Vena Cava Productions 2014 Executive Committee

Matt Seery - Artistic Director Matt Seery is an aspiring director, producer and stage manager focussed on the development of innovative contemporary theatre. He is passionate about the marriage of technology and performance in order to create experiences of joy, beauty and wonder.

Matt Seery - Artistic Director

Matt Seery is an aspiring director, producer and stage manager focussed on the development of innovative contemporary theatre. He is passionate about the marriage of technology and performance in order to create experiences of joy, beauty and wonder.

Nathan Booth - General Manager Nathan is an upcoming producer, director and performer who pushes for the creation and exploration of interesting and innovative performance works. From small stage productions to large festivals, Nathan is passionate about making multilayered spectacles for the audiences forging a deep connection to the intimacy of live performance. 

Nathan Booth - General Manager

Nathan is an upcoming producer, director and performer who pushes for the creation and exploration of interesting and innovative performance works. From small stage productions to large festivals, Nathan is passionate about making multilayered spectacles for the audiences forging a deep connection to the intimacy of live performance. 

Michael Cullen - Head of Marketing Michael Cullen is studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries and first became involved with Vena Cava as a sound operator in 2013. With the support of his team, Michael hopes to use his experience in visual communication and business to facilitate the growth of Vena Cava as it explores new venues outside of its traditional grounds.

Michael Cullen - Head of Marketing

Michael Cullen is studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries and first became involved with Vena Cava as a sound operator in 2013. With the support of his team, Michael hopes to use his experience in visual communication and business to facilitate the growth of Vena Cava as it explores new venues outside of its traditional grounds.

Maddie Nixon - Head of Productions Maddie is a current QUT Drama student, aspiring to work in dramaturgy, theatre creation and design. She is particularly interested in creating immersive and other-worldly experiences for audiences through the poetic interweaving of text, performance and aesthetic. .

Maddie Nixon - Head of Productions

Maddie is a current QUT Drama student, aspiring to work in dramaturgy, theatre creation and design. She is particularly interested in creating immersive and other-worldly experiences for audiences through the poetic interweaving of text, performance and aesthetic. .

José Gonda - Company Admin José Gonda is first and foremost a student of the arts. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama (Creative and Professional Writing) at QUT in order to gain knowledge in as many areas of the dramatic arts as he can. An aspiring artist and writer José is looking to continue both an academic and practical role within the arts in the years to come.

José Gonda - Company Admin

José Gonda is first and foremost a student of the arts. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama (Creative and Professional Writing) at QUT in order to gain knowledge in as many areas of the dramatic arts as he can. An aspiring artist and writer José is looking to continue both an academic and practical role within the arts in the years to come.

Lia Stark - Events Coordinator As an ambitious theatrical collaborator, Lia Stark wishes to create an artistic smash of styles, languages and texts on the  Brisbane stage. Lia aims to create theatre dealing with the ‘new world’ equality, language and next generational  idealism.

Lia Stark - Events Coordinator

As an ambitious theatrical collaborator, Lia Stark wishes to create an artistic smash of styles, languages and texts on the  Brisbane stage. Lia aims to create theatre dealing with the ‘new world’ equality, language and next generational  idealism.

Kristen Maloney - Front of House Manager Kristen Maloney is Vena Cava’s Front of House Manager. After six years of climbing the corporate ladder Kristen decided it would be a much better idea to quit her stable career for the world of theatre. Currently studying Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts (drama), Kristen will bring her wealth of business experience to the Front of House operation. Kristen is also a writer and the Editor of soon-to-be launched cooking website inspired by her extensive travels throughout Asia, Europe and South America. 

Kristen Maloney - Front of House Manager

Kristen Maloney is Vena Cava’s Front of House Manager. After six years of climbing the corporate ladder Kristen decided it would be a much better idea to quit her stable career for the world of theatre. Currently studying Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts (drama), Kristen will bring her wealth of business experience to the Front of House operation. Kristen is also a writer and the Editor of soon-to-be launched cooking website inspired by her extensive travels throughout Asia, Europe and South America. 

Britta Munce - Front of House Manager It is my belief that everyone possesses three unique skills. Mine include being a master at using IMDb, reading words that are upside down without fail, and being able to talk non-stop.  After much deliberation and a nine month stint in Finland, I decided to combine my love of drama with talking by enrolling in Drama at QUT, hoping to one day get paid for both. Sadly, I'm still waiting. However, working as Front of House Manager will allow me the opportunity to talk with everyone who walks through our doors. If anyone doubts my talking skills, you have just read this long winded bio until the end.

