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Our Artists

The engagement of practising professional artists is integral to the WAYTCo methodology, as is ensuring that our artists receive the remuneration, training and support they need to focus on delivering irresistible creative learning programs.

Asha Cornelia Cluer (she/her) is an arts educator, theatre maker and actor from Boorloo. A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (UK), she worked as an actor in the West End and for UK No.1 touring shows. Selected theatre credits: Twelfth Night (Fremantle Theatre Co), Conception (Blue Room), ZOG (Freckle), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oddsocks), Macbeth (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Who Cares (Royal Court). As a facilitator, Asha’s work includes Ngalaka Daa 2023 (Yirra Yaakin-WAYTCo), and regular workshops for WAYTCo, Black Swan State Theatre Company, & Emergent Academy. In the UK, she worked for Mountview Academy of Performing Arts, Arts University Bournemouth, Teaching London: LDBS SCITT & Young Actors Theatre Islington.

Nadia Collins (she/her) is an actor, writer, comedian and former lawyer. She has been performing improv, sketch and stand-up comedy since 2008. Training at École Philippe Gauiler in 2016, she was nominated Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018. Her film work includes lead roles in Partners and An Ideal Host, for which she won Best Actress at Nevermore Film Festival 2020. She has created a number of critically acclaimed solo shows, including The Bride (Winner, Best WA Comedy, Fringeworld 2020), Chrysalis, The Big ThingyVirgin Bloody Mary (nominated Best Comedy, Perth Fringe 2017) and Bad Egg Boys (co-creator). 

Geordie Crawley (he/him) is a Boorloo/Perth based playwright, dramaturg, and theatre maker. He cofounded the multiple award winning independent theatre company Rorschach Beast, and is a curator for STRUT’s site specific dance platform Situ8. Geordie’s playwriting credits includes Logue Lake, Hive Mind, Girl in the Wood, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and The Narwhal. He’s worked with The Last Great Hunt, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, and The Big HOO-HAA!! He also created the smash hit Impro Musical BangTown!

Esther Longhurst (she/her) is an actor, improviser and trainer with over fifteen years experience working in education. Esther’s love of improvising stories has seen her perform around Australia and the US with a wide range of artists. In addition to this Esther regularly performs with the Big Hoo Haa, Perth’s longest running improvisation ensemble, and has co developed several award winning improvised plays. Esther has a range of experience in radio, television, scripted and devised theatre, improvised comedy, and workplace scenario training. She teaches at a number of schools, universities and theatre companies in Western Australia and is currently developing a theatrical work as a coach and mentor using her extensive knowledge of long-form improvisation.

Tegan Mulvany (she/her) A graduate of Curtin Uni’s Hayman Theatre and long-time member of The Big Hoo Haa, Tegan has been working in the Perth theatre industry and comedy scene for 20 years. Her play ‘This Is Not A Love Song’ debuted at The Blue Room in 2013 (Audience Award Winner) and won several Fringe Awards in Melbourne and Adelaide. She was a core ensemble member of Variegated Productions ‘Frankie’s’ 2018 and more recently, 2021, she was a member of ‘Bangtown: Improvised Musical’ ensemble (Rechabite), played the title character in Runaway Balloon’s ‘Someone Stole Dee Perse’s Tree’ (Subiaco Arts Centre) and has just finished working on Yirra Yaakin’s ‘Dating Black’. Tegan’s film credits include Mad Kids’ original Gavin Tanner series, ABC iView’s DAFUQ? And the award winning sketch “Margaret’s Got Talent” (2018 Official Selection Australia’s Funniest Shorts), and Foxtel’s 2019 series “Upright”.

Tegan teaches Improvisation at WAAPA and also works as a corporate actor and role-player.

