Carolyn Hanna/ co-artistic director
Carolyn is interested in the unknown, public space, mortality, instincts, limits and the essence of celebration. It is still a surprise to her that she has ended up making theatre her career. As a multi disciplinary performance-maker and director she joining Born in aTaxi in 1996.
Companies she has worked with include Triage Live Art Collective, Strange Fruit, The Other Tongue, Weave, Company 13, and the Humour Foundation. She directed Green Room Award nominated production Homunculus at La Mama & Malthouse Theatre 2005 and in 2012 completed a solo residency at VUT Melbourne. In 2013 she formed performance art collective Plasticus with visual artist Vanessa White, which featured at The Biennial Project - ArtVenice Biennale 3 2015, with exhibitions at The Substation Gallery, FELTspace and Conduit Arts. Most recently her work has been seen as part of international live art collaboration Hotel Obscura by Triage in FOLA Arts House 2016. She also tries desperately to maintain some family routine for her two kids and partner with mixed success.
Penny Baron / co-artistic director
Penny loves meeting strangers, building community and walking on the beach. As an artist she instinctive, visionary and ambitious to contribute to creating a lighter world through the performing arts. Her key area of practice is exploring the nuanced interactions between movement and text, structure and improvisation. The alchemic relationship between performer and audience is of endless interest to her.
Penny has been working passionately and extensively for the past 24 years as theatre maker, performer, director and teacher. As well as her long standing role in Born in a Taxi, she works as an independent artist. She is also a founding member of The Business theatre company clown ensemble and The Rhonda Movement music comedy trio both in 1993. Penny has won a total of ten awards for her collaborative works. She has worked with Bell Shakespeare, Polyglot, Rawcus, Weave, Dislocate, The Dream Masons, Shaken and Suspicious, The Grimstones, CreatAbilty and Company 13. She teaches movement at The John Bolton Theatre School. She tries to maintain a solo practice when she can, one way or another.
Nick Papas / Founding Member
Nick Papas is a founding member of Born in a Taxi since 1989. Nick’s focus is now teaching the Born in a Taxi methodology. He is currently engaged in writing a book documenting our scores and pedagogy.
Nick has trained in Improvised Movement, Clowning, Butoh and Contemporary Dance. He is an original member of The Urban Dream Capsule, (a 2 week durational performance living inside shop windows) which toured worldwide for ten years after its inaugural appearance in the Myer Melbourne windows for the 1996 Melbourne International Festival. Nick has also performed with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, The Blue Project, The Great Melbourne Accordion Orchestra and The Omnibus of Dreams. His directing and teaching skills have led him to teach numerous workshops on the Born in a Taxi improvisation methodology to theatre and dance practitioners as well as disability groups like Back to Back, Weave, Just Us, Monkami and Rawcus. In 2009 he created and directed Storming; an outdoor dance performance in three different locations combining 40 people from the Shire of Yarra community. In 2014 he directed Voice Mob, a street theatre project involving, voice, movement and flash mobbing with singing groups from the Yarra Ranges. Other director credits include For The Love Of Pina with the mixed abilities group Rollercoaster, a dance piece inspired by the work of Pina Bausch.
Taxi has a growing pool of brilliant performers/ independent theatre makers versed in the company’s style that work regularly with the company on any given project, bringing their own rich performance history to the ensemble.
Tirese Ballard, Debra Batton, Jon Clarke, Andrew Gray, Lily Fish, Kate Hunter, Miriam Ceh, James Pratt, Sally Smith, David Wells, and Nicci Wilks.
Michael Havir / Musician/Composer
Is a Melbourne based musician, composer, sound designer and performer with a multidisciplinary practice focusing on collaboration with animators, dancers, physical performers, theatre makers, VJ's and music ensembles.
Working with artists as varied as Yothu Yindi, Born in a Taxi, Andrew Morrish, Tony Yap, Yumi Umiuare, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Danceworks, Polyglot, Chamber Made Opera, The Village People, Queensland Theatre Company, NICA, Playback, SBS-TV and the ABC, he has built a practice combining versatility and adaptability with a strong sense of theatre.
