2019 Creative Team
Emily McLean Artistic Director
Emily McLean trained at WAAPA and is a founding member of Red Ryder Theatre Company. She has directed for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Deckchair, Red Ryder, WAAPA, Curtin University, Maiden Voyage Theatre Company, Downstairs at the Maj and others. In 2014 she directed the world premiere of Dust by Suzie Miller for Black Swan, which won the WA Premier’s Award for best script. Red Ryder’s production of Grounded by George Brant, directed by Emily, was a sell out and won both the Members’ Choice and Best Production at the 2016 Blue Room Awards and the PAWA Award for Best Independent Production for 2016. In 2017 she directed Second Year Musical Theatre Students at WAAPA and Toast by Liz Newell, a new West Australian work at The Blue Room. Toast won the Best Production at the 2017 Blue Room Awards. In 2018 she directed A Streetcar Named Desire with the third year acting students at WAAPA, and Blackrock with Curtin Theatre Arts students. In the last eight years she has directed ten new Australian works. Emily won the Equity Award for directing in 2006 for Dealer’s Choice and in 2007 for The Mozart Faction.
Amy Wiseman Event Manager and Choreographer / Rehearsal Director
Amy Wiseman is a dance artist working as a mover/maker, collaborator, teacher, writer and producer. Amy completed her BA in Dance with LINK Dance Company in 2008, performed and toured with Australian electro-pop band Empire of the Sun from 2009-2013, and makes up one-third of Perth-based collective Unkempt Dance. Unkempt aim to engage and amuse a diverse audience with their idiosyncratic style of dance theatre, mixed with a bit of charm. As part of Unkempt, Amy has created and produced work for Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe World, Canberra Short + Sweet and various STRUT Dance seasons, and more recently have been commissioned to create work for Co3 Australia, the City of Perth’s Winter Arts Season, the National Architecture Conference, LINK Dance Company and the Australian Dance Awards.
Amy worked as Projects Manager for Ausdance WA from 2014 – 2018, and more recently produced independent choreographer Kynan Hughes’ production of Love/Less as part of the MoveMe Festival. Amy writes for Seesaw online magazine, lectures at WAAPA and is a member of the STRUT Dance board. Amy has produced the Performing Arts Perspectives event at the Perth Concert Hall since 2016.
Matt Bryan Master of Ceremonies
First trying out acting in his year 9 high school production, Matt is a product of All Saints College and the Western Australian drama ATAR course. Whilst at school, he developed his skills in class, in student films and in his school’s extracurricular stage productions of Romeo and Juliet, Cosi and Animal Farm. Last year, having completed his final WACE exams and achieving the WACE Subject Exhibition for the highest final mark in the drama course, Matt was selected to present his Original Solo Performance in the 2018 Performing Arts Perspectives showcase. He closed last year’s event with his self-written piece entitled Lonely Hearts Club; a surrealist exploration into the unhinged mind of the convicted murderer of John Lennon, Mark Chapman in the days leading up to his fateful act.
Within the last year Matt has continued to pursue his passion for acting, landing roles in various productions including most recently in the award winning 2019 FringeWorld show REST, presented by the WA Youth Theatre Company. Currently studying at the University of Western Australia, Matt hopes to undergo formal acting training after the completion of his undergraduate degree. In 2019 he is proud to MC the showcase and to introduce this year’s amazing acts.
Past Creative Team
Adam Mitchell 2018 Artistic Director
Kynan Hughes – 2018 Set Solo Choreographer and Dance Rehearsal Director
Kynan graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts in Dance in 2000. Since then he has worked with a range of companies around Australia including: Leigh Warren and Dancers, Dance North & Sydney Dance Company under Rafael Bonachela, performing & touring a range of new & established works, both in Australia and overseas. Kynan has also choreographed a number of works & taught at various companies and institutions around Australia.
Since returning to Perth in 2012, Kynan has attained his Bachelor of Arts, performed as Feather in Sally Richardson’s The Ghost’s Child, in James Berlyn’s Tenebrae et Lux for PIAF & Sue Peacock’s Reflect for which he was nominated as ‘Best Male Performer’ in the 2013 West Australian Dance Awards. He choreographed & performed in With a Bullet: The Album Project for the Fringe Festival and choreographed works for LINK Dance Company, STEPS Youth Dance Company & for WAAPA. He was part of BIG Stretch: a program taking contemporary dance to remote indigenous communities in the Kimberley. Hughes performed in two new works for the 2014 Fringe festival: RITES – dying to dance by Sally Richardson & THE MAN – a collaboration with Chrissie Parrott. THE MAN won the 2014 Fringe award for Performance & was nominated in the categories’ of best Choreography and Performance by a male dancer at the 2014 WA dance awards. He performed with Buzz Dance Theatre in Lucas Jervies Plain Jane, which toured to schools & was part of the AWESOME Festival for children.
Kynan also returned to Adelaide to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers & the State Opera South Australia for the world premiere of the Phillip Glass Trilogy in Einstein on the Beach. In 2015/16 Kynan choreographed two works for ShortCUTS at STRUT Dance – Rorschach and love you still, and performed in Joe Lui’s Selkie. Kynan recently completed three major commissions; creating the exam materials for 2017/19 for the Education Department of WA, a work for Beijing Normal University, and the opening night of the City of Perth’s Winter Arts Festival. He is currently co-curating IN Situ: a program of site specific work for local independent artists and he is a sessional lecturer at WAAPA. His new work Valentine premiered in November, 2017 as part of the Blue Room Theatre’s Aug – Dec Development season and his latest work Love/Less will premiere in the MOVEME Festival in September 2018.