Meet the Key Conspirators Creative Team
Philip moved to Australia in 2008. Philip is a career actor who has performed on the West End, in national tours, in feature films and in prominent television shows both in the UK and Australia. Philip’s most recent stage appearance was Sunshine, which marked his third full production with Red Stitch Actors Theatre (with whom he has also performed short works).
Outside of acting, Philip has founded and is co-director of the Howard Fine Acting Studio and the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival. The Poppy Seed Theatre Festival programs a five week theatrical festival each year in Melbourne. The festival showcases outstanding works by established and emerging independent artists and provides each production with a venue, a publicist, a budget and structured mentorship. As co-director, Philip is hands-on in the publicity and marketing of these productions, and provides arm's length production support to all contributing artists.
As co-founder of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Philip has had the opportunity to organise many Melbourne-based and interstate workshops and events. These events have been housed in theatres, opera houses and rehearsal venues. Philip is adept at coordinating live events and managing the various competing priorities. Philip wishes to use Key Conspirators as an opportunity to develop his skills as a director. He is excited to expand on his two decades of experience as an actor, producer and arts professional in the presentation of lunchtime theatre.
Siobhan works in the arts as a performer, producer and event organiser. Since moving from New Zealand to Australia in 2011 Siobhan has been cast in multiple theatre and film productions and co-founded two theatre companies. Siobhan’s latest theatre company North of Eight (for whom she is a producer and actor), is a bold new initiative that has recently released its four show program for 2017. North of Eight is an ensemble based company, its debut season contains new writing and an Australian premiere. Siobhan recently produced their debut show Terminus to critical and financial success.
Outside of performing and producing, Siobhan has invested time creating and managing live music events and performance based charity fund-raisers for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Siobhan continues to develop and produce local theatre and is the Festival Producer of Poppy Seed Theatre Festival.
In her role as producer for the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Siobhan is the festival’s main representative when dealing with venues, artists, the artistic panel, contractors and suppliers. She is also hands-on in the management and creation of the festival launch events, opening nights, information sessions and gala parties. Siobhan is also currently working closely with Cat Commander to producer her newest play which was recently selected to be supported by Playwriting Australia.
Emma has worked internationally as an actor, including film commitments in Australia, Ireland, the UK and Jordan. Her film and television highlights include Speed Dating (Buena Vista Film), The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Channel 4), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), and for stage, the cult West End hit: Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens.
Outside of acting Emma is a director of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, her key responsibilities include budget, grant applications and acquittals. The Poppy Seed Theatre Festival presently has support from the City of Melbourne and a number of corporate sponsors and philanthropists. It is Emma’s responsibility to steer the finances of the festival which has produced a small surplus each year. Emma is also hands-on in providing budgetary oversight for each of the four productions that comprise the festival. Each production must have their budget approved by Emma prior to commencing work.
Pat Moonie is an award-winning actor working in Melbourne. Since finishing his training in 2013 Patrick’s stage appearances include Orphans by Dennis Kelly, Abigail 1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Sundays Roast by Tim P Driver. His film credits include the multi award winning Cake, Winning the fox hunt and Zero.
Outside of acting Patrick is an accomplished set builder, stage manager and producer. He is associate of both Driving Monk Productions and North of Eight theatre company.
Patrick is a well-known and well-liked member of Melbourne’s independent theatre scene and has a large network from which to draw support, skills and resources. Patrick is excited to use his involvement in Key Conspirators to up-skill and strengthen his already grounded ability as a producer and theatre maker.