Griffin Artist Card membership is an initiative to increase access to our theatre. This program facilitates the coming together of artists across different disciplines and at different stages of their career. It supports and strengthens a vibrant emerging artist community, as well as acknowledging this community as an important part of the Griffin family and the wider theatre world.
How does it work? We want to offer a place where artists can see work, discuss work and make work.
To see work, we will continue to offer heavily discounted $15 tickets, which can be booked in the first fortnight of all Griffin and Griffin Independent shows, Performance Space shows at members' rates and ticket deals and giveaways to other theatre companies.
To discuss work, we are introducing regular Artist Card events where the community can come together for a drink.
And finally, we are supporting emerging artists in their making of new, bold and exciting work. Griffringe will continue to be a great avenue for artist card holders to display their work. We will also be offering (where possible!) free use of our space for readings and developments.
The Artist Card is a community. It is the glitter glue that brings all the cool amazing arty people together and helps them sparkle. So it's almost like glitter glue squared. If you are interested in joining the artist card outfit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our next shindig….Hope to see you there!
Posts tagged Augusta Supple
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Q&A WITH AUGUSTA SUPPLE
What are you working on currently?
After just over 2 months of writing and meeting, I’ve just hosted the first reading of a project I’m developing with 10 playwrights called “Write Here, Write Now” (Carolyn Burns, Jasper Marlow, Melita Rowston, Georgia Symons, Grace de Morgan, Luke Carson, James Pike, Melissa Lee Speyer, Guy Birks, Alli Sebastian Wolf).
Currently preparing to work with David Finig on his piece “The World Creates Itself” as a part of subtlenuance’s Bare Boards Brave Hearts in July.
I have a multi-playwright project I am in the process of developing called “A View From Moving Windows”, which is included in Riverside Theatre’s 2012 True West season in October. Writers yet to be announced (or approached, really… yeah, better get on that asap!)
I am dramaturg for Olivia Satchell’s project on the world of internet dating called Heart Dot Com working with Luke Carson, Ellana Costa, Alison Rooke, Jasper Marlow, Katie Pollock scheduled for production in November.
I am directing 7-On Playwright’s pop-up project “Platonic” which is going into development in November at NIDA then into production at the end of the year to celebrate 7-On Playwright’s 7th Year together. They’re pretty cool: http://sevenon.blogspot.com.au/
I am assisting with the start up of a new development venue in Surry Hills called The Arts Platform. Sama Ky Balson is the Artistic Director, Kirk Page is the Associate Director and I am the Program Director – we’ve been harnessing the creative talents of Sydney theatre community and we’re going to be releasing Expressions of interest and membership details very soon…it’s so new out website isn’t up yet, but it will be soon: http://www.theartsplatform.com/
And the usual stuff for my website – responses and reflections on theatre, arts and culture: www.augustasupple.com
Who, or what, inspires you to create?
Everything around me inspires me: the weather, music, converations I have/conversations I don’t have and wish I had/conversations I overhear, spontaneous lunch time adventures to Cabramatta, art galleries, home made jams and relishes, clouds, the look on the face of the woman scanning my groceries at coles, a man at a bus stop, the rhythm of my walk, 20th Century poets, American independent film, when I am confronted by someone’s tattoo, the kindness of strangers, 1950s musicals, the architecture of the city, my friends, my foes.
There is a push and a pull in creating. I’m simultaneously running towards and away from something.
I’m running away from boredom, fear, regret and I’m also running toward illumination, reassurance, epiphany, entertainment.
Mostly, I think I am absolutely consumed with the treasure hunt which is new work. I love reading new plays, I love seeing productions of new plays, I love talking with artists and critics and punters about theatre. And it is those conversations that compel me to create.
What was the most interesting thing you saw recently?
I can’t do definitive ultimate….I will list 5 things that caught my attention and made me thing differently this week:
The hands of the plumber I met last Saturday. They were so much older than the rest of him.
The Holy Mountain (1973) by Alejandro Jordorowsky.
A documentary on the history of the castrati.
John McCallum’s Key Note speech at The NSW Writers Centre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho3NFzKO_Ag
Marilyn Manson interviewed by David Letterman in 2003 on You Tube.
Pandan Waffles (see above).
Food by Steve Rodgers/Kate Champion at Belvoir
Lord of the Flies directed by Anthony Skuse at New Theatre
L’Effet de Serge - Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio as a part of Sydney Festival 2012
Pygmalian by GB Shaw directed by Peter Evans at Sydney Theatre
Best We Forget devised by isthisyours at The Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given?
