Kirsty lives and works in Canberra as a theatre producer and teacher. She has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); and the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016). More recently, Kirsty was a semi-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles. Kirsty’s playwriting appears in The Voices Project: Encore Edition (2015) published by Currency Press, Sydney and her anthology of monologues Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance (2017) is published by Blemish Books, Canberra. The anthology won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction in 2018. Kirsty has produced and directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently in 2018 Little Women, Miracle on 34th St, Peter Pan, The Importance of Being Earnest) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues for children and teens to be published in Australia and the US in 2019.


Ali is an award winning actor & director winning an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2013 and for her work as Artistic Director of Acting Crazy Theatre in 2010. Ali specialises in applied theatre, with special focus on Theatre in Education. She has been lecturing in the Arts Education Courses at the University of Canberra since 2011. Previously Canberra Director at Acting Antics Children’s Theatre company 2011 -2015, she loves working with young people creating artistic work. Ali is passionate about the effectiveness of drama and dance as a tool for learning & engagement, and has worked extensively both in and outside of the public and private education system in QLD, NSW & ACT.


Gordana lives and works in Canberra as a teacher and trainer in public speaking, critical thinking and Shakespeare. She completed her studies in English/French Literature and then focused on poetry and drama. Her poetry is published in England with White Adder Press. After completing her MA in Shakespeare’s Early Comedies, she was awarded scholarships to study with both RSC voice coaching and stage movement, and the Globe Theatre, where she spent the full season of 2004. She had the privilege of learning under Mark Rylance, who was the Artistic Director at the time, throughout the season of Star-Crossed Lovers. She later founded her own theatre (Little Black Box/BEST), where she worked with both children and young adults. The concept behind this theatre was to put on both Shakespearean and contemporary plays of English-speaking playwrights. From Tom Paulin to Caryl Churchill, from Woody Allen to Monty Python, the annual repertoire was varied and uplifting. Her main mission is to inspire and empower children and young adults to take possession of any literary text and inhabit it with confidence and joy.


Greg writes short plays, short films, short stories and poetry. His short plays have been performed in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. Greg has won numerous awards for his ten minute plays over the years, most recently winning Best Production, People’s Choice, and Best Script for comedic play “The Hold Up” at Short+Sweet Canberra, 2018. Greg was Artist-in-Residence at Playing Field Studio in 2017 and has experience facilitating playwriting workshops for adults; he looks forward to working with teen playwrights at Budding Theatre.


Jake grew up performing in the Jill Woods Theatre Company in the UK and later learnt skills in circus arts. He is an experienced assistant tutor at Budding Theatre having assisted with programs such as the Peter Pan production and providing juggling workshops in the Comedy and Clowning school holiday program. Jake is looking forward to teaching the four week taster course Juggling with Jake.