Nadia Kevan, Alexander Teacher

Born in 1955 in England and undertook training to be a classical and contemporary dancer in London. She then moved to Germany in 1974 to work with several ballet, opera and theatre companies. In 1979, Kevan worked freelance with a small dance company in Hamburg and a school for contemporary dance. She worked with musicians and travelled through Europe with contemporary performance fusions of chamber music and solo dance. Back pain and unresolved questions about movement forced her to look for new ways of moving and teaching. The Alexander Technique convinced her immediately and she trained to be a teacher in Denmark and London, this revolutionised her entire approach to and experience of performance work. She then moved to working extensively with a visual artist and in Asian disciplines.

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Tony McNamara, Playwright.

Originally from Melbourne Tony graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School earning a BAin Film and TV in 1996. His first play The Cafe Latté Kid was produced by Sydney Theatre Company’s New Stages and was subsequently nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 1995. He was the winner of the Phillips Parsons’Award for Young Playwrights in 1995. The John Wayne Principle was first produced by STC’s New Stages in 1996, then included in the Sydney Theatre Company 1997 subscription season where it concluded a critically acclaimed, sold out season before transferring to Playbox Theatre, Melbourne. It has been performed by La Boite in Brisbane, and by The Nuffield Theatre Company in Southampton and London in 2001.

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Robert Benedetti, Director.

Robert Benedetti holds a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught acting, directing, and film/TV production and acting for thirty years at the School of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts, the University of California at Riverside, York University in Toronto and at the Yale Drama School. He was guest director at the Melbourne Theatre Company and his pro- duction of Glengarry Glen Ross won the Victoria Green Room Award. His book, The Actor at Work, has been in print for thirty years and just appeared in its Eighth Edition.

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Cicely Berry, Voice.

Cicely Berry trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She then taught there, working with Peter Finch, Sean Connery, Ann Bancroft and Richard Chamberlain. In 1969, she was invited by Trevor Nunn to the Royal Shakespeare Company where her work has been based ever since. She has worked at the Stella Adler Studio in New York and for different theatre companies in over 25 countries. She appeared at the Chicago Festival of Theatre with Charles Marowitz and with Howard Davies in Zimbabwe. In China, she coached actors for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor.

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