The Actors 2019

Five incredibly powerful women artists brought the monologues to life.

Julia Christensen, actor

Julia is a graduate of NIDA (Acting, 2015), having also trained in London with RADA and Central School of Speech and Drama. She is one half of the company ‘Sexually Transmitted Politics’. Julia has performed and devised for theatres around Australia including King’s Cross Theatre, The Old 505, 45 Downstairs, Glen Street Theatre, The New Theatre, Chippen Street Theatre, Giant Dwarf, Depot Theatre and PACT.

 

Sage Godrei, actor

Sage completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Screen Studies major and Acting electives at Murdoch Uni, Perth W.A. She has since completed short courses at 16th Street in Melbourne and Masterclasses with Howard Fine, Ira Seidenstein, Kate Gaul and more. Sage has performed at the Sydney Opera House for Alex Brun’s ONENESS: A Voice Without Form, The Rocks Village Bazaar for Mongrel Mouth’s The Age of Entitlement, Archway 1 Theatre and in several of her own theatre conceptions which she writes and produces through her company On the Cusp Productions. Sage has played 4 major roles in feature films one of which has gained distribution in cinemas nationally March 2019. This year Sage has also released a comedy web series she wrote / directed and starred in called COCO the Micro Series. She will also produce / direct a children’s theatre show funded by the Inner West Council Arts and Culture grants. Sage is keen to continue with her writing for the next couple of years and is delighted to be part of this very special women’s monologue adventure.

 

Clare Grant, actor

Clare performed in The Monologue Adventure 2018 and is back again in 2019. She has been involved in the creation of new works for theatre, radio and film for many years. She worked for two years with KISS Theatre Group in Europe. She was a founding member of The Sydney Front. Her solo performance Woman in the Wall has been presented in Sydney and in New Zealand. She was Co-director then Artistic Director of Playworks (1994-7) and served on the Theatre Committee of the NSW Arts Advisory Council (1994-6) and Theatre Fund, Australia Council (1996-99). Other performance work includes Burn Sonata (1998) and Inland Sea (devised with and directed by Nikki Heywood) (2000), Laquiem (composed and directed by Andree Greenwell from writing by Kathleen Mary Fallon) (1999). She has collaborated with John Gillies on the live performance of Prelude to the Mary Stuart Tapes 1998 and 1999 and the film The Mary Stuart Tapes (Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals) (2000). Clare has been a lecturer in performance at UNSW since 1998. In 2012 she published an 8-pack collection of DVDs and archival documents on the work of The Sydney Front.

 

Umima Shah-Munro, actor

Umima Shah-Munro is a 20 year old Indigenous woman from Darwin, N.T. Umima has been in a number of Browns Mart Theatre Productions in Darwin, her most notable role being Tituba in The Crucible. Umima is currently in first year at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) undertaking the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting).

 

Teena McCarthy, artist, poet

Teena McCarthy is an established visual artist and emerging poet whose work has been published in Verity La and selected for the 2018 Manly Art Gallery and Museum Ekphrastic Poetry Reading. McCarthy is an Italian/Barkindji woman who is a descendant of The Stolen Generations. Her work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australian’s loss of Culture and their ‘hidden’ history.