Emily Taylor - THEATRE
A multi-award winning actor with over 15 years experience, Emily has appeared in a number of television programs including Get Krack!n, Home and Away, The Dr Blake Mysteries, It’s A Date and Underbelly. She has worked extensively on stage: most recently in a US tour of Meeting Mozart; Othello and Macbeth for Sport for Jove; a national tour of Grace Under Pressure; Meeting Mozart for the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre, and a national tour of Senior Moments. Emily has created multiple solo shows, winning a Green Room Award for her first solo show Hello You and the Melbourne Fringe Tiki Tour Ready Award and NZ Fringe Best Solo Show Award for Cannonball. Both these shows have had return seasons throughout Australia. Emily has worked as a director, theatre maker and teaching artist for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Arena Theatre Company, Drama Victoria, Melbourne Playback (where she was Artistic Director for two years), First Impressions Youth Theatre, NIDA and Options Theatre Company. In 2022 Emily received a grant from The Art House Wyong and Create NSW to write a play set on the Central Coast of NSW. She is currently developing the second draft of Insular for a staged reading later this year.
Alicia Gonzalez - CLOWNING
Alicia Gonzalez is a seasoned performer, director, and coach specialising in the art of clowning and crafting original narratives for both stage and screen. Her approach centres on physical training, drawing inspiration from the teachings of Lecoq®. With a rich professional background, she has led clowning and movement classes for actors and the general public across esteemed art precincts, academies, and theatres in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Alicia has graced prestigious stages, earning recognition at events such as the Sydney Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and Adelaide Fringe. In a previous role, she brought laughter as "Dr. Ding Dong," a medical clown doctor. Her journey from New York to Paris and Spain has honed her artistic prowess. When not enchanting audiences, she indulges in smoothies and cherishes moments with her little one.
Angelyn Diaz - PHYSICAL THEATRE
Angie Diaz is a Filipino Australian Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Physical Theatre performer and Teaching Artist. She has worked across various platforms and mediums, including Film, Televison, Theatre and Dance Theatre. Angie trained as a Contemporary dancer at WAAPA, before embarking on a career as an Actor. She has worked with ENSEMBLE THEATRE, performing the lead Role in THE ONE, Directed by Darren Yap. Angie has also performed and Collaborated with Legs on The Wall, Physical Theatre company, CATAPULT DANCE, Newcastle and Movement Directed for MONKEY BAA Theatre.
Angie has appeared in various TV shows, including, Nine Perfect Strangers and Heart Break High. She is mostly known for her role as the Pink Ranger in Power Rangers Mystic Force… Yep.. and she still has the helmet. As a teaching artist, Angie works at NAISDA Dance College on the central Coast, empowering the next generation of indigenous story tellers, to be brave, fierce physical performers.
Danielle Brame Whiting - FACILITATOR
Danielle is currently working with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in their GENERATOR: Regional Connects Program. This initiative is supporting her to facilitate The Art House Holiday Break Program. She is a local Central Coast based Theatre Artist. Her academic background includes a Masters of Applied Theatre and first grad honours in Theatre, A Graduate Diploma of Teaching (English/Drama), and a Licentiate Diploma of Teaching in Speech and Drama. The highlight of these was creating and producing an original production, ‘Under the Blue Blood Moon’. Her current practice includes operating a small acting school for which she is the sole teacher and writer for all productions. She is also the co-founder of Jopuka Productions youth theatre company in Tuggerah and serves as the Deputy Artistic Director. In addition to her theatre work, Danielle is the proud mother of a 13-year-old human, whom she parents with her extremely supportive partner, Peter.