Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship is set up in partnership with Create NSW to support artist development across the theatre industry in NSW.

A group of emerging theatre practitioners in the early stages of their career will be selected for a three-month residency at Griffin Theatre Company to undertake creative development of new work and professional mentorship with the company. The shortlisted applicants will explore their project with input and support from Griffin to challenge and expand their practice.

At the completion of the three months, the Fellowship recipient will be selected from the shortlist to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

Applications for the 2021/22 Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship are now open. To apply before Thursday 16 September, please visit the Create NSW website.

Incubator Fellowship Shortlist 2021

Happy Feraren

Happy Feraren is a Filipino actor and improviser based in Sydney with 14 years experience. She has performed in over 500 shows in a wide range of improvisational theatre formats both locally and internationally (including Manila, Sydney, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Chicago and New York). In the Philippines, she began as a presenter for national radio and television as well as live events, and was a supporting actor in the feature film My Candidate. She continues to be part of Asia’s premier improvisational group SPIT and the production team behind the biennial Manila Improv Festival, the largest in the region. In Sydney, she has performed in festivals such as Short and Sweet and the Sydney Fringe. She was the Artistic Director of improv training centre Laugh Masters Academy for two years and was selected as a participant for the CAAP Artist Lab year.

Tait de Lorenzo

Tait de Lorenzo is a director, writer and curator with a practice in new and multidisciplinary performance, making work under KUNST. She is a graduate of NIDA’s MFA Directing course and holds a BCA in Film & Television Production. Tait has directed and curated work for Kaldor Public Art Projects, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, King Kong Magazine, Sydney Chamber Opera, NIDA, triple j Unearthed, For Film’s Sake Festival, and The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. She is currently a resident curator at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, recently co-curating Queer live art event Crisis Actor alongside Ian Sinclair. Her recent directing credits include A Respectable Wedding after Bertolt Brecht (2019), DIANA (2018), Angel Face by imbi the girl (2018), Fabulous Friends (2018), Texture (2018), Private View by Václav Havel (2018), SPOOK-KIKI (2017), Oops, I Did It Again (2017), Jane Doe (2016) and Untucked (2015) which was the recipient of Best Documentary at The SMPTE Film Festival, Los Angeles. In 2021, she will adapt and direct HORSES for Belvoir 25A and But I’m a Cheerleader! for The Flying Nun by Brand X.

Charlotte Salusinszky

Charlotte Salusinszky is an emerging actor, writer and theatremaker. Charlotte graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017 where she completed her Honours year in Theatre Practice. Her research culminated in This Body, My City, a devised solo performance. In February 2020, Charlotte presented Little Jokes in Times of War, a devised solo performance developed through Shopfront Arts Co-Op’s 2019/20 ArtsLab residency. Charlotte is an Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company, The Dig Collective. She is a member of Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare, and an alumnus of Impro Melbourne. As a performer and co-devisor, Charlotte has worked with independent theatre companies across Sydney and Melbourne, co-devising Planning Atlantis (Grub Theatre), The Roar (Until Monstrous) and The Midnight Club (Talulah Theatre). This work has seen her perform in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Australian Improv Festival. Her film and TV credits include Hayden and Peter (web series), Silent Comedy (Channel 31) and Fur Baby (short film), and her writing has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Eliza Jean Scott

Eliza Jean Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, drag, sound and film. The nature of their work is experimental, queer and intends to shift away from the conventional narrative. Their practice integrates technology and sound into live performance – through the use of loop pedals, live-feed and audio-trickery. Eliza is passionate about making work that is unafraid to investigate and represent non-binary voices. Their Drag King, Luke from IT, is used to dissect gender identity and dysphoria through comedy, clowning and some very serious lip-synching. Eliza graduated from Actors Centre Australia and has since trained with Force Majeure, Holly Mandel (The Groundlings) and Improv Theatre Sydney. In February 2021, Eliza presented pollon, an interdisciplinary solo performance developed through Shopfront Co-Op’s 2020/21 Artslab residency. Pollon explores the liminal space that exists in the gaps of remembering, and how sound and music hold the blind-spots in our memories. Eliza lives and works on Gadigal Land (Sydney). Sovereignty was never ceded.

Dalara Williams

Since graduating NIDA in 2017, Dalara Williams has performed in several production both on stage and screen, including Nakkiah Lui’s Blackie Blackie Brown with Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre, Andrea James’s Winyanboga Yurringa at Belvoir Street Theatre, Jane Harrison’s Rainbows End with Moogahlin and Darlinghurst Theatre, and recently toured Australia and New Zealand with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company in Black Ties. Alongside Dalara’s stage credits she has starred in her first feature film, the Australian romantic comedy, Top End Wedding, followed by her second feature The Flood, as well as being one of the main cast members for ABC’s Black Comedy seasons 3 and 4. Dalara has also kicked off her writing career with her first play The Lookout being picked up for the Yellamundi Festival with Moogahlin Theatre Production.