Sam Nerida (they/them) is a theatre maker, producer and playwright. They are Perth Festival’s Associate Producer in Creative Learning, as well as a teaching artist for WAYTCo, AWESOME Arts, All Saints College and their own company Static Drive Co. Sam has been commissioned to contribute to APT’s Dear Australia project, has been a Kolyang, KISS Club and Perth Festival Lab artist, and directed The Jellyman (Rhi P Art, 2020). Their play See You Next Tuesday was awarded Best New Writing (TBRT), Best New Work and Best Independent Production (PAWA Awards) for 2019, and their most recent performance credit is TOAST for Black Swan State Theatre Company, 2022. They are also Secretary of the Board of The Blue Room Theatre, and recent Producing credits include Mother of Compost (Noémie Huttner-Koros x Summer Nights, 2022) and Queer as Flux (The Nest Ensemble, 2021). 

Emily Stokoe (she/they) holds an Advanced Diploma of Stage Management (WAAPA, 2011) and a Bachelor of Arts Screen Studies – Producing and Production Design from The WA Screen Academy (2012). Emily works across live production and screen in a multitude of roles, including Stage and Production Management, Producing and Tour co-ordination. She has worked for companies such as STRUT Dance, The Last Great Hunt, Black Swan State Theatre Company, WAYTCo, Strut & Fret, Co3 and Artrage Fringe World Festival, as well as various independent productions and for local government and education institutions. Emily is the resident Stage Manager for Barking Gecko Theatre and has most recently been working with Perth Festival as the Project Co-ordinator for the Beaufort St Lit Crawl.

Simone Detourbet (she/her) is a Malak Malak & Gooniyandi woman from Darwin, now Perth-based where she is an emerging actor, writer and director. In 2016 she completed the Aboriginal Theatre & Screen Performance Course at WAAPA. Acting credits: Conversations With the Dead (Yirra Yaakin, 2017), Less Light (2018), Grace (2019), I Feel Fine (2019), City of Gold (Black Swan-Sydney Theatre, 2022). Directing: Let Me Finish (Assistant Director, 2018/19), WAYTCo’s 24hr Play Generator (Director of 1x short play, 2021). Simone has also participated in several artist residencies and in 2018 was a key creative for a documentary filmed in Rwanda. Simone is passionate about the development of young people, especially those who are First Nations, underrepresented or disadvantaged.

Alicia Osyka (she/her) is an actor, deviser, facilitator, writer and improviser who completed ECU’s Contemporary Performance course in 2012. Her work as a performer/deviser with The Wet Weather Ensemble includes: Red Cross, Adam And Eve, and Bird boy (The Watermill Centre, N.Y. 2012/PICA 2013). She has performed in Fat Pig (Red Ryder) You Once Said Yes (Look Left Look Right) White Rabbit Red Rabbit (PTC) Ecosexual Bathhouse  (Pony Express) Girl In The Wood (Rorschach Beast) The Arrival (SPPT)  Hive Mind (Rorschach Beast) Unrule (Hey Precious!) French Over (Rorschach Beast) Impro Musical Bangtown! Whistleblower (The Last Great Hunt) Nocturna (Kabuki Drop) Bite The Hand  (TLGH) and House (Barking Gecko). She wrote her first show On The Face Of Things (2016) for WAYTCO ensemble. She has been improvising with The Big HOO-HAA since 2012 and loves it.

Andrew Sutherland (he/they) is a writer and performance-maker between Boorloo (Perth) and Singapore. He holds a BA (First Class Hons.) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts (Goldsmiths University), has twice been awarded WA’s Blaz Award for New Writing, and creates new and collaborative theatre as part of independent theatre outfit Squid Vicious. Recent works include Salome delta, Mother of Compost, small & cute oh no, 30 Day Free Trial, and a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be, which was commissioned by the Intercultural Theatre Institute in 2019 and subsequently restaged by The Esplanade Singapore in 2021. His debut poetry collection, Paradise (point of transmission) is forthcoming with Fremantle Press in 2022, and his fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry can be found in a wide range of literary journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally. He is grateful to reside on Whadjuk Noongar boodja.