Lucy Matthews – Artistic Director, Writer, Composer, Performer
Lucy is a Canberra based director, actor and musician. She founded Acoustic Theatre Troupe in 2015 with the aim of creating an avenue for artists to showcase original theatre, music and live performance art. She is the writer and composer of the company’s first artist project, “The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust and Desperation,” for which she won a Canberra Critic’s award, and “Ophelia’s Shadow,” which was performed at both the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017. This is third musical that Lucy has written and directed. In 2010 she composed and codirected “What Are You?” with Braiden Dunn through their shared company Enlighten Theatre, in partnership with Janine Ayres Aerial Dance (JAAD). For her work on this show, she was awarded the ACT Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Certificate of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts.
Lucy has worked as an actor in the ACT region for over seven years and continues to perform in theatre and burlesque. Recently, she has been involved in several Shadow House Pits productions; “The Mask of Lucy Raven’s Eyes” (2015), “The Serpent’s Tale: Theatre in a Car” (2014) and “Our Lady By the Beach Over the Sea” (2013). Lucy has worked closely with Shadow House Pits’ artistic director Joe Woodward, who is also an associate partner with Acoustic Theatre. She has received dance and theatre training working with Janine Ayres in “The House that Jack Built” (2009), a House and Aerial style dance show. In addition to theatre, Lucy has studied music from a young age, training in clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, guitar and piano. She has performed in diverse settings such as Llewellyn Hall, The Phoenix Pub, the Canberra Fringe Festival, and YouAreHere as a part of A KREWD Chorale. Most recently, Lucy has undergone a series of workshops held by the Sass and Tease Collective who teach individuals the art of cabaret performance. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Studies through the Australian National University.
Miriam has worked within the Canberra performing and visual arts community for over half a decade. After completing a Certificate III in Performance at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2012, Miriam undertook a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University (2013 – 15). Throughout this formal education Miriam has maintained a performance practice rooted deeply in their interests of physical and experimental theatre. Working closely with local collectives such as A KREWD Ensemble and Shadow House Pits, to performing at local events such as the Art Not Apart and YouAreHere Festivals; Miriam’s interests have also taken them overseas. In 2013 she participated in private tutoring with professional Butoh performer Bo Kittipkon, in Bangkok, Thailand. Having most recently performed on screen in “BD” (2015), a short film exploring the physical manifestations of Bipolar Disorder, and “Sleep Paralysis” (2015), a hybrid projection and video work by emerging artist Caitlyn Woodford; They intend to develop merging their visual and performance practices together. This past year has also led to an increase in exhibiting Miriam’s visual art. They participated in the “Beyond Balawan” exhibition of which toured to Eden, NSW. Was a part of the group show “Underground Prints, ANU Printmedia+Drawing: Student Prints”, exhibited at the Australian National Gallery during the Eighth Australian Print Symposium, and was awarded the EASS Patsy and Kevin Payne Printmedia & Drawing Prize during their graduating show at the ANU School of Art.
Throughout all of this, Miriam relishes the opportunity to have a creative input on the future growth and development of the company Acoustic Theatre. Not only does “The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust and Desperation” present them with the opportunity to hone their skills and natural interest in a directorial position, but also with the chance to have a positive impact on future projects and developments within such an amazing young company.
Frances McNair is a performer and writer based in Canberra. Over the past five years she has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of shows, which range from experimental physical theatre to traditional musicals. she has been involved in a number of productions with Acoustic Theatre including "The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust, and Desperation," and "Ophelia's Shadow." In mid 2016 she began writing her own material and is one of the co-writers for the bite-sized show "MILF Camp." This show has lead Frances to become one of the founding mothers of the surrealist sketch comedy group "Sweaty Pits."
Frances echo's Acoustic Theatre's belief in creating original work which encourage audience members to question and think deeply about the world around them. She is thrilled to be able to work with such a passionate and innovative company.
Jaymie has been involved in some form of creative pursuit pretty much from the day she learnt to walk (her family can attest to this). Since that day she went on to further nurture that passion through her involvement in numerous dance concerts and school productions (both onstage and off). Having recently completed a double degree in Journalism and International Studies, plu Honour's, through the University of Canberra, Jaymie has been able to focus on her creative passions through Acoustic Theatre. Since Acoustic Theatre's inaugural show "The Last Time: A Story of Love, Lust, and Desperation," Jaymie has consistently worked with them as both Stage Manager, Production Manager, and Performer.
Jaymie is excited to be able to further hone her organisational and communication skills, which she obtained during her degree's, whilst also nurturing her love for the creative arts, by working with a young, innovative, and fresh company like Acoustic Theatre.
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