ArtsLab10

Sybella Stevens

Sybella Stevens finds her inspiration in art that transforms, those plays and interactions that one can experience as a spectator or participant, or preferably both. Sybella is currently engaged in a Bachelor of Media Communication through Charles Sturt University. Upon finishing school in Sydney she journeyed west to Bathurst, beginning her studies on a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Theatre/Media). There Sybella contributed to various productions as a presenter, a performer and an assistant-director, as well as engaging in research roles for a documentary and a devised show. It was there that she had the opportunity to work with community arts organisation Desert Pea Media as a producer and facilitator for projects created for young people in marginalised Aboriginal communities.  Sybella has been involved in various creative endeavours outside of uni, which include acting in couple of short films and most recently as a roving performer at The Secret Garden festival. When she’s not working for the man to pay the bills you’ll find her exchanging a story, playing dress ups and taking pictures.

Aslam Abdus – samad

Aslam Abdus-samad is a young and emerging performance maker. He graduated from Griffith University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre. After his graduation he was accepted into a 6 month internship with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre company. Since then he has continued his involvement in the physical theatre community both in Brisbane and in Sydney.

2009 saw Aslam branch out his interests into film. He taught film and English in South Korea and then underwent 6 months of actor training with NIDA. He has also been involved with the Australian Theatre of the Deaf, serving as their Schools Touring and Office Manager for most of the year.

Aslam’s performance credits include: Film: Unbearable, not Impossible (Gary Paramanathan), Conte de Fees (Ritchie Pappas), The Horizon (SameSame); Theatre: Lots in Space (Peter King, NIDA), Turandot (Opera QLD), Zeitgeist (Zen Zen Zo); Music Video: Xanthopan- ‘What’s the Chance of Being Wrong’ (ScopeRed). Aslam is also currently developing a piece called Spirit Dirt due to debut late 2010.

Alice Cooper

From an early age Alice took workshops at Australian Theatre for Young People and was involved in several productions including Kinderspeil performed in the 2002 Sydney International Festival. In 2004, Alice embarked on a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree at Melbourne University, majoring in Theatre and
Visual Media. At university she became involved in student theatre, performing in shows with Melbourne University’s Union House Theatre. In 2005, Alice wrote, directed and produced ‘Visitors in the Night’ with the Absurdist Society.  In 2006, Alice went on exchange to Queens University, Canada where she performed in Marlowe’s Faustus, headed by experimental Canadian director Jillian Keily and completed her first full-length play entitle ‘New York Here I come, New York there I go’. In 2007 Alice moved to Paris, where she completed the first year of actor training at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. In 2008 Alice partook in an observership with Director Kristine Landon Smith at Tamasha Theatre Company in London. Since returning to Australia Alice has completed Power of Performance courses at the Actors Centre Sydney and recently participated in a Queens Street Studios Physical Theatre Intensive. Alice has just completed an inspiring acting course at Studio 505 and currently partakes in both screen and stage acting classes. Alice is very excited to be spending the next 12 months developing her performance and artistic process at Shopfront.

Sime Knezevic

Sime is a writer, performer and theatre-maker. His plays and performance texts have been developed and presented in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Wollongong for various companies and festivals.

In 2008 he completed the NIDA Playwrights Studio and the imPACT scholarship ensemble. He was an Australian delegate at World Interplay, international festival for young playwrights in 2007 and graduated from the University of Wollongong with a BCA in the same year. His poetry has been published in Going Down, Swinging and the Monthly Friend zine.

He frequently collaborates with various artists, most recently with Ashley Dyer on …and then something fell on my head (Next Wave, as writer/performer). He is a co-founding member of Team MESS writing for Killing Don (Performance Space, 2009), performing in I think I can dance (Peats Ridge, 2009) and collaborating on This Is It (Casula Powerhouse, Performance Space, 2010).

Clara Klemski

Clara first picked up the theatre bug whilst studying law at university. She got involved in producing or writing or choreographing or acting or dancing or singing in the annual Law Revue – a comedy sketch show replete with legal and illegal puns. She started there in 2004 and they weren’t able to get rid of her until this year when ArtsLab10 beckoned.

Beyond Law Revue, Clara wrote and directed The Dirty (2009) and performed in A Dark Day’s Knight (2009) with the university drama society. She also directed Soaking In It (2010) in Short + Sweet and attended Queen Street Studio’s playwriting workshop with Caleb Lewis. In her spare time, she goes to as many plays as possible and volunteers at The Stables theatre and the Environmental Defender’s Office. Both randomly and to make a living, she works as a children’s entertainer at parties and loves it at the same time as wondering how many more times she will have to listen to Hannah Montana.

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