about us

Founded in 2016, Burning House is a not for profit theatre company dedicated to bringing bold interpretations of rarely performed classic texts to Melbourne.



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 at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University). He runs independent company Burning House for which he has directed and produced The Tragedy of CoriolanusAjax, 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), 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). As an assistant director and intern Robert has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Watch This, Lyric Opera Melbourne, Chamber Made Opera and MKA: Theatre of New Writing. In 2015 he was Aritst in Residence for independent outfit Post-Opera Company, and in 2016 served for a short time as MKA: Theatre of New Writing's Artistic Associate (Directing / Literary). Robert has recently completed an internship in Melbourne Theatre Company's literary department, and has written two plays, When Nietzsche Wept and The Age of Reason. 

Robert's practice covers new adaptions of classic texts, new writing and contemporary opera, with a focus on themes of violence, legacy, cultural conflict and 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.

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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.

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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