Jude went to her first uni to dance, her second uni to act and somehow got away with playing the drums in a few theatre shows. She co-composed with Ellen on isthisyours? first show Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake using raw meat in a bowl, an organ, midi keyboard, and a ukulele. The result? A little undercooked. Errrrrr. She has worked extensively as an actor for Australia’s flagship, independent and experimental theatre companies including Bell Shakespeare, Ontrorend Goed (Belgium), State Theatre Company SA, Windmill Theatre, The Border Project and Patch Theatre Co. Her mug has also been seen in film and television things like Sunshine and Oranges, The Swimming Lesson, Yuri Shima, Wire Through the Heart and Rainshadow.
Early on winning a Critics Circle award for Emerging Artist, and a 2010 Helpmann nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Jude rewarded herself with a whole week off work to enter every competition she could find in magazines, websites, lolly packets etc. She worked 9-5(ish) on it for 5 days and 3 months later her efforts were richly repaid with an anthropomorphised banana on a key chain. She won nothing else.
Tessa makes theatre and performance to pose questions about how we see the world, interact with each other and investigate ideas around what the 'givens' are. She plans one day to be a neuroscientist. Tessa has worked with many companies as Director, Dramaturg, Researcher and Assistant Director including STC, STCSA, Ontroerend Goed, Force Majeure, Vitalstatistix, Drop Bear Theatre and Restless Dance. She works with Emma Beech and James Dodd as The Australian Bureau of Worthiness (http://worthiness.com.au/). isthisyours? has become an essential part of her expression as a theatremaker and artist and is the place she feels most challenged and inspired.
Louisa loves action, mystery, medical conditions, women who change history, unnecessary commando rolls and high kicks. This is why she tries to incorporate all these things into isthisyours? theatre shows. When she isn’t making her mind explode with these women, she is a regular sort of actor.. sort of. Louisa has worked on the stage for Griffin Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Tamarama Rock Surfers and Windmill Performing Arts. For the small screen she has appeared in; Rake 2 and 3, Fat Tony and Co, East West 101, My Place, Wonderland. For the bigger screen; Two Fists One Heart, Wish You Were Here, and the upcoming sci-fi Infini. Short Films include; Spike Up, Nocturn, and She Loves Me She Loves Me Not. Louisa also wrote, directed and starred in her first short film Latte e Miele. Unfortunately no high kicks were written in. This time...
Nadia dreads writing bios, mainly because she finds it weird talking in the third person (hello it’s me! Nadia!). Ellen has had to remind her several times to do this for the website. Nadia also has a terrible memory. Moments in her life she will never forget; the conversation with Tessa when she proposed we form isthisyours?. The first show we developed, Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake and the Adelaide Fringe Award that followed it. Taking our first show on tour, Best We Forget. Realising that she works from a closely personal level and sometimes shares embarrassing secrets with the audience and she’s ok with that. Realising the reason she is ok with that is because isthisyours? is the most exciting, terrifying and inspiring world Nadia has had a hand in creating. Nadia has also been welcomed into the creatively amazing worlds of Windmill Performing Arts, State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Border Project.
Ellen’s theatre debut came when she was five and decided to ditch prearranged choreography and instead freestyled to “All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth”. This disreputable beginning has led down a path of largely devised (read: freestyle) work and seen her perform all around Australia and overseas with companies including the State Theatre Company of South Australia (Holding the Man, Maestro), Vitalstatistix (Love, Ruby Bruise), Slingsby Theatre Company (Wolf), The Border Project (I Am Not An Animal, I, Animal), Windmill Performing Arts (Grug, Girl Asleep) and Patch Theatre Company (Mr McGee and the Biting Flea). Ellen enjoys engaging with artists over a wide range of mediums, which has led her to create new works with visual artists, composers and dancers throughout SA, VIC and NSW. Closest to her heart is the work she has made with isthisyours? which constantly makes her question the big stuff, delve into the small issues, laugh so hard it sometimes hurts to breathe whilst all the time pondering the small miracles that can occur after 3pm when everyone in the room is wearing tracksuit pants.
At a young age Lydia found herself having to choose between being a performer, a writer or a scientist. Later in life she was relieved to find there was a secret option where she could moonlight as all three. Lydia studied at Flinders Drama Centre and has performed widely in Sydney and Adelaide as well as devising and performing with isthisyours? for many wonderful high-kicking, scratchie-losing years. Lydia was part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink playwriting ensemble and has written shows for the Powerhouse Museum, the Rock Surfers, Urban Myth Theatre Company and received the Minter Ellison Fringe & Beyond award for her solo show I’m not pale, I’m dead which she has toured extensively. Whilst not being a scientist per se Lydia enjoys playing with liquid nitrogen and gushing about steam engines and has written science and history programs for young people at the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum and the British Museum, helped along by her Masters of Museum Studies where she learnt how to use words like qualitative and quantitative in a sentence. Lydia’s theatre-making work is inspired by her attempts to unpack very tricky concepts into small parcels, her love of fantasy and science fiction worlds and her own very mediocre knitting skills.