Panel One - Devising & Directing for Solo Performance
An invitation to reflect on the creative process of creating a solo performance - tools, rehearsals, translations, training, movement, props, choreography, relationships. An exploration of the big question: How did you do it?
Panel Speakers are Richard Huber, Kerryn Palmer, Moira Fortin and Sally Richards.
This panel will take place in the Random Stage on the 23rd of August at 3:30pm.
Dr Moira Fortin, actress and Lecturer at the Programme of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago. As a performer and an interdisciplinary researcher, working across Theatre Studies and Languages and Cultures, Dr Fortin has been successfully contributing to the body of knowledge regarding Rapa Nui/ Easter Island. Prior to moving to Aotearoa, Fortin conducted research in Chile, specifically in Rapa Nui (1999 - 2012) where she was the team leader of the pre-production of the trailer of a TV series called Katamarangi. In 2016, Fortin completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, entitled Tensions and Possibilities: The Interplay of ‘Traditional’ Cultural Elements and the Creation of Contemporary Rapanui, Māori and Samoan diasporic Theatre. Since 2017 Fortin has been performing in The Motorway in Dunedin and Wellington. In 2018 Fortin performed The Motorway and The Subterranean based on the book Sub-terra by the Chilean Baldomero Lillo at the Dunedin Fringe Festival where she was nominated as Best Performer.
Sally Richards has a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, holds a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Theatre with Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland. Her research interests include solo performance, pedagogy of theatre, diasporic theatre and theatre for social change. Sally’s most recent directing work includes Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at Victoria University in 2018, and co-directing with Kerryn Palmer the premiere of She Danced on a Friday, a devised solo by Nicola Pauling at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton and at BATS Theatre, Wellington. Sally is currently teaching on the Theatre Programme at Victoria University.
Richard Huber is a professional director, teacher, actor and playwright. His career began in Christchurch in the early 1980s, where he worked extensively in theatre in education and street performance. During that time he set up the Christchurch City Council’s first full time Theatre in Education Programme and worked with the innovative Splinta Stilt Theatre Company. He also was one of the establishing members of the Christchurch Playback Theatre Company. In 1993, he moved to Dunedin to take up a position teaching theatre at the University of Otago, which he held for 18 years. His areas of teaching speciality were directing, acting, improvisation and devising. During this time, he also worked extensively as a director producing works for the Fortune Theatre, Wow Productions and wide range of other independent professional groups and amateur companies. His work as an actor includes work for the stage, film and for the Dunedin Medical School’s Simulated Patient development Unit. His work as a writer includes a large body of short scripts and commissioned works for First Church of Otago, Knox Church and the Fortune Theatre production of his highly acclaimed Glorious. Recent directing work includes One Day and Backwards in High Heels for the Otago Festival of the Arts and the award wining Waiting for Godot at the Globe Theatre. His most recent script Songbird voted best new script at the 2013 Dunedin Theatre Awards.
Kerryn Palmer has worked as a freelance director, actor, and teacher of drama for over 20 years. In 2003 she completed her MTA in directing at Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School and VUW, graduating with distinction.In 2016 She set up Bedtime Stories from Inside, a programme that goes into prisons and records family members reading stories to their children. Kerryn has just finished a four-year Teaching Fellowship, lecturing at Victoria University (Theatre Programme) and is part way through her PhD in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has directed many touring shows that have traveled around New Zealand for; Duffy Theatre,Capital E National Theatre for Children, Handstand Productions, Ensemble Impact and most recently, Arts on Tour’s production of SEED. She also devises and creates large scale site-specific/generic works, (Pandemic, Sniper, Adrift, My Shout- Another Round at the Thistle Inn, Black November 1918) Her upcoming work includes a new initiative of theatre classes for the elderly, with Voice Arts Trust.