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 is the Artistic Associate at The House that Dan Built. She is a soprano singer and has been a member of this organisation since 2014. She has trained as a classical ballet dancer for ten years, and also has been vocally trained since she was eight. 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 work ASSEMBLY for the Venice Biennale 2019. Jayden has been a core member of The House since 2014 and continues to explore the female voice and its development over time through music.
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).
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CEO
Founder and CEO of The House that Dan Built, the joyous company that does. Passionate about passion, Danielle is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist whose site-responsive work with young female singers is being recognised and awarded internationally. Her work has been featured in collaborations through Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo, and Sydney Festival.
Danielle has worked in the Arts for over 20 years. Beginning her practice as a performer and vocalist. Danielle has in recent years honed her skills of leading, establishing a reputation as one of the country’s leading youth arts creators. A trained conductor, Danielle finished her studies in 2003 in London, retuning to Sydney to conduct the Australian Youth Choir (AYC) and held that post until 2012 when she left to adventure the great Australian Outback as the Artistic Director of Outback Theatre for Young People.
2022 HOUSE TRAINEESHIP
Tallulah Simpson is a Sydney-based performer. She has been singing and songwriting since a young age starting with The House’s Toy Choir in 2017.. Since beginning The House Apprenticeship this year she has honed her skills in performing and teaching, gaining industry experience in The Mother Project, BAGATELLE, SALT 360, REVERENCE and performing with The Houses Performance Ensemble since 2020.
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.