The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Biographies

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Michael BehMichael Beh

Michael has worked as a theatre director, drama educator, scholar, designer, writer and producer throughout his career focusing on nurturing the development of emerging theatre artists. He has produced and directed over 50 theatre productions at professional, independent, university and youth theatre levels. Most recently he was the Brecht Consultant on Queensland Theatre’s production of Once in Royal David’s City and before that Artistic Director and Founder of heartBeast – Vicious Theatre Ensemble.

Michael studied in the world leading Drama Department at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), where he was a Fulbright Fellow in the MFA Graduate Directing Program. During this time he trained with the Moscow Arts Theatre School. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Drama from University of Queensland as well as undertaking doctoral studies in directing and a post graduate qualification in drama teaching (QUT).

His directing/design credits include:  heartBeast - Beautiful Frankenstein, The Cherry Orchard, Oberon, Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against a Brick Wall, Beauty is Difficult (Dell Arte Award Best Costume), CloudCUCKOOland, Away; FAST#16: The Spark!, Brisbane Powerhouse:  Romeo and Juliet; Billet St Productions:  Pippin, The Islands of HOM, Oedipus Lux, Peer Gynt; Metro Arts: Clearwater; Pieta Projects:  Pride and Prejudice, The Mountain Giants, Bluebeard’s Love, Arcadia; Troy2, Metamorphosis; CITY Theatre:  The Hollow Crown, Fig in the City; Gyre Theatre:  The Beekeeper’s Daughter, The Cenci, Scenes from an Execution, The Master Builder; Briboco: The Greeks, Shadowlands, Blue Progressive, The Royal Hunt of the Sun; La Boite:  Sun Kisses, William, The Piano in the Garden; QUT: The Love of the Nightingale, Howard Barker’s Uncle Vanya; CMU: Requiem, Diving for Pearls, Love Child; As Assistant Director. Moscow Arts Theatre School: Three Sisters; Queensland Theatre:  Diving for Pearls, Summer Rain.

Writing/adaption credits: Beautiful Frankenstein, Oberon, Beauty is Difficult, CloudCUCKOOland, The Spark!, The Islands of HOM, Clearwater, The Mountain Giants, Bluebeard’s Love, Blue Progressive.

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Warwick ComberWarwick Comber

Warwick graduated NIDA in 1973 and has worked as an actor in all aspects of theatre, film and television. His major credits on stage were performances with The Queensland Theatre Company in King Lear, The Rivals, Godspell, Peter Pan and Aladdin. With The Melbourne Theatre Company: The Club, Macbeth, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Alchemist. For The Old Tote Theatre (now STC): The Wolf, Abelard and Heloise and Equus. Other notable productions over the years included Piaf and Canterbury Tales for J.C. Williamsons, Irma la Douce, The Play’s the Thing, The Bacchae, Bedroom Farce, Flowers, The Dream and as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands at The Powerhouse, Brisbane.  As Associate Artist for heartBeast Theatre, he appeared in CloudCUCKOOland, Vivienne Leigh’s School for Scandal and Away and was an advisor on Beauty is Difficult.

Television credits include: Bellbird, Company Men, All the Rivers Run, Skyways, Prisoner, Neighbours, Skirts, Blue Heelers, Flipper, Beast Master and Lost World.

Major film: Double Deal, Duet For Four (with Diane Cilento), Dead Men Tell No Tales and Thor.

Movie World (Gold Coast): Police Academy Stunt Show, Maverick.  Dream World:  Scare Attractions.

Warwick has taught acting for the stage, film and television for nearly twenty years and has a post-grad Diploma of Education. He has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and works in primary, secondary and special education areas for the Department of Education, Queensland.

