JODIE HARRIS – ORIGINATOR / PERFORMER / CO-PRODUCER
Jodie Harris (Bach. Dramatic Arts, Acting, VCA, 2001), will work under the guidance of a talented artistic team to develop the six characters she performs on a vocal, spatial and physical level in The Sound of Waves. In her first year at Victorian College of the Arts she received her Cochlear implant and was later awarded the Richard Pratt Bursary for the most outstanding student in 2nd year. She was a formative member of Liminal Theatre where she spent 2 years of vigorous and intensive performance investigation culminating with Mishima: Duets of Desire. She was part of creative development for The Cat Lady of Bexley, Australian Theatre of the Deaf. Other credits include a major role in the film David, Kintaro Studios and radio plays A Little Night Music and Sheep Country, ABC Radio. In 2005 she was the key participant in “Vocal Empowerment: Working as an Actor with a Cochlear Implant” which led to the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded "Vocal Empowerment: researching the effect of actor voice training on young adults with cochlear implants and hearing aids". She has been involved in this and its various outcomes for nine years.
ELAINE SAUNDERS – CO-PRODUCER
Elaine is an award-winning audiologist, academic and business-woman. She is co-founder and Managing Director of Blamey Saunders hears, co-founder and former CEO of Dynamic Hearing and former director of Alfred Health. Elaine has worked in hearing research and technology for forty years and is an advocate for people with hearing loss. She is a Member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Executive Director of the Rotary International Action Group on hearing. Elaine is also a former Director of the Children’s Charity Network and of its sister organisation, Bright Kids (for children with disabilities).
Elaine grew up with the effects of hearing impairment through the impact her father’s severe hearing loss had on his career and their family. When she was a teenager, Elaine volunteered as a house mother in the residential section of the Royal Derby School for Deaf Children (UK). Her close bond with these children and seeing their challenges first hand changed the course of Elaine’s life, in a quest to help people hear.
GARETH ELLIS – WRITER
As writer Gareth won the Wal Cherry Award and Malcolm Robertson Prize for his first full length play A View of Concrete, which premiered as a reading at the Vic Arts Centre in 2004 and was later produced by Malthouse Theatre in 2006. It is still a regular on Australian stages, most recently performed at Sydney’s King Street Theatre. Other works include Time With Mrs. Thompson at LA MAMA, The Champion Male with On A Mat Appear, I Am A Pessimist with Real Fiction, the shorts plays The Box, The Casting & Jack Rabbit for Short & Sweet, and The WeWak Mosquito for Infectious. His most notable collaboration is The Sound Of Waves developed with Jodie Harris as part of an Australian Research Council Arts/Science collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Cochlear Ltd, performed at Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, and redeveloped for this production.
Gareth is a 2002 VCA Drama Graduate and has worked performing and developing work with MTC, Illbijerri, Melbourne Workers Theatre and Arena, among others. Most notable is his role in Hannie Rayson’s Inheritance for MTC/STC, and later for ABC Radio National. Along with regular voiceover work, Gareth has been in numerous short films, pilots and television programs.
At present Gareth and partner, Amanda direct Feat In Space Theatre Co. and run Preston’s Feat Theatre, a converted warehouse with 100 seat performance space and movement studios. For Feat Gareth co-directed and performed in The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley in 2011, and directed his own plays The Piano Thief in 2012 and A Protest in 2013. Currently in production is his play Receivers which will premiere November 2014 directed by Amanda Falson.
NAOMI EDWARDS – DIRECTOR
Naomi Edwards is a theatre and opera director and arts educator. Her directing practice spans opera, theatre, theatre for young audiences and community practices. After training at Rusden and VCA, Naomi has directed for companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, St Martins, Arena Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Red Stitch, RADA, Milkcrate Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich Theatre, VCAA, Victorian College of the Arts, NIDA, Deakin University, Monash University, working in both the mainstage and education contexts inside many of these companies.
Her core practice involves making theatre in cross sector partnerships with the audience its intended for. She is currently creating three new works - The Waiting Room with writer Kylie Trounson about the history of IVF, an opera for 3 - 8 year olds with composer David Hobson and designer Adam Gardnir, in partnership with Victorian Opera, Art Play and Royal Children’s Hospital, and The Sound of Waves with cochlear implantee Jodie Harris. She recently adapted Le Cenerentola for Opera Australia’s primary schools touring program and adapted and directed Hamlet for Sydney Theatre Company’s education program. Her production of Cautionary Tales for Children for Arena Theatre was nominated for Best Production for Children at the Helpmanns, and her production of Actor on A Box The Loaded Dog for STC was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics award.
Passionate about bringing the performing arts to a wider audience, in 2009-10 Naomi was Education Manager for Sydney Theatre Company and has consulted widely on engagement and education in a performing arts company context. She is currently co-authoring a Platform Paper about this area. A qualified secondary teacher, Naomi has worked extensively as a teaching artist, with young people, elderly, disadvantaged and in teacher training. Naomi was Creative Director on the ARC funded research project on vocal empowerment, which explored using actor voice training with young people with cochlear implants.
In 2012 Naomi was awarded Gloria Dawn/Gloria Payten Fellowship and the Mike Walsh which allowed her to visit arts organisations in England, Scotland, Japan and USA to research their education and engagement programs. In 2013, Naomi was the first of Patch Theatre’s Artistic Director Residency program..
