Nobody shares an idea like Danielle. It starts with a knowing twinkle in her eye, her mouth twitches, she starts speaking, and you find yourself absolutely as excited as she is in about 30 seconds flat. And if Dan's passionate about an idea, I already know it's worth exploring. That's why I am so excited to be one of the building blocks in The House That Dan Built. I've worked with Danielle on many projects over the last 8 years, most recently 2014's The Little Mermaid - Not Suitable for Children, with an ensemble of 22 young female performers. She truly creates her works with her casts, starting only with an idea or question and inspiring them to think on and explore it with all the intelligence and creativity they can muster, all the while trusting that with her guidance an original piece of theatre will manifest within the required time frame, topped with the unique voice of that particular cast of young women. The House That Dan Built inspires girls to think and provides them with empowering creative experiences. I can't think of anything more important to be a part of than that.
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).
"The House is a collaborative, supportive environment that leads by example. It provides a space for women of all ages to explore and refine their craft. No artist is too young and no idea is too big. It's this courageous support of emerging and established female artists that renders such incredible results. The House makes inspiring work because it carves a space for women to be inspired and trusted. There is a creative exchange of energy in the House that I find really unique and inspiring, I'm honoured to be part of that exchange."
Recent recipient of the Creative Young Leaders Fellowship from Create NSW, Joanna Joy is a Sydney based multi-disciplinary artist. Her work blurs the boundaries between experimental film, theatre & performance art. Through her practice Joanna explores ideas of origin, connection and counter narratives. Joanna has recently returned from the LungA School in Iceland to see her film 'Pane Di Vita' screened at Sydney's For Film's Sake Festival, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival and ATOM Awards. Joanna's last production with the House toured both Sydney Fringe and Newcastle's TiNA festival. As part of her fellowship Joanna is now being mentored by Danielle in the development of her next film project 'Generations of Men'.
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.
Jayden Selvakumaraswamy is an emerging musician at The House, who started songwriting in the Toy Choir and creatively devised in the first House productions in 2014 through to present. This year she is on a part time fellowship at the House that Dan Built and is further continuing her study in a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University.
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.
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.