The Team

These are the folks bringing the 24 Hour Experience to Ballarat.

GORKEM ACAROGLU – EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Gorkem Acaroglu works across mediums and forms engaging with a diverse range of content, from digital performance to participatory arts, theatre and documentary. She was an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and recently completed an Artlab initiative, working with a robotics centre to create a custom designed robot with motion capture operated avatars, interacting with live performers. In 2012 Gorkem worked in Mongolia developing a documentary version of Hamlet for a Mongolian context. She has worked with and is committed to working with culturally diverse artists and perspectives.

Gorkem has created acclaimed socially relevant documentary works such as The Habib Show, Haneef the Interrogation and Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime.

MARG DOBSON – PROJECT MANAGER

Marg’s life in the arts has encompassed both creation of performing arts projects and the administration and community development of arts projects, creating new work in theatre, musical street theatre, political satire and cabaret. Marg is a writer and performer. With State and Local Government in granting programs, and as producer in community contexts, she is an administrator and an advocate for the arts and artists. Her passion is to work with others and surprise ourselves with the power of collaboration.

BEC ANDERSON – PRODUCTION MANAGER

Rebecca has worked in professional stage management and production management since graduating from The Centre for the Performing Arts in 1994. Among other engagements she has stage managed for Belvoir Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre and Chunky Move. She has worked in production on numerous Adelaide Festivals, Sydney Festivals and Womadelaides. Rebecca is currently the director of The Hepburn Springs Swiss & Italian Festa.

BRONWYN PRINGLE – LIGHTING DESIGNER

Bronwyn is a freelance lighting designer and technician who has worked around Australia with companies such as Malthouse Theatre, Ballarat Arts Academy, La Mama, Theatre in Decay, Arts Projects Australia, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Here Theatre, Impro Melbourne,Polyglot Theatre and more.  Projects she has worked on range from large festivals to small developmental pieces in venues that include The Sydney Opera House, a London west end nightclub, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts and a wool shed in Glencoe, plus many more conventional and non-conventional theatre spaces.  Bronwyn teaching credits include VCA, NMIT, VUT, The Women’s Circus and Monash University.

MICHELLE DUNN – LEAD ARTIST

Michelle Dunn is a commercial photographer & film-maker based in Ballarat. She is constantly challenging herself creatively, finding new ways to produce images & tell stories. For this project, Michelle is stepping outside of her comfort zone, removing the visual aspect & telling stories around a usually taboo subject through audio alone.

ROSE TURTLE ERTLER – LEAD ARTIST

Rose Turtle Ertler is a solo musician, sound designer and facilitator of community theatre/music/video projects which often bring unlikely groups together. “Light At The End…” is a continuation of her work which uses conversational audio recordings to challenge misinformed stereotypes of certain groups within our society.

DIOKNO PASILAN – LEAD ARTIST

Diokno Pasilan lives and works in the Philippines and Australia. He received Interdisciplinary study  from Western Australian School of Art, Design & Media in 2000. He was  one of the founding members of the artist-run space Kurb Gallery in Perth.  Artist in residence at Mt Clear College through Creative Victoria Artist in School Program 2015. Participants in the Festival of Slow Music 2015. His art production includes painting, installation, video, performance, and music. He was involved in the musical groups Asin, Tao Music, The Pinikpikan and Kurbist Gong Band.

REBECCA RUSSELL – LEAD ARTIST

Rebecca Russell works with a form of verbatim theatre, recording interviews with people delving into their passion, knowledge base or everyday life experiences. Editing the raw material, Rebecca probes the voice for recurring themes, enlightening moments and universal truths that become the impetus for creating visual theatre.

LYNDEN NICHOLLS – LEAD ARTIST

Lynden is a creative soul. She gets particularly excited by unusual projects, especially ones that have potential for whimsy. After a forty year career in the performing arts as a dancer, choreographer, director and teacher Lynden has more recently branched out into less defined realms of performance art and social documentary.

AL WUNDER – LEAD ARTIST

Al calls what he does Theatre of the Ordinary. Sharing stories, songs and dances with each other enriches us. Improvising with movements, words and sounds in the performing space becomes a source of power that allows us to look at, laugh at and enjoy ourselves and our relations with other people.

REX HARDWARE – LEAD ARTIST

Rex is an audio and logistics producer working in live broadcasts and performance across music festivals and events in Melbourne and regional Victoria.  From ABC Radio, Wangaratta Jazz Festivals to Moomba and the Castlemaine and Port Fairy Folk Festivals he has been recording for broadcast the very best of Victoria’s music scene. His extensive expertise has trained the hundreds of technicians coming through Ballarat in his role at Federation University. 

STELLA SAVY – LEAD ARTIST

Stella has been a vocal coach for over 15 years, including teaching voice (The Alexander Technique) at Ballarat University, conducting groups such as Sweet Mona’s Choir, the Mini Mona’s Choir and Vocalise Thursday Night Community Choir. Stella was co-director/conductor for Boite’s Melbourne Millennium Chorus 2011- Freedom Road and wrote and co-directed/conducted 2013- Coco de Mer.

ALISA TANAKA-KING – LEAD ARTIST

Alisa is a visual artist and theatre maker in Melbourne. She has been involved with St Martins Youth Arts for many years. Her company Bird on Fence has had productions in Melbourne Fringe Festival and Midsummer Carnival and she has independently been involved with shows at The Butterfly Club, Chapel Off Chapel and Short n Sweet Festival. Alisa is also a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Postgraduate Performance Creation course, having majored in animateuring under Leisa Shelton. Alisa’s work focuses on the age-old art of story telling, and the practice of assembling elements from many different artistic disciplines to create work.

ALISON SHIRLEY – LEAD ARTIST

Alison is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, photographer and film maker. She is committed to health and well being, and has an interest in working with non-dancers to create dance that explores the experiences in and of the human body. As a highly experienced Pilates Practitioner, Alison has great expertise in injury recovery and prevention, as well as specific physical skills acquisition – required in dance and other athletic pursuits.

EVALUATOR – David Roberts from Roberts Brown Evaluation

PUBLICIST – Fiona Brook from Zilla & Brook Publicity

SOCIAL MEDIA – Lou Ridsdale from Lance Rock Publicity

INTERN – Cailtin Zacharias

Thank You!

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