Matthew Kneale - Project Director

Matthew trained as a set and costume designer at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2005. Since then he has shifted his career to focus onto project direction and producing live performance in public space. His project Kids Can Get Lost, an instructional performance on how to conduct a safe family road trip, took place in the Moonee Ponds concrete floodway underneath the Tullamarine Freeway during the 2008 Next Wave Festival.  In the second half of 2008 he received the Moonee Valley Foundation Encouragement Award to fund a creative internship with the Perth-based PVI Collective. Matthew’s set and costume work has included designs for the Border Project (Trouble on Planet Earth, 2008), The State Opera Company of South Australia (The Station and At The Statue of Venus, 2006) and Australian Dance Theatre (Theatrical Trailer to Alien 5, 2008). Matthew is also proud to have designed the Black Lung Theatre logo.

Matthew’s folio

Daniel Koerner

Dan is a theatre director based in Melbourne. He trained as a director at the Flinders University Drama Centre in South Australia and at the Victorian College of the Arts. He predominantly works with performers to devise work that occurs in a wide range of environments, from a traditional theatre space to the side of a freeway. Daniel recently directed Tinseltown for Short and Sweet 2009, which earned him the award for Best Direction as well as a Full Tilt award for two weeks of creative development at the Arts Centre.  In 2006 Daniel received a Spark Mentorship to investigate contemporary theatre practice, and completed a creative internship with Brooklyn-based company Radiohole. In addition to theatre direction, Daniel has directed a number of films and video clips, including Some Place To Be by True Live (Mushroom Records, 2009) and If I Dance Will It Keep Me Warm? (2008). As a seasonal lecturer in performance at the University of Wollongong, Daniel conducts ongoing classes in technique and performance-making, with a rigorous focus on contemporary and post-dramatic work. He is also a member of the Malthouse Theatre Artistic Council.

Zoe Meagher

Zoe studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, graduating with first class honours in Visual Media in 2008. She has been involved in projects ranging from devised performances to experimental films, informed by her intensive study in gender theory and discourse.  Her experience in sound design has ranged from exploitation-style film trailers (Werewolf Priest, 2007) to unsettling robotic dreamscapes (Libido Ex Machina, 2008). In 2008 she collaborated with local singer-songwriter Nick Tiliacos to compose and arrange an anthem for the Asia-Pacific Out Games Opening Ceremony (Hero). Her work as a DJ requires her to create live mixes according to venue, crowd and ambience, a skill that filters through into her artistic practice.

As a performer, Zoe’s extensive roles have included a deranged rock star Hamlet (Six Theatres in Search of a Fix, 2007), an ‘anarcho-freegan-vegan’ (Botchulism, 2008), and a lovesick duck-o-phile (Crunch!, 2006) – a performance she was individually selected to repeat at three subsequent venues.

Examples of Zoe’s work

Jessica Daly

Born and raised in Melbourne, Jessica’s initial training began in dance and

performance. Her childhood was spent riding unicycles in the Little Big Tops Circus, dancing with the Victorian Ballet School and performing in high school musicals and plays. After a year spent living in France, she decided to combine her performance experience with her passion for design and visual arts, and completed a Bachelor of Theatre Production at the VCA. At the VCA, Jessica designed and made costumes for both dance and drama productions including The Perjured City directed by Kirsten Von Bibra and King Lear directed by Brian Lipson. During her final year at VCA, she travelled to the UK to complete a secondment at the Royal Opera and Ballet Company, London. On completion of her degree, she was awarded the George Tallis Foundation Scholarship for excellence in design.

Jessica currently divides her time between freelance design, and performance. She is the founder and manager of burlesque/performance artists The V Dentatas, choreographing, designing and directing performances.