Using improvisation as a performance and compositional tool he has developed a special interest in using recorded and live text, looping and audio processing to create narrative threads in performance. His work has been described as, “Astonishing electronic soundscaping” (Cameron Woodhead The Age)…”sublime…. the brilliance of the composition never overshadows the performance itself…. it adds texture, depth and a necessary point of reference about the emotion being projected.” (Michael Kingston Buzz Cuts)
He is the recipient of an ARIA award (2016) with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, an ATOM award, and was Australia’s entrant at the MILIA festival France for Three Mile Creek (with multimedia artist Alyssa Rothwell)
Invited workshops include with avant garde vocal stylist David Moss, David Hykes of The Harmonic Choir and Tran Quang Hai (Le Musee de L’Homme France) in harmonic singing.
David Murphy / Designer-Sculptor-Builder
David Murphy is an award winning, multidisciplinary visual artist who often works at the mysterious juncture of art and science. He has worked extensively in the public art realm, as well as producing a range of ephemeral and performance based works. With wide roaming interests, his arts practice extends to architecture, theatre design, community art as well as cutting edge carbon negative bicycle design and the design of new and hybrid musical instruments.
He has a Fine Arts Degree in painting from RMIT and a Post Graduate Diploma of sculpture from the VCA, as well as studying music extensively in West Africa. In 1996 he established Down Street Studios as an artist run, public art partnership with Cameron Robbins and Anderson Hunt. He has a number of permanent artworks commissioned by Frankston City Council, Hobsons Bay Council and Bass Coast Shire Council, as well as work in numerous private collections. He has made ephemeral and event based works for the City of Melbourne, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Queensland Festival of Music and the Woodford Festival to name a few.
Bryony Anderson / Designer - builder (Boat of Faith, Whale in Whale’s Tale)
Bryony Anderson’s puppets and constructions for visual performance have toured nationally and internationally with many Australian circus, puppetry, performance and theatre companies, as well as appearing in museums, festivals and films. Solo exhibitions have ranged from interactive puppetry installations and handmade projection machinery to intricate illustration, all investigating the potential in salvaged materials. She has led over 100 workshops in urban, rural, and desert communities, and mentored emerging makers from around Australia.
In 2011 she established One Off Makery and began working with locals to seed a creative industry of skilled artisans making high calibre work from frugal resources. From this Frugal Arts Inc and the award-winning Frugal Forest Project grew, involving participants across the Mid North Coast over three years in its creation. The Forest is now on tour and more participatory projects are in the pipeline. oneoffmakery.net.au
Bruce Ramus / Lighting Designer
Ramus Illumination is a collaborative design studio based in Melbourne. We design and produce visually integrated human precincts through the use of light, sculpture, digital media and interactive technology. Led by Creative Director Bruce Ramus, we offer creative design services complete with technical and documentary detail for producing works that balance creativity with practicality. Our collaborative process results in a unique approach to urban space that aligns public art, community engagement and commercial vitality, co-creating works that are innovative, interactive and sustainable, inviting communities to contribute to their public space environments.
We deliver, light in motion, intimate spectacles that have a personal, local and global resonance as demonstrated with ‘Lighthouse’ @ 888 Collins St and’ Luminous’ in Sydney’s Darling Quarter.
Our up coming projects due to launch in early 2018, include Yagan Square precinct in Perth, and Federation Square, Melbourne heralding an evolution in both creative and technical solutions for integrated light/media designs.
Our projects include http://ramus.com.au/projects/
Laurel Frank / Costume Design and maker
Laurel designs and makes costumes for theatre, circus, cabaret, dance, parades, events, museum display and puppetry. She has been the resident Costume designer for CIRCUS OZ for many years, sending them on countless Australian and international tours. She has also designed and made costumes for the FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS, the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF CIRCUS ARTS (NICA) and for many solo independent circus performers.
She has designed for parades in Melbourne including many Moomba Parades and the
2000 Federation Parade. Her work is in the collections of the PERFORMING ARTS MUSEUM (Melbourne), the POWERHOUSE (Sydney) and the FRYER LIBRARY (Brisbane ).
She received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Green Room Awards in 2016.
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