Dan Koop is an Artist and Producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Creatively, he makes performance works in unusual and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. Professionally, he has worked for contemporary multi-artform venues and festivals. He holds a Masters of Public Art at RMIT University.
Creatively, Dan’s performances have taken place in diverse places like working launderettes, a vintage caravan and a pimped out shopping trolley.
Presently he is working on various commissions for Arts House’s Going Nowhere program (to be presented simultaneously with Arts House in Melbourne and Cambridge Junction in the UK); with Triage Live Art Collective’s Hotel Obscura (with partners Mezzanine Spectacle in France, Ohi Pezoume in Greece, Die Fabrikanten in Austria and Arts House in Melbourne); and the SITUATE art in festivals program (AUS).
At the 2012 Next Wave Festival Dan and collaborators premiered The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge, a live public artwork along and across the Yarra River that was awarded a Melbourne Greenroom Award for Outstanding Production – Creative Agency for Audiences. The work has since been presented at the 2013 Junction Arts Festival, Launceston and showcased at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market, Brisbane.
In 2010-11 Dan’s solo work Wish We Where Here invited participants to re-connect with the people in their own city by playing delivery boy, hand delivering postcard messages with special instructions to the people of Brisbane Festival, Tiny Stadiums at PACT Sydney and Junction Arts Festival in Launceston.
In the UK Dan has presented works with the Live Art Development Agency, Glastonbury Festival and at Edinburgh Fringe.
Professionally, Dan is the Producer of Theatre Works’ ENCOUNTER(S) program of intimate performance workshops, residencies and performances in public space that have taken place around St Kilda since August 2012. The premiere of the several commissioned works will take place in March 2014 during the inaugural Festival Of Live Art, co-presented with Arts House and Footscray Community Arts Centre.
From 2005-10 Dan was a Project Manager for the 2010 Sydney Festival; a Producer at Brisbane Powerhouse where he contributed to the creation of the World Theatre Festival; and was an Assistant Producer at BAC in London, which included projects such as the immersive site-specific BAC/Punchdrunk Theatre co-production The Masque of the Red Death.
Andrew Bailey studied Design at the VCA School of Production, graduating in 2004. He has designed MTC’s productions of Beached, Happy Ending, The Golden Dragon, On the Production of Monsters (Green Room Award nominated), The Joy of Text, Songs for Nobodies, Ruby Moon, and, for MTC Education, Explorations: A Streetcar Named Desire. Andrew was also Associate Set Designer on Other Desert Cities for MTC. Some of his other site-specific designs include the two Green Room Award winning projects The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge (2012 Next Wave Festival) and Southern Crossings (One Step At A Time) and the works Pillow Talk (One Step At A Time) and This is our Youth.
Lauren Clelland is a Producer, Production Coordinator and Creative who works with various small to large scale multi-artform festivals and events around Australia. Lauren is committed to critical conversation, artist development and delivering high quality arts experiences for audiences. Outside of the festival circuit Lauren maintains an artistic practice producing, devising and advising on independent hybrid arts projects in both Brisbane and Melbourne.
Presently Lauren is the Producer - Independent Theatre Program at Brisbane Festival. Recent festival management roles include Venues Manager for Melbourne International Film Festival (2013), Production Manager – Urban Chamber Beyond for Outer Urban Projects (2013), Associate Producer – The Warren for Melbourne Fringe (2012) and Site Front of House Manager for The Garden of Unearthly Delights/Adelaide Fringe (2012 and 2013).
Currently a Deviser/Collaborator on I Want To Know What Love Is – a new performance work presented by The Good Room and Queensland Theatre Company, Lauren has instigated or collaborated as a Curator/Deviser on projects including I Don’t Think This Is Happiness (Metro Arts, FreeRange 2012), Where We Begin (Under the Radar, Brisbane Festival 2011) and CROSS-STITCH: No Pluto, Just Stars (Metro Arts, FreeRange 2010).
With extensive experience in Front of House Management and Production Coordination, Lauren has worked for organisations including Brisbane Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Great Big Events and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She also holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) degree from Queensland University of Technology.
