Artist Profiles

Donna Abela

Donna is a multi award-winning playwright. She has written over 30 original and adapted stage plays for youth, community, independent and mainstream theatre companies, and radio plays for the ABC and Eastside Radio. Her play Jump For Jordan won the Griffin Playwriting Award in 2013. Other awards include AWGIE awards, and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Award for Drama.

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Katie Beckett

Katie Beckett is an actor and writer with a passion for storytelling, both for the stage and screen. She is also a founding member of Cope St Collective.She won Balnaves Indigneous Playwrights Award and was nominated for a Green Room Award for her first full length play, Which Way Home, which enjoyed an extended sold out season at Belvoir as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.

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Jonathan Biggins

Jonathan is a multi award-winning actor, writer and director with a wide and varied stage career. He is one of the creators of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue and his acting credits include Travesties, The White Guard and Ying Tong for Sydney Theatre Company; The Importance of Being Earnest for Melbourne Theatre Company; The Mikado and Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia and Essington Lewis: I Am Work.

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Mandy Bishop

Multi award-winning Mandy Bishop is an actor, writer and singer living in Sydney and New York. Recent theatre credits are Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue’s, Bell Shakespeare’s National Tour 2019 Much Ado About Nothing, Hayes Theatre Co’s workshop for Dubbo Championship Wrestling and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Her writing/ performing credits include At Home with Julia, My New Best Friend.

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Nicholas Christo

Culminating in a very successful performing arts career, Nicholas moved to Sydney in 2006 and has starred in many high-profile stage and television roles. He is a mentor and teacher at several performing arts institutions, including our very own Penrith Conservatorium and Q Theatre. He has taught and directed at the Australian Institute of Music, the Academy of Film Theatre & Television, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre.

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Margaret Davis

Margaret Davis began her professional life as a dancer with Opera Australia in 1972 and since then has developed a multi-faceted career as actor, director, writer and lecturer in the performing arts and has been involved with the Q Theatre from very early on to present day. She even auditioned for Q Theatre Co-Founder Doreen Warburton in the mid 1970s. Margaret was the first woman appointed as a director with an Australian main-stage theatre company in 1981 as part of the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

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Monikka Eliah

Monikka Eliah is an Assyrian-Australian writer. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with an Arts degree having majored in English. Monikka has presented work at the NSW Writers Centre, Studio Stories in Parramatta, Wollongong Writers Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival. She was the theatre recipient for the Southlands Breakthrough Award 2018 and Wheeler Centre Just Pretending Fellowship 2020.

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Bernadette Fam

Bernadette Fam is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, writer, director, and creative producer from Western Sydney – a true local who grew up in the midpoint of the suburban triangle that connects Jamison Park, the Nepean River and Penrith Stadium. Bernadette has been involved with the Q Theatre over the past 3 years in many capacities; as a performer, director, writer and workshop artist mentor for creative youth in Western Sydney.

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Tasnim Hossain

Tasnim Hossain is a playwright, screenwriter and actor, currently serving on the board of the Australian Theatre for Young People and working with Q Theatre as a theatremaker, dramaturg and writer for the stage, screen and digital media. Recently, Tasnim helped develop the new Australian work Kangaroo as part of the Q Theatre Season, developed, among others, via the collaboration of writers based in Bathurst and a partnership between Arts OutWest and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

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Paul Smith

Paul is a senior lecturer in music at the University of New England, where he teaches composition and music theory. In addition to that, he is the co-artistic director of Blush Opera, based in Sydney, and holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University. Moreover, Paul is an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre. His research looks into new narratives and musical structures in opera, and he was a contributing writer to the ABC series, What is Music? His specialities include composing opera and music for toy pianos.

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