Work with Professional Artists
Professional artists work with No Strings Attached as tutors, mentors, directors and coaches. All are theatre-trained and disability-experienced.
Click on the Artistic Associates below to view their profiles.
Emma started making shows for her mum in her bedroom when she was 6, and won the local Rotary Public Speaking competition when she was 13. Since then, she has gone on to have two educations. The first as a graduate of Flinders Drama Centre where she graduated as an actor, and the second as a resident artist with Carte Blanche theatre company in Denmark for 2 years from 2006. There, she co-developed and performed in 6 of Carte Blanche’s new works, and had an engagement with the well-established Group 38 in Aarhus. She returned to Australia with the tools to devise her own live performances. Emma has had the pleasure of creating & performing works with Real TV, Actors for Refugees, Julian Hobba and Elise Hurst in Melbourne, Monkey Baa & Playwriting Australia in Sydney, Glenn Hayden, five point one and Patch in Adelaide. Emma has a relationship with Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, who developed and produced Saskia Falls, which had seasons in Adelaide and Brisbane. This production was directed by Sarah John, whom Emma collaborates with regularly & vigorously on projects both here and overseas. Emma has worked as an actor on screen with several local filmmakers including Holly Owen & Closer Productions, and was the host for television series Artshow with ABC & the Australia Network. Emma has been involved in several processes and productions that have a community focused agenda, and has been a workshop leader for emerging arts companies such as Riverland Youth Theatre, Urban Myth Theatre & Courthouse Arts. She has also taught acting at a tertiary level overseas.
Hew is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre. Hew was the recipient of the 2007 Neil Curnow Award where he studied at The Hunter Gates Academy of Physical Theatre one-year program in Canada. Hew has also extensively trained and mentored in the in the Pochinko Clowning Method with John Turner and Bouffon with Karen Hines whilst in Canada. In 2009 he returned to Manitoulin Island where he undertook a three-month mentorship to further his skills in Pochinko Clowning Method with John Turner. Hew continues his mentorship with John Turner and has returned to Canada in 2011 and 2014 to further develop and refine his training in this style. Hew is the only Australian trained to teach this method and is the resident Clown teacher at Flinders University Drama Centre. Hew won the 2004 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Spoken Word Performance for Pounding Nails into the Floor with My Forehead, other credits includes: Me and My Shadow (Patch Theatre Company); Superheroes (Stone/Castro); Gorge (Brink Productions); Big Smoke (Riverland Youth Theatre Company); Boo! (Windmill Performing Arts); several incarnations of Berlin Cabaret from 2002 to 2010 (Weimar Productions); Significant Others (Oddbodies); Tomfoolery (Loaded Productions); Seven (Leigh Warren and Dancers); Don’s Party (Holden Street Theatres), Drinking Songs and La Chevre Noir (both La Boheme Productions).
Mitre is a versatile Actor, Singer, Dancer and Production Creative. Growing up with a passion for the Arts, Mitre is focused on Writing, Producing and Directing Film and Theatre in South Australia. After graduating form Adelaide College of the Arts in 2014 with an ADV. DIP in Screen and Media, Mitre is running ‘Mitre Khammash Media’ (MKM) an emerging production company focused on bringing new and enjoyable works to the stage and screen. Mitre’s skills range from his ability to act, sing, dance, read music, ensemble acapella singing, producing for stage & screen, cinematography, directing, screenwriting, playwriting, songwriting, film editing, sound mixing, film sound design, and the ability to play guitar, bass and piano. Recent professional theatre experience: “Counting Bars: The Tale of the Singing Inmates” – writer, producer, director, Jan 2016; and “Teen Dream” – actor, Mighty Good Productions, April 2015. Recent professional film experience: “Deadline Gallipoli” – extra – Gallipoli Pictures, Foxtel, June 2014. Qualifications: Adv. Dip Screen & Media (Film & TV Production) – Adelaide College of the Arts (2012-2014); Diploma of Music (sound engineering) – University of Adelaide (2011); Arts/Media Focus – Charles Campbell College (2006-2010).
A long time ago (1981) in a distant hellish landscape (Alice Springs) an Indigenous Arrentte male was born to become a struggling actor and artist and named a culturally unidentifiable name Jermaine Hampton. A Flinders University Drama Centre graduate, Jermaine Hampton has spent years in Melbourne acting in short films and television spots, John Safran Vs God being the most noteworthy. Returning to Adelaide and co-creating an Indigenous theatre group called: Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective (KTC), he started directing theatre Productions such as The Cherry Pickers, Belonging, Intervention as Creative Director. Leading to working with The South Australia’s State Theatre Company as Assistant Director to Geordie Brookman on Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Moving to film in 2010 playing the titular role in the movie Yudum, filmed in Oodnadatta with local population as extras, who would benefit from residuals., he worked with the same crew again for a Family Services short film Child Focus Dreaming. In 2017 No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (NSA) grabbed Jermaine as a tutor/creator helping the NSA indigenous participants in a group workshop: Tracking Culture. Jermaine is also in talks with former key KTC member to create a new Indigenous acting group for Adelaide.
