MEET THE TEAM
Discover a little more about the team bringing Yielding to life, before seeing the work on stage from Wed 2 to Sat 5 May at Metro Arts. Click here to purchase tickets.
Daniel Anderson – Lighting Designer
Daniel is a lighting designer for theatre, opera, dance, cultural collaborations, city-scapes, and architecture. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production) from the Queensland University of Technology and has completed two professional development courses in New York City. He is the recipient of a Development Grant and an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Daniel was nominated in the inaugural Matilda Award; Bille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist for his designs on Bombshells and Tender Napalm. Recent State Theatre Company works include: My Name is Jimi for Belvoir St Theatre and Queensland Theatre, St Mary’s in Exile for Queensland Theatre, and The Pearlfishers for Opera Australia (as Associate Lighting Designer). International work includes: 지하 Underground and Deluge: 물의 기억
Maddi Formosa – Assistant Stage Manager
Maddi has always had a passion for the arts and has been involved in her local theatre community for several years now. Her stage experience includes: Alice's Mother in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Museum Curator and Mrs Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Children's Choir Captain in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; (all at Beenleigh Theatre Group), most recently playing Grace in The Girls in Grey, for which she received the 'Best Female Actor Youth' Award at the BTG Festival of One Act Plays 2017. Her backstage experience includes Design Assistant for BTG's Cosi and Creative Producer for BTG's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
Wil Hughes – Sound Designer
Wil’s credits as a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre have ranged from contemporary ballet to musicals, and include The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, The Village, Single Asian Female, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Wind in the Willows (La Boite Theatre Company); Elizabeth I (Monsters Appear/Wonderland Festival); Rice (Queensland Theatre); Sonder (Queensland Ballet); Propel (Expressions Dance Company); We Will Not Kiss/Touch/Frighten You in the Dark, Caligula (The Danger Ensemble); The Theory of Everything (Brisbane Festival/Metro Arts); Dust Covered Butterfly (Metro Arts); Tiptoe (Pentimento Productions); Unnatural Selection, Allan (Gold Coast Arts Centre/Awkward Productions); Blak Electric (Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts); Sweet Meniscus (Anywhere Theatre Festival) and Legends (Storyshare International Ltd.).
Joey Kohnke – Performer (Dot)
Joanne Kohnke is a Brisbane born physical theatre performer, actor, dramaturg and artistic director. Based in France for 30 years, Joanne has researched, created and toured throughout Europe and Africa. She is a passionate advocate of innovative contemporary performance practices, ritualised popular celebration and storytelling. Her work often explores generational and cross-cultural issues within today's society.
Cassandra Ramsay – Creative Producer
Driven by a passion for community engagement, audience development, and storytelling, Cass has carved a portfolio career as a writer, producer, reviewer, teacher, and arts marketer. She has worked as a Marketing Coordinator at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse; Marketing Manager at Brisbane Writers Festival; content creator at Crack Theatre Festival; she co-wrote stage adaptations of the children’s books The Tuckshop Kid (2013), Eric Vale Epic Fail (2015), and My Dead Bunny (2017) with Timothy Wynn; and with THAT Production Company Cass co-developed the series ‘Arts Matters’, a Q & A series with creative industry movers and shakers, and ‘Performance-in-Progress’ (later developed as ‘Behind the Red Curtain’ at Ipswich’s Studio 188), which opened up all stages of play development from research to rehearsal to a regional audience, demystifying the theatre process.
Nicholas Smith – Production Designer
As a performer, Nick’s most recent credits include Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (in-production – Heartbeast Theatre) and the Naval Officer in Lord of the Flies (Beenleigh Theatre Group). Nick dynamically works beyond the stage as a make-up artist and designer, with credits including Makeup Artist/Designer for Lord of the Flies (Beenleigh Theatre Group); Assistant Director & Production Designer for My Dead Bunny (THAT Production Company); Makeup Designer for Cosi (Beenleigh Theatre Group); and Makeup Artist for Containment (Brisbane Powerhouse). Nick also produces his own conceptual makeup art: NICK JAMES FX. Nick is thrilled to apart of THAT Production Company once again and is delighted to play a part in debuting this poignant and incredibly important piece of theatre.
Jessica Veurman-Betts – Performer (Liz)
Jessica’s theatre credits include Seedingbed (Queensland Theatre) Water Wars (Umber Productions) (Matilda Award nomination); Post Office Rose (Dogs in the Roof) (Matilda Award winner); Let The Sun Shine (Queensland Theatre and Son’s of Manix); Our Backyard and The Kind Father in Spite of Himself (TN2!); Film and television credits include: Iron Sky (Dir. Timo Vuorensola); Inspector Gadget 2 (Dir. Alex Zamm), CODE 1115 (Dir. Jean de Segonzac); Icarus In Love, (Dir. Graeme Hattrick); Terra X – Murder in the Museum, Finding Hope and Pacific Drive. Jessica teaches drama at Griffith University.
Zaimon Vilmanis – Choreographer
Zaimon’s international performance career has included dancing for Random Dance Company, Attik Dance Company (United Kingdom), Expressions Dance Company and Leigh Warren and Dancers. In 2010 Zaimon co-founded independent dance theatre company Prying Eye which has premiered two outstanding productions White Porcelain Doll 2014 and WOLF 2017. Zaimon has choreographed for EDC, QUT, Adelaide College of the Arts and Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and collaborated on multi-disciplined projects with Feet Teeth (Resurfaced, Brisbane Festival 2012), and Donna Hewitt (Lady Electronica Live, 2012).
Jenna Ward – Stage Manager
Jenna Ward is an emerging stage manager and has a deep passion for exploiting issues relevant to contemporary society in a theatrical medium. Jenna also loves learning and challenging herself within the technical field of theatre. Give her a stage with lighting and sound capabilities and she is one happy girl. She has practically lived inside countless theatrical spaces and would not change it for the world. Jenna is excited to join the Yielding team as they are passionate about sharing these stories. She finds great enjoyment in helping to bring this beautiful piece of theatre to life.
Emma Workman - Playwright
Emma Workman is a playwright who, since 2015, has called Brisbane home. With the aim of making sense of her disparate paths, Workman has returned to theatre-making. As a Disability Support Worker, her experiences feed clearly into the work she now chooses to create. Yielding is one of a series of six one-act plays Workman is developing under the banner Let’s Speak of the Unspoken. Thread was long listed for this year’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.
Timothy Wynn – Director
Since 2009 Timothy has fashioned diverse and imaginative seasons of theatrical experiences as the Artistic Director of THAT Production Company. He has directed over 20 productions, including the Australian premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined by Lynn Nottage (at Studio 188, Ipswich) Saved by Edward Bond (at the Old Courthouse, Ipswich); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove); Spring’s Awakening (at Metro Arts, Brisbane). Timothy studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, and trained at the JUTE Theatre Company’s Director Development Program facilitated by Dr David Fenton. Timothy has also worked as an Assistant Director with Backbone Youth Arts, JUTE Theatre Company, Spotlight Theatre, and Fractal Theatre Company. In 2017 his production of Cosi with Beenleigh Theatre Company was nominated for seven Gold Coast theatre awards, winning Best Supporting Actress and Best Magic Moment of Theatre.