CHRIS DUNSTAN

Artistic Director (interim)

E. artisticdirector@sparkyouththeatre.com

M. +61418 449 332

Chris Dunstan is a Sydney-based theatre maker, director, writer and community arts facilitator. He's had work shown around Sydney, NSW and Australia and has collaborated with Natalie Rose (from theatre collective post) for the past 4 years to facilitate groups of young people in the making of original theatre by children, for children. In 2016, Chris completed his ArtStart year (Australia Council for the Arts) and was selected for the inaugural Belvoir Artist Workshop, a program for emerging arts leaders within one of Sydney’s preeminent mainstage companies. He and Natalie were also asked to facilitate a new theatre group for young people at Blacktown Arts Centre, off the back of the strong response to their continued engagement with Western Sydney. Chris freelances in the Arts and Accessibility sector, co-facilitating performance groups with both Marion Street Theatre for Young People and Shopfront Arts Co-Op. He is thrilled by his appointment as interim Artistic Director of Spark Youth Theatre, which will allow him to combine his experience in youth and community-led processes to continue and build upon the dynamic work of Spark in Sydney’s Inner West.

Felicity Nicol

Artistic Director (on leave)

Felicity Nicol is a theatre director, performance maker and the Artistic Director of Spark Youth Theatre. In 2012, she graduated from NIDA’s Postgraduate Directors course and went on to study Physical Theatre with Phillipe Gaulier in Europe through an Ian Potter Cultural Fund grant. She has also worked with internationally renowned company Ontroerend Goed on the development of their work ‘Fight Night’, as well as directing the new Indian-Australian work ‘Oneness: A Voice Without a Form’ at the Opera House.

Since becoming Artistic Director of Spark Youth Theatre in 2014, Felicity has focused on working creatively with young people from Sydney’s Inner West in a way that reflects their political interests and varied cultural backgrounds. Next to directing a season of ‘Punk Rock’ by Simon Stephens, she wrote and directed the hugely successful ‘Political Children’ with seasons at the Ashfield Council Chambers (2016) and ATYP as part of the Mardi Gras Festival (2017).

Felicity is currently on tour in Europe with the internationally celebrated company Mammalian Diving Reflex. Through support from the Mike Walsh Fellowship and an Australian Council for the Arts Professional Development grant, she will be working with MDR at various festivals throughout Europe, and employing their distinctive methods of social-specific relational theatre.