People

Ilan Abrahams has a passion for creating transformative theatre and workshop experiences that integrate people, approaches to sustainability, and the local landscape. He is the founder and director of Sense of Place Projects. He has walked the full length of the Yarra in one continuous journey, lectured in Ecology and Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, and worked as a town planner and permaculture designer. His creative approach is influenced by studies and training in ecology, Buddhism, permaculture, dance, theatre, music and somatic movement in Australia, Japan, the United States and Europe.

Julian Chapple is an accomplished Performance Artist, Community Arts Facilitator and Visual Designer. Since studying clown and theatre improvisation, Julian has performed extensively with various theatre & dance companies; The Singing Snails, Clench Object Theatre, The Laughter Project, 5 Angry Men, Swivel Drivel Band, Snuff Puppets , Camel Magic Performance Troupe, Endangered Species , Wild Moves & Jahbullah! African Dance Troupe . As Community Arts Facilitator, Julian Chapple initiates art projects that engage within a strong thematic framework and achieve participation in creative activities for children and adults of mixed cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Since 1998, Julian has facilitated innovative theatre/art programs for: The Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival , Darebin Community Arts Festival, Doncaster Spring Festival , North Richmond Moon Lantern Festival, Collingwood Children's Farm Winter Solstice , Whittlesea Arts & Cultural Festival , Circus Emusing, Queen's Baton Relay-Commonwealth Games , Royal Avenue Songbook , CERES Harvest Festival , Lanternhouse Festival , Hobson's Bay Festival , Apollo Bay Music Festival and the CERES Bicycle Festival.  His high quality art and drama workshops inspire imaginative theatre through storytelling, puppetry, animation, mime, improvisation, games, lantern making, drawing and design. Julian continues to teach animation and cartooning to adults and children at various institutions: Manningham Arts Centre , Council of Adult Education, Victoria University, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE , and the Jewish Museum .

Nancy Sposato is a physical theatre performer who's has incorporated Body Weather, Suzuki, Corporeal Mime, Clowning, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Buto, Tumbling and Ashtanga Yoga. Nancy's performance projects include; A Room Within (supported by the City of Yarra, 2007), Show and Tell - a work commissioned by the Victorian Arts Centre about body image for touring to schools (2006), and 1803 - supported by the City of Yarra (Collingwood Childrent's Farm, 2005). In 2005 Nancy was selected to take part in the Spark Mentorship Program, managed by Youth Arts Queensland and supported by the Australia Council. Nancy has performed regularly with Strange Fruit since 2003 in Australia and overseas, and regularly with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company since 2004. In 2001 Nancy was invited by Dequincy Company to participate in Triple Alice 3. Her initial study is a Batchelor in Creative Arts, majoring in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Susan Van den Haam is an accomplished physical theatre performer and dancer. Her performance credits include;Ananke - with the Phonos Project which won an award in the 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival and toured regionally in Victoria, 1803 -supported by the City of Yarra and Parks Victoria (2005), Story Time With Mr. Robbins - as part of the Melbourne Buto Festival (Dancehouse,2006), Soz and Snuff - as part of Lucy Guerin Co.'s program ‘Pieces for Small Spaces'(2006), Three Day Growth-winner of the most outstanding movement piece award (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2003), Cherry Picking- a development period with Jo Lloyd (Dancehouse, 2004), A Simple Dare - Graduate Showcase (Dancehouse, 2004). Susan is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance, and is currently studying a post graduate diploma in choreography at the same school. During her studies She has presented a work with Holly Durant Titled MINUTIAE, BLACK ALICE and is currently developing CAST ANCHOR with Jessica Devereux and Anna Kingston.