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The Colony

CfAT is a contemporary intercultural and 
interdisciplinary theatre company based in Far North Queensland, Australia.


The Centre for Australasian Theatre (CfAT) is a collaborative company of culturally and artistically diverse artists in Queensland’s Far North creating new transcultural and inter-disciplinary theatre for an emerging world.  


Acutely aware of Australia’s complex intercultural history and its place in the South Pacific and Asia, CfAT stimulates pluri-vocal and non-hierarchical processes to forge new artistic and cultural dialogues towards a culturally inclusive theatre of many languages and many artforms.


Fusing contemporary and arcane methodologies with a focus on physical and somatic ensemble training and supported by live musicians and visual artists, CfAT creates expressionistic and surprisingly cathartic performances that remain epic, poetic and beautiful.


CfAT values freedom and equality for all people of all cultures. It promotes creative solutions for respectful collaboration, global well-being, peace and sustainability for future generations.

Founders and Creatives

Willem Brugman
Willem Brugman
Founder/ Director
Guillaume ‘Willem’ Brugman has 40 years experience as an international theatre practitioner: Director, Producer, Performer, Dramaturg and Cultural Catalyst. He has become specialised in devised Theatre/Performance, creating his own unique methodology and performance practise. Willem has built, trained and developed performing and inter-disciplinary ensembles in Europe, the United States and Australia. He has also worked extensively in the fields of cultural research, dramaturgy anthropology, community cultural development and art-science collaboration in various parts of the world. He has successfully established several theatre companies and art collectives: most notably International Performance Actions NYC (1982 - 1985), Black Box Theatre, Amsterdam (1988 - 1990) and Culture Lab International Inc. (1998 – 2008) established in Sydney at the Addison Road Multicultural Community Centre & operating in NSW, NT, VIC & QLD. He is now the creator and Director of CfAT, a professional intercultural and interdisciplinary Theatre Company based in Mount Molloy, Far North Queensland.
Catherine Hassall
Catherine Hassall
Founder/ Director
Catherine Hassall is an Australian-born pluri-modal theatre artist with 30 years experience in both occidental and oriental theatre traditions. Classically trained in dance, music and theatre, her practise was revolutionised by the work of Artaud, Grotowski, Barba, Friere, Suzuki & Tanaka Min. After several years with the radical inter-disciplinary Splinters Theatre of Spectacle, she travelled widely, studying and working in Europe and Asia. Returning to Australia in 1998 she became a founding member of Culture Lab International: Cultural Research/Theatre Laboratory (1998-2008), collaborating on a diverse range of inter-cultural, inter-disciplinary, arts, art/science and culture productions in urban, rural, community, arts and educational contexts. Pushing the boundaries of life/theatre as a continuous field researcher, and operating in non-hierarchical cooperatives, she has become multi-skilled as a performer, producer, writer, dramaturg, director, choreographer and community development practitioner. Catherine has a BA Comm from UTS and is the mother of two unschooled children. Her written work has been performed and published.

Miyako Masaki
Miyako Masaki
Ensemble Artist
Miyako Masaki is Japanese performer. She went to acting school at 15 and made her TV debut at 16. She continued with TV drama, TV commercial, Movies, Theatre and Modeling in Tokyo. She studied dance in Broadway in N.Y., Japanese traditional dance and many other dance forms. It was everything for acting. On 11 of March, 2011, Japan had a big earth quake. She thought whether she died. In December 2011 she moved to Australia with her family (she has 3 children and one husband). She has been working with CfAT since 2012.

Zelda Grimshaw
Ensemble Artist/ Musician

Zelda is a musician, cabaret artist, comic, writer, director, producer & translator.  She has worked and studied in Australia, South-East Asia, Africa and Europe. Zelda holds an MA in Asian studies, with a focus on the politics of Indonesia, and has undertaken cultural and academic residencies in Sumatera, Java and East Timor. She is a NAATI accredited Professional Indonesian interpreter, who has worked extensively with Indonesian, West Papuan, East Timorese and Australian clients since 1999.


Eko ‘Chiko’ Supriyanto

Eko 'Chiko' Supriyanto has recently settled in Australia from Java.  As an emerging performer, trained in traditional Balinese dance, his eclectic performance style since working with CfAT is idiosyncratic and mercurial, with multiple gender and cultural styles morphing fluidly.



