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
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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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 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.
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.