Tyson graduated with a Bachelor of Dance Performance from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2015. He received further training in Bologna, Italy where he received a scholarship to study at Art Factory International in 2016. Since graduating ACArts, Tyson has worked with theatre, dance, music, installation and performance art. In 2016 he was nominated for the Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist Award for his work as a co-director of Concrete Collective which brought their original choreographed work, personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision (2015), to audiences in Australia and across the USA. His other credits as a choreographer include Müll (2014), we: at a junction (2015) and Epimetheus Forgets (2016). As a composer and sound designer Tyson works regularly with AJZ Productions and True North Youth Theatre Ensemble and has been involved in the creation of multiple works for local and international festivals such as Babel (2016), A Kid Like Me (2015) and A Sense of Home (2014). Most recently Tyson has returned from a national tour of Sweden premiering new contemporary dance works by ilDance.
Since completing a Bachelor Creative Arts (Drama) (Honours) at the Flinders Drama Centre in 2015, Cassie Litchfield has enjoyed working as a screen actor and voice over artist. A recent highlight for Cassie has been collaborating with No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and True North Theatre Company where her skills as an actor and teacher have been utilized. Cassie is a passionate theatre maker and creates contemporary work that theatrically fuses; stand up, clown and burlesque. In 2016 Cassie made her Adelaide Fringe debut in performing in, 'That Siege in Adelaide'. Cassie was excited to return to the festival in 2017 with her first solo development, ‘Hello…It’s Me’. The show was awarded a Fringe weekly award for Best Emerging Artist and was nominated for Best Emerging Artist of the festival. Cassie is hard at work on her next development in preparation for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Kirsty Wigg is a performer, improviser and high school Drama teacher. After graduating from Flinders University with a major in Drama in 2012, Kirsty quickly became noticed for her humour, energy and commitment in performance at On the Fly Impro, Adelaide's premier improvisation training organisation. Kirsty soon became a member of a number of independent improvisation troupes around Adelaide, including Scriptease, SOAP!: An Improvised Dramedy, and Tales of Adventure, all of which perform year-round and at festivals. She also performs in immersive theatrical games with Fire Hazard Games Australia. Kirsty's performance highlights so far include performing at the Adelaide Festival Centre as part of the Something on Saturday program, developing and performing in a sell-out Harry Potter-inspired show, 'Unplotted Potter' in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, and competing in the finals of the 2016 National Maestro Impro Games in Adelaide and Theatresports National Championships in Sydney. Kirsty is also an experienced teacher, director and producer of theatre. As well as teaching Drama to Year 8 - 11 students in a high school setting, she has served as co-Artistic Director of On the Fly Impro for 3 years, and has taught improvisation workshops to schools and adults with Impro NOW! and On the Fly Impro. She has also taught acting and singing skills at Might Good Talent School, and in 2017 was a workshop facilitator at No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability with the Mixed Ensemble.
Rachael Wegener joined No String Attached in February 2017 as an Acting tutor and creative facilitator. She has a wealth of experience in stage and screen both in Australia and Internationally. Recently she produced and was lead actress in two professional plays, at the Adelaide Festival Centre —Nobel Prize Winner Harold Pinter’s “Old Times”, playing the Kristian Scott Thomas Role of “Anna” and Emmy Award Winning, William Mastrosimone’s “Extremities”, playing the Farah Fawcett role of “Marjorie” - both shows and her performances were to rave reviews of which she was nominated for a “Walk of Fame “ plaque at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Both plays were directed by Tony Knight, Past Head of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Acting program (1992-2011) and an acting teacher to Rachael. Her recent film and television roles include FOXTEL productions "Deadline Gallipoli" playing opposite Hollywood actor Sam Worthington as an Arabic speaking Egyptian for Matchbox Pictures, directed by Michael Rymer (NBC’s Hannibal) and The History Channel’s “Changed Forever. She won the Vancouver Emotional Impact Acting Award for her role playing an American Military Officer in Hollywood Actor Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) directing debut film “Come Home Soon, which she also produced. In Canada she worked with directors such as Peter D Marshall (Fox's 21 Jump St) in "Resin Dogs", Canada's Vagabond Film Director Larry Kent in “High Priestess” One to Watch Indy Director Andrew Moxham . She was a resident actress with Slixer Entertainment in Canada and performed in over 130 shows where she also undertook some producing and directing duties on numerous productions. In Canada she was in such stage productions as playing Lydia in Theresa Rebeck’s Broadway Hit "Spike Heels", Queen Margaret in Shakespeare’s Henry VI as a presented Vancouver Shakespeare Festival scenes performance directed by Canada’s National Voice Intensive Ian Raffell, and playing the Dance teacher and a “Jet” in