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Judging Panels
Independent Theatre Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Independent Theatre panel is presented by one of the broad range of independent artists, groups or companies (including small to medium companies that may have a board, but do not produce three or more seasons of work per year).
Xanthe Beesley is an independent artist with a background in both theatre and dance. She works as a theatre-maker, performer, dramaturg and facilitator developing significant collaborations with various artists, communities and companies including Contact Inc., Footscray Community Arts Centre, Fusion Theatre, KITE Theatre and Backbone Youth Arts. Xanthe completed her Maters of Theatre Practice at VCA in 2010.
Emilie Collyer is an award winning writer of plays, fiction and poetry. The Good Girl (2013) won Best Emerging Writer at Melbourne Fringe & a Green Room nomination. Dream Home (shortlisted 2013 Patrick White Award) will premier at Darebin Arts Speakeasy in 2015. Emilie was part of the 2014 Malthouse Besen Writers Program and has a Masters in Writing for Performance from VCA. She is widely published and her speculative fiction has won three prizes at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards (2012 & 2013). Emilie’s fiction collection A Clean Job and other stories (2013) is published with Clan Destine Press.
Justine Campbell is an actor, writer and graduate of the VCA.  Recently, she directed a one-woman show for Melbourne Fringe, which will tour to Adelaide and Edinburgh this year. She has acted professionally for companies including Jigsaw and toured South Korea with LATT. Last year Justine received the GRIT award for female performer (Four Larks) and in 2007 the MEAA ACT Green Room award for professional performer of the year.
Rinske Ginsberg has over 35 years experience as a teacher, performer, devisor, dramaturge and artistic consultant. She is Lecturer in Actor’s Body in Theatre at the Faculty of VCA, and regularly mentors artists across a range of art forms. A former Chair of Melbourne Fringe, Rinske is a valued consultant to the independent theatre industry. In addition to being a panelist for GRIT, Rinske sits on the Melbourne University Theatre panel and has been consultant, assessor and advisor to Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and other arts organisations. Rinske is committed to fostering emerging practitioners, supporting the development of new work and continuing research into contemporary pedagogies in actor training.
Writer and editor Anne-Marie Peard has been reviewing and writing about theatre in Melbourne since 2006 and her work can be found at Before becoming an arts writer, she studied Arts Management at WAPPA and worked for independent companies and events in South Australia. She also spent many years producing, managing and programming for festivals including the Adelaide Fringe, Canberra’s Festival of Contemporary Art, Canberra’s Floriade, Moomba and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Bronwyn is a freelance lighting designer and technician who has worked around Australia with companies such as Malthouse Theatre, Ballarat Arts Academy, La Mama, Theatre in Decay, Arts Projects Australia, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Here Theatre, Impro Melbourne,Polyglot Theatre and more.  Projects she has worked on range from large festivals to small developmental pieces in venues that include The Sydney Opera House, a London west end nightclub, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts and a wool shed in Glencoe, plus many more conventional and non-conventional theatre spaces.  Bronwyn teaching credits include VCA, NMIT, VUT, The Women’s Circus and Monash University.
Richard Watts is a broadcaster, writer, editor and critic. The host of 3RRR FM’s flagship arts program SmartArts, Richard is also the National Reviews Editor at Arts Hub, and a member of the Australian Film Critics Association. His reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, and he has worked for numerous festivals and arts organisations, including four years as the Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Mark is a dramaturg, director and theatre-maker from Western Sydney, trained at VCA, PACT, and University of Wollongong. Mark is Resident Dramaturg for Malthouse Theatre, developing new work and providing dramaturgical support across the company’s activities. His dramaturgical credits include Blak Cabaret, Love and Information, Edward II, Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse), Wael Zuaiter: Unknown (Creative Nonfiction). Mark is co-director of NO SHOW with Bridget Balodis, with co-creating The Séance (LaBoite Indie, Melbourne Fringe), Unfinished Business (You Are Here, Crack/TINA), Outside Line (Pop Up Playground) and Shotgun Wedding (Next Wave). Other directing credits include Triumph (NWG/fortyfivedownstairs) & 4000 Miles (Red Stitch). Mark is a member of the New Working Group, and a board member for Next Wave.
Paula Van Beek is an artist dedicated to making and supporting contemporary image-driven performance projects. She has a Graduate Diploma in Animateuring from VCA (2006)  and has presented  projects in Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Next Wave Festival and the Helium season at Malthouse and has made works in car parks, theatres, hallways, warehouses, on river banks and online.
With a particular focus on creating with light, she specializes in collaborating with dancers and performance makers. Paula is passionate about sharing her skills in performance teaching ensemble acting and devising skills workshops for the VCA Foundation program. She is currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT School of Art researching an expanded performance practice. Her work investigates self, site and alternative narrative structures with a focus on feminine experiences.
Chris Wenn's sound designs have featured in Liminal Theatre's Oedipus - a poetic requiem (2008, 2009) and Antigone: The Descent Across the Bridge of Acheron (2009); Ulrike Meinhof Sings (2011), The Drowning Girls (2012), and I Am The Wind (2012) by Turtle Lab; Whiteley's Incredible Blue (2011) at fortyfivedownstairs; The Noahs (2013); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (2014); and The Trouble With Harry (2014) for MKA/Darebin Arts Speakeasy/Melbourne Festival. An ongoing collaboration with Red Stitch Actors Theatre includes About Tommy (2013), Herding Cats (2013), NSFW (2013), Belleville (2014) and Middletown (2015). Chris also performs with Melbourne noise-punk band Primitive Calculators.
Eugyeene Teh is a stage designer, architect, photographer and teacher.  He received his master’s degree from VCA in 2009 and has since created work for independent and mainstage theatres. Currently a key artist of Little Ones Theatre, and resident designer of MKA, Theatre of New Writing in 2012, his work has been seen across the country and in various festivals including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin Festival. In 2014, he undertook the placement in the Besen Artist Family Program at Malthouse Theatre. Eugyeene has been nominated for three Green Room Awards in the Independent Theatre and Musical Theatre categories.