Founded in 2016, Burning House is a not for profit theatre company dedicated to bringing bold interpretations of rarely performed classic texts to OUR AUDIENCES.
Robert is a Director, Dramaturg, Musician, Producer and Playwright based in Sydney and Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and a Masters of Directing for Performance from Melbourne University, and has studied directing at VCA and NIDA. Robert is quickly becoming known for his deft adaptions and modernisation of classic texts, especially Shakespeare and the Greeks, as well as working with large ensemble casts.
He runs independent company Burning House for which he has directed and produced The Tragedy of Coriolanus, Ajax, Summerfolk and The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. His other directing credits include When Nietzsche Wept, The Woman in Black, Closer, Ten Plagues (Loose Canon Theatre Company), Medea, Herakles (Acting Performance Studio), Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux (Melbourne Fringe), The Doll Hospital (MKA: Theatre of New Writing), The Lovers (Victorian College of the Arts), Sunday in the Park With George (UMMTA) and Jesus Christ Superstar (MPAG). His opera credits as a director include Die Dreigroshenoper (Monash University) and Winterreise (Post-Opera Company). In 2019 his production of Ajax will tour to Sydney, playing at the Old505, and Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux will be playing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As an assistant director and intern Robert has worked with both Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia on repeat occasions, as well as Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Company, Watch This, Lyric Opera Melbourne, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Komishe Oper, Chamber Made and MKA: Theatre of New Writing. In 2015 he was Artist in Residence for independent outfit Post-Opera Company, and in 2016 served as MKA: Theatre of New Writing's Artistic Associate (Directing / Literary). Robert completed an internship in Melbourne Theatre Company's literary department in 2017, has written two plays, When Nietzsche Wept and The Age of Reason, and is currently working on his third; The Charm of a Sunflower.
Robert's practice covers new adaptions of classic texts, new writing and contemporary opera, with a focus on themes of violence, legacy, cultural conflict, the concept of the individual and the idea of transcendence. His work explores the human spirit at the very edge of extremity and endurance, creating powerful new works from old texts or new, working across several languages in a bold, contemporary performance language. He also works frequently as a dramaturg, assisting both writers and theatre-makers in the creation of bold new work.
Robert works as a tutor and acting coach, and is available for private lessons. He is currently a Resident Acting Coach at Acting Performance Studio in Melbourne.
[Producer & GENERAL MANAGER]
Jessica Doutch is a Melbourne based Producerand Arts Manager. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne. She was the general manager of Loose Canon Theatre Company from 2012-2014, and co-founded Burning House in 2016. Jessica has worked for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Entertainment Store, and the Monash Academy of Performing Arts. She has also been involved on productions with MUST, Life Like Company and Stageart. She has recently worked on Watch This' production of Merrily We Roll Along in the Lawler Theatre, and currently works as a Production Coordinator.
James is an emerging Melbourne based designer, with a background in theatre making and visual art. He has a Master of Design for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has an interest in set, lighting, and costume design. James also has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University. Recent credits include set designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Gary Abrahams, and lighting designer for The Winter’s Tale directed by John Kachoyan. James endeavors to create activated and integrated scenographic environments, often through the exploration of inventive spatial dynamics, visual dramaturgies, and materials. Besides designing, James has been involved in other areas and roles on a multitude of wonderfully strange and miserably bizarre productions, from assistant to management to performer; these include Closer (Loose Canon), Pacific Overtures (Watch This!), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street Productions), TELENY (Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre), Fauré Project (Post-Opera Company), Ten Plagues (Loose Canon), and Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve Fucked (unhappen). In 2016, James undertook a secondment with designer Anna Cordingley for Jasper Jones at Melbourne Theatre Company, and served as the Set Designer for Burning House’s The Tragedy of Coriolanus.
[WRITER IN RESIDENCE]
Kieran Carroll is a playwright from Melbourne who writes dramas, biographical works and comedies. He has had twenty-three plays produced in Australia, America and England. His first play, 3XY OR I DIE! won Best Original Production at the Melbourne Fringe in 2002. Ten of his plays have appeared at La Mama or The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney since 2004. Recent productions include the highly successful Sons of Sun (Sydney Opera House, 2014, 2015 and 2017), In The Mens (La Mama Courthouse, 2017) and Australia’s Oldest Woman (Lost Theatre Festival, London, 2018). In 2015, he was a commissioned playwright at Monash University, Melbourne. The commission produced The Truth is Longer Than a Lie, a research play adaptation about child abuse from the non-fiction book of the same name. The play was published in November 2015 by Black Pepper Press and will tour regional Victoria in the second half of 2018. Kieran has been awarded writing residencies around the world including the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. His website is www.kierancarroll.com.
Kieran is one of Burning House's inaugural SPARK residents, and will be
developing the play SAD AS HELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF PETER FINCH, an
ambitious biopic about one of Australia's most famous actors.
[WRITER IN RESIDENCE]
Meredith’s qualifications include a BA in Psychology, a Grad Dip in vocational counselling and a Masters in career behaviour. She has over 30 years experience as a psychologist, is a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists and a life member of the Australian Association for Psychological type. She is also a columnist, talkback radio counsellor, TV host and panellist, psychological profiler, university lecturer and author, publishing “Working with Bitches’ for Da Capo in 2013, and ‘Working With Mean Girls: Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Workplace Nastiness’ with Penguin in 2012, and is resident psychologist on several radio programs including Light FM, 4BC, 774 and ABC.
Meredith is also a director, performer and playwright. Her directing credits include Sweet Phoebe, International Stud and The Wisdom of Eve. Playwrighting credits include the plays Stalk, Stalking, Stalked and Come As You Are/School Reunion, which were staged at Dancehouse and Gasworks respectively.
More details regarding Meredith’s psychological career and artistic practice can be found at www.meredithfuller.com.au
Meredith is one of Burning House's inaugural SPARK residents, and will be
developing the play conjugated stalking, a psychological thriller asking
big questions about power, observation through a taut relationship between
a psychologist and her patient.
[WRITER IN RESIDENCE]
Nathaniel Moncrieff is a Perth-born playwright and screenwriter. His first play, Sleepyhead, won The Fellowship of Australian Writers’ 2009 Di Cranston Award and was shortlisted for the 2010 Griffin Award, leading to productions by MKA in Melbourne and Upstart Theatre Company in Perth. He has subsequently authored the plays Tinkertown, which received productions by MKA and The Comedians in 2012, The Burning, performed at the 2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit and Artgold’s 2015 Heart of Gold Festival as a collaboration between Black Swan State Theatre Company and Stage Left Theatre Troupe, and A Circle of Buzzards, which debuted as part of the 2015 Perth Blue Room Summer Nights season. In 2016, he received his second Di Cranston Award from The Fellowship of Australian Writers for The Burning. He was also the recipient of the Malcolm Robertson Award for A Perfect Specimen, which received its world premiere as part of the Black Swan Lab, Studio Underground in July 2016.
Nathaniel is one of Burning House's inaugural SPARK residents, and will be
developing the play The Mule Spinner, a dark conspiracy of greed, violence
and revenge set in working-class 1918 Melbourne.