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Citizen Theatre


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Citizen Theatre


Citizen Theatre is an independent Melbourne theatre company that has been producing and creating new work and existing plays since 2013. 

Citizen Theatre aims to change the way people think by making them feel. Citizen Theatre is drawn to presenting social causes and issues on stage and works with a feminist, access conscious approach in mind.

Many of shows explore the combinations that music and theatre can offer, to reimagine how musical forms of theatre are perceived in Australia. 

All performers and creatives involved with Citizen Theatre productions are practicing artists with relevant tertiary training and/or industry experience. Our standards are high and productions attract critical acclaim, whilst entertaining and connecting deeply with audiences.

Citizen Theatre values creativity, accountability and curiosity and aims to operate and work in a way that is grounded in these values.

Citizen Theatre's Artistic Director is Jayde Kirchert

 

Citizen Theatre's Citizens

Citizen Theatre has a core company - the Citizens - who regularly train, experiment and explore together with Artistic Director Jayde Kirchert:

Currently performing (IN FORGOTTEN PLACES)

KAYLA HAMILL  Performing collaborator  Kayla graduated from the Arts Academy at Federation University Ballarat in 2015. Since then she has been a part of the creation of ‘The Adventures of Ballarat Bertie’ as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend, ‘Enunciations’ created by Kate Hood, founder of Raspberry Ripple Productions and ‘NDIS: A Mental Health Perspective’, a musical initiative by VMIAC. In 2016, Kayla returned to study at the John Bolton Theatre School, a 4-month intensive course focusing on physical and comedic theatre. Since the beginning 2017, Kayla has had the utmost pleasure of being offered a job as a Clown Doctor, working in hospitals as a way to ease a child’s pain and spread joy in and amongst the hospital setting. Kayla recently played the lead role in David Williamson’s new play ‘Credentials’ as part of La Mama’s 50th year celebration. Most recently, Kayla co-created and performed in ‘The Tales of Witchmen’ (MICF 2018). In September, she performed in ‘Death & Other Things’ (Melbourne Fringe) and ‘The 2007 Wonthaggi Blue Light Disco’ (Melbourne Fringe), both shows which were nominated for Best Cabaret and Best Comedy respectively.

KAYLA HAMILL
Performing collaborator
Kayla graduated from the Arts Academy at Federation University Ballarat in 2015. Since then she has been a part of the creation of ‘The Adventures of Ballarat Bertie’ as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend, ‘Enunciations’ created by Kate Hood, founder of Raspberry Ripple Productions and ‘NDIS: A Mental Health Perspective’, a musical initiative by VMIAC. In 2016, Kayla returned to study at the John Bolton Theatre School, a 4-month intensive course focusing on physical and comedic theatre. Since the beginning 2017, Kayla has had the utmost pleasure of being offered a job as a Clown Doctor, working in hospitals as a way to ease a child’s pain and spread joy in and amongst the hospital setting. Kayla recently played the lead role in David Williamson’s new play ‘Credentials’ as part of La Mama’s 50th year celebration. Most recently, Kayla co-created and performed in ‘The Tales of Witchmen’ (MICF 2018). In September, she performed in ‘Death & Other Things’ (Melbourne Fringe) and ‘The 2007 Wonthaggi Blue Light Disco’ (Melbourne Fringe), both shows which were nominated for Best Cabaret and Best Comedy respectively.

TOMAS PARRISH  Performing collaborator  Tomas is originally from Wollongong, Tharawal Country, and acknowledges the Dharawal people, and that sovereignty was never ceded. Tomas studied at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) completing the Music Theatre Foundation Program (2015), and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) last year. He was the recipient of the Nancye Hayes Scholarship which he used to further his studies in London. Credits include  The Music of AR Rahman  (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Polyphonic Voices, AsiaTOPA, 2017),  Vivid White  (Ensemble, Melbourne Theatre Company, dir. Dean Bryant, 2017),  A Chorus Line  (Bobbie and Paul Understudy, VCA, dir. Tyran Parke, 2018),  Patti Lupone - Don’t Monkey With Broadway  (Hamer Hall, M.D. Joseph Thalken, 2018) and  Into The Woods  (Steward and Baker Understudy, VCA dir. Gary Young, 2018). Tomas is also a composer, and recently won Best Original Score at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival for his work on  Behind Barres . He is very excited to share the experience of Forgotten Places with you.

