Matthew Briggs | Executive Producer and Artistic Director
Matthew has been involved in all aspects of theatre, including stage managing, producing and directing, for almost thirteen years now. In 2012, Matthew stage managed Emily Steel's award-winning plays, Sepia and Rocket Town. In 2016, he produced and directed The Angel of Death, The Sentient Arrow and the Australian Premiere of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical. In 2017, Matthew produced and directed Scarred For Life by emerging songwriter and performer, Josh Belperio, who received a $2,100 Helpmann Academy Grant to be mentored by award-winning cabaret artists, Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan. Scarred For Life most recently won the Week 3 BankSA Best Cabaret Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. Matthew was also the co-producer of the music video and song, Dear Malcolm Turnbull, to raise money for QLife, a free and anonymous national phone and web chat counselling service for LGBTQI+ people. In 2018, Matthew curated 12 shows for the Adelaide Fringe in a new venue called The Lab. Besides Matthew’s theatre experience, he currently works as a Research Associate at The University of South Australia in the field of Proteomics and Glycomics.
Josh Belperio | Associate Producer, Writer, Composer and Performer
Josh Belperio is a composer, performer, writer, conductor, pianist, teacher and humanist. His anthem for queer rights during the Australian Postal Plebiscite, Dear Malcolm Turnbull, received over 200,000 views across social media platforms, and helped raise over $3,000 for QLife – counselling service for LGBTQIA+ Australians. Josh is currently touring his original cabaret show, Scarred For Life, across Australia. Since its sold out premiere season, it was awarded Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards, and has received multiple five star reviews. Josh is a two-time recipient of the Helpmann regular grant, which has supported him to study cabaret with Michael Griffiths, Amelia Ryan and Rosanne Hosking, and to present his second show, 30,000 Notes. In the leadup to that show, Josh has also received the Helpmann Elevate Mentorship to study with playwright Emily Steel and classical conductor/composer Carl Crossin. Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from the Elder Conservatorium, and during his studies has had his music performed by the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, the Young Voices of Melbourne and the Canberra Youth Orchestra (a performance which he also conducted). He has studied under local composers Graeme Koehne OA and Dr Anne Cawrse, and undergone brief periods of study with interstate composers Paul Stanhope, James Ledger and Iain Grandage. A winner of Artology’s Fanfare Competition, Josh has had his music recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra, for broadcast in the Sydney Opera House foyer. Josh works at Tutti Arts – organisation for young artists with an intellectual disability – where he has collaborated with pop girlband The Sisters of Invention, and with a select group on a new musical. As a musical theatre writer, Josh has been awarded a $10,000 Carclew Project and Development Grant, which funded the first development of a new musical, held in the Dunstan Playhouse, 2016.
Mark Oakley | Lighting Designer and Technical Manager
Mark is 6’5 and is not British. Mark has a wide range of experience in the industry including working with various production companies across Adelaide, most prominently Mosaic Audio Visual. His work with Mosaic enables him to be involved with many theatrical, corporate and concert style shows with standouts being Cloudstreet (2016), Tommy (2015) and Otello (2014). Mark has also spent several years working at Co Opera, and toured several successful shows interstate Madame Butterfly (2014), Cosi Fan Tutte (2015), Magic Flute (2015). Other independent highlights include designing lighting for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Guys and Dolls (2015) Sound of Music (2014) and the South Australian Premiere of Legally Blonde (2014) for the Hills Musical Society. Mark graduated from Brighton Secondary School in 2011, and has since kept in contact with the Performing Arts Centre becoming a house technician. Through his connections with the school he was a founding member and technical director for Reverb Theatre Group Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe (2013), Peter Pan (2014) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015) and has also designed lighting for the school’s external dance company Lift Dance Theatre Carapace (2015-16) and Etre (2016-17). His most recent engagement was through AJZ Productions working at their Adelaide Fringe Venue Live at Channel 9 Tandanya and was responsible for 16 shows that passed through the venue over the 4-week festival.
Remy Low | Costume Designer
After taking an interest in costumes and making clothes at 13, Remy found love in cosplay and making detailed costumes for others. She completed a Diploma of Costume for Performance at AC Arts in 2013 and went on to work with several small productions. In 2016, Remy went back to study an Advanced Diploma of Fashion, where she was a finalist in the South Australian Premier's Design Challenge and gained experience working with industry mentors. Most recently, she worked on the Australian Premiere of Cannibal! The Musical.
Michelle is a multimedia artist with a Bachelor in Visual Arts (painting) and she is commencing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (digital media). Capable in both traditional and digital media, she has worked freelance since graduating her first degree in 2015 to create character illustrations and designs for private commissioners, concept art for student films, and set painting for theatre. In her spare time, she is an avid gamer and gardener and creates fanart in between commissioned work.
Christopher Warman has been a film freelancer since graduating in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma in Screen & Media from Media Arts Production Skills. He has worked with SA Councils, organisations, businesses and individuals, crafting videos to tell their stories. He has worked with painters, schools, stores, workshops and live performers on short promotions and all-encompassing event productions. He curated the 2016 Fleurieu Film Festival and has taught in schools and regional towns about affordable filmmaking. He prides himself on showing the authentic side of individuals in his videos, giving the audience an intimate look at the character of the people he works with.