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The Bangalow Theatre Company (BTC) is a newly established not-for-profit incorporated association passionate about the performing arts and the Bangalow community. The BTC is managed by a dedicated committee who collectively have many decades of professional experience in the performing arts, education and business management. Together we have set some ambitious and important goals for the BTC, these are:
to produce highly professional, innovative and breathtaking theatre
to provide a performance platform for members of the Bangalow and broader communities
to encourage community involvement in the performing arts
to foster and develop the skills and talents of individual community members in all aspects of theatre.
The BTC is very fortunate to enjoy the support of the A&I Hall committee and we are proud that we are able to call the A&I our home. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work in this grand old lady and we are very excited to be able to bring her stage to life with our own local talent and productions.
Anouska Gammon has had extensive experience and involvement in the performing arts industry in Australia for over 30 years. After completing a Diploma at Brent Street Performing Arts and a Double Degree in Dance and Drama Education at University of New South Wales, Anouska has continued to pursue her love for the performing arts through teaching and choreographing in various institutions throughout NSW. Anouska currently runs BANG! Academy of Performing Arts, along with Rhythm Academy and LYRIC, all youth focused platforms in the Performing Arts for local Northern Rivers students. Recently she has entered the world of play writing and directing with her adaptation of Tristan Bancks, ‘Two Wolves’ in 2018 which won multiple awards for acting and best new theatrical work. Anouska is passionate about collaborations and creations that are locally derived, and she looks forward to creating more original works that are entirely crafted with local creators, designers, musicians, animators, dancers, actors and singers of all ages and experience! An active choreographer for State Dance Ensembles and Festivals, and a lecturer at Southern Cross University in Creative and Performing Arts in Education, Anouska is very excited to share her passion, respect and knowledge for the Arts with the wider community.
As a founding member of the BTC, Anouska is thrilled to be amongst such a fabulous bunch of creative volunteers and Thespians who look forward to bringing Bangalow some great theatre!
OUR VICE PRESIDENT
Kate attended her first acting class with the Basin Theatre Company at age four, spawning a love of all things theatrical. 17 years of competitive dance saw her as a regular on the stage and lead to a slate of musical theatre credits including ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Pippin’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Merrily We Roll Along’and ‘The Little Prince’, Choreographer for ‘Rent’and ‘Life’s a Circus’and Director/Choreographer of ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’, ‘Bring Down the House’and ‘Avenue Who?Some of her performance highlights include ‘Dr Faustus’, ‘White Paper Flowers’, ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’and ‘Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth.’ Her short film credits include ‘Four Past Friday’and ‘Axis of Evil.’
Kate has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and worked as a Talent Agent for film, television and circus from 2003 - 2017. Since moving to the Northern Rivers, Kate has returned to the stage playing Trisha in‘5 Women Wearing the Same Dress’, Suzanna in ‘Becky Shaw’and Billy in ‘Shit’ with the Drill Hall Theatre Company. In 2017 she Directed ‘Little Shop of Horrors’for Bangalow Theatre Company, winning Best Director of a Community Theatre Musicalat the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.
Claire is a visual artist with a keen interest in performance, screen production and writing.
She holds a Bachelor of Art Education from The UNSW College of Fine Arts, and for the last twenty years has enjoyed working in the Arts as a studio artist, a magazine editor, a publicist, and as a creative director and planner for major events and festival venues. When she’s not doing all of that, she likes to write songs, play ukulele, and ride dirt bikes...sometimes at the same time.
She has written, directed, produced and performed in a number of short films, animations and documentaries including, One Little Room, Brillig’s Island,The Adventures of Max & Lil, The Superfantastical Delicious and Magical Illustrated World of Tamsin Ainslie, No Bloody Way, The Bridge, andDeadlock for ABCTV. And her most recent credits as an actor for stage include SHIT and The Call by Patricia Cornelius.
Claire is thrilled to join the BTC as Producer for Calamity Jane.
OUR ARTIST LIAISON
Jo Franklin is a highly accomplished performing arts professional and has worked and trained in the theatre industry for over 15 years. Jo has been involved in numerous noteworthy performing arts projects throughout Australia, the UK and America working as a theatre maker, facilitator, teacher and director. Jo is also experienced in theatre technologies, programming and design and holds a BA Applied Theatre with a Double Major in Advanced Theatre. Jo is passionate about fostering young talent in the performing arts and providing a voice, through the medium of theatre, for marginalised communities.
Adrian Kennedy (Ace)
Adrian Kennedy has over 20 years of senior management experience in the successful development and operations of medium to large scale business. He is a former local business owner with impressive credentials in accounting/economics and is well known in the Bangalow community for his extensive volunteering and support of local groups, clubs and associations. Ace’s enthusiasm for the aims and ambitions of the BTC in conjunction with his expertise in financial and operational matters make him an invaluable member of the BTC team.