BLUEBOTTLE (FROG PECK, MORWENNA SCHENCK) – DESIGN & LIGHT
bluebottle is a Melbourne based design company with expertise in combining light and form in inventive ways. The bluebottle team is accomplished in managing all aspects of a project to achieve an excellent outcome. Drawing upon their experience bluebottle have aligned and extended their skills to create a number of portable buildings for specific artistic purposes, such as ANAM Quartetthaus, Art Unit and the Melbourne Festival Hub 2013. The varied yet specific requirements for much of their work calls for a highly skilled, self sufficient and versatile team.
bluebottle strives to invent new formats across all domains, creating exciting outcomes that challenge and excite. Their work can be seen in theatres, galleries, museums, found architectural spaces and architecture, through disciplines such as music, dance and visual art.
Frog Peck has over 15 years professional experience leading projects, performances, events and installations. As an Associate at bluebottle, Frog has been a key member of the team for the past 8 years delivering designs across theatres, exhibition spaces, unique venues and international tours. Over time Frog has developed strong relationships by collaborating with a variety of designers, artists, large and small organisations from government bodies to independent theatre companies. Frog has had a long-standing personal connection with The Sound of Waves. www.bb3.net.au
JETHRO WOODWARD – COMPOSITION / SOUND
Jethro Woodward is a composer, musician & sound designer recognised for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. A multi Green Room Award-winner (most recently for The Bloody Chamber), he has worked with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies including MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Arena, Windmill, MSO, Rawcus, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Fragment 31, Lucy Guerin, Australian Dance Theatre, KAGE &more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse Theatre/Arena) & Irony Is Not Enough (Fragment 31). He was the musical director & sound designer for the sixtime Helpmann-nominated musical The Wizard of Oz (Windmill).
KATHERINE MANSON – COSTUME DESIGN
Katherine is a costume designer and maker living in Melbourne. She began her career in 2009 working within the Melbourne Women's Circus, designing and constructing costumes, managing wardrobe and coordinating the volunteer costume-makers for several of the circuses shows. Highlights have included Herstory in November 2009; Alphabetty - a show created for the Adelaide fringe festival, February 2010; and Snakes and Ladders in November 2011, for which Katherine was a member of the creative development team from initial conception through to cleaning and archiving the costumes at the end of the season. Katherine has supported her experience by obtaining formal training, and has completed a Diploma of Costume for Performance at Swinburne University. While still active within the Women's Circus, she has broadened her practice, working on everything from sewing parts of King Kong and the giant mascots used in the Sochi Winter Olympics to ballet costumes.
GERALDINE COOK – VOICE COACH
Geraldine Cook is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre (Voice) and Associate Dean, Equity in the School of Performing Arts at the Faculty of the VCA and Music, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has held positions in the School of Performing Arts as Head of Theatre and Head of School and has 25 years experience as a teacher, actor and youth theatre director in London and Melbourne. She trained at Middlesex University in London where she completed a degree in drama and education and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed a Licentiate in Voice and Speech. Her training was further augmented under Patsy Rodenburg (RSC), Prunella Scales and Cicely Berry (RSC) in London. In 2006 Geraldine received an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant in collaboration with industry partner, Cochlear Ltd. and the Dept. of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne. This joint research project investigated the effectiveness of actor vocal training on young people with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Geraldine's current research is entitled "Let It Out! Adapting actor vocal training techniques for the hearing impaired", a project involving 7 young adults who all use cochlear implants. This group has been funded by the Cochlear Foundation and Deaf Children Australia. Geraldine works as a vocal/dialogue coach for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Red Stitch, Eleventh Hour, ABC and SBS and her most recent film work included Ned Kelly and Van Diemen's Land.
KRISTA HORBATIUK – PROJECT MANAGER
Hailing originally from Toronto, Canada, Krista Horbatiuk has lived and worked in some of Australia’s finest places. From 2000 onwards Krista spent her first eight years in Australia producing large-scale fundraising and special events for Opera Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney. Since then, Krista has worked in production, operations, programming and producing for the Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), Castlemaine State Festival (Castlemaine), Big West Festival (Melbourne), Junction 2010: Regional Arts Australia National Conference & Festival (Tasmania) and Punctum Live Arts (Castlemaine). Krista also has worked as the General Manager of arts auspicing organisation Moriarty’s Project Inc. (Melbourne).
Having made her home in Castlemaine, Victoria for the last five years, Krista is now spending her time working on projects with the Castlemaine based arts organisation Global Gardens Art which she founded in 2012 and has since developed by producing and supporting multi-disciplinary arts projects with a cross-cultural focus. Krista also works as a producer and project manager with several highly regarded metro-based independent artists working in theatre, dance, film and visual art.
As a volunteer Krista is the Chair on the Board of XtremeInc Youth Projects in Castlemaine and in her spare time she sings in a community women's acapella choir, the Chat Warblers.
CARLY HEARD – PRODUCTION MANAGER
Carly is a production specialist who enjoys working across a wide range of disciplines from large scale public and corporate events to theatre. Carly has been instrumental in the success of many major Victorian events such as The St Kilda Festival, City Of Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve and the internationally recognized 2006 Commonwealth Games Yarra River Project (The Fish). In addition Carly has production managed theatre tours nationally and internationally for companies such as Lucy Guerin Inc and The Spaghetti Western Orchestra. Carly has also produced and executed major creative projects for corporate clients such as Strongbow Neon Night Surfing and implemented large scale activations for Stella Artois at Tropfest and the AACTA awards. Carly most enjoys engaging with Melbourne’s artistic community by offering adaptive skills with a sprinkle of fun.
Nick Wollan – Stage Manager
Maxine Buxton – Interpreting Coach
Melissa Bryson – Deaf Interpreter
Amélie Nicks – Voiceover
Amanda Quirk – Project Assistant
Eleanor Howlett, Sassy Red PR – Publicity
Yay Tractor – Graphic and Web Design, Documentation
Ivanka Sokol – Documentation
Jessica Moody – Social Media
Auspicious Arts – Financial Administration.