Artist Profile – Roxana Paun Trifan (Associate Artists)

Introduce yourself!

I am a Melbourne based theater and film practitioner born in Romania, and a Theatre Works Associate Artist. I have had an extensive career in European theatre and film, and recently in Melbourne, working with Eugenio Barba, John Strasberg, Rosella Falk, Carlo Mazzacuratti, Andrei Serban, Robert Reid and Alex Menglet among others. I have worked with National Theatre of Venice, National Theatre of Romania, Fandango Production Italy, La Mama Theatre, MUST Theatre and Theatre Works, and I was the Artistic Director of Padua University Chekhov Project (Italy).

Tell us about your artistic origins

I have been professionally trained as a theatre actor and director in Romania, Italy and Australia, and my work is informed by intercultural theatre practices.

What have you gained from the Associate Artists program?

Theatre Works’ vibrant context and innovative thinking have made me feel like home, and the Associate Artist program offered me a huge opportunity to learn about Melbourne stage and local theatre processes.

What have you been up to during lockdown? 

During the lockdown, I have been working towards the completion of my practice-based PhD in Theatre Performance Acting Chekhov in Translation, and also on the project Seagulls… flying through times of plague, a digital theatre performance that will premiere in November in the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

‘Seagulls… flying through times of plague’ speaks about migration and freedom. The performers are international students, artists and theatre practitioners from all over the world, some with a refugee background. They bring together authentic narratives that remind us how similar we are in our search for a sense of belonging. The video format allowed us to include overseas artists and students’ voices in our video, to deliver a stronger sense of the connection and intercultural communication between the participants located in Australia, South Africa, Morocco, UAE, Italy, Germany, Romania, China, India.

What are you aspiring towards? 
I am working towards feeling at home in Melbourne, professionally speaking. I dream about a future in which I will work every day in the theatre.



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