Director

Ashleigh Law

Ashleigh is a queer, QLD born performer who moved to Melbourne at the start of 2021 to study secondary teaching at Deakin University. Having been performing since she was 9, she took a keen interest in production team work at age 16. Since then, she has accrued directing credits for multiple shows including; Aladdin Jr, Legally Blonde, Lord of the Flies, Captain Moonlite (World Premiere), Minefields and Miniskirts and Mamma Mia. This is Ashleigh’s first production with BARK, having just finished performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with BUSTCO. The Importance of Being Earnest is a show close to her heart, and she couldn’t have asked for a better team to produce it with!

Director

Owen Gonsalves

Owen Gonsalves is an Anglo-Indian theatre practitioner, actor, producer, and upcoming director. The majority of his work has been performed in an academic environment, through his Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) course at Deakin University and his Diploma of Theatre Arts course which he completed in 2018 at Melbourne Polytechnic. In addition to his academic work, Gonsalves is currently a member of Bark Theatre Company where he is an active collaborator in their production team. Through Bark Theatre Company, Owen has produced AL1C3, which is a modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, which ran in early 2021 and is currently co-directing The Importance of Being Earnest, which is set to run in June 2022.

Algernon Moncrieff

Connor Price

Ideally a character is captured by an actor but other times the actor happens to be exactly the right level of pretentious that is needed for a role. Whilst he would like to pretend that the former is correct, Connor Price has been acting from a young age and through his experience on stage knows that the latter is the truth in this case. He has portrayed many characters ranging from “Bottom” in A Midsummers Night Dream to “R.P McMurphy” in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Playing the role of Algernon Moncreiff, Connor is proud to be part of such a wonderful production and looking forward to charming everyone in attendance.



Cecil Cardew

Dessy Turk 

Despite being in and out of acting classes his whole life, Dessy still continues to volunteer his spare time up for doing shows. His repertoire includes classics like Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and even classier shows like Shrek the musical and Grease. He likes long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. Sometimes he is serious about his work, but it usually doesn’t last long. He hopes to pay tribute to the late Oscar Wilde with his performance in Earnest and in Life.

Jack Worthing

Sam Wyles

Sam Wyles is a 20-year-old male, Australian performer. Sam has been acting since 2016 and has performed on stage in musicals and various other styles of plays. He really enjoys participating in live performance and has a profound passion for Australian theatre. Sam has also worked backstage as the sound operator and stage manager for a number of performances. In the last couple of years. In 2020, Sam completed his Diploma in Theatre Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. Sam featured in Bark’s production of “AL1CE” last year and now he is super excited to return as ‘Jack’ in this year’s production of “The Importance of Being Ernest”.



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Melanie Howden

Melanie has always enjoyed make believe and music. Melanie has completed a bachelor of film and TV at deakin university and is now pursuing her love for acting. Earlier this year Melanie was part of the cast of Bust.co A Midsummers Nights Dream. She is also acting in 1812 theatre 'The Outsiders'. Melanie has an animation in the works of her own creation with amazing animators and illustators

August Bracknell 

Cheshire Mathers

Kathleen has 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 also 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 also had the chance last year to be involved in Bark’s first production, Al1c3, playing The March Hare. Kathleen thanks their family for their unending support


Miss Prism

Rhiannon Mitchell 

Rhiannon is so excited to be performing in another one of her favourite plays, this time as Miss Prism in Bark Theatre Company’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. After reading this play in high school, she knew she had to one day bring Oscar Wilde’s hilarious text to the stage, and she hopes you enjoy this Australian spin on it. Earlier this year, Rhiannon made her stage debut as Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Burwood Student Theatre Company. She has trained at various Melbourne acting institutions such as NIDA, Brave Studios and 16th Street. She wishes to continue her training this year.

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Colby Wellard

Describing himself as ‘too physically feeble for anything else’. Colby’s knack for being a little too loud and a little to expressively extra has served him well in the realm of stage acting. With dozens of performances spanning over a decade under his belt. He claims it’s a miracle that not once has anyone found out he has no idea what he’s actually doing.

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Joshua Mifsud 

Joshua is a charismatic and funny person who loves to make people laugh. He’s an aspiring actor who wants acting to be his long term career. He is excited to be a part of the Importance of being Earnest, and is looking forward to doing more theatre work. He is also working towards getting into the film industry more. He loves comedy and action, and the occasional drama roles, but he seems to be drawn to comedy.