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 and Dramaturg based in Sydney and Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and is currently completing his Masters of Directing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. He runs independent company Burning House for which he has directed The Tragedy of Coriolanus and Ajax. His other directing credits include When Nietzsche Wept, The Woman in Black, Closer, Ten Plagues and The Doll Hospital. His opera credits as a director include Die Dreigroshenoper and Winterreise. As an assistant director and intern Robert has worked with MTC, Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Watch This, Lyric Opera Melbourne and MKA: Theatre of New Writing. He most recently worked on Tosca with Opera Australia, and will serve on their production of Carmen. Robert is currently directing Summerfolk for Burning House, and Sunday in the Park with George for UMMTA.

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Jessica Doutch is a Melbourne based Producer. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and recently obtained 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.

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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