TOMAS PARRISH
Performing collaborator
Tomas is originally from Wollongong, Tharawal Country, and acknowledges the Dharawal people, and that sovereignty was never ceded. Tomas studied at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) completing the Music Theatre Foundation Program (2015), and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) last year. He was the recipient of the Nancye Hayes Scholarship which he used to further his studies in London. Credits include The Music of AR Rahman (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Polyphonic Voices, AsiaTOPA, 2017), Vivid White (Ensemble, Melbourne Theatre Company, dir. Dean Bryant, 2017), A Chorus Line (Bobbie and Paul Understudy, VCA, dir. Tyran Parke, 2018), Patti Lupone - Don’t Monkey With Broadway (Hamer Hall, M.D. Joseph Thalken, 2018) and Into The Woods (Steward and Baker Understudy, VCA dir. Gary Young, 2018). Tomas is also a composer, and recently won Best Original Score at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival for his work on Behind Barres. He is very excited to share the experience of Forgotten Places with you.

MARGOT TANJUTCO  Performing collaborator  Margot Tanjutco is an actor, writer, and multidisciplinary artist. She is currently working on her solo show  Vanity Fair Enough  for Melbourne International Comedy Festival at The Coopers Malthouse. She played Juliet in critically-acclaimed musical  Romeo is Not the Only Fruit  for MICF 2018, Brisbane Festival, and upcoming season at HotHouse Theatre. Other shows include cabaret  Estrella Wing, Showgirl  at Melbourne Fringe and  Original Cast: The Completely Improvised Musical . She trained in improv/sketch at The Improv Conspiracy and was also a part of Film Victoria's Cinespace Storylab program. Last year she debuted her first gallery show, video/installation piece 'like, genesis' at First Site Gallery. Margot also holds a Bachelor of Communications (Media) from RMIT University.

MARGOT TANJUTCO
Performing collaborator
Margot Tanjutco is an actor, writer, and multidisciplinary artist. She is currently working on her solo show Vanity Fair Enough for Melbourne International Comedy Festival at The Coopers Malthouse. She played Juliet in critically-acclaimed musical Romeo is Not the Only Fruit for MICF 2018, Brisbane Festival, and upcoming season at HotHouse Theatre. Other shows include cabaret Estrella Wing, Showgirl at Melbourne Fringe and Original Cast: The Completely Improvised Musical. She trained in improv/sketch at The Improv Conspiracy and was also a part of Film Victoria's Cinespace Storylab program. Last year she debuted her first gallery show, video/installation piece 'like, genesis' at First Site Gallery. Margot also holds a Bachelor of Communications (Media) from RMIT University.

WILLOW SIZER  Performing collaborator  Willow completed both the Foundation Course (Music Theatre 2014) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts consecutively. She is the grateful recipient of the Dr Andrew and Richard McAliece scholarship. Whilst at the VCA she played the roles of Kaiser Wihelm in Oh, It’s a Lovely War Mate! (dir Maude Davis), Vocal Ensemble in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman), and The Chaperone in the The Drowsy Chaperone (dir Alister Smith.). She was also selected to participate in workshops at VCA with the Michael Chekhov Ensemble (MICHA, NY), Andrew Byrne (founder of the Singing Athlete) and John Bucchino. She performed at Hamer Hall for both the 2016 and 2017 program of Morning Melodies as a host of the evening and a soloist. In her final year of study she was selected to fly to Indonesia to take part in a cross-cultural creative workshop with students from the International Institute of the Arts (Jodjakarta). Once home, she immediately began rehearsals for her cabaret premiere Put the Blame on Mame. The show opened at Chapel off Chapel in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival with a sold out season. She recently performed another show she also wrote and produced, Death of a Demi Diva for the 2018 Butterfly Club Cabaret Fringe Festival (dir. Jayde Kirchert).