Incubator Fellowship Residents 2020

Ang Collins, Playwright (Inaugural Recipient)

Ang is an emerging playwright originally from Newcastle, NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) from NIDA. Theatre credits include: as Playwright: for ATYP: Intersection 2017; for Bondi Feast: 24 Hour Party Playwright; for Bondi Feast/Griffin Theatre Company (Batch Festival)/Sotto/The Blue Room Theatre (Summer Nights): You’ve Got Mail; for Bontom/Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz: Chorus; for Griffin Theatre Company (Batch Festival)/Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz/ The Blue Room Theatre (Summer Nights): Blueberry Play; for Periscope Productions/Meat Market Stables: Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale; for Q Theatre at the Joan Sutherland Theatre: Project Bestfriendship; and as Dramaturg: for Bondi Feast/Crack X Festival: MARS: An Interplanetary Cabaret; for NIDA: UBU; for Sotto/Old 505: SAFE. Ang has been shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2017 and the Phillip Parsons Award in 2018, and her play MATE was awarded Highly Commended in Playwriting Australia’s Max Afford Award in 2018. In late 2018 she was the recipient of Create NSW’s Young Creative Leaders Fellowship, for which she wrote a new one-act play, Fruit Bat, in partnership with ATYP.

The Incubator Fellowship will provide Ang an opportunity to write a play about the climate crisis in Australia. Her program will consist of a self-directed research and drafting process, dramaturgical developments and a traveling research component to investigate theatre within the climate crisis.

Justice Jones, Director (Shortlisted)

Justice Jones is a graduating MFA Directing student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Prior to her studies at NIDA, she completed her Bachelor of Music, majoring in Voice Performance, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is currently the assistant director of Home, I’m Darling with Sydney Theatre Company and is the 2019 BBM Global Industry’s Drama Scholar. With an interest in music and opera, Justice recently directed a production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci for the NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists and is currently directing a staged recital of Brahms’s and Granados’s  song cycles with The Song Company. As a director, Justice is passionate about diversity in theatre and believes that in 2020, it is important that the performing arts community continues to strive for inclusivity by providing platforms and opportunities for underrepresented voices.

The Incubator Fellowship will provide Justice with an opportunity to create a piece of theatre that explores the Middle Eastern immigrant experience by engaging with real stories from her own community and through international research in Germany, where a quarter of people have an immigrant background.

Frieda Lee, Theatremaker (Shortlisted)

Before training as a theatremaker, Frieda worked for NGOs like UN Women, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the National Association of Community Legal Centres. She has an Arts/Law degree and a Masters of Human Rights. She graduated from WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2016. In 2017, she worked with The Last Great Hunt to devise and perform in The Advisors (State Theatre Centre) and wrote and performed Bad Woman as part of 600 Seconds for Summer NightsShe was part of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group and won the Malcolm Robertson Foundation prize for her play All His Beloved Children. In 2018, Frieda performed in A Ghost in My Suitcase with Barking Gecko Theatre Company at the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Improvement Club with The Last Great Hunt (State Theatre Centre). She wrote and directed The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish at The Blue Room Theatre (nominated for five Performing Arts WA Awards). She won the PAWA Award for Best Actor in an Independent Production (Female). In 2019, she performed in A Ghost in My Suitcase for Sydney Festival and Perth Festival.

The Incubator Fellowship will provide Frieda an opportunity to focus on the development of her work All His Beloved Children, which is a playful, modern myth about sex, violence, depravity and the creator’s first children, as well as a homage to creation stories of world religions.

Claudia Osborne, Director (Shortlisted)

Claudia Osborne is a director of theatre and performance. She makes and produces work under kleine feinheiten. Claudia has a Masters in Directing from NIDA. Since graduating, she has worked professionally with Sydney Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare. Her directing credits include Delilah by the Hour (kleine feinheiten 2020), Homesick (Old 505 2019), The Lady or the Tiger (kleinefeinheiten 2019) LULU: A Modern Sex Tragedy (NIDA 2018), God is a DJ (NIDA 2018), The Library of Babel (kleinefeinheiten 2017), and HeySorryGottaGoBye (2016/2017), which she co-wrote. As Assistant Director: The Real Thing (Sydney Theatre Company 2019), Titus Andronicus (Bell Shakespeare 2019). In October, she will direct Destroy, She Said, and adaptation of the book and film by Marguerite Duras, for Belvoir 25A.

The Incubator Fellowship will provide Claudia with an opportunity to create work from a uniquely feminine perspective, that provides an in-depth psychological and physical exploration into representations of the female body, exploring dark and difficult themes relating to teenage girls and the idea of womanhood.