THE MARCH ENSEMBLE

Stephen Phillips - Actor

Stephen is a Melbourne based actor, voice artist, performance-maker and teacher and is a 2002 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Drama. He has appeared variously with several Australian main- stage theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse Theatre, Black Swan, Belvoir and has toured internationally with Complexity of Belonging and Lucid for Chunky Move. 

Fleur Dean- Actor

Fleur is a theatre maker, puppeteer, performer, set designer/builder, advanced rigger, rope tech and arts for social change practitioner working with disenfranchised communities for three decades. Fleur is the director of the all abilities Do You Dare Me To? wing of 5AM Physical Theatre’s The Bells and a Green Room Award nominee for her set design/construction for Emma 

Hall's World Problems. A survivor of a few near-death experiences, Fleur creates work that engages audience in liminal experience, encouraging fresh perspective to challenging themes and empathy for otherness. 

 

Joseph Lai - Actor 

Joseph is a Chinese Australian performer based in Melbourne, with a passion for movement practices. Since graduating the Victorian College of the Arts Joseph has pursued this passion by devising and producing shows with his physical theatre company The Human Project, receiving his level 2 Certification from the Society of Australian Fight Directors Incorporated, and completing an Honours degree researching theatrical play. In 2018 he received the Ian Potter Travel Grant to study clowning at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France and collaborate with Rapier Wit Stage Combat school in Canada as a movement practitioner. He is currently working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and About Face Productions, developing their 2021 production of Peter and The Wolf at Hamer Hall. 

 

Julian Dibley-Hall - Actor 

Julian trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) earning a B.FA (Theatre Practice). He is the co-Artistic Director of Melbourne independent theatre company the voice in my hands (VIMH) having previously held the roles of Associate Artist for New Writing and Company Producer at VIMH. Julian has worked since 1997 in many capacities in theatres including as an actor, dramaturg, stage manager, sound designer and assistant director. He was the co-founder and producer of Bad Ducks Co., has been a teaching artist with both ATYP and The Fairfax Youth Initiative and has toured nationally and internationally as a performer. 

 

Viv Perry - Actor

Viv studied acting through the VCA, 16th Street Actors Studio and the Actors Centre, UK and has since collaborated in theatre and film, most recently performing as ‘The Matriarch’ in the feature film ‘Blood Vessel’ and ‘Jess’ in the indie production of ‘Apparition’.
Over the years Viv has developed a deep connection to physical theatre and has actively been involved in furthering her journey to discover storytelling through the endless possibilities found in movement to express truth and vulnerability. Viv recently has been an active member of Dreamscreen Australia creating characters using Real-Time Virtual technology. 

Andy Carolane - Actor

Andrew is a Melbourne based actor, director, writer and acting coach with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. As an actor he has worked with some of the most renowned stage actors in Australia including Alison Whyte, Brian Lipson, Greg Stone, Peter Houghton and Andre De Vanny. Most recently Andrew played Marcellus in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. He also performed as Horatio during the season, having understudied Horatio as well as King Hamlet’s Ghost and The Player King. In 2017 Andrew was the Assistant Director for the VCA’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III under the directorship of the VCA’s head of acting I Putu Budiawan, performed by the VCA Acting Company 2018. He has also directed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Metanoia Theatre for the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival. 

Amelia La Haye - Actor

Originally from French Canada, Amelia moved to Melbourne, curious about the body and its movement, to study a diploma of dance. She has performed in music videos- notable one that was released at TEDX Sydney 2019. Testing the limits of travel and interdependence, Amelia enacted a social experiment where she cycled around Europe for 3 months without using any money. Her recently completed studies in anthroposophy have offered new perspectives on performance, physicality and creativity.  Amelia has performed with 5AM Physical Theatre with The Bells for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2021.

Lyndon Chester - Violinist

Lyndon is a Melbourne-based violinist, composer and collaborator. He has toured internationally, performing throughout Europe and the US as a featured artist with Amanda Palmer. In the US He has contributed to recordings with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, The Builders and The Butchers, Murder By Death and Zoe Keating and locally with Gemma Turvey, The Jane Austen Argument and Russell Morris as well as performing as an orchestral musician with Orchestra Victoria.  Lyndon has worked as a composer, performer and music director in collaboration with theatre practitioners including, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, The Danger Ensemble, Kel Zeyn and Bakers Dozen. 



Alana Hoggart - Production/Stage Manager 

Alana Hoggart is a project manager, production manager, stage manager and independent producer.
She is currently company/production manager for Born in a Taxi, and stage manager for Back to Back Theatre, with whom she completed a 6 week tour of the USA with award- winning The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes. Alana is project-managing Rawcus Theatre’ public work installation Portal and main stage production, Glass and is producing The Thursday Group. She also runs a large scale installation company Anomaly Productions, who’s flagship show Neon Laneway combines graffiti art and contemporary dance.  Alana’s work has appeared in Melbourne International Arts Festival, Under The Radar Festival New York, WOMADelaide, Splendour in the Grass, White Night, HOTA, Enlighten, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Horizon Festival, Due West, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Upstream Festival Wodonga, ArTour, La Mama and others. 

