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In Conversation with the Artistic Directors

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Join Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Lee Lewis (Griffin) and Eamon Flack (Belvoir) - with actor and director, Helen Dallimore in the interview chair - to get a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the journey of bringing exciting works and artists to the Australian stage. The directors will discuss their past and current projects, the challenges and highlights of their careers, what they have learnt along the way and their plans for the future. 

Monday January 30. Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills.
Doors open from 6pm and bar open from 6.30 pm. Please note we will start promptly at 7pm.
RSVP essential. Please email info@equityfoundation.org.au with "In Convo" in Subject line.
This is a free event open to all members of the industry - Equity members and non-members.

The Equity Foundation sincerely thanks the Belvoir Street Theatre for their generous support of this In Conversation.

Kip Williams is Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company. He has directed Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, The Golden Age by Louis Nowra, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill (nomination for Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play), Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams (winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play), Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. He was Associate Director on Cyrano de Bergerac with Andrew Upton, and Tour Director on The Secret River with Neil Armfield. Kip is currently in rehearsals for Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood (opening 4th March 2017). For Sydney Chamber Opera, Kip has directed Index of Metals, The Lighthouse and the double bill Ich Habe Genug and Nunc Dimittis. For Melbourne Theatre Company he has directed Miss Julie. For Malthouse Helium and US-A-UM he directed an all-female production of Lord of the Flies, for Tamarama Rock Surfers he directed Fallout, and for the Sydney Writers’ Festival he directed 1001 Nights. For the 18th Biennale of Sydney, he directed Through the Gates (also for Sydney Chamber Opera). For Princeton Theatre, New Jersey, he directed Fifth of July, for National Theatre, Melbourne, he directed One For the Road, and for NIDA he directed productions of Cloud 9, Lord of the Flies and Samuel Beckett’s Not I. Kip directed the short films B, Bee & Mee and Walk, as well as music videos for Guineafowl, including 'Little Fingers' and 'Botanist', which was listed in ABC’s RAGE 50 list of the top music videos for 2009. Kip Williams completed a Master of Dramatic Art in Directing at NIDA, and a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communication), University of Sydney.

Lee Lewis is the Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company and one of Australia’s leading directors. For Griffin she has directed: The Bleeding Tree, for which Lee was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Helpmann Awards, 8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, Masquerade (co-directed with Sam Strong), Emerald City, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il, The Serpent’s Table (co-directed by Darren Yap), Replay, Silent Disco, The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars, The Call, A Hoax and The Nightwatchman; for Griffin and Bell Shakespeare: The Literati; for Bell Shakespeare: The School for Wives and Twelfth Night; for Belvoir: That Face, This Heaven, Half and Half, A Number, 7 Blowjobs and Ladybird; for Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC): David Williamson's Rupert, which toured to Washington DC as part of the World Stages International Arts Festival and to Sydney’s Theatre Royal in 2014; for STC: Honour, Love-Lies-Bleeding and ZEBRA!; for Darwin Festival: Highway of Lost Hearts; for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA): Big Love, Shopping and Fucking, After Dinner and The Winter’s Tale; and for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA): As You Like It.

Eamon Flack is Belvoir’s Artistic Director. He was born in Singapore and grew up in Singapore, Darwin, Brisbane and Cootamundra. He trained as an actor at WAAPA from 2001 to 2003 and has since worked as a director, actor, writer and dramaturg, from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands to Geraldton and Melbourne. For Belvoir, Eamon has directed Ivanov, Angels in America Parts One and Two, The Glass Menagerie, Babyteeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night or What You Will, The Blind Giant is Dancing, The Great Fire, Once in Royal David’s City and The End. He co-adapted Ruby Langford Ginibi’s memoir Don’t Take Your Love to Town with Leah Purcell, and co-devised Beautiful One Day with artists from ILBIJERRI, version 1.0 and Palm Island. His dramaturgy credits for Belvoir include Neighbourhood Watch, The Wild Duck, Brothers Wreck and The Book of Everything. His adaptations include Chekhov’s Ivanov, Gorky’s Summerfolk and Sophocles’ Antigone. Ivanov won four Sydney Theatre Awards in 2015 including Best Mainstage Production and Best Direction. Eamon’s productions of The Glass Menagerie and Angels in America both won Best Play at the Helpmann Awards.

Helen Dallimore is an actress, singer, director and writer. Since graduating from NIDA in 1995, she has enjoyed a successful career in theatre, musical theatre, film and television both in Australia and in the UK. She created the role of Glinda in the West End production of Wicked opposite Idina Menzel, and she won the Helpmann Award for her performance in Legally Blonde the Musical. She has performed many times with the Sydney Theatre Company as well as Bell Shakespeare, Griffin and The Ensemble. Her screen credits include Mr Accident, Russian Doll, Secret Bridesmaid’s Business, Postcard Bandit, The Day of the Roses, The Moodys and House Husbands. Her recent directing credits include High Society, The Fantasticks, and Everybody loves Lucy at Hayes Theatre Company. Helen plays Olivia O’Neill in Jungle/Channel Nine’s Here Come the Habibs, for which she is also a writer.

 

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