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GRACE ROBERTS

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/FOUNDER/PRODUCER

Grace completed her Bachelor of Theatre in 2013 and then went on to complete her Honours and Masters in Performance Design at the University of Tasmania. Grace has worked at the University of Tasmania as a Sessional Lecturer in theatre as well as Charles Sturt University in Design. Grace has worked as 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 and Producing. Grace lives and breathes the arts and hopes to continue on her journey of learning and developing her trade.

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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).

 

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KATIE HILL

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.

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SHAWNA COLLINS

INTERN PROJECT MANAGER

Lover of art, theatrics and dogs. Shawna has been working closely with the team at IO since 2019, having prior grown up in and around the Launceston theatre community. Event manager by trade and thespian at heart, she can be found pottering at any corner of the theatre, from BOH stage managing through to FOH stage combat. She has starred in and worked on a great number of shows with IO and surrounding Launceston performance companies and is thrilled to be working with IO.

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STEPH FRANCIS

WORKSHOP PROJECT MANAGER

Steph has worked with theatre companies and practitioners in both Tasmania and Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts and Media (SOCAM). Steph is a multifaceted emerging theatre maker, having been a performer, director, and writer for a number of years. Most notably, she was the Assistant Director to Leticia Cáceres for Kate Mulvany’s ‘The Mares’, produced by the Tasmanian Theatre Company in March of 2019, and was a 2019 Tasmanian Theatre Award winner for ‘Best Supporting Female Performance’. Steph also participated in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2019, her original show ‘Goose!’ (which she wrote, directed, and performed in) being a part of the Fringe program. Steph is also a trained counsellor and uses her knowledge of human development, characteristics, and psychology in her work as a theatre maker.

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AMELIA POND

DIRECTOR INTER/OUTER SEASON 1

Amelia was raised in lutruwita (Tasmania) and graduated from UTAS with a BCA majoring in theatre. Highlights from her live performance career include projects with established Australian artists such as director Benjamin Winspear in the premiere season of Hilary Bell’s ‘Perfect Stranger’ (2020), and Willoh S. Weiland and JR Brennan while performing at ‘Faux Mo’ for MONA FOMA (2019, 2020). She has also worked as an emerging artist on ‘Soliloquy' with Rising Phoenix Studios (2021-2022), as well as co-writing and co-directing for ‘Panopticon III’ at Dark Mofo (2019). In addition to her other projects in 2022, Amelia was picked for ATYP’s Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program for emerging writers.

 

You will have previously spotted Amelia around IO Performance across the years performing in ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ (2021) and front of house managing behind the bar.

 

As well as her theatre work, Amelia has featured in ad campaigns such as Tourism Tasmania’s ‘Come Down for Air’ (2019), RACT’s ‘More Rewards. More Often’ (2020), and City Mission’s ‘Christmas Appeal’ (2020), as well as featured extra work in Amazon Prime’s tv series ‘Deadloch’ (2022).

 

In addition to her experience in performance art, Amelia is skilled in several forms of visual art, including illustration, painting, ceramics, photography and digital art. 

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KIRSTY MANGELSDORF

DIRECTOR INTER/OUTER SEASON 2

Kirsty graduated from the Academy Of Film Theatre and Television in 2021; completing a Diploma of Screen and Media with an industry focus in Live Production. Currently Kirsty is the Stage Manager for Tony Brigg’s musical The Sapphires which is touring nationally along with working for Australia’s Premiere Touring Company; HIT Productions.
Previously Kirsty has toured with A Taste Of Ireland around the Northern Territory and Victoria as well as having worked for Federation University as the Rehearsal Stage Manager for their musical theatre cohort’s 3rd year show. Kirsty has also been the Stage Manager for Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Company’s production of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.
She has also worked around Tasmania with a variety of companies including; Tasdance, Adaptivity Theatre Company, Encore Theatre Company, Launceston Players, Interweave Arts, Melissa Wimmer’s School of Theatrical Dance, Junction Arts Festival and Glen Dhu Primary School.
Kirsty loves the theatre in Tasmania and is thrilled to have her directorial debut with the play Red by John Logan as a part of IO Performance’s Inter/Outer season. She is so grateful to the team at IO Performance for this opportunity.

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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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