David Baker completed Ignition theatre Training (2005, NMIT), VCAL Arts and Multimedia (2007, Swinburne TAFE) followed by a Diploma of Theatre Arts (2009, Swinburne TAFE). Following completion of his Diploma course, David has been regularly employed as a stilt walker and balloon artist at Community Events. In 2011 David completed a two year Internship at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, he was ASM for their productions of “The City” and “The Laramie Project Ten Years Later,” returning as ASM when this production was remounted at the Fairfax Studio, Melbourne Arts Centre in 2012. David is a founding member of Rollercoaster Theatre, is a volunteer with FOG Theatre, is a member of RAG Theatre and Dream Theatre. David also volunteers with DMA (Disability Media Australia) as a Camera Operator and Floor Manager. In 2013 he was a member of the cast of “Casa Del Crip,” a pilot sit com about people with disabilities. He was honored to be selected for a Professional Development opportunity at the Unlimited UK Arts Festival in London in 2012. David is employed as an Usher at The Melbourne Arts Centre.
Michael Buxton graduated from Ignition Theatre training (NMIT) in 2005 and is an original member of Rollercoaster Theatre. He now works extensively in theatre with companies including FOG, DVA, and Rawcus and has performed in Tall Words (DVA 2010), Small Odysseys (Rawcus 2011), Cumulus Nimbus (FOG 2011), realeyes (Rollercoaster 2011), The Noah’s (Rollercoaster 2013) and Shine a Light (FOG 2013). He is currently developing a new work, Catalogue (Rawcus 2015) and was selected as one of only 9 performers from all over Australia to be part of Weave movement Theatres inclusive workshops with Caroline Bowditch (2014). His short film credits include Rodney (dir. Andrew Coyle) and Wake (VCA).
Eli Jones-Resnik was born and raised for most of her childhood years in Sydney but has lived in Melbourne for around 8-9 years. Since then, she has been involved with several theatre and dance groups, including Fog and rollercoaster theatre. Her main interests are acting, singing and dancing, but something that is really close to her heart is photography. You’ll often see her around the place with her trusty Canon Digital SLR camera, most frequently around the beautiful graffiti-filled walls of this great city. Another favourite pastime of Eli’s is visiting the St. Kilda library, immersing herself in an audiobook and travelling to a whole different world.
Shea MacDonough has a lot of performance history, going back to when she was 10. It’s just what she loves. Her most recent performance was in Monster Pies, a feature movie directed by Lee Galea. She has completed a number of short video/commercial projects, with the Department of Health & Community Services, produced by Suitcase Murphy and performed in the Big Idea, a video project, directed by Sarah Barton and screened at Signal Theatre. Shea hosts the Club Wild Dance Parties at Arts House @ North Melbourne Town Hall and is also a Committee member of Freeza. She attended Ignition Theatre at NMIT and was mentored by Leesa Nash, learning stage & lighting etc. and was a member of Family Dog Theatre for many years, performing at suburban festivals Shea is a member of emotion21 dance group and rollercoaster theatre, where she learns as much about acting and dance as she can. She loves being on stage and often performs with her partner, Paul.
Ryan New describes himself as a physical performer. Ryan hopes to be able to perform overseas both in mainstream and disability theatre and one day be able to go on tour and take his own show about his life experiences on Autism to a wider audience. Ryan has performed extensively with Rawcus Theatre Company, Weave Movement Theatre, Family Dog Circus, Platform Youth Theatre Company, Ignition Theatre and Chamber Made Opera.
Erin Pocervina studied with Ignition Theatre Training at NMIT in 2002-03, performing in The Lounge and It Was Something That Happened the Day Before. She is a founding member of Rollercoaster and has performed in Gawk (2006), Real Eyes (2011), Born as a Frog and The Noahs (2013). She acted in a short film, Lost in Confusion (2011) for Grand Media. Erin worked at Club Wild and sang as part of the group ‘Wild Divas’, writing a song about her feelings towards the word “disability” and how people are treated. The song is called Differently. Erin is also a member of the Laverton Community Choir.
Melissa Slaviero is no longer the newest member of rollercoaster theatre Company. She joined Fog Theatre in 2008 and has performed with Fog in Hang On A Minute, Forest of the Gongs and most recently, Cumulus Nimbus. Melissa completed her theatre training at NMIT, and has studied voice, piano and dance. Melissa also learnt rhythmic gymnastics and became an Australian champion in Special Olympics.