the musical "Westside Story" at the Vancouver Shadbolt Centre to name a few. In Canada Rachael was privileged to work with master Improvisation coaches BAFTA winner Michael Robinson being one of them and she performed in multiple improvisation shows. She has also had roles on Chanel 9's "Mcleod's Daughters", Channel Ten’s Sam Fox Extreme Adventures and several local Canadian TV shows – Shaw Cable Network’s “Wedding Belles”, CTV’s Best of BC and the BC Comedy “The Stereotypical Gay Guy. In May 2017 Rachael was nominated as a South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) Screen Siren's Producer and was awarded a place in this career accelerator program receiving development financial support toward a screen project. As a producer she has worked on the Canadian TV Movie “Kits” for the Rodgers Network Canada, as a Head of Sponsorship and Marketing. Producer and support lead of Aussie feature film “John Faust”. Consulting producer on the Leo Award winning Canadian series “For Your Security”. She Worked for Canada’s biggest Cable Television provider—SHAW Cable Network - dealing with and packaging American programing from US Network and Cable companies and local content production and some producing. She has also been a Segment producer, director and host for a season of The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV Show “Recovery” which she won the South Australian Youth Placement Training Cadetship and was a Recipient of a South Australia Youth Arts Board production grant to produce and direct a Music Video for the Australian ARIA Award Winning Group Hilltop Hoods. She has also produced and directed numerous Corporate Film and stage production events for Bushfire Defense – which appeared on Channel Seven, Samsung, Nestle, Milo, Coca Cola and the Woman’s Expo to name a few. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Commerce / Laws and an Advanced Diploma in Acting for Film and Television. She has studied full time programs at Flinders University of South Australia, National Institute of Dramatic Arts and Vancouver Film School.
Brad graduated from AC Arts after Stage Managing Little Shop of Horrors for the college in 2012. Brad was involved in the running of the Adelaide Festival’s hit club, Barrio and has since been part of the Stage management team at Adelaide Writers week. His Theatre credits include stage manager for Foul Play’s Macbeth, A Kid Like Me (True North Youth Theatre), Behind the Front (from Page to Stage productions), Impersonal Space (Company AT) and ASM for Slingsby’s Emil and the Detectives and Touring Production Coordinator for The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy early in 2018. Brad has also designed and programmed vision for No Strings Attached Godzilla vs No strings and EBully by True North Youth Theatre.
Matt is an award-winning graduate of Flinders' Drama Centre, working extensively in South Australia and overseas.
Film highlights include Marcus in 2015 multi-international-award winning thriller One Eyed Girl (Dir. Nick Matthews, Projector Films).
For No Strings Attached Matt has collaborated on No Strings Vs Godzilla as a multimedia artist.
For The State Theatre Company of South Australia Matt has performed in Switzerland, Romeo and Juliet (ASO co-production), Rumpelstiltskin (Windmill co-production), The Red Cross Letters, Volpone; or The Fox, Between Two Waves (Umbrella production), Babyteeth, Pornography and The Give And Take. For Windmill Theatre Matt has recently toured Grug and Grug and The Rainbow through Australia, China and North America including a one month broadway season, and performed in The Girl Who Cried Wolf.
Recent theatre credits include: Eyes, (Sandpit); The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); Speak Out (Act Now Theatre); The Bureau Of Complaints (AJZ Productions), No Hello (Duende), Once Upon A Midnight - Japan Tour (OzAsia Festival); Van Badham's Notoriously Yours - Adelaide/Edinburgh Tours, The Lake, The Share and That Face (five.point.one theatre). Television credits include Series 1 & 2 of SBS comedy DANGER 5 (Dir. Dario Russo, Dinosaur Pty Ltd).
Kathryn’s recent projects include design for Sons & Mothers (No Strings Attached); Muckheap (Polyglot Puppet Company, touring Shanghai & Australia); The Flood (Finucane & Smith/Critical Stages national tour); Costume Designer for Maria de Buenos Aires (Leigh Warren & Dancers/Vic Opera); True West and The Dark Room (Flying Penguin Productions); The Art of War, Arden versus Arden and Punk Rock (Flinders University SA, director: Tom Healey). An Evening with Annabel Crabbe, (Annabel Crabb: Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016). Kathryn designs nationally for theatre, dance and large arts events. A graduate in Stage Design from NIDA, Kathryn was Resident Designer for Magpie Theatre and State Theatre Co of SA from 1988 – 1993. Other companies include: Patch Theatre, Vitalstatistix, AJZ Productions, Cirkidz, Legs on The Wall, Playbox, Chamber Made Opera, Hothouse, Melbourne Theatre Company, Red Stitch, The Production Company, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival & Qld Music Festival. Festival Event Design includes: Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2005 – 2011; OzAsia Festival & Moon Lantern Parade 2007-2014 & Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2007-2016. Venue design includes the award winning Queens Theatre, Fringe 2012; Live from Channel 9, Fringe Festival 2014 & 2015; Live from Tandanya, Fringe Festival 2016. Kathryn’s film & television credits includes Set Design for “Talking Heads” ABC & “Poh’s Kitchen” ABC; & Women & Children’s Easter Appeal for Channel 9 2015 & 2016.