WILLOW SIZER
Performing collaborator
Willow completed both the Foundation Course (Music Theatre 2014) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts consecutively. She is the grateful recipient of the Dr Andrew and Richard McAliece scholarship. Whilst at the VCA she played the roles of Kaiser Wihelm in Oh, It’s a Lovely War Mate! (dir Maude Davis), Vocal Ensemble in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman), and The Chaperone in the The Drowsy Chaperone (dir Alister Smith.). She was also selected to participate in workshops at VCA with the Michael Chekhov Ensemble (MICHA, NY), Andrew Byrne (founder of the Singing Athlete) and John Bucchino. She performed at Hamer Hall for both the 2016 and 2017 program of Morning Melodies as a host of the evening and a soloist. In her final year of study she was selected to fly to Indonesia to take part in a cross-cultural creative workshop with students from the International Institute of the Arts (Jodjakarta). Once home, she immediately began rehearsals for her cabaret premiere Put the Blame on Mame. The show opened at Chapel off Chapel in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival with a sold out season. She recently performed another show she also wrote and produced, Death of a Demi Diva for the 2018 Butterfly Club Cabaret Fringe Festival (dir. Jayde Kirchert).

JORDAN BARR  Performing collaborator   Jordan graduated from the VCA BFA: Music Theatre course in 2014. In her time at VCA she played a number of roles including Aunt Eller in Oklahoma dir. Gary Young and Lorna in Nick Enright and Terence Clark's Summer Rain dir. OAM Nancye Hayes. In her final year Jordan was Elizah in Peter Rutherford and James Miller's new Australian musical A Little Touch of Chaos dir. Iain Sinclair, Claudia in Showbites: Nine dir. Sally Bourne, Meg in a self-devised musical Elevate! and Mammy in Li'l Abner dir. Martin Croft.  In 2015 Jordan directed Old Carey Performing Art's 'Footloose' receiving a Guild nomination for Best Director. Under her production company 'The Dizzy Biz' she has produced two original works. It's Done (2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival) and Elevate! (2017 MICF). She appeared as Phyllis in The Leeches Collective's 'Ursula'. In 2016 she was short listed for Screen Australia's Smart For A Girl: ROAR initiative. Most recently she assistant directed OCPAC's Sweet Charity and is performing a return season of her one woman show 'How To Be Sexy' at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She was also a Victorian preliminary finalist for RAW Comedy (2018) and a featured comedian on Triple J's Good Az Friday broadcast.

JORDAN BARR
Performing collaborator
Jordan graduated from the VCA BFA: Music Theatre course in 2014. In her time at VCA she played a number of roles including Aunt Eller in Oklahoma dir. Gary Young and Lorna in Nick Enright and Terence Clark's Summer Rain dir. OAM Nancye Hayes. In her final year Jordan was Elizah in Peter Rutherford and James Miller's new Australian musical A Little Touch of Chaos dir. Iain Sinclair, Claudia in Showbites: Nine dir. Sally Bourne, Meg in a self-devised musical Elevate! and Mammy in Li'l Abner dir. Martin Croft.

In 2015 Jordan directed Old Carey Performing Art's 'Footloose' receiving a Guild nomination for Best Director. Under her production company 'The Dizzy Biz' she has produced two original works. It's Done (2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival) and Elevate! (2017 MICF). She appeared as Phyllis in The Leeches Collective's 'Ursula'. In 2016 she was short listed for Screen Australia's Smart For A Girl: ROAR initiative. Most recently she assistant directed OCPAC's Sweet Charity and is performing a return season of her one woman show 'How To Be Sexy' at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She was also a Victorian preliminary finalist for RAW Comedy (2018) and a featured comedian on Triple J's Good Az Friday broadcast.