Savannah Productions Company - Chris and Rosie Browning
Audio Visual Design and Documentation

Chris was originally a photographer with the Department of Foreign Affairs. He then became a lighting technician and
photographer for commercials and directed several documentaries and promotional videos. His documentary Jumba Jimba has screened on SBS Television and NITV. Rosie worked as a photographer for a major portrait and commercial photo studio before becoming a Director’s Assistant in television and video production. Between them they bring to CfAT over 50 years of extensive experience in the audio-visual industry.

Warren Clements
Ensemble Artist/ Cultural Advisor

Warren Clements is an Indigenous Australian from the Wakaman and Kunjen. Warren has spent 21 years as a senior dancer and cultural knowledge keeper in a key position within the internationally acclaimed Cairns-based company, Tjapukai. He has experience in all aspects of performance including acting, dance, music, presenting, stage management, theatre and film directing, video production and theatre design. Warren has undertaken a wide range of International professional performance engagements and independent theatre projects.



Dobi Kidu
Ensemble Artist

Dobi is a cultural Performer from Port Moresby, PNG. My past is the past of my people and has moulded me to who I am today. From here I walk with my ancestors into the future but the present offers a different way of life foreign to my cultural upbringing. Trying to balance it is a challenge but it is for the sake of my children. An indigenous person cannot separate past, present and future. We acknowledge and pay homage to the past in order to grow in the present and move forward as our journeys intertwine. This is my story - who better to tell it but me.



Piers Freeman

Piers Freeman found his inner performer through juggling and clowning which has lead to many years of performance in circus shows and esoteric drama culminating in his psychomental approach to performance and life in general.



Dave Masters
Technical Design

CfAT technician Dave Masters has emerged as an artist, with a unique blend of techniques; exploring and manipulating the interconnectivity between various audio and visual technologies, in order to manifest experiences that are a delight to the senses and challenging to our perceptions of Art vs Science. 



Guy (Ghee) Allain
Set Design

Guy is an acclaimed Freelance Scenic Artist since 1970 with extensive experience across Australia, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Middle East. He has worked on numerous State, National and International films and theatre projects, most notably: The Matrix, Moulin-Rouge, Peter Pan, Rabbit Proof Fence, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aida and many more. His specialty is scenography and design, with additional experience in project management, lecturing, art therapy and Indigenous art centre


Lou van Rikxoort
Lou van Rikxoort
Ensemble Artist
Lou van Rikxoort is a physical performer, musician and visual artist. She was born in Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea and could climb trees before she could walk. She has black belts in multiple martial arts disciplines and has performed flamenco in festivals and theatres across Australia. She was a member of Areti Dance Flamenco Company in Adelaide from 1999-2003. Through her music and visual art Lou explores the connection of humans to each other and their environment. The exploration of external and internal landscapes is unified in her work. She is a photographer, sculptor, portrait and installation artist.

Linda Jackson
Visual Artist - Set & Costume

Linda Jackson is an award winning costume and textile maker originally from Melbourne. Her 31 years in the industry has seen her undertake 30 solo exhibitions and a further 30+ group exhibitions across Australia. Her career highlights include costume and textile collection exhibits at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Australian National Gallery (Canberra) and the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney). Since moving to FNQ she has worked intensively with natural materials and processes, collaborating also with Indigenous artists, to create stunning works that disclose the unique beauty of tropical Queensland.


Mavis Ngallametta
Visual Artist

Mavis is an artist from Aurukun, Cape York Peninsular. Primarily a sculptor and weaver, Mavis has exhibited her large-scale painting works since 2005 in numerous galleries across Australia, notably the Object Gallery (Sydney) and Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery (Melbourne).  She was the winner of the Telstra Award (Painting) in 2013.



Georgina Allain
Set Design

Gina is a qualified Art Therapist and Trainer. She has coordinated and facilitated numerous art workshops and Indigenous art centre exhibitions within Australia and the US. Between 1990 and 2006 Georgina worked as a Freelance Scenic Artist and contributed significantly to many highly praised theatre and film productions such as The Matrix and Rabbit Proof Fence. She is a key artist on the highly acclaimed Ghost net project, working with Indigenous artists to create spectacular artworks from drift-fishing nets salvaged off the top end coast.

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