Bark Theatre Company

We are an enthusiastic not-for-profit company focused on youth theatre. Through workshops, productions and experiences we provide learning opportunities that are safe, accessible and inclusive.
Most Recent Program

Bark Theatre Company Presents AL1C3

7pm Friday 7th May
2pm Saturday 8th May
6:30pm Saturday 8th May

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AL1C3 Cast and Creatives

Meet the team behind AL1C3!

Director

Katy Newell
(She/Her)

Katy has always been drawn to the creative arts, from acting, to music, to writing and everything in between. Katy’s love of the creative arts has allowed her to perform and write with Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company and inspired her to undertake a Bachelor of Drama at Deakin University. She believes that theatre should be accessible to everyone, and loves working with people to bring their stories to the stage. AL1C3 is her directorial debut.

Assistant Director

Laura Ozzimo
(She/Her)

Laura is passionate about the arts and has played a major role within the development and creation of the ideas surrounding the show. Laura is currently completing her Bachelor of Creative Arts and has worked in both theatre and film at a professional, academic and amateur level. She is excited to bring her skills from both departments to the show.

Producer

Owen Gonsalves
(He/Him)

Owen is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Drama at Deakin University. He also achieved a Diploma of Theatre Arts in 2018 at Melbourne Polytechnic. He has been practicing theatre and performing at an academic level for almost 10 years. In addition to joining Bark Theatre Company's committee in 2020, he is also a member of the Burwood Student Theatre Company (BustCo) as a General Representative, with hopes of expanding his role in theatre from performer and actor to creator and practitioner.

Composer

Luna Atkinson-Ladic
(She/Her)

Luna had always been interested in music and has played the violin since a young age. She explored her passion through a high school concert band. Luna is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Production, after completing her certificate three in Music Production. Luna has fallen in love with composing soundtracks for both theatre and film and hopes to bring a refreshing and unique twist to AL1C3.

Alice 1

Chloe Blanche
(She/Her)

Chloe is an extroverted, curious woman and is a 2020 graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio. Her daily life includes working as a barista and socialising. In her downtime, you’ll find her either out for brunch or with her friends and family. Her favourite quote to live by is  “The knowledge that everyday there is something more to learn, something higher to reach for, something new to make for others, makes each day infinitely precious” - Uta Hagen

Alice 2

Julia Gregory
(She/Her)

Julia is a young woman enthralled to be a part of such an exciting project! This is her first production outside an educational context. Julia has graduated with a  Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, majoring in Drama and Media and is currently studying her  Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University. Julia would like to extend her greatest thanks to her friends, family and beautiful partner for their wholehearted support.

Alice (3)/The Walrus

Sam Wyles
(He/Him)

Sam Wyles is a 19-year-old male, Australian performer. Sam has been acting since 2016 and has performed on stage in musicals and various other styles of plays. Sam has also worked backstage as the sound operator and stage manager for a number of performances. Last year Sam studied at Melbourne Polytechnic to complete his Diploma in Theatre Arts. This is Sam’s first time joining an independent theatre company and he is super excited to be playing the roles of Alice (3) and the Walrus in Bark’s production of “AL1C3”.

Cheshire Cat

Amy Gray (She/Her)

Amy is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Drama at Deakin University after completing her Diploma of Theatre Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. She has been involved in theatre her whole life and is passionate about becoming a Drama teacher on day. Amy is excited to be a part of Bark Theatre Company’s first production of AL1C3 and cannot wait to share this purrfect show with you all.

The Mad Hatter

Sarah Matthews
(She/Her)

Sarah lives and works on Wurundjeri country. She is studying a double degree in Arts/Primary Education at Monash University, which is made immediately obvious by her ridiculous earrings and love of colourful whiteboard markers. She is currently developing a Melbourne Fringe show and producing an outdoor theatre festival scheduled for early October. She would like to thank the wonderful cast and production team of AL1C3 for their kindness and inclusivity and hope you enjoy the performance!

The March Hare

Kathleen (Cheshire) Masters
(They/Them)

Kathleen completed a Diploma of Theatre Arts while attending the Melbourne Polytechnic during 2020, providing them with the opportunity to play the Cat in Grimm Tales. They attended the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, 2015-2017, obtaining an Advanced Diploma of Performance. During their time, Kathleen performed many roles including; Julia & Madame Brassilhov: The Good Doctor, Maria & Antonio: Twelfth Night, The Grocer’s Wife: Rhinoceros and Kat: Inconsolable. Kathleen thanks their family for their unending support.

Dormouse

Amelia Williams
(She/Her)

Amelia had a keen interest in creative arts from a young age. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre Studies at Waikato University and has been part of various improvised, devised and scripted productions in New Zealand and Australia. Since moving to Melbourne in 2016, Amelia has completed qualifications in psychology and currently works as a behavioural therapist and a research assistant. Amelia is very excited to have the opportunity to connect with other artists and be back on stage.

The Duchess

Nioka Mellick-Cooper
(She/Her)

Nioka is a passionate actor, singer-songwriter and often works across a broad range of professional, amatuer and academic projects. Recently she has been a part of multiple short films including queer coming-of-age feature film My First Summer, and Dream Odyssey. Nioka toured Australia with the Red Room Theatre Company and the Castlemaine Theatre Company. Nioka is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and has academic experience in shows such as Grease, Into the Woods and Little Shop of Horrors and  The Grudge, an interactive horror Honours project.