Owen arrived at Hayters Hill 1972 and taught Science in Lismore for the Diocese at Marist Bros and St Marys (later to become Trinity) and retired to Hayters Hill Farm to become a pig and cattle farmer in 1981. He began acting with Theatre North under Directorship and tutelage of Peter Derrett, OAM. in 1982. Training was modelled on the National Theatre in the UK and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Owen performed for 20 years with Theatre North in various roles from Shakespeare (Lear, Othello, Falstaff, Fortinbrass, Lord Capulet and Banquo) to Peter Shaffer (Equus as Dysart and in Amadeusas Salieri). Other roles were in comedies, Passion Plays, musicals, pub plays and in original plays premiered in Lismore. Another role was Chairman of the Board for Theatre North for many Years. Life after Theatre North was spent with other local Theatre Groups; Baywrite, (reading and performing original work for local playwrights), Ballina Players and Mullum Drill Hall (back to Shakespeare). Owen came on board BTC’s inaugural production of The Drowsy Chaperone as one of the lead roles and has been with the company ever since.
OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Originally from Sydney and now living in Bangalow, Margaret began her musical studies on piano at age 4. She achieved her Associate diploma at the age of 16 and continued her studies until, at the age of 26, she achieved her Performance Fellowship with the Trinity College of Music, London. In 2000 she commenced studies on the harp with Louise Johnson, principal harpist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Margaret is well known and regarded as an accomplished performer, accompanist and teacher on the harp and piano. She has performed with various orchestras, worked with musical society performances, solo recitals, choir accompaniment, weddings and other social gatherings. She is currently resident harpist and pianist with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.
Margaret has been Musical Director with BTC since the beginning. She has brought laughter and professional guidance to each production.
OUR VOCAL COACH
Melia is an actor, songwriter and classically trained musician. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art and she has a Masters of Arts and Entertainment Management from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney. Melia toured the country with the Bell Shakespeare Company, Actors at Work and worked with Playbox Theatre Company, Melbourne. Highlight roles include Megan inThe Fat Boy written by Tony Ayres and Sally in Falling Petals written by Ben Ellis both at the Malthouse. Melia’s film credits include Eron Sheean’s Fish which screened at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She played the role of Karen in BAFTA award winning filmmaker Hattie Dalton’s short film Summer’s Day. Melia has collaborated and devised work with various co-op theatre companies in Melbourne, she has written a short film score and is a voice over artist. Since moving to the Northern Rivers, Melia created Scarlett Affection, an award winning theatrical folk pop two-piece with her sister, winning the John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2012 and the Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence at the Australian Songwriters Association. They toured their harmonies to the USA and Canada and have played major festivals across Australia. Recent theatre credits include Frances in Five Women wearing the same dress with the Drill Hall Theatre Company; and Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone presented by Bangalow Theatre Company.
OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Frauke has trained and worked in Theatre for over 20 years. She has been involved with productions, projects and trainings for various institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She lectured in Theatrepedagogy and Applied Theatre at the at the Institute for Economic and Social Sciences and worked as a Communication Trainer at the Eberhard-Karls- University of Tübingen in Germany, which is her Alma Mater. Frauke studied as well at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and holds two M.As in Science and Education, is a certified Applied Theatre Teacher ( Theatrepedagogy BuT) and accredited Secondary Teacher (Boostes). After she moved to Australia she became the founder of CICADE, Centre for Innovative Coaching and Applied Drama Education and the Director of Education for Public Act -Theatre for All, Byron Bay. She has been a Board member of Drama NSW and currently teaches at local Schools. She continues to train and coach educators and teachers overseas. Since experiencing the power of Theatre in her own teenage years and working in the Children Theatre Section of a State Theatre in Germany at the early beginnings of her career, Frauke has never lost her love and commitment to work with young people throughout her professional life. Her projects for and with children and youth have been awarded by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture, Germany. She is excited to share her extensive experience with BTC!
BTC AND BANGALOW
The BTC believes strongly in the goals we have set for the association but also the value that the association brings to Bangalow and the broader community. The establishment and ongoing work of the BTC benefits the community in the following ways:
promoting and building the artistic capacity of the community and region
providing easily accessible cultural and creative entertainment experiences for the community
fostering young talent - our local school students have the opportunity to gain ongoing and invaluable experience working with performing arts professionals and educators
fostering local talent - providing a platform for amateurs and professionals alike to hone their skills
creating opportunities to bring the community together and encourage wider audiences into the township of Bangalow
developing opportunities to work with and bring together a range of local businesses and community organisations
building important links and relationships between our youth, local professionals, local businesses and government
sharing a sense of community engagement and excitement focussed on a local event/production.