 

Ellen Marning - Actor

Ellen completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) at the VCA, graduating in 2016. Taking her co-devised show Matrophobia! to Adelaide Fringe the following year, she formed The Daughters Collective, along with three other members of her graduating company. Ellen has since written for and performed at Melbourne Fringe with the company in the satirical two-hander Stock Take: Bitches in Business. Ellen’s other recent credits include Fierce at Theatreworks (dir. Alice Darling), the Fresh Ink ATYP Staged Readings (dir. Janice Muller) and a development of Sandra Long’s Grandma is the Wolf for Darebin’s FUSE festival. Ellen has just completed her first regional tour of The Bells with the 5
Angry Men, having joined the ensemble in mid 2019. She is currently
working on a web series Hustlepuss, due for release in 2020.

 

Hamish Irvine - Actor 

In 2017 Hamish performed in the world premier of TRAPPER at the Melbourne Arts Centre. 2017 also saw Hamish perform in the revival tour of the internationally acclaimed THE BELLS The beginning of 2018 saw Hamish tour TRAPPER to the Sydney Opera House and perform THE BELLS for WHITE NIGHT in Melbourne and Ballarat. To Finish 2018 Hamish performed in the premier of AIR RACE for Arena Theatre in Bendigo 2019 Hamish began working with Born in Taxi for Melbourne Zoo’s Neon Playground and Werribee Zoo’s Wild Nights. The same year Hamish toured THE BELLS to Womadelaide and Splendour in the Grass, finishing the year with a tour of AIR RACE to the Darwin Festival. 2020 Hamish toured with THE BELLS to Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Albury. 

 

Tess-Marie Luminati - Actor

Tessa is an emerging actor/theatre-maker who began her formal training  at Patrick Studio’s Australia graduating with a Diploma of Music Theatre in 2015. Deeply interested in acting she decided to continue her development and training by completing a Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen at Federation University in 2018. Her professional credits include working as an acting intern on The Australian Shakespeare's productions of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Performing in the acting ensemble on Opera Australia’s Green Room award winning production of Il Viaggio a Reims and Don Giovanni. She portrayed the role of Patricia Hearst in Robert Reids production of The Bacchae at La Mama. Currently she is exploring Suzuki and theatre-making techniques in the Melbourne based ensemble The Thursday Group as well as training with Suzuki groups in El Salvador and Argentina. Within The Thursday Group she is currently working on group project, “Orpheo Machine” and solo performance, “The Waves.” As a theatre-maker she enjoys the exploration of life under a microscope, and as an actor she explores the psycho- physical, thinking body. 

 

Nicholas Tsaousidis - Actor

Nicholas is a physical performer, dancer and clown. For over a decade, as a member of e- motion 21 he has performed in numerous festivals including: International Dance Day at FED Square, Disability Sport and Recreation Festival at Southbank and most recently in February 2020 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in a brand new collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, dancing to Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans accompanied by Katie Noonan’s lilting vocal. Alongside his work as a dancer, he trained with Circus Oz for five years in juggling, balance, beam work, clowning, rope climbing, ribbon twirling and spinning plates. Nicholas' effervescence and tireless energy as a performer is infectious, inciting audiences not only to spectate but to participate with joy and abandon. True to his nature, Nicholas has developed a new work he dubbed Funny Faces for The Motley Bauhaus incorporating clowning and mask encouraging the public to explore their own inner clown through spontaneous face painting that inspires extreme facial expression captured on polaroid. Nicholas is in the Guinness Book of Records for his contribution to the Most People Drumming on a Swiss Ball!

David Joseph - Drummer

David has worked as an actor, dancer, musician, circus performer/director/trainer and teacher for some of Australia’s best known performing arts companies including Chamber Made – ‘Greek’ (1996), ‘The Cars That Ate Paris’ (1999), ‘The Two Executioners’ (2002), ‘Phobia’ (2008-09); Circus Oz – performer/trainer (1990-2015); Dee and Associates – Tower of Light – Green Room Award Winner (2003), Taxi – Green Room Award Winner (2011), and West Theatre (1985-89). In 2013 he played a major role in the site-specific adaptation of Italo Calvino’s ‘The Baron of the Trees’ for the Castlemaine State Festival. In 2014 he performed in ‘Tales of the Laneways’ and ‘Behind the Public Eye’ as part of The 24 Hour Experience and completed a two-month national tour of Controlled Falling Project.

He recently co-directed Circus Oz and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in their first co-production.

Musically, he is playing drum kit and percussion for the ARIA nominated Melbourne Ska Orchestra and The Riot Squad. He is currently completing a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies at University of New England.

Claudia Mirabello - Costume Design 

Claudia’s design credits include; costume designer for Saro Lusty Cavallari’s adaptation of Animal Farm at the New Theatre, set designer for The Great Australian Play, written by Kim Ho and directed by Saro Lusty-Cavallari and Mirror Mirror directed by Georgina Naidu. Other credits include Body, choreographed by Sue Healey, as costume designer, and Everything All the Time, choreographed by Lee Serle. She has also worked extensively in the construction of both set and costume. These credits include Peter Pan, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and A Small Mountain. Eventually: Happening. 

In 2020 she had the privilege of completing an internship with Anna Cordingley on Victorian Opera’s production of Salome. She also undertook an internship in 2019 with Global Creatures; Muriel’s Wedding The Musical in the costume workroom.