Penny Harpham is an actor, director, performance artist and co-founder of independent theatre company, She Said. For She Said she has performed, written and directed, most recently directingLaika and Wills for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, where She Said performer Ian Michael won the award for Outstanding Indigenous Artist.
As an actor she has performed with She Said, Elbow Room, Stella Electrika, CrossDitch, The Good Room, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Class Act and Backbone Youth Arts.
She is a Green Room Award recipient for Dan Koop & Co’s live art work The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge (Next Wave Festival 2012, Junction Arts Festival 2013). Other live art works include Y? (commissioned by Yarra City Council) and VOICE (with Transmit Receive for Soundscaping, Glasgow). She is also part of a trio of performing artists, (Kat Henry and William McBride) who created Deliverance, a 240 hour durational performance piece, first enacted in 2012 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and then in Berlin at KunstHalle as part of a residency with live art collective, KUNSTrePUBLIK.
Recently she returned from Seoul where she was selected as one of four artists across both countries to be part of the Australian and Korean International Cultural Exchange (AKICE) with the aim of creating a new, multidisciplinary and bilingual work.
In 2014 Penny is studying Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She already holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama/Journalism from the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, majoring in theatre with special interest also in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.
Georgina Humphries is a public artist who creates temporary installations for festivals both locally and internationally. Georgina weaves a wide range of handmade techniques into temporary installations, live art set design, time-lapse video art and traditional sculpture to creates tangible experiences in an array of public environments.
Recent projects include work for Falls Festival (Lorne, VIC, 2013/12), The Harvest Festival (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane 2012/11), Adelaide Fringe Festival (2011, SA) & Glastonbury Festival (2010, UK). Georgina has also recently undertaken arts residencies in Germany & China, as well as receiving a number of grants and awards including the Incinerator Gallery Award (Artecycle Exhibition, 2013), ArtStart Grant (Australia Council, 2012) and Adelaide City Council Public Arts Grant in 2011. In 2011 Georgina completed a Masters of Arts (Public Art) at RMIT University.
Jamie Lewis is a performance artist whose work investigates the thresholds of audience engagement through the experimentation with the Live, exploring the role of the audience member as co-creator, though the form of her work is determined by the nature of collaborations and provocations through the process of creation.
In 2010 Jamie completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Animateur) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and has previously graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in Theatre and Performance at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2009. Prior to this work in the Theatre of the Oppressed style with Drama Box (Singapore) took her to the streets of Bangalore, India, Singapore and workshops with Augusto Boal in Omaha, USA.
Leaning towards social practice, Jamie uses autobiographical stories, conversation and food to facilitate meditations on identity, place and time. Her conceptual streak, responsive nature, and a perceptive eye, has also led her practice into some sort of a midwifery, as she facilitates, curates, and challenges the artistic processes of her peers.
Jamie is a collaborator with Dan Koop & Co. on The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge, which premiered at the 2012 Next Wave Festival. A live public artwork along and across the Yarra River, it was awarded a Greenroom Award for Outstanding Production – Creative Agency for Audiences. The work has since been presented at the 2013 Junction Arts Festival in Launceston and showcased at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market in Brisbane.
As part of Transparency Collective, Jamie has collaborated and created work in Critical Boundary, an art laboratory as part of Metro Arts’ 2012 Galleries Program, 3-day:05 at Dear Patti Smith Gallery in Melbourne, and Metro Arts’ Free Range Residency in 2011.
In 2012, Jamie also participated in the Singapore<>Brisbane Exchange, an international collaborative residency between Metro Arts and Chan Hampe Galleries, resulting in 来，吃饭(Come, Eat), a relational and social performance work centred around sharing a meal with audience participants.
Max Milne is a photographic and conditions nurturing artist. He creates spaces that allow people to experience what is present for them emotionally and physically. Active in Melbourne visual art subcultures for the better part of the last decade, Max pursues collaborations between photography and other art forms, especially performance/theatre. Recently he produced and directed Shrine at End of the Line Festival 2013 and co-created and directed a poly vocal performance installation VOICE in Glasgow and Melbourne 2013.