“Easiest way to not have post-production blues, just have another project lined up.” – Simon Philips
“Always hire someone who wants your job” – Robin Clifton
“Everything is an act of faith. Breathe” – Kerry Walker
“When working in theatre, it’s good to be a little bit incapable at something so someone who is capable can save the day.” – John Oram
“Take what you need, leave what you don’t” – Barbara Bryce
“Make work for the most intelligent person in the audience.” – Bogdan Koca
“If you can’t be a grand painter, be an expert miniaturist” – Timothy Daly
“Directors should never assume that just because they don’ t know how something will happen/work, doesn’t mean their designers can’t make that happen.” – Stephen Hawker
“Take a holiday.” – James Waites
Who, past or present, would you like to share a meal with and why?
Below is a quick A-Z of people I’d love to eat with – for their conversation and/ or cooking skills, or to simply ask them the questions you have asked me… or just because I think they would/could provoke in me an unstoppable, insatiable idea.
Marliyn Manson or John McCallum (I can’t choose)
Margaret Wise Brown
What a lady. Keep an eye on Gus as one of our leading artist/blog critics. A tricky hybrid done with great panache by Ms Supple.
A FEW THOUGHTS (FROM GUS SUPPLE) ON DEVELOPMENT
An apt dove-tail to the PWA Script Workshops is this article written by Augusta Supple on her blog about her thoughts on development and its importance for writers. She writes about the desperate need for a) development in general and b) audience feedback for a piece to have any sort of mature development and how this is difficult in our application-driven theatre culture.
This is a very interesting piece that forms a vital part of the current debate on the importance of creative development and, in Supple’s words, the ‘crisis’ that is new play culture.
Read the full article here.
Theatre Blogging - Response to Belvoir
Belvoir’s forum on Sunday was not as fiery as the audience would have been led to belive whilst milling around in the foyer beforehand. Jane Simmons was not shouted down for her ‘direct’ style, nor was there much debate over the role of theatre blogging in our current cultural landscape (which is what, I think, the forum had originally intended to be about).
Somehow, it ended up being a comparison between print and online criticism, and there was little shouting to boot (none at all, save Chris Taylor’s rant about Baal).
“Please join us for an extra special Sunday Forum dedicated to the current debate within the arts community around the art of cultural blogging. Who speaks for who now, and what’s the process? Has the theatrical landscape changed with the arrival of bloggers?”
None of these questions were explored in any depth.
Credit should be payed to Belvoir for scheduling a forum so topical to the current debates circulating around blogging but it seems to have missed the mark, particularly by failing to invite any established Sydney bloggers, such as Kevin Jackson, James Waites, or Augusta Supple (an omission noted by more than one audience member).
The time that was spent on theatre blogging hinged on Simmons’ newly-found notoriety rather than the implications of the zeitgeist that blogging has become (with Alison Croggon shaking her head quite vigorously whenever Simmons spoke, something that was quite intriguing but which Taylor failed to investigate). Even though Croggon is based in Melbourne, her blog, theatre notes, is well worth following, if only for the quality of her writing and the clearness of her criticism. Check her out here.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PLAYWRIGHTS: Write Here, Write Now
Don’t forget the application deadline is 6pm, March 7th. THAT GIVES YOU 24 HOURS!
“Write Here, Write Now is a dynamic new opportunity for a select group of playwrights seeking to sharpen their writing skills, expand their network and create a new works by “writing on the spot” during a series of workshops.
Headed by new play director/creative producer, Augusta Supple (Brand Spanking New, Stories from the 428, I Contain Multitudes) this is a unique opportunity for writers to explore and develop their writing in a supportive and nurturing environment, with a view of developing work ready for production.
Each fortnight, individual and group exercises will be provided to invigorate and challenge the writers to experiment with form, style and story. They will be provided with dramaturgical feedback and support with the final session dedicated to a small in-house play reading by actors.”
Dates: Mondays (12th & 26th March, 9th April & 23rd April)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Studio 10, Fraser Studios 10-14 Kensington Street, Chippendale
If you’re interested you can find the application details here.
A little context for the theatre blogging discussion…
Just to get some grasp on what’s involved in the Belvoir forum on this Sunday (at 3pm), some sense of the recent windstorm that has blustered up over theatre blogging, check out Gus Supple’s post about those who were included/excluded on the panel of speakers.
You can still book tickets on the Belvoir website. It’s free. Should be interesting.