CAST & CREW
Bamboo Moon wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our cast and crew.
Kate completed her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Performance and Media Studies) at Curtin University, before travelling to the US to run a drama program at a summer camp. This cemented her passion for group singing, directing and eating, and resulted in her move to Melbourne to pursue her creative dreams.
After four years of directing, writing and collaborating on shows, as well as hosting some theatrical evenings of splendour, Kate decided to travel through India and Nepal. This is where she says she learnt “pretty much everything worth knowing!” The experience triggered a hunger for creating connection within communities (and spicy curry!), resulting in Kate completing a Diploma of Teaching. She decided to write her master’s thesis on emotionally safe spaces within applied youth theatre settings.
This journey of cross cultural connections, creating with youth, and the love of the outdoors has landed Kate with the pleasure of directing the magical show of Bamboo Moon in the Botanic Gardens!
Cj Fraser-Bell is an emerging multi-disciplined Theatre Maker and Producer working in Darwin. Cj has been creating work for the stage since 2013 focussing on experimental performance, queer stories, and non-traditional process. Recently Cj began to develop her skills as a playwright having undertaken an ATYP playwriting mentorship with Mary Anne Butler in 2016. She also completed her Cert IV in Project Management and was short listed as a 2017 Young Australian of the Year for the Northern Territory for her contributions to the local Arts Sector, and has just directed her third Darwin Fringe Festival. Her new work Strangers, will be read in a double bill with See-Through by Ciella Williams in this year's Darwin Festival.
Photo: Matthew McHugh
Nikki is this year, turning her hand to being Assistant Director alongside Director, Kate Kelly, on this year’s community production, Bamboo Moon.
Nikki frequently works on aerial choreography and has previously directed the Insect Cabaret and some aspects of Lucid Encounters for Corrugated Iron. She has been instrumental in creating End of Term shows in Nightcliff over the last 6 years.
She is also responsible for rigging and safety in both Bamboo Moon and all other productions.
Nikki trained in Theatre design many years ago and is looking forward to the opportunity to revisit her roots through designing costumes for this show. She feels it is a great opportunity to expand and build on her existing skills.
Hemlock has been performing professionally for 25 years. His company Solid State Circus still tours nationally. Hemlock was part of Corrugated Iron Youth’s first Circus project where he began to learn how to shape his sports acrobatics skills into entertaining circus. His personal skill set includes high level acrobatics, fire manipulation, equilibrist work, stilt dancing, mini-tramp and a smattering of basic skills across the gamut of circus and performance.
Hemlock's career highlights include performing with the Australian Opera Company (1996), The National English Ballet (1999), working on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, teaching at NICA (2010), Performing in the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand Vanuatu and tutoring for Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.
Born and raised in Darwin, Stephanie recently returned home, drawn by possibilities for rich cultural exchange and community engagement.
With a background in fine art and furniture design, Stephanie Martin maintains a visual art practice and enjoys extending her knowledge and experience by working broadly across the arts sector. Her love of film and eagerness to get behind the scenes to learn the secrets of theatre craft has inspired her foray into stage management.
As a stage manager, Stephanie aims to combine her organisational skills honed working as a production manager for an Australian clothing label with the vision necessary to create and present art works, to support the director’s vision in the dynamic world of theatre.
A Noonamah kid, Duane has been a part of the Top End arts scene for the last 18 years. Starting out as a musician and sound tech he has since Production Managed Barunga Festival, Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival and “The Dog Logs” for Brown’s Mart Theatre.
Duane has also developed strong relationships across the Top End working with remote communities and musicians on festivals and projects.
BAMBOO MOON CREW
Assistant Stage Manager
Luth is an experienced circus performer, coach & administrator. She began her circus adventure at age 6 as part of a school circus program and has never looked back. From the administration manager for Ruccis Circus, to artistic director of the Melbourne Juggling Convention, stage manager at the Mullumbimby Circus Festival to street performance coordinator for the National Folk Festival - Luth has worked in many different areas of the circus community, backed by a degree in Arts and Event Management.