'The Home Of Theatre' and hosts local, national and international shows. They are passionate about building strong relationships between Holden Street and international companies and supporting local artists. This dedication is shown through the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award, which tours international groups to Adelaide.

Ignition Entertainment

Alan Rosewarne Director 7-17 August
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The GC is a multi-space performance hub and the largest totally indoors venue in the Adelaide Fringe. It is artist focused, audience friendly and community minded, and programs for high levels of artist and audience enjoyment.

The GC's Fringe program covers a range of performance styles across a wide range of disciplines. It has become a destination for mature audiences of quality, diverse Fringe entertainment in a comfortable "character" setting.

David McVicar

Gobsmacked Theatre Producer / Director
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David McVicar is an Adelaide based producer and director. While in Edinburgh he will be scouting for shows to produce at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. David was funded by Arts South Australia as a producer for the 2017 Made in Adelaide at Edinburgh initiative. As a result of being in Edinburgh, David produced the UK cult hit We Are Ian by In Bed With My Brother for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe at The Parasol Lounge, Gluttony. This production won the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award (week two). David trained as a Theatre Director at Flinders University under Wal Cherry. He established Gobsmacked Theatre Company in 2014 and has a reputation for presenting bold contemporary theatre that integrates distinctive text, a heightened performance style, striking visual imagery and a darkly comic sensibility. His 2015 production of Anna Robi and the House of Dogs by Maxine Mellor for the Adelaide Fringe, was shortlisted for the Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award. His 2016 production of Dropped by Katy Warner received the Holden Street Theatres Adelaide Fringe Award, was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe by Assembly and The Pleasance and eventually performed at The Pleasance Courtyard. This production was selected as one of the nine productions by Arts South Australia for the inaugural Made in Adelaide at Edinburgh initiative. In 2017, David produced/directed Once Were Pirates by Emilie Collyer at The Pleasance Dome for the Edinburgh Fringe and remounted this production at Holden Street for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. David is currently adapting Sofie Laguna’s 2015 Miles Franklin Award winning novel The Eye of the Sheep into a theatre production for touring throughout 2019 and 2020.

Jascha Boyce

Gravity & Other Myths / Ampersand
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Jascha began her journey in the world of performing arts when she was just four years old and her passion for circus has only continued to grow, leading to her entrepreneurial career as one of the founders and company directors of world-renowned acrobatics and physical theatre company, Gravity & Other Myths (GOM). Aside from her physical and creative involvement in the company’s past and present productions she oversees and conducts aspects of GOM’s present endeavors and future direction. Jascha has not only spent most of her life creating, performing and teaching new circus but has also developed the skills to run a successful business. With a qualification in massage therapy she has also worked for multiple years at a physiotherapy clinic as the primary administrator and massage therapist. Ensemble acrobatic performance is where her circus skills and interests lie, however Jascha has also created successful solo and duo works, most notable of which is her current children’s work, Jelly or Jam, which she will be performing alongside her tours with GOM. Jascha has just launched Ampersand, a new production company under the umbrella of GOM which offers financial and creative support to both emerging and established artists to develop new work and creates a platform to launch established work into the market. Jascha has always had a passion for event design and offers dynamic event activation and experience design to private, corporate and festival clients also as part of Ampersand. After almost 24 years of training, teaching and performing, Jascha now focuses her creative passion and drive as a core performer and director of GOM, pushing the boundaries of new circus through simplicity, honesty and innovation.
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Jennifer Greer Holmes is a creative producer of live performance. Collaborating with independent artists and small companies, Jennifer has worked across festivals, music, live art, theatre, dance, video and urban renewal projects to connect artists with audiences, collaborators, media, venues, and allies. She manages the multiple award-winning string ensemble, Zephyr Quartet and the conjurers of "melancholy-wave", Winter Witches. She is a collaborator with Berlin-based multi-disciplinary artist Chris Scherer, and has worked in partnership with videographer and light artist Heath Britton for over a decade. Jennifer has worked with a range of independent artists and projects, festivals and small companies including Brink Productions, TheatreWorks and Darwin Festival. She was Producer at ActNow Theatre, and is one half of post-modernist feminist duo BadJelly DJs. Jennifer is Convenor of the Board of the Performance and Art Development Agency. She curated the live art room House & Garden (2016) and Temple of Love (2017) at Port Adelaide's Laneway Festival. She is currently in development with three new works including Sometimes I..., a feminist punk live art performance for girls aged 9 – 11 and Move Along, a multi disciplinary site-specific walking tour designed for post-colonial cities. She produced the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum which took place in Adelaide in October 2017 as part of OzAsia Festival.

Lee-Anne Donnolley

Far and Away Productions 11-26 August
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Far and Away Productions (F & A), started in 2014 is an independent production company based in Adelaide. F & A is producer for Adelaide's Brink Productions and Limosani Projekts which will be promoted and marketed during Made in Adelaide in Edinburgh. Both of these small companies have made enormous strides in the last few years and are poised to make a significant impact internationally over the next few years.

Brink Productions' acclaimed production The Aspirations of Daise Morrow will tour in Australia, to the Galway International Arts Festival and in the UK in 2018. A new major work is currently in development and will premiere in Australia and internationally in 2018.

The Spinners, a collaboration between Lina Limosani (Australia) and Al Seed (Scotland) will premiere in Australia at the Adelaide Festival Centre and Dance Base Edinburgh UK in 2018.

