meet the artists.

Shannon Rush - director

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Shannon Rush is an emerging freelance director based in Adelaide. She graduated from Flinders University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Directing and First Class Honours. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Acting from the Adelaide College of the Arts (2003) and trained at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, 2004). Most recently Shannon worked as Assistant Director on both the Auckland Arts Festival tour of George Orwell’s 1984 (GWB Entertainment, 2018) as well as the Australian tour (State Theatre Company SA, 2017). In 2016 she directed the world premiere of Duncan Graham’s play Red Ink for the Adelaide Fringe, as well as Rainer Werner-Fassbinder’s Pre-Paradise Sorry Now for the Adelaide College of the Arts. In the same year she also worked as Assistant Director to Rosemary Myers on Rumpelstiltskin for Windmill Theatre Company andto David Mealor on The Juliet Letters for Adelaide Cabaret Festival. As part of her Honours year at Flinders University she worked with Gale Edwards on the world premiere of Cloudstreet for Opera SA. In 2015 Shannon was selected to take part in the inaugural Director’s Lab program at Theatre Works as part of the Melbourne Festival. Shannon has worked extensively with Oval House Theatre in London between 2004-2009 and also with international theatre companies including Theater Simple (USA) and Teatro Kismet (Italy). 

Sophia Simmons - writer

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Sophia Simmons is an actor and playwright originally from Adelaide. She completed her training as an actor at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2015 and graduated with an award for excellence in acting. She has since performed in a range of professional performances including the world premiere of Duncan Graham’s Red Ink in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe, and Al Viterbi’s Dead Heads at the Owl and Cat Theatre the same year. As a playwright Sophia received her Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts last year. Her first playBrightness was the winner of the Flinders University Young Playwright Award in 2013. She was a participant in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Fresh Ink mentorship in 2014 under the guidance of Nicki Bloom. In 2015 her play Limit was featured in the National Play Festival under the direction of Jon Halpin. Last year Sophia was awarded the inaugural Pioneer Playwright Award for her one-woman show Gravity Guts which will premiere at the Adelaide Fringe in March of 2019. 

Clare Miyuki Guerin - stage manager

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Clare Miyuki Guerin is an Adelaide-based stage manager, graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2018 with an Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services (Stage Management).

During her studies, she stage managed a number of productions in consultation with the acting and dance departments, including 'Julius Caesar', 'Rival/Grasp', 'Mother Courage and Her Children', and 'Dying for Life', as well as undertaking secondments with State Theatre Company of South Australia for 'That Eye, The Sky' and the 2018 State Umbrella production, 'Welcome The Bright World' by House of Sand.

Since graduating, Clare has served as an ASM for 'End of the Rainbow' and 'A View From The Bridge', both with STCSA. She has worked for the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust as part of the OzAsia Festival, for State Opera South Australia on 'Hamlet', and as core production crew for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. She has served as properties maker for Segue Productions and has worked prolifically in the Adelaide musical theatre community.

Clare has also found success internationally, stage managing a number of musicals, plays, and performance art pieces in Tokyo, including 'Kikai-ga-shima' by Yokohoma Theatre Company, which toured to the Taipei Fringe Festival to much acclaim. While in Tokyo, Clare also worked as a voice actor, stock photo model, audition coach, and Japanese to English translator and interpreter.

She is thrilled to be stage managing for 'Limit'.

James Smith - actor

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Since graduating from Flinders Drama Centre in 2013, James has been involved in various stage and screen productions - 'Neighbourhood Watch', 'Othello', 'This is Where We Live', 'Volpone', 'Gorgon' and 'Vale' for State Theatre Company of South Australia and 'Emily Loves to Bounce' for Patch Theatre Company. In addition to these are, 'The Aspirations of Daise Morrow' for Brink Productions and 'Deluge' for Tiny Bricks Theatre Company as part of the 2016 Adelaide Festival. James was also involved with the development and production of 'Stories in the Dark' in the 2017 Fringe Festival. In 2018 he was in a two-handed production of ‘Lines’ by Theatre Republic. In 2019 he will be touring to USA and around Australia with the Slingsby production of The Young King.