Cameron Stanley delights in performing. He studied Ignition Theatre Training at NMIT and is a founding member of rollercoaster. He has also worked with JustUs (Melbourne), Break of Day Players (Warrnambool) and the Awakening Festival (Horsham). Cam specialises in mime and twice performed at L’Arche Melbourne Fundraising Dinners. He is an occasional bass performer with Ambient Orchestras and proudly works with Toll Holdings three nights a week.
Andrew Tresidder graduated from Live Production, Theatre and Events (Ignition Theatre Training, NMIT). He has also completed a mentorship with the Darebin City Council’s Kite Festival as a member of the Event Management Team and completed a Stage Management Mentorship for the Ignition 2008 Major Performance. In 2009 Andrew joined Family Dog Circus to train and be mentored as a Performing Facilitator. He joined rollercoaster theatre company in 2009 and is loving every minute of it.
Support Performer/Facilitator Carolyn Bock
Carolyn Bock Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Carolyn’s diverse career has encompassed dance, theatre, television and film. In theatre, she has worked with the MTC, Playbox, La Mama, Stork Theatre, and on a myriad of independent productions. Recent credits include Penelopiad by Margaret Attwood for The Stork Theatre and The Girls In Grey co –written and produced with Helen Hopkins for their company The Shift Theatre, which they created in 2009. Recent TV includes, Dr Blake Mysteries, INXS:The untold Story, Winners and Losers, Neighbours and City Homicide. Numerous film credits although…none recently… J Carolyn also works with children and youth devising dance- theatre experiences and is a proud member of the rollercoaster ensemble.
Associate Director Jess Huon
Jess Huon (a VCA graduate) is a Melbourne writer whose first collection of stories, The Dark Wet, was published by Giramondo in 2011. In the last years she has lived and worked between Australia and Asia, writing and teaching on retreats in monasteries throughout India. When in Melbourne she co-writes and co-directs performance pieces with rollercoaster theatre company.
Company Manager Anna Kennedy
Anna Kennedy is a producer, actor and theatre-maker. She is the Company Manager of Rollercoaster Theatre and Creative Producer of She Said Theatre, which aims to create active roles for women and other under-represented theatre artists. Recently Anna produced Beta Fest: Theatre In Various States of Undress with Lonely Company. In 2016 Anna produced the award-winning show HART for seasons in Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, and F. by Riot Stage for Poppy Seed Theatre Festival. She produced FR!SK Festival for True North Arts Festival at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, and produced/performed in a collaboration between VCA graduates and Living Positive Victoria for their ENUF Stigma Campaign in 2015. Her performance credits include A Room of One’s Own (Sentient Theatre/La Mama 2016), Steppe: A Journey of Unforgetting (Goodnight Sofie!/Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015), The Living Museum of Erotic Women (Bernzerk Productions 2015), Since the Death of Sarah Kane (La Mama 2015), Lucky Country (VCA/Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014), Plus Sign Attached (VCA/Living Positive Victoria 2014), and The GL*RY Project (VCA/Living Positive Victoria 2014). Anna graduated from VCA with a BA of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) in 2014. She is a proud member of Equity.
Support Performer/Facilitator Timmy Knowles
Timmy Knowles is an Australian singer/songwriter, recording artist and professional actor. He has performed to audiences in countries all over the world with a career spanning two decades. In 2016 Timmy was a finalist on Channel 7’s The X Factor Australia. His recent stage credits include playing multiple roles in Caryl Churchill’s A Mouthful of Birds, directed by Carolyn Bock, a lead role in the Australian premiere of The Winners by David L Williams, and the part of Victor in the Australian premiere of Norwegian playwright Lene Therese Teigen’s Falling Apples, which was a part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival and La Mama Theatre’s Nordic Noir season. Falling Apples was directed by Peta Hanrahan and was Timmy’s graduating piece after three years of study at Melbourne’s Verve Studios. Other credits include being featured in numerous Australian television commercials, online presenting work and modeling campaigns for major Australian and international brands.
Artistic Director Sarah Sutherland
Sarah Sutherland completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology (University of Melbourne) before studying acting at the National Theatre Drama School. In 2007, Sarah completed her Masters (RMIT) in integrated drama and therapeutic methods. Sarah is an ensemble member of Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, film and television. Her most recent acting credits include the award winning Red Sky Morning for Red Stitch, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Water Carriers for MTC, and Angry Boys for ABC, BBC, HBO.