Our writers include:
Donna is a playwright and dramaturge. She has written over 30 original and adapted stage plays for youth, community, independent and mainstream theatre companies, and radio plays for the ABC and Eastside Radio. Recent work includes Mrs Macquarie’s Cello (2010 AWGIE Award for Radio Adaptation), Aurora’s Lament (2012 AWGIE Award for Radio Adaptation), Caylee’s Ukulele(nominated 2014 AWGIE Award for Children’s Theatre), Jump For Jordan (Griffin Playwriting Award 2013), and Monkey, Journey to the West (Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image tour 2014-15). Donna is a founding member of Powerhouse Youth Theatre and the playwrights' alliance 7-ON, and is completing a doctorate at the University of Wollongong.
Sarah has worked as a director of theatre, opera and cabaret, throughout Australia, and in
London, Edinburgh, New York, Portland and New Zealand.
Victorian Opera commissioned her first opera, The Cockatoos, and she directed this work
at its premiere. She received an AWGIE Award nomination for the libretto.
Her stageplay, BARB, was produced at the Seymour Centre in 2013. Her stageplay,
Perch, was developed through a Brand X residency in 2014.
In 2015, she is Artist In Residence at Kings Bridge Cottage, Launceston, writing her
stageplay Still Afraid of Water, and will inhabit a Writer’s Cell at Old Melbourne Gaol later
in the year, to create a work for voices Houdini In The Yarra.
Margaret Davis is a writer and director. Her plays The Monk, Spilling Bodies
and Women through the Windows were staged by her own company,
Two Planks and a Passion. Other plays include Isis Dreaming, The Woman on the Twenty Dollar Note (nominated for an AWGIE award) Mad Before Mid-Day, Forging Ahead, The Girl Who Wanted to be God and the short plays Black Iris and Tattoo You.
Margaret has recently completed her first screenplay, Trick of the Light, and is working on a second, In the Pink, as well as a new stage play, Shearwater.
As a director Margaret has worked with companies throughout Australia. She was the first woman appointed as a director with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and was then Artistic Director of the Riverina Theatre Company. Freelance work includes productions for Griffin, Belvoir, Playbox, New Theatre, and the Performance Space.
She currently teaches Contextual Studies for AIM Dramatic Arts.
Mark’s piece Nothing won the 2011 National One Act Play competition and 2012 Dolphin Theatre, Auckland, One Act Play of the Year. His play, The Bench, won the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers One Act Play competition in September 2013. He won the same competition again in 2014 with Circus which was also shortlisted for the Write Angles/Southend International Writers Festival in UK. Mark’s play Amanda premiered at the Tap Gallery in May 2014 and was re-staged at the New Theatre as part of the Sydney Fringe. Life after Pablo was recently staged by RGP Productions underneath the State Theatre. Really. He was one of the writers for subtlenuance’s 2014 project High Windows Low Doorways. His real love is crochet and he would gladly give up all this theatre malarkey if he could turn pro.
Melissa Lee Speyer
Melissa completed NIDA’s postgraduate playwriting degree in 2011. Her poetry has been performed at Sydney Writers Festival and her short plays have been performed at Griffin Theatre Company's Festival of New Writing, the Madwoman Monologues series and Rock Surfers 24 Hour Party Playwright. She co-devised the creative development piece Machine with Eclective Productions at the Old 505 Theatre and developed her full-length play TickTickBoom with support from Rock Surfers Theatre Company, Ashfield Youth Theatre and five.point.one in Adelaide. She is currently co-devising project 84, a technology-driven immersive theatre piece with Epiphany Now, and Decay, another work for Eclective Productions for The Old 505 Theatre.
Con Nats has won short story awards for The Rocks, and Just Me, before moving into the madness of theatre, where over a dozen of his short plays have been staged here and overseas. Twister played at the Crypt Theatre, Balmain, while a radio version, Stuck In A Twist, was on ABC Radio's Night Air. Haircuts played at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, and both Sydney and Melbourne Short + Sweet festivals. The Pond made three Short + Sweet finals and won Best Drama and Best Actor awards. He has written full length plays and Haircuts, directed by Lex Marinos will be performed in April at the Greek Theatre, Marrickville.