Rebecca Mayo - actor

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Rebecca Mayo is an award-winning acting graduate of Flinders Drama Centre.

Rebecca’s theatre acting credits include: Caleb Lewis’ Destroyer of Worlds (Rock Surfers Theatre Company), Melancholy Play (Flinders University), Deluge (Tiny Bricks), Schmidt (Back Porch Theatre), McNIrt Hates Dirt (DreamBIG Children’s Festival and AWESOME Children’s Festival), Angelique (isthisyours?) and the national tour of Yo Diddle Diddle (Patch Theatre Company). And for TV: Almost Midnight (ABC iview). 

In 2015, Rebecca was the recipient of the Helpmann Academy Neil Curnow Award which led to her work with world-renowned theatre companies The Rude Mechanicals (Austin, TX) and Ontroerend Goed (Ghent, Belgium). 

In 2017, Rebecca produced, performed in and devised Stories In The Dark for the Adelaide Fringe, winner of the Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Development Award. Using this award, the team behind Stories In The Dark are currently developing a new form-shifting work.

And in 2018-19, Rebecca was the Artistic Associate for Slingsby Theatre Company. Her duties there involved representing the company overseas, tour management and delivering workshops on tour in China and India.

Rachel Burke - actor

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Rachel graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) and a University Medal in 2015. Since graduating Rachel has performed in Macbeth, A Doll’s House, In the Club, Sense and Sensibility (STCSA Ensemble), Angelique (isthisyours?), Cranky Bear (Patch), Red Sky Morning (STCSA Umbrella), Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Speak Out (ActNow), Foolz (Flinders University), My Beautiful Radio Station (Expressway Arts), This Storm (The Unrest Cure) and was assistant director on Love and Information (Flinders Drama Centre). She has developed work with The Rabble, Slingsby and local playwrights Rebecca Meston and Ben Brooker. Later this year Rachel will appear in Jasper Jones for STCSA 

Terence Crawford - actor

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Terence began his career in his home city of Newcastle in 1980. A NIDA graduate, he has worked extensively with STCSA with stage credits including Romeo & Juliet, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, Attempts on her Life, Speaking in Tongues and King Lear Speaking in Tongues. Other stage credits include Welcome the Bright World (House of Sand), 1984 (GWB Entertainment),
Hypochondriac (Brink Productions); and Blackbird (Flying Penguin Productions).

Terence’s film credits include Escape from Pretoria, The Babadook, A Month of Sundays, Boys in the Trees and Rabbit. His television credits include The Letdown, Stingers, All Saints and Home and Away.

As a playwright, Terence has had work produced by Griffin Theatre Company, New Theatre, Theatre of Image and Sydney Theatre Company and has had work produced on radio and television.

His plays include Shondelle the Tiger, Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke, and Love’s Triumph.
In 2005, Currency Press published Terence’s first book on acting, Trade Secrets, and in 2011 published his second, Dimensions of Acting: An Australian Approach.

Terence is Head of Acting at Adelaide College of the Arts and is an Adjunct Professor of Adelaide University’s J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. He has been a proud member of Equity since 1980, and is a founding member of the Arts Party.

James Oborn - sound designer

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James Oborn is a composer and sound designer from Adelaide Australia. He specialises in creating soundtracks for theatre productions, something he has been doing since early high school. He also creates music for short films, advertisements, and has begun working on his first video game soundtrack.

With a great interest in sound design and sonic texture, he uses Propellerhead's Reason software to create bespoke sounds and atmospheres for the shows he works on, using synthesizers, samplers and sounds captured with a field recorder.

Although the majority of the soundtracks he produces are electronic in nature, James has an enormous passion for piano, and starts most of his composition work there. For productions such as Jon Halpin’s Middletown at AC Arts, or Casey Vansible’s Lake’s Angel, he has composed piano scores, with supporting electronic backing.

ethasound.com is his home on the web for releasing personal projects, under the alias Etha. His music is freely available and released under a Creative Commons license. 


Danielle Tessari - media consultant

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Mark Oakley - lighting & AV designer

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Kathryn Sproul - set & costume designer

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Neil Jensen - production manager

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