Britta Munce - Front of House Manager

It is my belief that everyone possesses three unique skills. Mine include being a master at using IMDb, reading words that are upside down without fail, and being able to talk non-stop.  After much deliberation and a nine month stint in Finland, I decided to combine my love of drama with talking by enrolling in Drama at QUT, hoping to one day get paid for both. Sadly, I'm still waiting. However, working as Front of House Manager will allow me the opportunity to talk with everyone who walks through our doors. If anyone doubts my talking skills, you have just read this long winded bio until the end.

Jack Harris - Graphics Designer Jack Harris is part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, studying Drama and Film. As graphics designer, Jack hopes to help evolve the face of Vena Cava whilst remaining true to the company's spirit as a student theatre collective. Jack enjoys writing film reviews and neglecting his studies.

Jack Harris - Graphics Designer

Jack Harris is part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, studying Drama and Film. As graphics designer, Jack hopes to help evolve the face of Vena Cava whilst remaining true to the company's spirit as a student theatre collective. Jack enjoys writing film reviews and neglecting his studies.

Ben Warren - Development Officer Ben is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), while gaining significant work experience in the theatre and film industries, including; Feature Film: The Railway Man. Short Film: Liquid Courage, Nothing Much. Theatre credits include; Grin & Tonic: Absurd, Epic, Warning: Small Parts (co-writer/performer), The Dream Project, The Zoo Story. La Boite Scratch: Sleep, Rest & Repose. Light and Water Productions: Hedonism’s Second Album (moved reading at Metro Arts). Poor Paw/2high Festival: Propagation. Vena Cava Productions: Anita Elizabeth Jenson: The name, the marvel, the majesty (staged reading for the Festival of Australian Student Theatre), Jerusalem, Iphigenia 2.0. The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Oh the Humanity and other exclamations.

Ben Warren - Development Officer

Ben is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), while gaining significant work experience in the theatre and film industries, including; Feature Film: The Railway Man. Short Film: Liquid Courage, Nothing Much. Theatre credits include; Grin & Tonic: Absurd, Epic, Warning: Small Parts (co-writer/performer), The Dream Project, The Zoo Story. La Boite Scratch: Sleep, Rest & Repose. Light and Water Productions: Hedonism’s Second Album (moved reading at Metro Arts). Poor Paw/2high Festival: Propagation. Vena Cava Productions: Anita Elizabeth Jenson: The name, the marvel, the majesty (staged reading for the Festival of Australian Student Theatre), Jerusalem, Iphigenia 2.0. The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Oh the Humanity and other exclamations.

Nicholas Grech - Publicity Officer Nicholas is an aspiring public relations practitioner who is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) and Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) at Queensland University of Technology. His interests include communications, experimental theatre and visual arts.  

Nicholas Grech - Publicity Officer

Nicholas is an aspiring public relations practitioner who is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) and Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) at Queensland University of Technology. His interests include communications, experimental theatre and visual arts.

 

Teagan Moller - Publicity Officer Teagan Moller is a creative arts aficionado with an attentiveness to entrepreneurial facets. She has studied fashion at MSIT and is now studying a dual degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama and Bachelor of Business to experiment, acquire knowledge and find her purpose within this industry. Teagan is hoping to continue her edification experience on both an academic and industrial level.

Teagan Moller - Publicity Officer

Teagan Moller is a creative arts aficionado with an attentiveness to entrepreneurial facets. She has studied fashion at MSIT and is now studying a dual degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama and Bachelor of Business to experiment, acquire knowledge and find her purpose within this industry. Teagan is hoping to continue her edification experience on both an academic and industrial level.

Kitty Gatling - Production Manager Brisbane (a doing word) Kitty Gatling is a Brisbane-based artist, currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology. She has a passion for contemporary performance and is working to establish herself as a prominent and multi-skilled artist in Brisbane’s independant theatre industry. Kitty currently works as an actor, writer, director and musician, and has worked extensively on a number of shows for QUT’s Vena Cava Productions. In 2013, Kitty began writing and directing her own short plays, and has continued developing her performing abilities in a number of both university-based and professional productions, events and festivals.

Kitty Gatling - Production Manager Brisbane (a doing word)

Kitty Gatling is a Brisbane-based artist, currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology. She has a passion for contemporary performance and is working to establish herself as a prominent and multi-skilled artist in Brisbane’s independant theatre industry. Kitty currently works as an actor, writer, director and musician, and has worked extensively on a number of shows for QUT’s Vena Cava Productions. In 2013, Kitty began writing and directing her own short plays, and has continued developing her performing abilities in a number of both university-based and professional productions, events and festivals.

