Backstage

Meet the Team: When the Rain Stops Falling

This week marks what would have been the middle of Iron Lung Theatre‘s “When the Rain Stops Falling” season at Theatre Works. Although we wish we could be experiencing this work in the theatre together now, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Iron Lung into 2021 to safely present this piece together in the future.
Until then, stay tuned this week for an insight into the production, starting with a chance to get to know the incredible Iron Lung Theatre artists right here!

BRIONY DUNN

Director


During her twenty-year career Briony Dunn has worked as director, tutor, script assessor or filmmaker with a slew of esteemed companies including NIDA, ATYP, Griffin Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Belvoir Downstairs, Big hArt, Ashfield Youth Theatre, PACT Youth Theatre, Carriageworks, Playworks and Playwriting Australia. Briony’s passion for performance has given her the curiosity to direct a diverse range of theatre such as drama, comedy, musicals, devised theatre, one-woman shows, new works, well-made plays and Australian staples. Her work as a filmmaker includes directing the short documentaries He Used to Call Me Boz (Super 8/Digital) and From Here, shot in the West Bank, Israel and the USA. Briony is a graduate of the NIDA Directing course. She also has a Master of Arts in Theatre from UNSW. In 2019 Briony directed Iron Lung’s inaugural show ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman. Briony is currently part of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program and is working in the programming department.

 


FRANCIS GREENSLADE

Performer – Henry Law / Gabriel York

Francis Greenslade is a well-known actor and performer. He has worked with Shaun Micallef in many television shows including The Micallef Program, Welcher & Welcher, Micallef Tonight and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell. Francis has also appeared on TV shows such as Pig’s Breakfast, SeaChange, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, The Games and Winners & Losers. And in the 2003 Australian feature film Take Away. Francis has appeared in numerous productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company, including The Madwoman of Chaillot, Urinetown, Things We Do for Love, Man the Balloon, The Odd Couple and Shakespeare in Love. For the Malthouse Theatre he has appeared in Optimism, The Odyssey and Tartuffe. He has also performed in many productions for Playbox Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Magpie Theatre Company. He recently starred in 33 Variations alongside Ellen Burstyn. Greenslade teaches acting at The National Theatre Drama School and at the Film & Television Studio International.


MARGARET MILLS

Performer – Elizabeth Law Older

Margaret has performed in over thirty productions with MTC including Les Liaisons Dangerueses, Boston Marriage and The Dream Life of Butterflies; The Malthouse (The Odyssey); La Mama (Closing Time); Belvoir (Call of the Wild and Ship of Fools); Sydney Theatre Company (The History of Water); Black Sequin Productions, Whistling in the Theatre and Ranters Theatre with such writers and directors as Jenny Kemp, Neil Armfield, Roger Hodgman, Andrew Bovell, Daniel Keene, Raimondo and Adriano Cortese, Roz Horin, Kim Durban and Noelle Janaczewska. Other credits include The Doll’s House, A Cheery Soul (Green Room Award – Best Supporting Female Performer), History of Water, Angels in America, Still Angela, The Black Sequin Dress, Speaking in Tongues (Green Room Award nomination – Best Female Performer) and Jandamarra. TV credits include Blue Heelers and A Country Practice.


NICHOLAS DENTON

Performer – Gabriel Law / Andrew Price

Nicholas trained at the Atlantic Acting School in New York and has been lucky enough to work under the guidance of teachers and directors such as Marie Dumont (Ecole Jacques Lecoq), Larry Moss, Baz Luhrmann and Anya Saffir (Atlantic Theatre Company). His performance credits include Glitch Seasons 1 and 2, Holding the Man (HTM Film Prods), and Morman Yankees. He has appeared in Wild, Photograph 51, Jasper Jones and Astroman for Melbourne Theatre Company. Nicholas co-runs the film production company Patch Adams. His film productions have screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, FIKE Barcelona, Flickerfest, Raindance UK, and many more. His latest short film Pillars, which he wrote and produced, opened the St Kilda Film Festival in 2017.


Esther Van Doornum

Performer – Elizabeth Law Younger

Esther is a NIDA graduate and has worked in film, TV and theatre for the past 20 years. She has appeared in TV shows such as Water RatsAll Saints, Neighbours and Jack Irish. She completed four short films – BirdTo the Sea, Louisa and Overshadowed. In 2001 she worked with the Bell Shakespeare Company appearing in main stage productions of Anthony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, both directed by John Bell. In 2005 Esther appeared in the award-winning play Whale Music with the Darlinghurst Theatre Company. While at NIDA she performed in several shows including Whale MusicTop GirlsBoy’s Life, Touched, Chaste Maid in Cheapside and The Libertine, which was directed by Richard Cottrell. Esther also works extensively as a voice over artist. She recently worked with voice and acting teacher Patsy Rodenburg and the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2019 Esther played Jessie Cates in Iron Lung’s first show ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman.


Alex Pinder

Performer – Joe Ryan

Alex Pinder has forty years experience working in the performing arts. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film and television and as a theatre director and acting teacher. Alex is a graduate of L’École Jacques Lecoq in Paris (1985) and Ensemble Studios in Sydney (1978). He has taught through out Australia, Singapore and in India. His TV credits include Blue Heelers, Stingers, Neighbours, A Country Practice and Bloom. His film credits include Hotel Mumbai, Angel Baby, Paper Champions and The Real Thing. Alex’s teaching credits include clowning workshops at the National Theatre, National Institute of Circus Arts, Dapana Performing Arts Academy Ahmedabad in India and Australian Shakespeare Company.

