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The Citizens


We work with a lot of brilliant actors, designers, composers, musicians and volunteers, many of whom have been involved in every (or almost!) show. But here are the two regular Citizens that make those shows happen:

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The Citizens


We work with a lot of brilliant actors, designers, composers, musicians and volunteers, many of whom have been involved in every (or almost!) show. But here are the two regular Citizens that make those shows happen:

Artistic Director Jayde Kirchert
Jayde trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2011. Upon graduating she toured with GFO’s Australian production of ‘Annie’ as a Boylan Sister and in the adult ensemble. 

She founded Citizen Theatre in 2013 and has since directed and produced Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (at Hares & Hyenas bookshop), The Importance of Being Earnest (at Como Historic House & Garden), two seasons of Nude, a one woman show she also wrote featuring the songs and stories of Marilyn Monroe (2014 Melbourne Cabaret Festival & Alex Theatre St Kilda, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia's MATCH program) and Crestfall, which was part of a double bill (Inferno: A Double Bill) she produced featuring Attic Erratic & 5pound theatre's critically acclaimed production of Purgatorio

She has also been involved with the development of new musicals such as Andrew Byrne's Holding Room (director), Belinda Jenkin & Will Hannagan's The Gathering (dramaturge for Vic Theatre Company) and Jess New's Einstein: Master of the Universe (director/dramaturge for VCA).

She has also been assistant director on numerous occasions including: Summer Rain (dir. Nancye Hayes OAM for VCA), The Living Museum of Erotic Women (dir. Willow J for Bernzerk Productions), The Hatpin (dir. Jacinta John for VCA) and Company (dir. Roger Hodgman for VCA). 

She has been a collaborator and featured actor in a variety of video art projects which have won numerous awards and had countless screenings internationally. She has also been a voice over artist on video games and most notably on BBC's first ever virtual reality documentary, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Anthropology and her research interests including the body, religion, performance, materiality and biomedicine. She also lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts.

 

Actor and Producer Carina Waye

Carina is an actor, presenter, and producer best known for co-hosting the Network Ten television show Couch Time, a national program that delivers the latest news across movies and pop culture with interviews of major Australian and international celebrities such as Jessica Marais, Grant Denyer and Gary Meaghan.

For two seasons Carina also hosted Behind the Words, a half hour interview show on Channel 31 and has appeared regularly at the TV Logie Awards as a red carpet interviewer.

As an actress, Carina received accolades for her performances as April in the Watch This production of Company, and Marilyn Monroe in the Alex Theatre and Chapel off Chapel seasons of Nude – a one woman show that she also co-produced. Other acting credits include Flowerchildren: The Mamas and Papas Story with Casey Donovan, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries and Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt.

Carina is also co-founder of Citizen Theatre, a theatrical production company with new and classical theatre credits including a sell out season of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the historic Como House. Carina was also a segment producer of dozens of episodes of Couch Time.

Carina received her training from Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) as part of the inaugural Bachelor of Music Theatre class. During her final year at VCA, Carina played Bobbi/Gabby in City of Angels directed by Gary Young, and was awarded the Lionel Gell scholarship.

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Very Important Citizens


We have some fantastic supporters that help make our theatre dreams come true! Without them we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

Very Important Citizens


We have some fantastic supporters that help make our theatre dreams come true! Without them we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

Very Important Citizens

Ron and Margaret Dobell (the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation)

James Degenhardt (Pozible supporter)

Dierdre Robertson (Pozible supporter)

Symon Kerslake (Pozible supporter)

 

Some more wonderful Citizen Supporters from our recent Pozible campaign

Citizen Nick Backstrom, Citizen Alana Tranter, Citizen Kingsley McGlew, Citizen Josh Robson, Citizen Peter de Groot, Citizen Rebecca Moore, Citizen Nick Bunning, Citizen Stefanie Jones, Citizen Catherine Glavicic, Citizen Nina Barry-Macaulay, Citizen Helen Bell, Citizen Evan James, Citizen Tom Lambert, Citizen Symon Kerslake, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Will Lime Balmford, Citizen Chenez Dyer Bray Paevere, Citizen Nicole, Citizen Nelson Gardner, Citizen Julia Doeven, Citizen Sasha Lipus, Citizen Vinay Kumar, Citizens The Cameron Family, Citizens Peter & Ann Welten, Citizen Isabelle Reynaud, Citizen Hannah Fredericksen, Citizens Leanne & Andrew Crane, Citizen Rory Godbold, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Lauren McKenna, Citizen Matt Olver, Citizen Anna Freeland, Citizen Marita Duggan, Citizen Leonie Simpson, Citizens Chris & Leonie Howard, Citizen Dierdre Robertson, Citizen Brenda Waye, Citizen Megan Howard, Citizen Helen Howard, Citizen Anonymous, Citizen Hayley Sandpearl, Citizen Nicola Bramham, Citizen Kris Jones. 
 

Awards and grants

  • Recipients of the 2014/2015 Stonnington Arts & Cultural Sponsorship program to present 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at Como Historic House & Garden in January 2015
  • Recipients of Creative Partnerships Australia's MATCH Funding Program to present 'Nude' at the Alex Theatre St Kilda in August 2015. After reaching our Pozible campaign target of $3000, the program matched these funds dollar for dollar.
  • Recipients of the Alex Theatre St Kilda grant that supports new producing talent