Katie Pollock is a British-Australian playwright based in Sydney. Her plays for theatre are: The Hansard Monologues, The Blue Angel Hotel, A Quiet Night In Rangoon, A Girl Called Red, Blue Italian and numerous short works. Her plays for radio are: Contact (AWGIE-nominated), O is for Oxygen and Blue Italian. Katie studied theatre at the University of NSW, Sydney and Middlesex University, London. She has been awarded new work grants from the Australia Council and NSW Seniors’ Week and is the winner of the 2014 Inscription/Edward Albee playwriting scholarship and HotHouse Theatre’s inaugural Solo competition.
Our Actors include
Paul was raised in northern England, initially studying philosophy and literature in Manchester. He came to Sydney in shortly after.
Paul’s theatre credits include Amanda (TAP Gallery, 2014) Singled Out (Seymour Centre, 2013), This is Baby Doll (TAP Gallery, 2012), Pigeon (Bondi Pavilion, 2012), Three Sisters (TAP Gallery, 2012), The Importance of Being Earnest Dragons (Old Fitz, 2012).
Paul was delighted to collaborate with cellist Rachel Scott on a program of Cello and Spoken Word (Sydney & Katoomba, May 2013).
Paul works also as a corporate actor, facilitator and writer in communication skills development for executives and leaders across several industries.
Shauntelle (Actors Centre Australia 2010) is a British born actor, writer, and singer. Her acting credits include the Bell Shakespeare Players (2014), Lady Hamlet (Hell Shakespeare), As You Like It (Siren Theatre Co.) and A Quiet Night in Rangoon (subtlenuance). Her screen credits include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros). Writing includes pantomime The Little Mermaid and Boxed In (and Vulnerable). She has done little with her musical training, but still croons in the style of Ella Fitzgerald while researching for her Psychology thesis on the coping mechanisms of artists.
Erica J Brennan is a theatre director and performer hailing from the Blue Mountains and holds a B. Performance from Theatre Nepean (UWS). She first worked as AD for subtlenuance on Toy Box and is thrilled to finally be stepping out on the stage for them. Erica is recently returned from three months training abroad; in New York she studied ‘An Acrobat Of The Heart’ and then at Turkeys Theatre Madrassa she studied ‘Modern Clowning’ in. She has also trained for two years in the ‘Suzuki Method of Actor Training.’ As an Actor her roles have included Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Mary Warren in The Crucible and Lady Macbeth/Witch One in Macbeth. As a director Erica has also created work with University of Western Sydney, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Griffin Theatre and The Q Theatre. In 2015 her second play This Is Not Mills And Boon premieres at the Old 505 Theatre in June and in July she will direct a collection of four short Samuel Beckett plays Metafour. She teaches young people acting and theatre making across Sydney with Kids Up Front, Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance andAustralian Theatre for Young People.
Having studied at ATYP as a youngster, Richard went on to graduate from the Actors’ Studio Australia.
His acting credits include Bedroom Farce (Darlinghurst Theatre), Tom & Nicole (Melbourne Comedy Festival), several short films and the feature film TwentyTen, which won Best Picture at the Clearwater Film Festival in Florida.
In 2013 he co-produced and performed in The Credeaux Canvas by Keith Bunin to full houses and rave reviews at Sydney’s iconic Tap Gallery.
This is Richard’s first appearance with subtlenuance.
Jennie is delighted to be working again with subtlenuance after the wonderful experience of performing in Paul Gilchrist’s Toy Box several years ago.
She has been performing in plays, television and film in Sydney for many years and last year made her debut in Melbourne in Shadows of Angels by Fleur Saxton for TBC Theatre Company. Aside from these two her other favourite performances have been in NAGL (Lech Mackiewicz) for Auto da Fe Theatre; The Credeaux Canvas (Keith Bunin) for Surefoot Productions; and The Breath of Life (David Hare) at The Pavilion.
