Longhouse: Sydney this August
Longhouse Sydney: Independent Artists
With no major donors to answer to, no organisational KPI's to meet and no programming pressure to retain subscribers, independent artists create on their own terms. But what does it mean to be without ongoing support, a stable income and the validation of the wider industry? In recent years, we've seen an increase in independent Asian Australian companies and productions that have broadened the Sydney theatre scene. In this Longhouse, we explore the process of producing independently and what it takes to tell your own story.
Learn from our panel of independent practitioners who thrive doing it their way:
Victoria Falconer - Co-Artistic Director of Hayes Theatre Co and Founding member of People of Cabaret
Victoria Falconer (she/her) is a musical director, cabaret performer, multi-instrumentalist, theatre-maker and creative mentor. Recent work includes writing and composing The Vali Myers Project (Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Frank Ford Commission winner 2022); creating and hosting Smashed: The Brunch Party (Adelaide Fringe/Sydney Festival 2023); performing in The Boy Who Talked To Dogs (Slingsby/State Theatre SA); and musical direction on Godspell (Hayes Theatre Co), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Sydney WorldPride), Lizzie (Sydney Festival), Leap (Riverside) and M'ap Boule (utp/Perforning Lines).
Previous credits include Oklahoma! (Black Swan State Theatre), Once (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Courtney Act (London), and Sasquatch The Opera (by Roddy Bottom of Faith No More).
Victoria has received nominations for Sydney Theatre Awards and Green Room Awards for musical direction. She won Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe twice (2018/2011) and Spirit of the Fringe with feminist extravaganza Glittery Clittery (Edinburgh Fringe 2018).
At the end of 2022 she was appointed Co-Artistic Director of Hayes Theatre Co alongside Richard Carroll, and was also named one of the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians in the arts industry. Victoria is a founding member of The People of Cabaret, an initiative formed to advocate for performing artists identifying as Indigenous and/or Bla(c)k and/ or People of Colour.
Tiffany Wong - Founder and Artistic Director of Slanted Theatre
Tiffany Wong is an actor and director working across Gadigal and Wurundjeri lands. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Slanted Theatre which aims to showcase and support emerging Asian Australian theatre-makers and presents shows with all Asian or predominantly Asian casts and crews. In three years, Slanted has worked with over 100 Asian-Australian artists and was featured as a Champion of the Asian Australian 2022 List.
For Slanted, Tiffany is currently directing ‘Boom’, an Australian Premiere of Jean Tay's work to be presented at KXT on Broadway. She also directed ‘Short Blanket,’ a world premiere by Matt Bostock, ‘Lady Precious Stream’ by S. I Hsiung at The Flying Nun at Brand X – testing the concept of meshing traditional Peking Opera with Western performance styles, ‘Three Fat Virgins Unassembled’ by Ovidia Yu for KXT Storylines & Slanted Theatre, and the debut production for Slanted of ‘Ching Chong Chinaman’ by Lauren Yee.
She is currently the Directorial Assistant to Richard Carroll on ‘Murder for Two’ at the Hayes Theatre Co. She has also been Assistant Director to Courtney Stewart for the Sydney Theatre Company's ‘Top Coat’, Lucy Clements for New Ghosts Theatre Company's ‘Iphigenia In Splott’, and Javaad Alipoor for National Theatre of Parramatta's ‘Things Hidden Since The Foundation Of The World’.
Aside from directing, Tiffany is also an actor and made her professional onstage debut playing Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Australian Shakespeare Company) earlier this year at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. She will be making her professional film debut in ‘Five Blind Dates’ (Prime Video & Goalpost Pictures) to be released in 2024. She is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Piumi Wijesundara - Former Co-Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Group (Sri Lanka)
Piumi Wijesundara is a Sri Lankan theatre artist currently based in Sydney, Australia. She is a theatre director, teaching artist, writer, and actor who strives to create socially conscious theatre. With over 7 years of professional experience and exposure both in Sri Lanka and internationally, Piumi is a passionate theatre practitioner. Her emphasis lies on original and research-based devised theatre, community theatre, and youth-led theatre. Piumi has credits in producing, directing, acting, writing, and advocacy. She has written and directed award-winning devised youth theatre productions in Sri Lanka, and her most recent production was a devised ensemble play based on stories of migration on the island, staged in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Formerly the Co-Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Group, a renowned ensemble theatre company in Sri Lanka, Piumi is currently working as a Program Manager, Children and Young People at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) while continuing her practice as a devised theatre maker independently.
Join us afterwards, for drinks and nibbles catered by renowned Korean Food Exprert, TV Chef, Food Writer, Culinary Instructor and Double Delicious performer, Heather Jeong who has curated a special menu based on the Longhouse event.
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THURSDAY 17 AUGUST | 6.00PM
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh NSW