 

CURRENT Creatives

STU BROWN  Photographer, Visual & Graphic Designer  Stu Brown is a visual artist, designer and photographer from the UK now living and working in Melbourne. Stu graduated from Manchester School of Art with First Class Honours in 2010 and has exhibited artworks across the UK. Recently Stu has shown original artworks in “Odd Angle Boundaries” at BlackCat Gallery in Collingwood and in group exhibitions at Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy and Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabin. Stu Brown’s interactive artwork 30x30x30x30 was runner-up in Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small Works Art Prize 2018. In 2017 Stu Brown joined Citizen Theatre as resident visual designer and producer. He created the visual concept, set design and costume design for original play Alexithymia, directed by Jayde Kirchert for Poppy Seed Festival 2017. Stu Brown is currently documenting Citizen Theatre’s unique training program for upcoming experimental musical theatre production Ascent. He will be producing and directing a video documentary and creating a photobook called The Citizens. Stu Brown will be working with Citizen Theatre and targeted communities in 2019 to create a series of interdisciplinary promenade-style performance works combining visual art and physical performance.  www.hellostubrown.com Instagram @hellostubrown

STU BROWN
Photographer, Visual & Graphic Designer
Stu Brown is a visual artist, designer and photographer from the UK now living and working in Melbourne. Stu graduated from Manchester School of Art with First Class Honours in 2010 and has exhibited artworks across the UK. Recently Stu has shown original artworks in “Odd Angle Boundaries” at BlackCat Gallery in Collingwood and in group exhibitions at Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy and Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabin. Stu Brown’s interactive artwork 30x30x30x30 was runner-up in Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small Works Art Prize 2018. In 2017 Stu Brown joined Citizen Theatre as resident visual designer and producer. He created the visual concept, set design and costume design for original play Alexithymia, directed by Jayde Kirchert for Poppy Seed Festival 2017. Stu Brown is currently documenting Citizen Theatre’s unique training program for upcoming experimental musical theatre production Ascent. He will be producing and directing a video documentary and creating a photobook called The Citizens. Stu Brown will be working with Citizen Theatre and targeted communities in 2019 to create a series of interdisciplinary promenade-style performance works combining visual art and physical performance.

www.hellostubrown.com
Instagram @hellostubrown

IMOGEN CYGLER  Composer & Music Director  Imogen graduated from the VCA studying Interactive Composition (Contemporary Music) in 2017. Trained as a pianist, violinist and vocalist, she has achieved advanced AMEB levels on all three instruments and performed as a soloist and ensemble member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Victorian Opera. In 2016, she was selected by the VCA to participate in a collaborative project at the Singapore Conservatorium of Music, and in 2014 she toured European cities and performed at the official ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux. As a singer songwriter, Imogen has assembled a “baroque pop” band comprising of 4 strings, drums and synth-bass – taking on piano and vocals herself. Over the past two years, she has continued to perform to audiences and scored more than ten student films and musicals. She has musically directed on numerous occasions, most recently for ‘Put The Blame on Mame’ at the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

IMOGEN CYGLER
Composer & Music Director
Imogen graduated from the VCA studying Interactive Composition (Contemporary Music) in 2017. Trained as a pianist, violinist and vocalist, she has achieved advanced AMEB levels on all three instruments and performed as a soloist and ensemble member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Victorian Opera. In 2016, she was selected by the VCA to participate in a collaborative project at the Singapore Conservatorium of Music, and in 2014 she toured European cities and performed at the official ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux. As a singer songwriter, Imogen has assembled a “baroque pop” band comprising of 4 strings, drums and synth-bass – taking on piano and vocals herself. Over the past two years, she has continued to perform to audiences and scored more than ten student films and musicals. She has musically directed on numerous occasions, most recently for ‘Put The Blame on Mame’ at the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