Valentina Diaz-Byers - Fresh Blood Coordinator Valentina is in her final year at Queensland University of Technology, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama). She is a passionate theatre-maker, actor, musician and songwriter, and a strong believer in the arts as a medium for social change, and the power of storytelling. In the past two years, Valentina’s involvement in Vena Cava includes: ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Girls on Film’, and as a deviser and performer in ‘Violet’s Seasons’. Other productions she has performed in include ‘Eyes to the Floor’, ‘Am I Normal?’ (FAST 2013), ‘Antigone’, and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to contributing to the company this year, and the exciting developments in store.

Valentina Diaz-Byers - Fresh Blood Coordinator

Valentina is in her final year at Queensland University of Technology, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama). She is a passionate theatre-maker, actor, musician and songwriter, and a strong believer in the arts as a medium for social change, and the power of storytelling. In the past two years, Valentina’s involvement in Vena Cava includes: ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Girls on Film’, and as a deviser and performer in ‘Violet’s Seasons’. Other productions she has performed in include ‘Eyes to the Floor’, ‘Am I Normal?’ (FAST 2013), ‘Antigone’, and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to contributing to the company this year, and the exciting developments in store.

Melina Wightman - Fresh Blood Coordinator Melina Wightman is a budding visual artist, interested in mixed media and performance art, she also dabbles in dramatic performance and collaborative theatre. Wightman is passionate about local industry and the creation of artistic works from Brisbane artists and the new, exciting platforms for presentation and circulation of local culture. Almost all of her works and social interests investigate issues of feminism

Melina Wightman - Fresh Blood Coordinator

Melina Wightman is a budding visual artist, interested in mixed media and performance art, she also dabbles in dramatic performance and collaborative theatre. Wightman is passionate about local industry and the creation of artistic works from Brisbane artists and the new, exciting platforms for presentation and circulation of local culture. Almost all of her works and social interests investigate issues of feminism

Aleea Monsour - Production Manager a library for the end of the world Aleea Monsour is an aspiring performer, collaborator, director, set and costume designer and community theatre practitioner. She is an amateur musician, spoken word poet and giant puppeteer. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and a way of engaging with people from all walks of life. 

Aleea Monsour - Production Manager a library for the end of the world

Aleea Monsour is an aspiring performer, collaborator, director, set and costume designer and community theatre practitioner. She is an amateur musician, spoken word poet and giant puppeteer. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and a way of engaging with people from all walks of life. 

Sophie Gliori - Theatresports Coordinator Sophie Gliori is an up and coming collaborator who aspires to create innovative Postdramatic theatre that challenges and inspires audiences. She is enthusiastic about sharing the intimacy that begets the honest type of theatre she hopes to create.   

Sophie Gliori - Theatresports Coordinator

Sophie Gliori is an up and coming collaborator who aspires to create innovative Postdramatic theatre that challenges and inspires audiences. She is enthusiastic about sharing the intimacy that begets the honest type of theatre she hopes to create.   

Maddie Little - Ambassador Maddie is currently in her second year of studies, working towards her BFA - Drama whilst working as an Ambassador for both Vena Cava and La Boite. When she’s not juggling uni, theatre and work commitments, you will probably find her daydreaming about cinnamon donuts.  An avid lover of theatre and all things drama, she dabbles in music in her spare time and does all she can to prove to others that disability is not inability.  

Maddie Little - Ambassador

Maddie is currently in her second year of studies, working towards her BFA - Drama whilst working as an Ambassador for both Vena Cava and La Boite. When she’s not juggling uni, theatre and work commitments, you will probably find her daydreaming about cinnamon donuts.  An avid lover of theatre and all things drama, she dabbles in music in her spare time and does all she can to prove to others that disability is not inability.  

Katie-May Hollett - Ambassador Katie-May Hollett is an ambitious director, performer, teaching-artist and writer with a very strong curiosity and love for physical theatre and contemporary performance. She finds the exploration of how theatre has the ability to portray what it means to be human fascinating. 

Katie-May Hollett - Ambassador

Katie-May Hollett is an ambitious director, performer, teaching-artist and writer with a very strong curiosity and love for physical theatre and contemporary performance. She finds the exploration of how theatre has the ability to portray what it means to be human fascinating. 

Elyssa Patty - Ambassador Elyssa Patty is a Brisbane-based creative arts student with strong interests in collaborative performance and musical composition. Ideally, her future will involve working in a collaborative team, creating works with a focus on the mergence of contemporary performance and contemporary music.

Elyssa Patty - Ambassador

Elyssa Patty is a Brisbane-based creative arts student with strong interests in collaborative performance and musical composition. Ideally, her future will involve working in a collaborative team, creating works with a focus on the mergence of contemporary performance and contemporary music.