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Week Two: Acting & Devising

Join Jeremy James for more on the craft of acting and Eva Mullaley & Emele` Ugavule exploring cultural safety & intercultural practice.

The most important thing is to have an imagination and that’s something we can’t really teach anybody. All we can do is  encourage you to really be curious to the world that you live in… Everything in the world around the actor is useful for them. It’s really their biggest school, if they know how to use it. ~ Jeremy James

Building character with Jeremy James

This week we share with you the unique insights of Jeremy James. Jeremy is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in visual arts and contemporary dance. For many years now, he has worked at Théâtre du Soleil, Paris, on devised works that revolve epically around character. In this tutorial Jeremy draws on the assistance of WAAPA student, Harry Gilchrist, to walk you through three very important considerations for the actor:

  • building character through the body
  • tensions, levels of tensions
  • using reference (material or animal)

Devising and Cultural Safety with Eva Mullaley

From performance to performance-making: Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Eva Mullaley unpacks notions of cultural and artistic safety in creative story telling.  She defines and outlines workable protocols for young artists to consider when devising work.

Intercultural Theatre with Emele` Ugavule

Join NIDA graduate, sessional WAAPA Lecturer (Acting) and Creative Director of Talanoa, the wonderful Emele` Ugavule, sharing with you her highly interculturally attuned, syncretic approach to theatre. Of Tokelauan and Fijian descent, Emele` emphasises the utility of geneology as a starting place for creating story and also covers the collection and transformation of stories. As a special treat for Loungeroom Project students, Emele`’s tutorial is enlivened by the live illustrations of Fijian-born Elsie Andrews.

Tune in on Monday, 5pm, for the opening tutorial of Week Three with tips from physical storyteller Ella Hetherington…


Week Two Tutors

Jeremy James

Currently in Perth working with WAAPA, Jeremy James’ work as a theatre director, actor and teaching artist has taken him to more than 20 countries over the last 25 years. A member of the renowned Théâtre du Soleil in Paris for nine years, James has performed at prestigious theatres and festivals internationally, and is a regular guest director and lecturer at some of the world’s leading theatre schools.


Eva Mullaley

Head shot of Eva Mullaley, indigenous woman and Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre CompanyEva is a Widi woman from the Yamatji Nation in WA. She graduated from WAAPA (Aboriginal Theatre) in 2003 and began her directing career in 2005. In her nearly 20-year career in the arts Eva has worked as director, arts administrator, stage manager, tour manager, producer, actor, dramaturg, workshops coordinator and many more.

She is currently Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in Perth, Western Australia.


Emele` Ugavule

Headshot of tutor Emele` Ugavule, looking directly into the camera, strong and unsmiling

A multidisciplinary storyteller of Tokelauan and Fijian descent, Emele` works across live performance, film, tv & digital media as a writer, director, producer, performer, educator and mentor. Her work explores creative processes and outcomes grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, and nurturing the vā, where embodiment, cultural expression, digitisation and neuroscience intersect. Currently, Emele` is Creative Director of Talanoa, the largest digital storytelling platform by and for Oceanic peoples in Australia.