Katrina is a director and creative producer passionate about developing new work in collaboration with artists and communities that re-imagine the possibilities of live performance. Current projects include producing the 2021 Martin-Lysicrates Prize (ATYP) creating and producing bioticX a VR live performance; co-producing Juxta, an interactive online experience; and directing Salvage an immersive performance installation for Trybal Productions. Recent projects include producing the film installation Smashing (Little Big Woman Productions 2020/21); producing the premiere season of Black Drop Effect by Nardi Simpson (Bankstown Arts Centre & Sydney Festival 2020); directing and co-writing with Debra Keenahan the VR experience Being Debra (Big Anxiety Festival 2019); and directing Garden of the Mind (Trybal Productions 2019). Katrina has worked for companies across Australia and internationally including ATYP, PYT | Fairfield, The Q at the Joan, Interplay Kenya, VCA, STC, Shopfront Contemporary Arts and PACT centre for emerging artists. Theatre credits include director of the award winning Intersection (ATYP 2017); dramaturge of the award winning A Boy & A Bean by Nick Atkins (The Q & PACT 2014); and director of the multi award winning premiere season of Truck Stop by Lachlan Philpott (Q Theatre 2012). Film and TV credits include co-producer After Hours (Jabiru Town Council 2006); and director In The Swim (SBS & Porchlight Pictures 2001/02).
Jayden Selvakumaraswamy is the Artistic Associate at The House that Dan Built. She is a choir leader, core ensemble leader and soprano vocalist at The House. Jayden has years of training in singing and is a classically trained ballet dancer. She was a vocalist in Sydney Chamber Opera’s world premier of The Howling Girls in 2018 & 2019 for Tokyo Festival. She performed in the chorus of Angelica Mesiti’s film ASSEMBLY for the Venice Biennale 2019. She has performed in Tender Young Creatures, SALT, Echo, Bagatelle and REVERENCE, all produced by The House. She is currently performing as a back-up singer for Jessica O’Donoghue’s ‘Rise Up’ album launch across 2022.
Suzanne Hauser is a theatre maker, storyteller, dramaturg and teacher, passionate about the development and production of work by and for young people. Suzanne has written, directed and produced numerous works for young actors. She develops her work with young people, always staying faithful and respectful to their stories, their concerns and their fascinations. In 2021 Suzanne founded Fearless Invention, a company dedicated to producing original theatre by young people. Suzanne has been Creative Producer of Outback Theatre for Young People (2009-11), Artistic Director of Ryde Youth Theatre (2012-20) and Facilitator of Beyond Vision Theatre (2011-12). Under Suzanne’s leadership Ryde Youth Theatre won a City of Ryde Mayor’s Community Award for their work with young people. Suzanne’s plays for young actors, When the War Comes to Town, Dare or Truth and All the King’s Children are published by Australian Plays Transform and her play War Poems was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwright’s Award 2007. Suzanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Science, Theatre from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Theatre from James Cook University. She is currently undertaking a Master of Research at the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.
STRATEGIC AND PLANNING
A Different Kind of Consultant for a New Kind of World.
Kath’s career has encompassed leadership roles in Government, leading national grant programs and strategies, as well as executive roles in the private creative sector, festivals and NFP's.
Kath currently works as a consultant providing high-level strategic, business and creative advice and facilitation to a range of clients across the arts, entertainment, festivals and events industries.
She counts within her client list a diverse range of organisations and individuals including; Blakdance, Ultra Music Festival, UNIFIED MUSIC, The Untitled Group, Parlour, The Dylan Alcott Foundation, The Taste of Tasmania, The British Council, Fling, Nayri Niara and Tin Camp Studios
MOVEMENT AND SUZUKI TRAINING
Shy Magsalin is a Sydney-based theatre director and actor. She works and trains regularly with the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Japan and is head of the theatre ensemble Ninefold in Sydney. Shy graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Performance, Theory and Practice (Theatremaking) before questing to deepen her knowledge of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training with companies such as Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane), OzFrank Theatre (Brisbane), SITI Company in New York (2007, 2009) and, finally, SCOT in Japan (2008, 2012-current). She has directed and performed locally, interstate and internationally. Projects include 'The Blue Book' (International Theatre Ensemble, Sweden 2009), 'Macbeth: 9 Scenes Rehearsed' (Sydney 2014), 'Room' (Earthcrosser Company, Sydney 2014), 'The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria' (International SCOT, Japan 2014), 'The Tale of Lear' (SCOT, Japan 2015), 'Kachi Kachi Yama' (SCOT, Japan 2016), 'The Tragedy of Antigone' (Ninefold, Sydney 2016) and 'The Blue Bird' (International SCOT, Japan 2017).
REGIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Serena graduated from ACTT in 2011 and later gained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre Studies at UNE. Originally a figure skater and ballet dancer, with a passion for creating physical theatre, she has been mentored by Ira Seidenstein and performed self-devised work such as ‘No Greater Love’ at the Sydney convention centre. She regularly performs with Antoinette Sampson’s Peace Angels. Theatre credits include Helena in Midsummer night’s dream, Stella in Streetcar named desire and Rosaria in A flower of the lips by Valentino Musico. In 2017 Serena worked with Danielle OKeefe and the ‘Toy Choir’, also assisting on the rural ‘Akin’ workshops. She was so inspired that last year she travelled to India with a bag of ukuleles and made a music video with children at The ‘Red Kangaroo Project’ in Varanasi.
2021 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP
Grace Campbell is an emerging artist and ensemble member of the House. Beginning her time here in 2016 as a part of Toy Choir, Grace has since performed and creatively devised further productions with The House, including Tender Young Creatures and Salt. This year, she is undertaking a part time fellowship position with the House that Dan Built.
2021 HOUSE TRAINEESHIP
Sofia Goulding is an emerging musician and writer, who started songwriting with the Toy Choir in 2016. This year they are doing a traineeship at the House that Dan Built with a TAFE course in music performance.