MEET OUR TEAM

GRACE ROBERTS

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/FOUNDER

Grace is currently working at the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in theatre and has just completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Design, previously studying her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Theatre at UTAS. Grace also is the Production manager for Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble (LYTE) and launched IO Performance Company early 2017 with her partner Chris Jackson.
Grace enjoys all areas of the arts including: Stage Makeup, Acting, Stage Managing, Directing, Photography and Lighting/Sound/Set/Costume Design. Grace lives and breathes the arts and hopes to continue on her journey of learning and developing her trade.

CHRIS JACKSON

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/FOUNDER

Chris holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, Master of Contemporary Arts and his Master of Fine Arts. He has worked in various capacities across the theatre and performance sector including: Directing, Acting, Performance Art, Production, and Design – where his work has seen local, state, national and international stages.


Highlights include: Actor - Dancing Back Home (JUTE/Mudlark Theatre Inc.); Performer – Borders (Ihos Opera/JUNCTION Arts Festival); Assistant Director - Barbarians (Ihos Opera/MONA FOMA); Actor - Savages (Persona Collective/ JUNCTION Arts Festival); Performer - Artaud Defacteau (OzFrank Theatre Matrix); Vision Designer - Relax The Chimp (TasDance/JUNCTION Arts Festival); Composer/Sound Designer I Am A Lake (Mudlark Theatre); PANOPTICON (DARK MOFO); Blood Brothers (Encore Theatre); Performer/ Assistant Director - Backwards From Winter (Ihos Opera/ DARK MOFO); Lighting Designer – Killer Joe (3 River Theatre/IO Performance).

  

Chris was an Associate Lecturer, and is currently Production Manager and Theatre Technical Officer at the School of Creative Arts whilst continuing to be an active part of the rich Tasmanian cultural sector.

KATIE HILL

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Katie graduated from UTAS with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Theatre in 2005, completing her Honours in Blacklight Puppetry the following year, and producing the experimental ultraviolet puppetry piece ‘What’s under Adam?’. Since then she has worked consistently as a venue, production, event, and stage manager, freelance technician, as well as an actor, puppeteer and physical theatre performer. Katie enjoys working with a wide range of creators throughout Tasmania, and believes the state has the capability to produce outstanding new work given the right vehicle and support. IO Performance fills a void in the Tasmanian theatrical landscape for those willing to take risks and produce innovative new theatre.

ANNA BARBER

DIRECTOR INTER/OUTER SEASON 1

Anna is a 2019 graduate of the University of Tasmania’s SOCA Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, with a major in theatre. She has developed a strong eye for directing and devising contemporary and abstract work including a successful ten-minute excerpt of Patricia Cornelius’ Love (2019), and collaboratively devised work for Dark Mofo and Mona Foma. She has also developed her work and passion for set design in the majority of productions was involved in for the duration of her Bachelor’s degree and has been involved in wide range of productions and roles as an actor, including, Prince Boggarlas in Terrapin and Mona Foma’s recent production of King Ubu, Dolly Pickles in SOCA’s class of 2019 graduate production of Cloudstreet, multiple characters in Tom Wright’s stage adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock, River in Little Lamp Light Production’s short play Goose!, performed in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Launceston and much more.

DANIEL STORY

DIRECTOR INTER/OUTER SEASON 2

Daniel is a third-year Bachelor of Contemporary Arts student at the University of Tasmania. He first dipped his toes into the directing pool in 2019 with Fawkes Theatre Company's production of The Return by Reg Cribb which earned him a Tasmanian Theatre Award in Youth Achievement. He has been involved with a variety of Launceston companies and events in some capacity such as Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble, Fawkes Theatre Company, Mudlark Theatre, Mona Foma, and Junction Arts Festival. 


In 2019, Daniel became involved with IO Performance through a Front of House capacity which has led him to wanting to be more involved with the company. And here we are in 2020!


Become The One follows the journey of two men living in a modern society battling with a sense of identity. Daniel has chosen this production to challenge the views of sexuality within sports. This play follows a battle of peace within a relationship and peace within oneself as these two characters come to terms with how the story unfolds. There is a tiny percentage of male footballers (if any) that are 'out' within the public sphere. But statistics show that there has to be some LGBTQI+ identifying players. Right? Daniel believes 2020 is the right year to present this work. It is time to create even more open minds within Tasmania and using the arts as an advocate is the right avenue.

MICHAEL MASON

DIRECTOR INTER/OUTER SEASON 3

Michael has a Bachelor on Contemporary Arts (Theatre) with Honours from the University of Tasmania and a Diploma of Screen Acting from Screenwise in Sydney.

His theatre credits include: 13, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Government Inspector, Red Sky Morning, Motel, Fog, The Last Word, Kitchen (UTAS), Various One Day Projects (Mudlark) Our Town (Three River) Anatomy of a Suicide (IO Performance) Very Still and Hard to See (IO Performance)

His directing credits include: A Short Life of Trouble (UTAS), New World Order (OA5)


I choose Frankenstein because I believe that by looking at classic works, we can examine contemporary issues in an interesting light. Two themes in particular I’m focusing on are alienation and gender. Throughout the play both The Creature and Victor Frankenstein say and do cruel and terrible things. But the reason is why. Are they taught to be violent and cruel or is it simply part of their nature? Who takes responsibility? Society for crafting such a monster or man himself for giving into some deep hidden primal nature lurking inside him? Or is it a combination of both?

TRAVIS HENNESSY

VOCAL COACH

Travis holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Theatre (UTAS), a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (USQ) and a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts. Travis is a multi-award winning professional artist and for over 20 years has worked with many Tasmanian-based Theatre Companies including CentrStage, Encore Theatre, Three River Theatre, The Launceston Players, The Launceston Musical Society, Theatre North, Relevant, IO, Tasmania Performs and Mudlark Theatre on over 100 productions. He has formerly worked with national company WotOpera and is a live session musician with the internationally-recognised Baker Boys Band. Travis has been the resident Voice Coach and a member of the Performing Arts Staff at Launceston College for the past 11 years, as well as operating as a freelance Voice Coach with UTAS and other educational institutions. He also works with individual professional and aspiring actors statewide and across Australia, specialising in singing, speech, audition preparation and accent training. At present, Travis is the vocal director for Launceston College’s production of Matilda, co-musical director for Encore Theatre’s We Will Rock You and is an original member of one of Launceston’s longest running professional live cover bands Candy Feet, as well as being an in-demand soloist at many major community and corporate events throughout Tasmania and interstate. As an actor he is currently appearing in Hamlet with Launceston College and will appear in The Launceston Players’ production of 1984. Travis is thrilled to be working with IO and looking forward to enhancing and developing the skills of Tasmanian Artists with the rest of the talented team. His passion and philosophy around training lies in helping to provide artists with the diversity, versatility, ingenuity and longevity needed to thrive and create on an increasingly globalised stage.

 

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