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Lisa HickeyLisa Hickey

Lisa Hickey has worked extensively in Theatre in Brisbane, appearing in many La Boite productions including The Enemy Within, The Perfectionist, No Exit, The Threepenny Opera, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Plastik, Angry Housewives, The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Maids, Popular Front and War Women. She also worked in Toadshow’s Conway Christ and The Hound of Music; Acronym’s King Lear, The Visit and Teechers; Fractal’s Female Parts and The Yellow Wallpaper; David Fenton’s Venus and Adonis.   Additionally, she has worked on numerous children’s theatre projects, for QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival and Brisbane Arts Theatre children’s theatre projects.

After moving to Melbourne in the early ‘90s, Lisa focused on film and television work including roles in Blue Heelers, Australia’s Most Wanted, Neighbours, Backburner, Stingers, numerous educational videos and ABC Radio Drama. She was an announcer with Brisbane’s 4ZZZ and Melbourne’s 3PBS for over 20 years.

Most recently, she has appeared in Fractal’s The Untouchable Julie and That Theatre Company’s When the Rain Stops Falling.

 

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Renaud JadinRenaud Jadin

Renaud has forged a career as a freelance actor in film, television and theatre.  In the early 90’s Renaud first took the stage at the Cement Box Theatre at Queensland University, going on to perform Moliere to Kurt Vonnegut and many original works, from university drama to independent, fringe theatre. He trained in the BFA Acting program at Victorian College of the Arts.

His stage credits include: Pandemonium Theatre:  Happy Birthday Wanda June, The Visit; Cement Box:  Scapin; Fractal: Peer Gynt; Dark Horse Theatre: The Line; Cronulla City Council: Richard III; Submerging Artists:  Clean Skins; Splendor in the Grass Festival: Tent of Miracles, Church of Two Hands and a Chicken, Studio 69; Foundry Theatre:  Shadow of a Gunman; 4MBS:  Richard the Third; Nash Theatre:  Dial M for Murder, Rebecca, The Memory of Water.

Television: State Coroner, Bondi Breakers, All Saints, The Chaser, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Wanted. Film: The Last of the Ryans, The Sugar Factory, Blackjack, Dynasty:  Behind the Scenes, Tinny, Nice Package, My Mistress, Bullets for the Dead, Hopeless, The Gig at Helmswood Hall, Jackson James, The Bus Knight, The Defector, Daydream, File Fantasy, Flammable Children (with Stephen Elliot). 

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Amanda McErleanAmanda McErlean

Amanda has developed a career as a professional actor, voice over artist and presenter.   She trained at Southbank Institute of Technology in their acclaimed acting program.  She has further participated in workshops with NIDA, Margi Brown Ash, Steven Mitchell Wright, Andrea Moor amongst many others.

Her stage acting credits include:  Make Theatre: Mortality and Polity (2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and 2016 Brisbane Season); Black Light: Crave; Brisbane Arts Theatre: Calendar Girls; Emerge Project: Generation Pizza, Carbon Footprint Cabaret, Going Down(10x10 Squared), Lexie Turns To Stone, Perfect 10; Stage Door Productions: The Hollow; Starbuck Productions: Murder on the Nile; Diane Gough Productions: Brave New World Order; Improbable: Sticky; T.H.E Theatre Company: The Pajama Game; Nash Theatre: Two Weeks with the Queen; Canberra Philharmonic: Land Of Smiles, Paint Your Wagon, Camelot; Canberra Opera: Iolanthe.

Web Series: Two Weeks, Scout. Television: Slide. Film: Rise, A Heartbeat Away, Pipe Dream.

Awards: Nominee Matilda Award – Best Emerging Artist.

Amanda has been a proud member of Equity since 2000

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Jan NaryJan Nary

Jan Nary cut her acting teeth in Sydney’s New Theatre forty years ago and has worked enthusiastically in independent and community theatre ever since, acting, writing and directing, principally with MATES Theatre Genesis, RPAC DramaFest and The Magdalenes. Microphones attract her irresistibly.  Her ten years as CHOICE magazine’s media face and voice was followed by an on-air stint with ABC radio and she currently presents folk music programs on community radio, while working as a publicist and freelance journalist.