STEPH CLARE-COVER  Associate Producer  Steph has a passion for theatre, performing and everything that comes with it. She is currently studying a double degree at Monash University in Music (Classical Voice) and Science (Physiology). Her theatre training ranges from Music Theatre short courses at VCA to dance and gymnastics training for 17 years. Steph previously worked with Citizen Theatre for ‘Ascent’ (Melbourne Fringe 2018) and ‘Inferno: A Double Bill of Crestfall and Purgatorio’ (2016). She has recently performed on stage in Singing In The Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Babirra) and Chess (OSMaD). She has choreographed Little Shop of Horrors (SLAMS) and Urinetown (Faux Pas), and teaches acrobatics at Theatre Blacks.

STEPH CLARE-COVER
Associate Producer
Steph has a passion for theatre, performing and everything that comes with it. She is currently studying a double degree at Monash University in Music (Classical Voice) and Science (Physiology). Her theatre training ranges from Music Theatre short courses at VCA to dance and gymnastics training for 17 years. Steph previously worked with Citizen Theatre for ‘Ascent’ (Melbourne Fringe 2018) and ‘Inferno: A Double Bill of Crestfall and Purgatorio’ (2016). She has recently performed on stage in Singing In The Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Babirra) and Chess (OSMaD). She has choreographed Little Shop of Horrors (SLAMS) and Urinetown (Faux Pas), and teaches acrobatics at Theatre Blacks.

AISLINN NAUGHTON  Costume Designer  Aislinn is a costume designer and graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She enjoys a hands-on approach to designing and making, employing her skills on a range of dance, theatre, film and musical theatre pieces. Her most recent works include ‘Dendron’ (dir. Kate Stones and Sam Thomas), Createability and costume assistant for ‘School of Rock’ (dir. Laurence Connor) GWB Entertainment Ltd. She hopes to continue designing and making for theatre in the future.   https://www.aislinnnaughton.com Instagram @_aislinndesigns_

AISLINN NAUGHTON
Costume Designer
Aislinn is a costume designer and graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She enjoys a hands-on approach to designing and making, employing her skills on a range of dance, theatre, film and musical theatre pieces. Her most recent works include ‘Dendron’ (dir. Kate Stones and Sam Thomas), Createability and costume assistant for ‘School of Rock’ (dir. Laurence Connor) GWB Entertainment Ltd. She hopes to continue designing and making for theatre in the future. 

https://www.aislinnnaughton.com
Instagram @_aislinndesigns_

COLLABORATORS

MARTY ALIX  Performing collaborator  Marty Alix’s love for theatre began doing musicals as a child at international school in Hong Kong. At the age of nine Marty emigrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 Marty was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). In the summer of 2015, Marty was selected to participate in a Michael Chekhov acting intensive, under the direction of visiting teachers Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh from the Actors Ensemble in New York. His VCA performance highlights include Douglas Haig in Oh, What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey), Paul in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman), Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (dir. Alister Smith) as well as being a featured vocalist in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies. Marty recently played Sonny in Blue Saint Productions’ season of In The Heights in association with the Hayes Theatre Co. and La Cienega in Bring It On at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. Marty is also the grateful recipient of the 2017 Industry Award sponsored by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. He is a proud member of MEAA.

MARTY ALIX
Performing collaborator
Marty Alix’s love for theatre began doing musicals as a child at international school in Hong Kong. At the age of nine Marty emigrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 Marty was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). In the summer of 2015, Marty was selected to participate in a Michael Chekhov acting intensive, under the direction of visiting teachers Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh from the Actors Ensemble in New York. His VCA performance highlights include Douglas Haig in Oh, What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey), Paul in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman), Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (dir. Alister Smith) as well as being a featured vocalist in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies. Marty recently played Sonny in Blue Saint Productions’ season of In The Heights in association with the Hayes Theatre Co. and La Cienega in Bring It On at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. Marty is also the grateful recipient of the 2017 Industry Award sponsored by The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. He is a proud member of MEAA.