 


lucie chaix

Performer – Gabrielle York Younger

Lucie is a Melbourne based actor and a graduate of the Brave Studios acting school. Her TV credits include Underbelly Files: Chopper directed by Peter Andrikidis and Get Krack!n on the ABC. Lucie has starred in many TV commercials and short films including: Breathing Underwater and Medium for VCA and Silence by Illusionary Media. Her stage credits include: Seminar by Theresa Rebek at Cromwell Road Theatre, The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman for the Bordeaux Showcase, Bachelorette by Leslye Headland for Twelve Angry Independent Theatre and Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier for Panache Theatre.

 


Clare Springett

Lighting Designer

Clare is a Melbourne based Lighting Designer and Theatre Maker who has been working in the arts for the last 20 years. She is a lover of the arts, a champion of women (especially as leaders in the community) and an advocate for positive health and well-being in the arts. She is currently the Resident Lighting Designer at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, the Supervising Technician at Darebin Arts Centre, one of the 2018 MTC Women in Theatre participants and the Acting Chairperson/Deputy Chairperson for the VAPAC Technical Managers Network. Clare’s credits include: Dance Nation directed by Maude Davey, The Antipodes directed by Ella Caldwell, The Way Out directed by Penny Harpham, Wet House directed by Brett Cousins, Jumpers for Goalposts directed by Tom Healey, Straight directed by Dean Bryant and EURYDICE, which was nominated for a Green Room Award for Lighting Design. In 2019 Clare was Associate Lighting Designer for Shakespeare in Love at Melbourne Theatre Company.

 


Darrin Verhagen

Sound Design

Darrin Verhagen is an award-winning sound designer and composer, working across a range of media. In theatre he has worked with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Chamber Made Opera, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre. And in dance has worked with Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Theatre, Lucy Guerin, Sue Healey and Antony Hamilton. As a founding member of the (((20hz))) collective, his recent installations have fused sound with light, felt vibration and motion simulators, and have been exhibited at White Night, the National Gallery of Victoria, Experimenta, Globelight and RMIT Gallery. In 2017 his score for Sue Healey’s dance film On View: Hong Kong will open the West Kowloon Cultural District and he will represent Australia in performances for the opening of the Danang International Fireworks Festival and Nha Trang Sea Festivals in Vietnam. He has won three Green Room Awards and was a finalist for Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Award for Best Soundtrack for his work on Boys in the Trees.

 


James Paul

Sound Design

James is a multimedia artist, video and sound designer. James’ work is research oriented, exploring perceptual semiotics and multimodal experience. Recent collaborations include They Divided the Sky (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble), Number of the Machine (Antony Hamilton Projects), The Collected Works of Victor Bergman (The Family), Little Emperors (Malthouse Theatre), Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (Zoey Louise Moonbeam Dawson Shakespeare Co.), and blue|red2: VIMS\SIMS (ScienceWorks). James shares a sound and composition Green Room award for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble’s M+M.

 

 

 


Julia Landberg

Production Manager

Julia is a WAAPA graduate and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts, majoring in Performance making. Originally from Sweden, she also holds an Acting Diploma from the renowned Calle Flygare. Julia is the current in house Stage Manager and Arts Manager at Acting Performance Studio in Moorabbin, where she has Stage Managed plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Francis Greenslade, Medea + Herakles, directed by Robert Johnson as well as Der Hamletmachine, directed by Iron Lung’s Briony Dunn. In addition, Julia is also an actor and theatre maker and has performed original works as His Majesty’s Theatre, The Blue Room Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Perth Fringe Festival. Her credits include: Memory Bones, The Carla Pool, Office Work at WAPPA; The Measure of a Moment at La Mama (Production and Stage Manager) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Opera Australia.

Julia was the Production Manager for Iron Lung’s ‘night, Mother at Chapel off Chapel in 2019 and is currently the Production Manager for When the Rain Stops Falling, which is part of the Theatre Works 2021 season.

 

 


Bronwen Coleman

TW Associate Director

Bronwen is an internationally accredited actor, director and teacher based in Melbourne. Having lived in New York for more than a decade, she is a Life Member of the Actors Studio, and has appeared internationally in theatre, television and films, including the Academy Award winning Capote opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman. As a director, Bronwen is known for her in-depth rehearsal style, drawing on techniques developed at the Actors Studio. Bronwen is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television (BFTV) and the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA). Bronwen’s credits include: ​Tennessee Williams’ Something Unspoken for the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 and Daniel Nellor’s The Will at Brightspace in 2018.

 


Stephanie Ghajar

Assistant Director

Stéphanie Ghajar is a Lebanese Australian theatre and filmmaker, mainly working as a director and dramaturge. Her work delves into the human condition to explore the individual in deeply personal situations where the familiar motions of the everyday darken and veer towards the tragic. Having a mixed background and working in both film and theatre together has shown evident streaks of each medium seeping into the other, in a wide scope of cultural narratives. Ghajar is currently an Associate Artist at Theatre Works, assisting Iron Lung’s director on their production of Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling. She is also devising and performing in an online performance with an NYC-based multimedia theatre company, Anonymous Ensemble, as well as script doctoring and developing Mert Berdilek’s feature films The Horse Thief and Ağri

 

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