Kathryn Osborne Director / Producer
Kathryn is a Perth-based Director and Producer. In 2007 she co-founded The Duck House Theatre with five other female graduates from Edith Cowan University’s Performance course. The Duck House has a unique style of intimate performance that is sharp and chaotic, combining comedy, playful choreography and original music. Inspired by ideas of obsession, household objects and spaces, the ensemble aims to create new exciting theatre for a contemporary audience. Kathryn produced The Magdalena Perth Theatre Workshop Festival in 2010 which provided a platform for women’s performance work and a forum for critical discussion. In August 2011 she was invited to attend Magdalena@25, The Magdalena Project’s 25th anniversary in Cardiff, Wales the project’s birthplace. She received funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust to attend this event.
Kathryn has been Assistant Director for The Removalists (Perth Theatre Company), Antigone (Thin Ice, PIAF ‘09) and The Lady Aoi (BSSTC production, PIAF ‘07). As the Director of The Duck House, Kathryn’s projects include They ran ‘til they stopped (PICA ’11), A Disappearing Act (The Blue Room Theatre ’11), The Bearskinner (Theatre Works ‘11 and The Blue Room Theatre ’09), Acts of Undressing (Yirra Yaakin ‘10), The Swallow-Tailed Coat (The Blue Room ’09), Oscar (The Rechabites’ Hall ‘08) and The Oresteia (The Blue Room ‘08). With the exception of They ran ‘til they stopped, Kathryn has produced all of The Duck House’s work. She has also learnt from Fiona de Garis through their ongoing relationship that began in 2010 and worked as a producing intern and employee at Performing Lines WA. Kathryn currently administers the Perth Jazz Society’s program, dealing with contracting and booking venues and musicians.
Gita Bezard Writer / Performer
Gita is a Duck House company performer and writer. Echo marks her return to writing after a successful season of They ran ‘til they stopped. Other work for The Duck House includes A Disappearing Act (Performer), Acts of Undressing (Performer), The Bearskinner (Performer), The Swallow-Tailed Coat (Performer), Oscar (Writer) and The Oresteia (Co-Director). Professional Development: 4-week intensive at Dah Theatre in Serbia on performance creation. Gita is currently part of the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Young Writer’s Group and recently received both DCA’s Youth Arts Fellowship and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to travel to the USA and UK for professional development (May – July 2012).
Alissa Claessens Performer
Alisa is a Duck House company performer and designer. For The Duck House: They ran ‘til they stopped (Designer), A Disappearing Act (Performer), Acts of Undressing (Performer/Designer), The Bearskinner (Performer/Designer), The Swallow-Tailed Coat (Performer), Oscar (Designer) and The Oresteia (Performer). She has also worked in varying design capacities on: Pollyanna (FringeWorld 2011), The Journeys of the Happy Buddha (2008 UNIMA World Puppetry Festival) and Don’t Look Back (PIAF). Alissa is also a member of the Sugar Blue Burlesque performance team and is a swing dance teacher. She also recently received funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust to attend a movement intensive in New York in July.
Fran Middleton Performer
Fran is a Duck House performer and musician. For The Duck House: A Disappearing Act, Acts of Undressing, The Bearskinner, The Swallow-Tailed Coat, Oscar and The Oresteia. Fran has been a key influence in the writing and performing of live original music for the majority of these works. Other works include: Pollyana (FringeWorld), Gasp (Hook in Eye) and House of Fun! (Fish in a Vortex). Fran also performs in improvised comedy group The Big HOO-HAA.