KALA GARE  Performing collaborator  Kala Gare is a Melbourne born performer who recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), studying Musical Theatre.  Whilst there, Kala performed as a featured vocalist in Oh, What a Lovely War, as a member of the ensemble and covered the role of Joanne in their production of Company and played the role of Janet Van De Graaf in their end of year production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Last year she was a featured vocalist in the VCA’s Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and also and performed at this year’s Morning Melodies: Movie Musicals.  Kala was the recipient of the Lionel Gell Award during her study and recently made her professional debut in the role of Sophie de Palma in Masterclass starring Amanda Muggleton. Most recently she performed with the infamous Jack Earle Band.

KALA GARE
Performing collaborator
Kala Gare is a Melbourne born performer who recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), studying Musical Theatre.

Whilst there, Kala performed as a featured vocalist in Oh, What a Lovely War, as a member of the ensemble and covered the role of Joanne in their production of Company and played the role of Janet Van De Graaf in their end of year production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Last year she was a featured vocalist in the VCA’s Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and also and performed at this year’s Morning Melodies: Movie Musicals.

Kala was the recipient of the Lionel Gell Award during her study and recently made her professional debut in the role of Sophie de Palma in Masterclass starring Amanda Muggleton. Most recently she performed with the infamous Jack Earle Band.

 
JENNI LITTLE  Performing collaborator  Originally from Sydney, Jenni moved to Melbourne in 2013 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. During her time at the VCA Jenni was the grateful recipient of the Cassidy Bequest and Orloff Family Trust Scholarships and played such roles as Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Little Becky Two-Shoes (Urinetown) and Queenie (Wild Party Project).  Upon graduating she made her professional debut in Follies: In Concert at The Melbourne Recital Centre. Jenni has also been seen in Kinky Boots (MCG), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (VTC), Lady Sings It Better (Edinburgh Fringe), High Fidelity (Highway Run Productions) at The Hayes Theatre Co and most recently as Cordelia in Falsettos (StageArt Entertainment). She will soon be on tour with the Australian production of School of Rock.

JENNI LITTLE
Performing collaborator
Originally from Sydney, Jenni moved to Melbourne in 2013 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. During her time at the VCA Jenni was the grateful recipient of the Cassidy Bequest and Orloff Family Trust Scholarships and played such roles as Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Little Becky Two-Shoes (Urinetown) and Queenie (Wild Party Project).

Upon graduating she made her professional debut in Follies: In Concert at The Melbourne Recital Centre. Jenni has also been seen in Kinky Boots (MCG), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (VTC), Lady Sings It Better (Edinburgh Fringe), High Fidelity (Highway Run Productions) at The Hayes Theatre Co and most recently as Cordelia in Falsettos (StageArt Entertainment). She will soon be on tour with the Australian production of School of Rock.

 
JACK WUNSCH  Performing collaborator  After graduating from The McDonald College of Performing Arts, where he specialised in Music Theatre, Jack moved from Sydney to study at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Jack had previously performed with The Australian Ballet for their 2013 season of Don Quixote. While at the VCA, he was an ensemble member of Company 17’s production of Oh! What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey) and was a featured dancer in the short film Sweet Dreaming, directed and written by Katie Escane. Jack was also a featured vocalist in Morning Melodies: Hollywood Movie Musicals. He was thrilled to perform in the role of Harry in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman) earlier in 2017 and then more recently to take on the role of Gangster 1 as well as Dance Captain to Dana Jolly in The Drowsy Chaperone. He is currently performing on Norwegian Cruise Line's production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

JACK WUNSCH
Performing collaborator
After graduating from The McDonald College of Performing Arts, where he specialised in Music Theatre, Jack moved from Sydney to study at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Jack had previously performed with The Australian Ballet for their 2013 season of Don Quixote. While at the VCA, he was an ensemble member of Company 17’s production of Oh! What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey) and was a featured dancer in the short film Sweet Dreaming, directed and written by Katie Escane. Jack was also a featured vocalist in Morning Melodies: Hollywood Movie Musicals. He was thrilled to perform in the role of Harry in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman) earlier in 2017 and then more recently to take on the role of Gangster 1 as well as Dance Captain to Dana Jolly in The Drowsy Chaperone. He is currently performing on Norwegian Cruise Line's production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

