Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 1977

Sue Broadway
Sue Broadway has been making and performing work in the field of physical theatre since she toured the world as a founding member of Circus Oz. She spent nine years living in the UK where she founded Ra-Ra Zoo – the first UK Theatre/Circus Company. She was the Circus Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games and for the Asian Games, Doha 2006. She was also Associate Producer – Circus and Street Events  - of Festival Melbourne 2006 at the Commonwealth Games, and Artistic Director of the Cultural Program of the Oxfam Youth Partnerships Conference in Sydney, 2004 and 2007. Sue was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 1998 to pursue her fascination with Vaudeville and from this developed a show Eccentric Acts which toured Australia and internationally for five years. From 2002 to 2004 she ran a women's clowning project in Wollongong called A Nose of Her Own and created and performed in two shows Waiting Not Drowning and Baggage Carousel. In 2005 was a participant in Time_place_space from which experience she created a multi-media aerial work Freefalling. Since January 2007 she has been Artistic Director of Strange Fruit.

Tim Coldwell
  Tim is an acrobat, clown and trumpeter with Circus Oz. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive in Charge of Production, and, from time to time, tent designer, props engineer, inventor and director. Tim left Flinders University to pursue a passion for circus. He toured with Ashton's Circus as a tent hand and with Circus Royale as a clown and ringmaster, learning all he could about the circus business, both in and outside the ring. He was a founding member of the New Circus in Adelaide in the early to mid '70's, and taught himself a number of circus skills, notably highwire walking. New Circus conducted a number of regional tours, pioneering a fresh vision of circus without animals and with a contemporary bent. A spinoff from the New Circus, the New Ensemble Circus, performed a very successful season at Melbourne's Last Laugh Cabaret in 1977, in which Tim played a major role. Around this time discussions began between the members of the New Ensemble Circus and a Melbourne-based group called Soapbox Circus - discussions which led to the creation of Circus Oz in late 1977. Tim is the only founding member of Circus Oz still performing with the company. He has been part of the company's development throughout its history, acting in a huge variety of roles and building up an unparalleled body of circus expertise. When not performing with Circus Oz anywhere from South America to Arnhem Land, Tim has worked as a technical advisor and stunt performer for film and television, walked across the Torrens River on a highwire to open the Adelaide Festival, and many other things.

Nina Landis
  Nina Landis is an Honours graduate of The Flinders University Drama Centre, and has performed leading roles for the Screen and Stage for over 20 years. Nina also trained with acting teachers Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghoff at the HB Studio in New York, and studied voice with Rowena Balos (NY) and Zigmunt Molik from the Grotowski Laboratory in Poland. Nina's interest in the evolution and development of acting techniques gained ground when researching her Masters thesis which investigated the utility of acting techniques in the art of Screenwriting. Nina is also a voice-over artist, and an award-winning documentary photographer. Her theatre performances include Hamlet with the State Theatre of South Australia, No Going Back with Melbourne Theatre Company and several plays for Theatreworks. Her screen credits include Prisoner, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Embassy, Ocean Girl, Thunderstone , M.D.A., The Hollowmen and City Homicide.

Victoria Nicolls
  Victoria is an Australian actress and television personality. She is well remembered by viewers for appearing in the Australian version of the game show Sale of the Century as a hostess from 1980 to 1982. She is also noted for her dramatic roles, such as Raeleen Archer in The Restless Years in the late 1970s, and as officer Heather Rodgers in Prisoner in 1984. In 1995 she was a leading cast member of short-lived soap opera Echo Point. Victoria's stage credits include the 1985 touring production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Crimes Of The Heart, Gulls , Educating Rita and Mum's The Word 2: Teenagers. She also played Heather Rodgers on the cult soapie Prisoner: Cell Block H and had guest roles on Echo Point, Blue Heelers, Something In The Air and M.D.A.

Jacqy Phillips
  After graduating from Flinders Drama Centre in 1977 Jacqy had 10 halcyon years with Magpie and State Theatre Company. She worked on productions such as Pal Joey and Midsummer Night's Dream for Lighthouse, had a year as Artistic Director of Patch, and created and starred in I Love You Tooley, the story of Australia's first and forgotten woman jazz singer, Des Tooley, written by Prue Hemming. In 1986 she left for Sydney. Highlights of her 16 years in Sydney were an Australia -wide tour of Jim Cartwright's Two, a wordless play called Request Concert, Only Heaven Knows and Blood and Honour, wonderful original Australian works by Alex Harding and meeting her musical and life partner Cliff Stoddart. Jacqy and Cliff performed as buskers throughout England and Europe, Mexico and India until they finally came back to Adelaide in 2000. The two now perform as the duo Tin Can Alley everywhere from nursing homes to the Festival Centre. In 2003, for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Jacqy was in Drowning In My Ocean of You, The Crucible and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America, the second workshop of Sean Riley's Beautiful Words for Windmill and a one-woman show for Bakehouse, The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman. She was also Artistic Coordinator for On the Waterfront, 1928, an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the wharfies strike, centred around Nick Enright's play for Magpie, Strike At the Port. In 2004 she toured Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff for Patch Theate Company and for the rest of the year Tin Can Alley was on the road busking in England and Europe. Jacqy appeared for Brink Productions and State Theatre in Brecht's Drums In the Night and in Stephen House's Blossom Callaghan for Bakehouse, for which she won the OSCARTS Best Actress Award for 2005 from the Advertiser which premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and toured to the Middleback Theatre in Whyalla.

Natalie Playford
Natalie is a graduate actor of the Flinders University Drama Centre (S.A) in 1978, and the John Bolton Theatre School {Melbourne) in 1993, and has worked professionally since 1981 when she joined Actors' Equity, now MEAA. She has performance experience in a wide range of theatre genres including traditional, alternative, group-devised, theatre-in-education, corporate and comedy. Natalie performed extensively with Rough Magic Theatrical Productions in Melbourne between 1994 and 2000 and has had roles in a number of productions at the Victorian Arts Centre, La Mama and with the Murray River Performing Group. Her TV credits include roles in Blue Heelers, M.D.A, Janus, The Genie From Down Under and Neighbours along with a number of corporate videos, TV commercials, independent films and voiceover work. Natalie also worked as a freelance fairy in Melbourne for seven years, taught acting skills to the kids in The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and worked as a simulated patient with medical students at Melbourne Uni. Back in Adelaide since 2003, Natalie played Krystal in Bugger Me Dead for the Adelaide Festival Fringe 2004, Brighella in Bamboozled! in Commedia Antics' school touring program, taught kids acting at the Mighty Good Talent School and performance/skills development workshops in Commedia Dell'Arte for kids and drama teachers with Commedia Antics between 2003-2004. Since 2005 Natalie has been part of the Adelaide team of the Clown Doctors, playing Dr Yum-Yum. Natalie was The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for the Adelaide Festival Fringe 2006 and has performed as Julie in Cloud Catchers for preschools and kindys since 2006. Natalie also does corporate theatre work, including her fashion fortune-telling character, Polly C Ester. Natalie has also been performing with 18 Carrot Productions since its first outing, The Mad Hatters Tea Party, for Carrick Hill in 2006 and has played Alice in all the seasons of Alice's Wonderland, since 2007.
Caroline Baker
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