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Staff

Luke Rogers

Artistic Director & CEO

About Luke…

Luke is the Artistic Director & CEO of Canberra Youth Theatre. He is a graduate of NIDA (Directing) and Theatre Nepean (Acting), and the Artistic Director of Stories Like These. Previous roles include Theatre Manager of New Theatre, Artistic Director of The Spare Room, and a Resident Studio Artist at Griffin Theatre Company.

Directing credits include: Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Be Stressed About Anything Ever Again Ever, Little Girls Alone in the Woods, Normal, Possibility, Collapse (Canberra Youth Theatre), In Real Life (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Blink, MinusOneSister, Fireface, The Last Five Years, The Carnivores (Stories Like These), Play House (NIDA), The Pillowman, Waiting For Godot, Don Juan in Soho, Art is a Weapon, After The End, Blasted (New Theatre), 100 Reasons For War, Love and Information, Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Women, Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (AFTT), Lysistrata, The Burial At Thebes, Pool (No Water), 4.48 Psychosis, Eyes To The Floor (Sydney Theatre School), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr Marmalade (CQUniversity), Macbeth, Cyberbile, Embers (AIM Dramatic Arts) and Two Weeks With The Queen (Mountains Youth Theatre). Tour Director: The Witches (Griffin Theatre Company). Assistant Director: Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography (Griffin Theatre Company/ Perth Theatre Company), Story of the Red Mountains (NIDA), The Boys (Griffin Theatre Company / Sydney Festival), Steel Magnolias (Blackbird Productions / Australian Tour), Assassins and The Crucible (New Theatre).

Luke regularly directs and lectures at various drama schools. He was a member of Directors Lab: Melbourne (Theatre Works / Melbourne Festival) and Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Program and Directors Studio. His production of The Last Five Years was nominated for Best Production of a Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards. www.lukerogers.com.au

HELEN WOJTAS

Workshops Manager

About Helen…

Helen Wojtas joined the Canberra Youth Theatre team in January 2020. She comes from a background of hotel administration, and is a professional costumier, graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Arts in 2015.

Helen spent her childhood immersed in the youth arts scene in Canberra, as a member of Canberra Youth Music (formerly the Canberra Youth Orchestra Society, now Music for Canberra) between 1993 and 2010. She found her experience within the Canberra Youth arts scene invaluable, and understands the importance of providing the next generation of Young Artists with the experiences within the arts.

Helen continues to be involved in the Canberra arts scene, as a member of a circus training school, and a violist within the National Capital Orchestra, and as a costumier. Helen is passionate about youth arts, and brings her unique skill set of administration and experience in the theatre industry to Canberra Youth Theatre.

KARINA HUDSON

Marketing and Engagement Manager

About Karina…

Karina Hudson has over 15 years of experience and professional training in theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Drama and Performance and is currently completing a Masters of Writing. She brings her theatre experience and creative strategic thinking to extend Canberra Youth Theatre’s marketing and engagement opportunities.

Karina has worked with the National Collecting Institutions and collaborated with Canberra Theatre Centre in cross-promotion activities to increase market reach and audience engagement. Her ability to relate and communicate with disparate audiences ensures her social media marketing strategies are focussed on audience connection and engagement.

As an actor, Karina has completed NIDA’s Actors Residency, appeared in over 30 productions, and received 13 awards and nominations for her standout performances in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Karina’s passion, drive, intuition, high-expectations and problem solving skills combine to produce contemporary and genuine creative campaigns.

Karina is excited to contribute to Canberra Youth Theatre’s impact and assist young artists in their creative callings. This one’s for you.

BONNIE CURTIS

Associate Producer

About Bonnie…

Bonnie Curtis is a multi-faceted artist, driven by a curious imagination and a desire to discover. Born and bred in Sydney, Bonnie trained at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (B.Dance Performance) before moving to Europe to further her artistic development.

During her career, Bonnie has worked as an independent artist, producer, director, choreographer and performer in film, installation and live performance. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Australian dance company Bonnie Curtis Projects.

Her creations and collaborations have been featured at ImPulsTanz, MuMoK (AT), Girona Film Festival (ES), Quadstock Music Festival (US), CinéWomen – Womenartconnect (EU), Asia International Youth Short Film Exhibition (CN), Lift-Off Festival (UK), NZ Fringe (NZ), Sydney World Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe, DirtyFeet’s The Choreographic Lab and The Flying Nun by Brand X (AU).

Bonnie teaches and lectures at dance and performance schools. Her current and past appointments include Te Auaha Institute of Creativity (NZ), Excelsia College, Evolve Performance Studios, APA Macarthur, STADS, and Academy of Music and Performing Arts where Bonnie is the Arts Management lecturer for their Bachelor of Dance program.

www.bonniecurtisprojects.com