JESSICA VELLUCCI  Performing collaborator  Jessica Vellucci began her formal Music Theatre training at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth, where she was cast in the role of Wendla in  Spring Awakening  (dir. Tanya Mitford). Previously, Jessica has been a dancer in  Twisted Broadway  and  Australia’s Got Talent , a vocalist in  Candyman , starring Wayne Scott Kermond, and featured in the ABC miniseries  Bastard Boys . During her time at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), she has been a featured vocalist in  Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway  at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and a member of the ensemble in  Oh, What a Lovely War, Mate!  (dir. Maude Davey). Jessica also played the role of Joanne in  Company  (dir. Roger Hodgman) and was ensemble/Janet cover in  The Drowsy Chaperone  (dir. Alister Smith). She is also the grateful recipient of the 2017 Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award. She will make her Production Company debut in The Boy From Oz.

JESSICA VELLUCCI
Performing collaborator
Jessica Vellucci began her formal Music Theatre training at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth, where she was cast in the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening (dir. Tanya Mitford). Previously, Jessica has been a dancer in Twisted Broadway and Australia’s Got Talent, a vocalist in Candyman, starring Wayne Scott Kermond, and featured in the ABC miniseries Bastard Boys. During her time at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), she has been a featured vocalist in Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and a member of the ensemble in Oh, What a Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey). Jessica also played the role of Joanne in Company (dir. Roger Hodgman) and was ensemble/Janet cover in The Drowsy Chaperone (dir. Alister Smith). She is also the grateful recipient of the 2017 Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award. She will make her Production Company debut in The Boy From Oz.

 
 

GUEST collaborators

Citizen Theatre is indebted to the fabulous and fearless collaborators who have/continue to work with us:
Carina Waye (actor & producer), Alana Tranter (actor), Hannah Fredericksen (actor), Nelson Gardner (actor), Nick Backstrom (actor), Catherine Glavicic (actor), Chenez Dyer-Bray (Stage Manager), Lauren McKenna (actor), Isabelle Reynaud (actor), Simon Alderman (actor), Marc McIntyre (Costume Designer), Marissa Bennett (actor), Freya Pragt (actor), Marissa O'Reilly (actor), Evan Lever (actor), Andrew Doyle (actor), Gareth Prosser (actor), Michael Nikou (actor), Trevor Jones (Music Director), Thomas Overend (photographer), Lucas Heil (videographer), Jackie Rees (actor), Rory Godbold (actor), Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer (Composer), Patrick Paevere (Music Director), Glenn Ferguson (Producer), Vicki Heilbronn (Stage Manager), Janet Gibson (Stage Manager), Nicola Bowman (actor), Keagan Vaskess (actor), Philip Dallas (Sound Designer), Emma Hoy (actor), videographer Lucas Heil and videographer/photographer Thomas Overend.

We have also collaborated with some great Melbourne based independent theatre companies: 

  • A_tistic

  • Attic Erratic Theatre

  • 5pound theatre

SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Citizen Theatre is grateful for the valued contributions of Carina Waye to many Citizen Theatre projects throughout 2014-2016. Carina is best known at CT for her role as producer on our sellout season of The Importance of Being Earnest, and as the performer in Nude (seasons in 2014 & 2015), where she was part of the development and workshopping process and originated the role of Marilyn Monroe & Actor. We wish her all the best as she embarks on an exciting new journey overseas.