She also performs extensively in medical roleplays in communication training courses for medical personnel of all disciplines.
When Edric first enrolled in acting lessons two years ago, he was expecting nothing more than eight classes of merely something fun and interesting to try in his spare time. Fast forward to 2015, with the acting bug freshly pulsing in his veins, he has enjoyed numerous performing opportunities in theatrical explorations with Crash Test Drama, Script In Hand by Actors Anonymous and Black Box Productions; including a foray into short film with a lead role in the live animation arthouse project Papa’s Sonata (MG Productions). With And Now to Bed, Edric is very excited to be part of such an incredible creative team in his first ever subtlenuance performance.
Eleanor graduated from NIDA (Acting) in 2013. During her studies her roles included Desdemona in Othello and Varya in The Cherry Orchard. She was also awarded The Australian Voice Association’s Student Encouragement Award (2013).
Eleanor was a founder of Painted Tree, and co-creator of their original work 2880 Minutes Late. Since graduating she has appeared as Voice 2 in Fewer Emergencies, Penguin Plays Rough and Unhappen’s Details Unknown, and as Catherine in State Theatre Company of South Australia’s critically acclaimed Neighbourhood Watch. In 2014, Eleanor travelled to London where she trained with world-renowned Nadine George on Shakespeare's text and the voice.
The rest of the team
Daniela Giorgi (producer)
Over the last five years Daniela has produced eighteen original shows: Joan, Again, 2014, High Windows Low Doorways, 2014; Cristina in the Cupboard, 2013; Rocket Man, 2013; Blind Tasting, 2012 / 2013/2014; Lucy Black, 2012; A Quiet Night in Rangoon, 2011; Bare Boards Brave Heart, 2011; Toy Box, 2011; Life Is Impossible, 2010, A Thing of Beauty, 2010; Talc & Two Gates, 2010; Before The Embrace, 2009; Catherine at Avignon, 2009; and True Times Three, 2008. She has published short stories, poetry and fiction. Her debut play, Talc, was produced in 2010. Her short play, Sicilian Biscotti, was written and produced for the launch of Women, Power, Culture at New Theatre in 2011. Her second full length play, Friday, was produced in 2013 by Sydney Independent Theatre Company at the Old Fitzroy Theatre. She also blogs about food, place and time at http://sagesomethymes.wordpress.com
Paul Gilchrist (director)
Paul is a writer and director, and is the artistic director of subtlenuance. His work has been produced in Sydney, interstate and overseas. The plays he has written and directed include Joan Again, 2014; Cristina in the Cupboard, 2013; Rocket Man, 2013; Blind Tasting, 2012/2013/2014; Lucy Black, 2012; Toy Box, 2011; Life is Impossible, 2010; A Thing of Beauty, 2010; Two Gates, 2010; Catherine at Avignon, 2009; Before the Embrace, 2009; True Times Three, 2008; and Dead Money, 2007. He has directed Talc by Daniela Giorgi, 2010, and A Quiet Night in Rangoon by Katie Pollock, 2011. He has been the artistic director of several multi-playwright projects, including Bare Boards Brave Hearts, 2011, The Political Hearts of Children, 2013, and High Windows Low Doorways, 2014.
Dominic Bock (Assistant Director)
Dominic is a theatre maker and actor based in Sydney. He trained as part of the Australian Institute of Music's Dramatic Arts program (formerly the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art) where he completed a Bachelor of Performance. His recent work includes; Hank, It Was All Too Much For Her, AIMDA Showcase 2014, Her Naked Skin, Medea, Phaedra, Aftershocks, Lock & Key, and Under Milk Wood. Prior to this he was an ensemble member in Sydney Theatre Company's Leviathan. Dominic was also a member of the STC's Youth Advisory Panel and was previously shortlisted for the STC's Young Playwrights Award.