Her performance credits include:  Magda Community Artz: Dames and Daredevils; The Forgetting of Wisdom Collective: I Don’t Want to Die in Melbourne; MATES TG: Australia Day, Uncle Jack, The Great Dark, Reedy River Farmer Will Swap Combine Harvester, The Great Dark, Sweet Fanny Adams, Sir Jasper’s Revenge, Furtive Fortunes of Fate, On Our Selection (stage); Backbone: Rainbow in the Dark; New Theatre: The Imaginary Invalid, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Juno & the Paycock, Richard’s Cork Leg, The Awful Truth Show, The Captain of Köpenick, Whitehouse Murder Case, John Grant’s Journey, Vote for Nigel Barton; Jeopardy (TV); Battered Haddock (radio); On Our Selection (radio).

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - David PatersonDavid Paterson

David has been acting, directing and writing for theatre and film over the last twenty years. He is the current Artistic Director of heartBeast Theatre where he co-directed and played the titular role in Hamlet and recently directed Antigone.  David’s extensive training includes work with Redlands School of Performing Arts, Queensland Theatre Company Youth Theatre, La Boite Theatre Company and Oz Frank Theatre Company.

 His performance credits include: heartBeast Theatre: Hamlet, King Lear, Away; THAT Production Company:  When the Rain Stops Falling (co presented with the Judith Wright Centre) God of Carnage, A Lie of the Mind, Spells for Adolescents, Romeo and Juliet; Ipswich Little Theatre: A Few Good Men, Searching for Doctor Branovich, The Importance of Being Earnest; Brisbane Theatre Company: The Caretaker; Bayside Players: Mad Forest, Play (by Samuel Beckett); Plympton Players: Blood Wedding; Adelaide University Guild: King Lear; Twelfth Night Theatre: Hamlet; Brisbane Arts Theatre: The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Feature and short films and web series: Rise, Ada, Tomorrow, Radio Treason, Tin Can, Dinner for Three, A Just World, Picnic, Boot, Catharsis, Stuck, The Eleventh Day, Hit Stroke FM.

Writing credits: The Door - winner of Queensland Theatre Company Young Playwrights Award; Father Away; Five and Six Eighths.

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Brent SchonBrent Schon

Brent has performed with many companies in greater Brisbane, developing his skills on stage and through numerous masterclass programs.

His theatre credits include featured or leading roles in: Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Annie, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Mack & Mabel, Pirates of Penzance, Footrot Flats, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Secret Garden; Oliver! The Musical, Treasure Island, Man of La Mancha; The Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, The First, My Friend Miss Flint, Two Weeks with The Queen and most recently the role of Roy in Cosi. Villanova Players: Alone it Stands and James Joyce’s The Dead; SE Qld One Act Play Festival: Man Condemned, Vacancy, When God Comes for Breakfast You Don’t Burn the Toast, Memento Mori and The Knock On The Door.

heartBeast Theatre Company: Away, Gloucester in King Lear (2015), and Polonius in Hamlet (2016).

The Curators - Brisbane Theatre - Sherri SmithSherri Smith

Sherri has worked widely on stage and screen.  Her theatre credits for heartBeast Theatre include: Oberon, Beauty is Difficult, Vivien Leigh’s School for Scandal and Away; The Brisbane Festival: Twelfth Night, Calling It Quits, The Carbon Footprint Cabaret, Mania; The Shakespeare Festival: Romeo & Juliet; and The Lives & Deaths of Evie Sharman for Cross Road Arts/Queensland Theatre Company.

Sherri holds a Bachelor Creative Arts (Theatre), Adv Dip Screen & Stage Acting, Adv Dip Screen & Media.  She is a Combat Instructor and holds a wide variety of RAD dance certification.

Fight training for film & theatre productions includes: Project Eden Vol.1, Miss Saigon, Antigone, Hamlet, Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Lear, Lotus 8 and How to Matter.

Film credits:  Phoenix Rising, My Name is Pornsuk, Aryan, Jack’s Birthday Party, Without a Shadow, Vision Reality.