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Alirio Zavarce

Actor, Director, Musician, Arts worker.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alirio was Lead Viola with the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra since he was 11. In 1990 he graduated as a Computer Programmer and migrated to Australia in 1992. In 2000 he graduated from the Flinders University Drama Center. In that same year, before graduating, Alirio worked with Brink Productions and the Wrestling School as an actor and musician in Howard Barker's The Ecstatic Bible in the 2000 Adelaide Festival. He was also actor and musician in The Yaschin Ensemble production of Intimacy in the same year.

In 2001 Alirio performed his one-man show Fronteras Americanas which also toured to Singapore and won the Adelaide Critic Circle Emerging Artist Award. In 2003 Alirio toured Fronteras Americanas as part of Kultour (Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth) and created the One Act theatre initiative.

In 2004 he played the role of Talthybius in Trojan Woman (State Theatre Company, SA), played the role of Vince in the feature film Look Both Ways and the role of the Loony Twitchier in McLeod's Daughters.

Alirio is a founding member of the Border Project and has co-created and performed in Medea Material, Please go hop! and Highway Rock & Roll Disaster.

In 2005/2006 Alirio collaborated in The Australian Performance Laboratory "Cultural Diversity Cluster" and was mentored by Wojciech Pisarek.

In 2006 Alirio collaborated with No Strings Attached performer Kym MacKenzie to write, direct and perform Trapped, part of No Strings Attached 2Connect in the Adelaide Fringe. He then toured the Parallelo production of Dos Ostias for the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals and won the 1st Prize for performance in the Helpmann Academy Foundation Front. He also worked with the Yashchin Ensemble on the first stage creative development of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story I only came to use the phone ... . In 2006 Alirio also translated and performed in the first stage development of the acclaimed Venezuelan play La ultima sesion (The Last Session) by Johnny Gavlovski.

In 2007 Alirio performed a returned season of Highway Rock & Roll Disaster, directed and acted in the Australian premier of the anti-war play March and performed with Velada Flamenco in Museo del Grito for the Adelaide Fringe. He also participated in the 2nd development stage for The Border Project's Disappearance.

Among his directorial credits are: The Gap, The Story of the Man who Turned into a Dog, A way out: a forum theatre piece, R.I.P., Trapped and March.

As an arts worker Alirio has developed and directed projects for the Multicultural Communities SA, Tutti Ensemble, Kurruru Indigenous Arts, D'faces of Whyalla (working with participants from the Baxter detention Center) and the Community Arts Network (working with participants from the Cadell Rehabilitation Center).

So far in 2008, Alirio just finished performing a sold out season of Trouble on Planet Earth with the Border Project for the Adelaide Fringe (Winner of the Bank SA award), and the development for Boom Bah! with Windmill.

Later this year he will perform in Boom Bah!, Highway Rock & Roll Disaster (at Wharf 2Loud) and the premiere of Disappearance for Inspace.

Alirio has been head tutor and director with No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2005, and also lectures at the Flinders University Drama Centre.