Louise Clarke

Bamboozled Productions
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A graduate of Dartington College of Arts, UK - BA Hons (Theatre Studies & Visual Performance) and School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Louise began her professional career by forming the theatre/dance company No Sudden Movement [NoSM] (1998 – 2000), NoSM was awarded the Dutch choreography Prize in 1998. She went on to perform with the large-scale Dutch site-specific theatre company Warner & Consorten and then toured extensively around Europe and Holland with Mevrouw Bakker, the renowned Dutch Street Theatre Company from 2000 to 2004. Louise went on to create the solo show Pandora's Boxes and duo show The Doogans, in collaboration with Nigel Martin that have since toured Australia and the globe extensively, appearing at numerous festivals and events including Glastonbury Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, 2012 London Olympics, Kim Tom Clown Festival (China), Arkhangelsk Street Theatre Festival (Russia), Oerol Street Arts Festival (Holland), Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Sziget Music Festival (Hungary) and countless more. Drawing on her training in fine art, theatre and dance, Louise creates performance work that is eclectic, spontaneous, energetic and always entertaining. From 2006 – 2016, Louise directed and produced the highly successful Fringe Street Theatre Festival winning the Australian Business Arts Foundation (ABaf) award in collaboration with Rundle Mall in 2011. From 2015 to 2018 along with Sasha Zahra (Producer at Bamboozled Productions), they co-programmed and produced Royal Croquet Club's Adelaide Fringe season, which in 2017 was awarded a phenomenal six overall Fringe awards including Pick Of The Fringe, Best Music, Best Dance, and Best Emerging Artist, as well as thirteen weekly awards – more than any other Fringe venue at Adelaide Fringe. In 2017, Sasha Zahra and Louise Clarke launched Stirling Fringe in the Adelaide Hills, as part of the Adelaide Fringe. The program sold out half of the shows with a capacity of 74% across the season. In 2018 the program doubled in size with the Adelaide Hills festival playing host to over 84 performances and 96 performers across 10 days and nights. Bamboozled has also developed and created six gorgeous custom made wooden circus/theatre venues and vinyl tents that are available for hire. Seating ranges from 50 to 210 people and includes sound, lighting, and complete installation and pack down. These stunning venues have been showcased to high acclaim at the Garden of Unearthly Delights (2009 - 2018), Royal Croquet Club (2014 – 2018), Hoopla Circus Festival (Sydney, 2010 - 2014), Sydney Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Cairns Festival, Floriade (Canberra), Dark MOFO (Hobart), and countless other events and festivals around Australia over the last nine years.
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Peta Spurling-Brown is a live performance producer and artist manager based in Adelaide. Founded in 2015 her company, Hey Boss, has already garnered attention with sold out shows and awards at multiple Australian festivals. Following a foundation in performance Peta’s arts administration experience started as marketing and events roles at Adelaide Fringe 2009-2013; where she made great inroads in overhauling the digital assets of the second largest arts festival in the world. In 2013, Peta packed her bags for Edinburgh, splitting her time between the two largest arts festivals in the world (Adelaide-Edinburgh). Growing her network of artists and industry contacts, and soaking up as much varied experience as possible. During this time she worked with companies such as Strut & Fret, Gilded Balloon, StoryTelling PR (Briefs Factory, James Welsby) and AIDC – across digital marketing, publicity, tour coordinating, and company management. In 2015, Peta was approached by several artists to produce their work and Hey Boss was born. The company has since seen successful seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, FRINGE WORLD (Perth), Adelaide Fringe, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival with artists across the comedy, theatre and music genres. The company's success is reflected in sold out shows, critical acclaim, awards, and national and international touring to Finland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Korea and the UK. SELECTED AWARDS 2016 WINNER: Adelaide Fringe Best Music Show: Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum NOMINEE: FRINGE WORLD (Perth) Editor’s Choice The Merger - Damian Callinan 2017 WINNER: FRINGE WORLD (Perth) Best Comedy Show: Butt Kapinski SHORTLISTED: FRINGE WORLD (Perth) Best Cabaret Show: Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch NOMINEE: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Golden Gibbo Award: Double Denim 2018 WINNER: Sydney Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer: Double Denim WINNER: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Directors’ Choice Award: Double Denim Adventure Show

Tutti Arts Inc.

Jane Gronow
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Tutti is South Australia's only multi-arts organisation where self-identified disabled artists create visual art, music-theatre, film, new media and installations for a growing local and international audience. The quality of artists' work is now being recognised through development grants, international awards, and invitations for artists to present on the world stage. Tutti's work has always challenged perceptions of learning disability led art being 'less than', by creating opportunities for emerging artists to present their music, theatre and operatic work in a professional arena. Recent growth in our programs has led to outstanding productions like: • Shedding Light (2015 OzAsia Festival), • The Sisters of Invention – Album launch (Adelaide Festival Centre) • History of Autism, Company AT Autistic Theatre (2015 Come Out Children’s Festival) • The disability led 'Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film and New Media Festival' for disabled artists/filmmakers across the world, based on disability arts org Carousel's Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton UK • Frozen Girl – Tutti Performing Arts Ensemble, DreamBIG Festival 2017 • Impersonal Space, world premiere October 2017 at the Queens Theatre Adelaide. Internationally, Tutti has presented the acclaimed co-commissioned work BEASTLY! at Georgetown (Malaysia) and OzAsia Festivals in 2016. BEASTLY! was successfully re-mounted in Yogyakarta in January 2018 with community partners Deaf Arts Community Jogja and is a tour ready work that is preparing for it next re-mount in 2019. In 2018 Tutti Arts will present the world premiere of Say No More – a multi arts women's artist project in Georgetown Festival August 2018 and the Australian premiere in OzAsia Festival October 2018. Tutti's vision of taking the work of disabled artists to the world, is developing the voice of disabled artists internationally.