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Jayde Kirchert


Artistic Director

Jayde Kirchert


Artistic Director

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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’. 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), ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (at Como Historic House & Garden, supported by the City of Stonnington) and ‘Crestfall’, as part of ‘Inferno: A Double Bill’, also featuring Attic Erratic & 5pound theatre's critically acclaimed production of ‘Purgatorio’. Recent credits include ‘Alexithymia’ for the 2017 Poppy Seed Festival and one woman cabarets Jordan Barr's ‘How To Be Sexy’ (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018), Willow Sizer’s ‘Death of a Demi Diva’ (Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival 2018) and Ascent for Theatre Works’ 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival program for which she was writer and director. In 2018 she also started working with Opera Scholars Australia, directing for their ‘Moments In Opera’ and ‘Arias Concert’ events.

She has 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), Jess New's ‘Einstein: Master of the Universe’ (director/dramaturge for VCA development), ‘Insatiable Moon’ by Jamie Burgess (director for VCA reading) and a musical adaptation of ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ (director/dramaturge for VCA development). She also had her own new work Mara KORPER presented at Small and Loud in March this year (at The Channel, Arts Centre).

She has 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), Company (dir. Roger Hodgman for VCA) and A Chorus Line (dir. Tyran Parke 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, performance and music theatre. She also teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts.

 

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Awards & grants


Awards & grants


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

  • Programmed in the 2017 Poppy Seed Festival

  • Recipients of ShowSupport, a grant generously supported by Monica and Sam Abrahams and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation to present Ascent at Theatre Works at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival

  • Recipients of The City of Stonnington’s 2018/2019 Arts & Cultural Grant to present ‘Forgotten Places: an immersive experience’ at Chapel Off Chapel in February 2019

  • Recipients of The City of Kingston’s Arts & Cultural Grant to present ‘Forgotten Places: an immersive experience’ at Kingston Arts Centre in September 2019

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Citizen Theatre Touring


Citizen Theatre Touring


Citizen Theatre Touring is a New division of Citizen Theatre

Citizen Theatre Touring aims to entertain and engage with Australian audiences. We do this by combining music and theatre, transporting audiences to places of joy and love.

All performers and creatives involved with Citizen Theatre productions are practicing artists with relevant tertiary training and/or industry experience. Our standards are high and productions attract critical acclaim, whilst entertaining and connecting deeply with audiences.

Select Citizen Theatre productions are available for touring now. For more information, visit our dedicated website.

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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

The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation: without the generous support from Ron & Margaret, we couldn't keep doing what we're doing. We are forever grateful for their generosity and belief in us.

Monica & Sam Abrahams and The Ron & Margaret Dobell Foundation for their donations towards our Melbourne Fringe Festival ShowSupport grant (2018)

Generous Supporters for our 2017 Australian Cultural Fund campaign
Citizen Jessica Doutch, Citizen Paris Balla, Citizen Kathryn Yates, Citizen l amb, Citizen Emina Ashman, Citizen Kelvin Anderson, Citizen Alison Dullard, Citizen Nina Barry-Macaulay, Citizen Ian Dallas, Citizen Eliza Quinn, Citizen Elizabeth Lamb, Citizen Peter Fitzpatrick, Citizen Nicholas Backstrom, Citizen Jordan Barr, Citizen Ellen Coleman, Citizen Jen Little, Citizen Gillian Perks, Citizen Candice O'Brien, Citizen Ian Abbey, Citizen Chris Nolan, Citizen Jess Gonsalvez, Citizen Zorro Maplestone, Citizen Matt Bell, Citizen Eliana Urrutia, Citizen Maude Davey, Citizen Robyn Arthur, Citizen Brenda Waye, Citizen Lesley Haine, Citizen Evrim Sen, Citizen Rory Godbold, Citizen Stephanie Clare-Cover, Citizen Matthew Rady, Citizen Kathleen Douglas and some lovely anonymous Citizens.

Very Important Supporters
James Degenhardt (Pozible supporter 2015)
Symon Kerslake (Pozible supporter 2015)
Dierdre Robertson (Pozible supporter 2015)

More wonderful Citizen Supporters from our 2015 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.