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Andrew (CP) Cockroft-Penman

Founder & Artistic Director

Andrew (He/Him) is a director, producer, actor, theatre maker and the Founder/Artistic Director of Technicolour Theatre Company. His directing credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Players Theatre Company – at 17, the youngest director of a mainstage musical in the 50 year history of the company; Youth Australia Day Award Nom for achievements in performing arts), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (University of New England. Albert Bussell Cultural Award), Woyzeck (UNE), Wizard of Oz (PTC), The Popular Mechanicals (UNE), Comedy of Errors (Centre Stage Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Spotlight Youth Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Spotlight Theatrical Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (STC, 3 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Oliver! (STC, under the patronage of Shelia Bradley; Australia’s original ‘Nancy’), Curtains (BTG, 11 GPTA Noms inc Best Director), Kiss Me, Kate! (GCLT, 14 GPTA Noms inc Best Director and winner of 4 Dolphin Awards), Fifth Wall (GCLT, Creative Development), GeSS Education TVC (Channel 10), The Government Inspector (Javeenbah Theatre Co.), Peter Pan (Technicolour Theatre Company) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (TTC - the inaugural Shakespeare in the Park production at the GC Botanic Gardens)

 

His acting highlights include: ‘Khilestacov’ in The Government Inspector (PTC), ‘Dromio’ in The Comedy of Errors (UNE), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UNE), ‘Borachio’ in Much Ado About Nothing (Popinjay’n’Uncle), ‘Hortensio’ in Taming of the Shrew (Shepherds Purse Theatre), ‘Cecil Graham’ in Lady Windermere’s Fan (GCLT. DA Nom), ‘Anthony Hope’ in Sweeney Todd (PTC), ‘Jack’ in Into the Woods (EPC), ‘Lewis’ in Pippin (STC), ‘Geek/Dad/Cop’ in Heathers (STC), ‘Barnaby Tucker’ in Hello Dolly (GCLT. GPTA Nom) and ‘Michael Minetti’ in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Javeenbah). For children’s theatre and pantomime: ‘Mrs Twit’ in Roald Dahl’s: The Twits and ‘Grandpa’ in Dr Seuss’s: Butter Battles (UNE), ‘Mother Gothal’ in Rapunzel (STC), ‘Muddles’ in Little Red Riding Hood (PTC), ‘Prince Pekoe’ in Aladdin (PTC), ‘Jingles’ in King Arthur (PTC), ‘Badger’ in Wind in the Willows (Hastings Theatre) and ‘Lord Vermin’ in Utter Garbage (HT).

 

CP has cultivated an impressive list of teaching credits, each a source of great pride. At the University of New England’s Earle Page College, he filled the role of Theatre Academic Mentor, securing a Resident Fellowship and Cultural Bursary for achievements in Performing Arts. He has worked as resident senior drama teacher for Spotlight Theatrical Company (2016-18), resident head tutor for Technicolour Theatre Company (2019-present) and senior drama tutor for 'Raise Your Voice Workshops' (2017-present).

 

Under Andrew’s curation, Technicolour Theatre Company facilitates opportunities for engagement between young/emerging performance artists and various industry professionals, empowering ensemble members with the practical skills and technical knowledge to develop their craft.

 

Regarded as “dedicated, creative, innovative and pioneering… [and] undoubtedly already leading the way in bringing youth and adults back to the heart and soul of theatre." (Dr Elizabeth Celi). Andrew is also an award-winning lighting designer and choreographer, winning two Dolphin Awards for his work on Lady Windermere’s Fan in 2017 and various Gold Palm Theatre Award nominations for set and lighting design adjacent to his direction. In 2019 he accepted a Special President's Award for services to Gold Coast Theatre. He also convened and curated the Gold Coast Festival of One Act Plays, facilitating the creative development and premiere of three new Australian Plays.

 

www.technicolourtheatre.com.au @andrewcp

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Alyson Joyce

Diversity Associate

My name is Alyson Joyce, and I am a highly passionate Artivist, Author, and endorsed Serial Entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across the creative arts and entertainment industries. As a BIPOC Bi-racial woman, I have an intrinsic understanding of the innate struggles BIPOC creatives experience due to the lack of demand for diversity across the creative arts sector in Australia. Because of this, I have committed myself to spearhead inclusive reformation across the industry to amplify diversity, raise awareness, and enable marginalised artists to fulfil their dreams as successful creative expressionists.

 

A little bit about myself, I am a BIPOC, CaLD, and Bi-racial Australian with Papua New Guinean and Irish ancestry who has always had a desire to explore my own identity through creative expression. I am an accomplished singer and actor, a published children's book author, and have been a progressive contributor to various publications in varying industries. I have a strong passion for projects that assist in developing infrastructure and support long-term employment, education and health care within communities and actively seek to engage and invest in these projects through various family businesses. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am currently pursuing my Honours.

Traveling extensively throughout my career, I have also been fortunate to be able to build and maintain a strong relationship with PNG. It is here I launched Enspire LTD PNG, a creative solutions company that offers support to organisations seeking to ensure their content is culturally aware. In 2018, I compered the APEC CEO Summit held in Port Moresby in 2018 before moving to Australia in 2019. Today, I am also the founder of BIPOC Arts Australia, a new business venture created to help rectify the lack of diversity that still exists in the creative arts industry. My work and various projects stem from a place of compassion and a longing to actively promote and support diversity in the arts. I am devoted to not only supporting the creative arts industry but also improving the community and human experience along the way.

 

As an Artivist, I seek the opportunity to influence positive transformations, diversity, and unity within the ever-evolving modern age. I have a genuine passion for helping undervalued artists succeed as I work towards providing a safe, secure, and welcoming space where they can freely express their authenticity within the creative arts world. This, along with my innate desire for inclusion and commitment to raising the diversity bar within the creative arts industry across Australia, is what inspired me to become the dedicated advocate I am today - one who consciously strives to give BIPOC and marginalised groups/communities the full respect and recognition they deserve.

I love what I do and am excited to expand my inclusive outreaches even more by creating raw, cinematic productions that explore identity through the eyes of a BIPOC Bi-racial person.

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Emma June Curik

Associate Producer

After graduating from NIDA’s music theatre program in 2006, Emma-June spent several years performing across theatre, cabaret and corporate sectors. In 2012, she graduated from QUT with a BFA (Drama) and turned her focus to producing and project coordination, working for a number of leading arts organisations. Her directorial credits include The Greatest Showman Sing-along Experience (HOTA), That Vagina Play (QUT) and as Associate Director, Wicked (Matt Ward Entertainment). As producer, her credits include Secret Broadway (HOTA & Lance Horne), Explain Normal (Metro Arts & Aha Ensemble), Pre-drinks (Rocket Boy Ensemble), and That Vagina Play (Rocket Boy Ensemble).

She is proud to work with Aha Ensemble – a collective of artists living with disability and impairment as their Creative Producer on a number of productions. Most recently she was a member of the 2020 directing cohort of ASSEMBLY – a professional development program produced by La Boite Theatre and facilitated by Daniel Evans.