Helen Moulder - Writer, performer
An award winning actor, Helen has been working in the theatre for 40 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Recent roles have been as Virginia Voolf in Vita and Virginia, Vivian Bearing in Wit, the eccentric opera singer Cynthia Fortitude, in her own show The Legend Returns, Miss Shepherd in Lady in the Van, Madame Giry in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (3 tours of Japan), Sylvia in Meeting Karpovsky (devised with Sue Rider and Sir Jon Trimmer), Sister Aloysius in Doubt and Lady Churchill in Meet the Churchills. Helen’s solo shows, Playing Miss Havisham and Gloria’s Handbag play in living rooms, art galleries, libraries, community halls and small theatres. In 2012 she toured Australian libraries with Playing Miss Havisham to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. Helen’s film and television credits include Pictures, Close to Home, Country GP, Erebus – the Aftermath, Abberation, The Wall, The Dark Knight, Sweet As, Rest for the Wicked and Food for Thought.
Helen has twice won Actress of the Year in the Chapmann Tripp Wellington Theatre Awards for Wit (2000) and Meeting Karpovsky (2003) as well as an Accolade for Outstanding Performance for Vita and Virginia
Sue Rider – Director/Dramaturg
Sue is a Brisbane-based director, writer, dramaturg and producer working across Australia and regularly in New Zealand in theatre, music theatre, opera and theatre for young people. She was Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre from 1993 to 2000 and is the recipient of eighteen industry awards for her productions and for writing and direction of her own plays. In 2001 she was awarded a Special Matilda Commendation for sustained contribution to Queensland theatre and in 2009 received the Playlab Award for outstanding contribution to the development of new work for performance in Queensland. Sue is highly sought after as a director/dramaturg for new projects. She has collaborated with Helen Moulder on Meeting Karpovsky, Playing Miss Havisham and Gloria’s Handbag. Current and recent projects include SONG the story of a girl, a bird and a teapot with writer/performer Waiata Telfer, Sarah’s Heavy Heart for Artslink Queensland and direction of Hair at Brisbane Powerhouse. Sue is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and has been Chair of Backbone Youth Arts since 2008. Her productions in NZ include Meeting Karpovsky, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Milo’s Wake, Vincent in Brixton, The Blond the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and The Glass Menagerie (Court Theatre) and Doubt, Playing Miss Havishan and Gloria’s Handbag (Circa Theatre).
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