Dinah/The Dodo

Alison Zaher
(She/Her)

Alison is passionate about all aspects of theatre and has been practising in the industry for close to 14 years. She is currently studying her first year of Criminology at Deakin University. Alison has experience in many productions, with roles in lead and ensemble as well as a range of backstage work including playwright, stagemangament, composing, band and production design. She is really looking forward to collaborating with Bark Theatre Company as well as performing in AL1C3.

The Caterpillar/The Cook

Colby Wellard
(He/Him)

Claiming to be too weak for sports. Colby found himself turning to theatre instead, where his tendency for being loud and a little too extra for his own good were not only accepted but encouraged. Since then stage acting has haunted Colby’s life all throughout high school and into the current day. And while he claims not to be the most technical or knowledgeable of actors. He has yet to be kicked out of a production so he figures he must be doing something right.

Queen of Hearts

Tamara Ryan
(She/Her)

Tamara has spent the last three years studying Shakespeare, Ibsen, Yeats and countless other classic writers and has finally finished her Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne. She is looking forward to pursuing her passion in the arts and contributing to Bark Theatre Company’s first production!


Our Team

A quick introduction to the amazing people that make up our little theatre company

Co-President

Katy Newell
(She/Her)

Katy has returned to the role of Co-President for a second year with Bark Theatre Company.

Katy has always been drawn to the creative arts, from acting, to music, to writing and everything in between. Katy’s love of the creative arts has allowed her to perform and write with Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company and inspired her to undertake a Bachelor of Drama at Deakin University. In her role as Co-President of Bark Theatre Company she hopes to show the power of the arts to form friendships, nurture empathy and give people a voice.

Co-President

Ashleigh Janky
(She/Her)

Ashleigh has returned for a second year at Bark Theatre Company, this year as one of our Co-Presidents.

She has completed a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying her Master of Teaching at Deakin University. Ashleigh is excited to continue her Theatre experience she has gained in amateur theatre companies over the last five years by shining a light on the importance of inclusive learning and representation within the arts. Ashleigh is excited to work alongside Katy this year to lead this amazing team in celebrating diverse voices within the theatre community through the art of performance.

Secretary

Harrison Barr
(He/Him)

Harry is thrilled to be on the Bark Theatre Company committee for another year, this time taking on the role of Secretary. 

Harry has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Visual and Performing Arts at Deakin University, and is currently completing a Master of Secondary Teaching. Harry is excited for another great year, with an awesome group and great ideas in the works, he cannot wait to get cracking on to this next season with some new and old faces around!

Treasurer/Equity Officer

Rhymney Mazza
(She/Her)

This season, Bark Theatre Company welcomes Rhymney Mazza to the role of Treasurer.

Rhymney is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) with a minor in journalism to pursue a career in Media Coaching. Rhymney has previous work experience with the Mount Players Theatre Company and is excited to share her creative background both on and off stage in this new role. It is her mission for theatre to be a place where one can freely express their creative identity.

Production Manager

Laura Ozzimo
(She/Her)

This is Laura’s second year as Bark Theatre Company’s Production Manager. 

Laura is currently completing her Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Drama at Deakin University. Throughout the years Laura has worked in both live theatre and film and is currently working as an Assistant Director under Verdict Film Group. Laura cannot wait to jumpstart 2021 and hopes to see you there!

Public Relations Manager/Equity Officer

Brodi Purtill
(She/Her)

Brodi has taken on the roles of Public Relations Manager and returning Equity Officer this season.

Brodi is a proud Muti-Muti woman who grew up in Swan Hill. She is currently studying a Master of Teaching after completing her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Sociology at Deakin University. Upon finishing her degree Brodi hopes to continue her work within the education department of the Melbourne Theatre Company. She cannot wait to see all the amazing opportunities planned spring to life.

Social Media Officer

Nioka Mellick-Cooper (She/Her)

Nioka has taken on the role of Social Media Officer this season.

Nioka is a 19-year-old actor, singer/songwriter, musician, environmentalist, activist and vegetarian. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University, majoring in Drama and Criminology and minoring in Film and Television. Nioka has had experience with multiple theatre companies including La Mama and has been performing for her whole life. After university, Nioka hopes to pursue a career in the movie industry. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for the performing arts through her role with Bark Theatre Company.

Marketing and Education

Nicholas Krizmanic (He/Him)

Nick is looking forward to joining the Bark Theatre team as a part of the Marketing Team. 

Having recently completed his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Media Studies, Nick is currently completing his Masters in Secondary Teaching at Deakin University. With a large amount of experience in the amateur theatre community, Nick is excited to bring his knowledge to the Bark team!

Production

Owen Gonsalves
(He/Him)

Owen is excited to join the Production Team this season. 

Owen is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Drama at Deakin University. He also achieved a Diploma of Theatre Arts in 2018 at Melbourne Polytechnic. He has been practicing theatre and performing at an academic level for almost 10 years. In addition to joining Bark Theatre Company in 2020, he is also a member of the Burwood Student Theatre Company (BustCo) as a General Representative, with hopes of expanding his role in theatre from performer and actor to creator and practitioner.

Equity Officer

Talisa Bell
(She/Her)

Talisa has joined the Equity Team this season as an Equity Officer. 

Talisa is currently undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama at Deakin University. With training in Latin and Ballroom dancing as well as drama, Talisa cannot wait to display her passion for the creative and performative arts with the knowledge she has combined over the years.

Production

Alex Tyndall
(He/Him)

Alex has joined the Bark Theatre Company Committee this season working as part of the Production Team.

He is a transgender man passionate about inclusivity in the drama and media industries. He has experience working with St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre and is currently studying Drama and Media Studies at Deakin University. Alex is excited to bring his insights to BTC throughout 2021.

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+61 432 124 506
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