LES MYSTÈRES DU LOUVRE - CREATIVE TEAM
Louise Howlett - Director/Producer
Louise Howlett is a director, producer, theatre-maker, writer, performer and the Artistic Director of ReAction Theatre. She has worked across different theatrical styles to create a distinct, varied body of work. This includes long and short form text-based theatrical pieces, devised performances and immersive works that cover diverse social and cultural contexts. She is a trained actor, having undertaken 3 years of study in the Meisner Technique with AFI nominated actor Vikki Blanche.
She has successfully produced and/or directed a range of new Australian works, including APPROPRIATE KISSING FOR ALL OCCASIONS by Griffin Theatre award winner David Finnigan; AT THE WATER’S EDGE – a commission to present seven short plays celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the St Kilda Palais; HYPOXIA by Rebecca Lister (VCA Master of Writing - Performance); BOMB THE BASE (world premiere) by Mark Andrew for Melbourne Fringe; a sell-out season of HEART THY NEIGHBOUR (world premiere) by Camilla Maxwell for MICF/Melbourne Fringe; PROOF by David Auburn and SOME GIRL(S) by Neil LaBute.
In 2016, ReAction Theatre was the recipient of an Arena Theatre Company Residency to develop ‘LES MYSTÈRES DU LOUVRE,’ an immersive bilingual French/English theatrical experience for young audience that combines 3D projection, installation and live performance. This production was one of 25 chosen national to receive matched funding through Creative Partnerships Australia.
Arta Mucaj - Actor
Arta Mucaj (http://mucajarta.wixsite.com/arta-mucaj) is an Albanian-Australian Actress from Kosovo. She Studied at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania where she graduated in Drama in 1997. Since then, Arta has been involved in many projects initiated and implemented by: The National Theatre of Kosovo (where she was employed as an Actress and Artistic Advisor for 10 years), The National Theatre of Albania, Theatre of Nationalities in Macedonia, Intercult (Sweden) and National Television of Albania.
She has performed in feature films, TV shows and in various theatres across Europe. She has also taken part in many well-known European theatre festivals such as: Wienner Festochen (Austria), Bonner Biennale (Germany), Festival D'Avignon (France), Summer Festival East Goes West at Notting Hill Gate Theatre (London- UK), Bologna Festival (Italy), Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia), Cairo International Theatre Festival. For the role of Laura in THE FATHER by A. Strindberg, she was awarded three times Best Leading Actress in International and National Theatre Festivals.
In Australia, Arta has performed in HELEN BLACK (Harlos Productions); HEART THY NEIGHBOUR (ReAction Theatre); SHAKESPEARE AND THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS (Globe Productions). Her latest feature movie HOME SWEET HOME premiered in Europe late 2016 and was selected as Kosovo's entry in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars for 2017.
Alicia Beckhurst - Actor
Alicia Beckhurst is currently Company Manager for Complete Works Theatre Company. She recently performed with Class Act Theatre Company in their production of THE WINTERS TALE as Emilia and the Clown. Her love of Shakespeare saw her touring Victoria for Complete Works Theatre Company’s educational program in 2013, as Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET and Lady Macbeth in MACBETH. She has made appearances on television programs such as;’ It’s a Date’ (ABC, 2014) and ‘Winners and Losers’ (Seven Network, 2013) and has worked with Beyond Blue in their ‘Stop, Think, Respect: Invisible Discriminator’ advertising campaign.Alicia collaborated with Renae Shadler on IN-YA-EAR, an interactive live art project designed to connect strangers in public spaces, at Glenferrie Station in 2015. Her other theatre credits include THE LUCAS CONUNDRUM (Bitten By Productions, 2016), LOOK AT THE FUNNY LADY (Black Apple Theatre Company, 2014), FIRST FIREWORKS (ReAction Theatre Company, 2012), YAKINIKU DRAGON (VCA/Arts Centre Collaboration, 2011) and THE HOLLOW (VCA, 2010.)
Alicia is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and was the 2010 recipient of the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence in training.
Carolyn Bock - Actor
Melbourne based actor Carolyn Bock is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. Carolyn’s diverse career has encompassed dance, theatre, television and film. As a dancer, highlights included International festivals, study in Moscow and seasons with the Ballet Israeli in Tel Aviv. She has worked for the MTC, Playbox, La Mama, Theatre at Risk, The Stork Theatre and most recently for Sentient Theatre in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Wolfe. She co-founded The Shift Theatre with Helen Hopkins and is co-writer of THE GIRLS IN GREY - The story of WW1 Nurses, and is currently in research for HALLOWED GROUND: WOMEN DOCTORS IN WAR. Carolyn works with Rollercoaster Theatre for actors with disability and devises performing arts experiences with students in rural areas. Most recently Carolyn directed IS IT BECAUSE I’M INDIAN by Raj Moodley and A MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS by Caryl Churchill for Verve Studio. This year she will appear for the third time in Complete Work’s production in the title role of Euripides MEDEA.
Nathalie Sem – Actor/French Language Expert
Nathalie is a teacher trainer and a native French speaker who has been teaching both English and French as a foreign language from pre-school to university for over 12 years. Having moved to Melbourne in 2008, after being appointed by the French government as a deputy director of the Alliance Française cultural centre, she has always been passionate about sharing her language and culture with a variety of students.
Having acting experience in theatre both in France and Canada, from the great plays of Molière to traditional stories from Cameroon, she is delighted to combine her interests for language and performing arts in a project aiming to encourage young people to learn more about all things French, while developing their creative skills.
Paul Szymkowiak – 3D projection technician
Paul is a software development professional with 30+ years in commercial software-development work. That software background has also involved various personal projects involving computer-based or computer-assisted music and video creation: the focus has been on synthesised and sampled music production with video montages to augment live production. Paul dabbled with 3D world generation and Virtual Reality hardware in the late 80's/ early 90’s and has recently begun to reacquaint himself with this area through his Kickstarter backing of the Oculus Rift VR environment. He has also explored interactive whiteboard projection using low-tech, low-budget equipment based on Wii-motes and IR pens.
For the past 10 years, he's been actively involved in the Maker movement both in Melbourne and internationally, with growing involvement in physical computing projects based on open-source hardware and software. He ran the first Maker Faire in Australasia in January 2012, and the follow-on Eurisko Melbourne event in November 2013. He has also founded a maker (outer)space-research group. Paul is currently focused on teaching maker electronics to primary and secondary students and creating related learning materials that will explore environmental sensing and computer-vision processing as part of a robotics program for students. Much of this teaching emphasises multi-disciplinary project-based learning that incorporates self-expression and creativity, rather than a pure technology engineering focus.
Paul also provides volunteer AV support for community "unconference" events, creating pop-up collaboration spaces that make use of AV gears (projectors, screens and audio enhancement), and has a range of equipment for use in pop-up setups.