Charles Wu is an actor and musician. After graduating from NIDA in 2014 he has appeared in Samson and Jasper Jones (Belvoir), Chimerica, Three Sisters and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (STC). He has starred in Foxtel's Secret City, Channel Nine's Doctor Doctor and Here Come The Habibs and Kriv Stenders' Australia Day. As a musician Charles works under the moniker 'Earthquake Magnificent', an electroacoustic project blending Asian pop, folk, noise and hip-hop influences and is signed to Lazy Thinking Records. He is co-founder of the Corinthian Food Store Collective.
Duncan Ragg is an actor, writer and director and the co-founder of The Corinthian Food Store Collective. He has directed and co-written all of TCFS' work since 2012. Duncan recently assisted Judy Davis on Faith Healer (Belvoir; Winner of three Sydney Theatre Awards) and has appeared as John in Cock (Shane Bosher), Pete in The Kitchen Sink (Shane Bosher), Roland Henning in Writing For Performance (dir Michael Gow), Lewis in Cosi (dir David Berthold). In 2018 he will appear in the US feature film 2:22 and the British feature Night of the Lotus. He is a recipient of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship, a former clowning student at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier and holds a LLB/BA from ANU and a BPA from NIDA.
Vanessa is a creative and collaborate leader with experience across corporate, government and arts sectors. She is passionate about developing sustainable and mutually beneficial connections between business and the arts. Vanessa graduated with BA (Theatre Studies) and BCOM (International Business) from ANU, as well as studying theatre as a learning medium at the Centre for Applied Theatre Research. Vanessa has worked as a producer for Reception: The Musical, winning Best Cabaret at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, as well as on large-scale interactive events at The Foundation for Young Australians. She is currently Head of NIDA Corporate.
Born in India, raised in Hong Kong and now operating out of Sydney, Shiv is an actor and musician. Since graduating in 2014 from the fulltime acting course at NIDA he has appeared as Abe in Disgraced (STC) and toured nationally with The Merchant of Venice (Bell Shakespeare) and The Players. With a background of physical theatre training (Suzuki, Viewpoint, Butoh) Shiv is drawn to making work that is physically arresting, playful and grotesque. In his work with the Corinthian Food Store Collective he hopes to keep inventing new ways of telling stories through clowning, puppetry and music.
Isabella is a set and costume designer for film, opera and theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Design) from NIDA and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours: Class 1) from Sydney College of the Arts. In 2014 Isabella won the Australian Production Design Guild Award for Emerging Live Performance Design for her set design for The Greeks (dir. John Sheedy, NIDA). She was also nominated in this category for her design of Fewer Emergencies (dir. Susanna Dowling, NIDA). In 2015 Isabella was nominated for the APDG Award for Costume Design for Stage for her work on A Midsummer Night's Dream (dir. Susanna Dowling, Sport For Jove) and Blood Wedding (dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, NIDA). You can see her recent work at www.isabellaandronos.com
Matilda is an award winning actor, theatremaker and arts educator. Her theatre credits include Jasper Jones (Belvoir), Hamlet, Henry 4 and The Players (Bell Shakespeare) Crucible, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Doll’s House and Much Ado About Nothing (Sport for Jove) Kayak, Cock and Sprout (Old Fitzroy Theatre) Proof, Seminar, My Wonderful Day, Brooklyn Boy and Ruby Sunrise (Ensemble Theatre) Platonov and Sweet Nothings (ATYP). Her film and television credits include, Hiding (ABC), 1919 (ABC) the Cannes Palm D’Or nominee The Guests and the feature film 2010. Matilda trained at the Ensemble Studios, Atlantic Theatre Company NYC, SITI Company NYC and L’Ecole Phillippe Gaulier Paris. Matilda was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Acting in 2013. Matilda is a proud member of Equity.
Michael is a designer, illustrator and animator who has worked across Australia and the US. He has received the 2014 Leslie Walford Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts, 2014 William Fletcher Award for Emerging Artists and the 2015 Arts NSW Emerging Artist grant. Currently based in New York, Michael recently costume designed Pulitzer Prize nominated writer/director Adam Rapp's Wolf in the River at the Flea. He has designed extensively for Australia's major theatre companies, collaborating with Belvoir, La Boite, Opera Australia, Critical Stages and FortyFive Downstairs.
One of Australia's most exciting and talented young actors, Jessica is best known for her role as Chava in the Australian production of Fiddler on the Roof (Tim Lawson Productions) where she starred alongside Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton from 2015/16. Her previous theatre credits include Miracle City (Hayes Theatre Co), The Gruffalo's Child (CDP Productions, 2015) and at NIDA Sunday in the Park with George (2012), Kasimir and Karoline (2013), Woyzeck (2013), In A Pink Tutu (2013), The False Servant (2014) and The Light in the Piazza (2014) directed by Roger Hodgeman. She holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art from NIDA.