meet our kiss club 2022 artists12 April 2022
in depth bios for all of our 2022 kiss club artists!
aisha samat, jessica pettitt and nadia priolo
Aisha is a contemporary dancer and creator based in Boorlo/Perth. She is originally from Naarm/Melbourne, where she began her professional dance training at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in 2014. She moved to Boorlo/Perth in 2018 to study at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2021 she graduated WAAPA with a BA in Dance (Honours), alongside artists Jessica Pettitt and Nadia Priolo.
Jessica began her dance training in Kaurna county of the Adelaide plains at the age of 4 and studied many dance styles but found her interest lied in contemporary dance, and so began formal training at WAAPA in 2018.
Nadia is a Boorlo/Perth based contemporary dancer, who grew up in the West Australian town of Yamatji/Geraldton. At the age of 17 Nadia moved to Warrang/Sydney to study dance full time, receiving her certificate IV (Dance). In 2018 Nadia was accepted into the contemporary dance course at WAAPA and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Art in dance (Honours).
During their studies at WAAPA they performed in works by Joanna Noonan, Claudia Alessi, Raewyn Hill, James Berlyn and Bernadette Lewis. As a part of her 2021 Honours degree, Aisha began to research into her choreographic practice and wrote a thesis on her current findings. In 2019, Aisha and Jess spent a semester studying abroad at SUNY Purchase College in New York. Aisha had the privilege of working with Trisha Brown company member Leah Ives on a remount of Set and Reset as a part of the Purchase Dance Company. Jess performed in the 2020 Perth Festival season of Colossus by Stephanie Lake. Aisha, Jess, and Nadia performed in the 2021 Perth Festival season of Archives of Humanities by Raewyn Hill.
David stewart, Claire Appleby, and nonie trainor (buckland x undercurrent theatre company)
David Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Boorloo. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making), he is also a regular on the music scene. Stewart writes with Man Sandal and Buckland, as well working as a Sound Designer and Composer for many Perth creatives. As a multi-instrumentalist, Stewart plays keyboard, electric guitar and bass, drums and vocals. Also practicing as a Contemporary Theatre Maker, he co-founded Undercurrent Theatre Company and created the award-winning show “My Shout” as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 2020 season program. The company create image-based physical theatre and forge interesting interdisciplinary collaborations to make original and exciting works.
She is a co-founder of emerging Perth based company, Undercurrent Theatre Company, and is currently working on multiple physical theatre works. Claire’s recent works at The Blue Room Theatre include her latest solo development APPLEBY (900 Seconds of Storytelling), and Undercurrent’s well-received debut show, My Shout. Claire relishes in the broad spectrum of performance and jumps into new work with excitement and drive, presenting her as an eager, engaged and diverse new artist in Boorloo. Other theatre credits include Sound Designing for REST (WAYTCo, 2019 + 2021), yourseven (WAYTCo, 2018), Love (Eat Life Productions, 2020), Do I look Like I Care (by Daisy Coyle, 2020), Muse (As part of SITU-8, 2020), Beside (WAYTCo, 2021), Beginning at the End (of Capitalism, 2021) by Phoebe Sullivan and My Shout (Undercurrent Theatre Company, 2021) as well as working on the development season of Logue Lake (Rorschach Beast, 2021) and Common Ground (Undercurrent Theatre Company, 2022). Stewart also participated in The Blue Room Theatre’s Design Direction workshop series, facilitated by Joe Lui and is currently composing for his first short film, Hitting the Road.
After realising her passion lay in music, Nonie graduated with both a diploma and bachelor of music majoring in jazz vocals from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During her time at WAAPA Nonie performed alongside and learned from many of Australia’s premier musicians including Katie Noonan, Jamie Ohlers, Tom O’halloran and Kristin Berardi. Nonie can be found playing guitar in the local band Buckland.
Outside of music, Nonie has contributed her writing to Colosoul and Demure and is currently self-publishing a magazine of her own art and poetry. She’s very excited to be working with Undercurrent Theatre Company for the development of Buckland – Broadcast to Space for this year’s KISS club.
haylee whisson and samantha hortin (onset productions)
Haylee Whisson is a Performance Maker from the hills of Boorloo, Western Australia, who loves collaborating to share stories that illuminate and connect.
Haylee has Bachelor of Performing Arts in Performance Making from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Graduate Certificate of Digital Marketing from Curtin University, both of which she uses in her practice as a multi-disciplinary Creative working in the Perth Performing Arts scene.
She has been involved in numerous productions as a devisor/performer, most recently in HAIR at the State Theatre Centre of WA with Lady Business Productions, which she co-founded; and a lead acting role in award-winning short film – Maenad Fever.
In 2017 Haylee founded Onset Productions through which she produces and promotes shows – most recently a sell-out Fringe World 2022 season of Rollin’ & Tumblin’ – A Walk Through The Blues at His Majesty’s Theatre, and marketing for The Complete Show of Water Skiing at The Blue Room Theatre’s 2022 Summer Nights Festival.
Haylee’s most recent artistic residencies include a devising residency at Fremantle Arts Centre with Lady Business Productions, and a solo writing residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre with Onset Productions where she developed and expanded on several works.
Haylee was awarded the 2021 Robert Juniper Award for the Arts to develop her practice as a Performing Artist, Theatre Maker and Emerging Writer. She is drawn to stories that respond to current themes and issues with authenticity, heart and humour.
Her most recent works include the children’s puppet show “Wild Places Elsewhere” which she co-created and performed in alongside Perth based company; ’The Faraway Collective’ which she co-founded and is current associate producer for, “The Complete Show of Water Skiing” which she produced and premiered as part of the Blueroom Theatre’s Summer Nights Festival, and “Sugar & Ice; The Musical” which she choreographed and also performed in at The Royale Theatre as a part of the Perth Fringe World Festival 2022.
Throughout her professional career Sam has also undertaken several residencies in collaboration with major Perth based companies such as STRUT Dance, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Company and Fremantle Arts Centre to assist in the development and production of several new works. When not in production for a new work, she also freelances as a dance and aerials teacher and has taught at several companies such as The Circus Centre. Samantha has a strong interdisciplinary practice, where she explores the universal language of story-telling through mediums such as puppetry, visual art and dance/ physical theatre.
Originally from Kalgoorlie and currently Perth based, sally studied a double degree of Performance Studies/Creative Writing at Curtin University, graduating in 2018. Since then she has worked as a writer, director, and actor, as well as co-founder of independent theatre company Lindstedt & Davies.
In 2020, she performed as part of the Nglaka Daa ensemble at the Kings Street Arts Centre, a collaboration between WA Youth Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin. sally also devised and performed in Ugly Virgins alongside Courtney Cavallaro and Anna Lindstedt, as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s 600 Seconds program.
In 2021, Ugly Virgins was developed into a full length work, presented at The Blue Room Theatre by Lindstedt & Davies and produced by Maiden Voyage Theatre Company. davies co-wrote and co-directed this work, and the company had a sell-out three week season. Later in the year she adapted and co-directed Little Women, also presented at The Blue Room Theatre. and also a sell-out season. sally was presented with the Judge’s Award for adapting the text.
At the end of this year she was commissioned by Curtin University to write an original script to be performed by the Hayman Theatre Company. The result of this was I Met Christine James-Scott in the Shopping Centre Carpark, which was directed by Clare Watson and presented at The Blue Room Theatre. sally also participated in Fresh Ink, a mentoring collaboration between Barking Gecko and Australian Theatre for Young People, which led to the development of two short plays.
william gammel, eliza smith, clea purkis, and nathan calvert (stop drop and roll theatre co.)
William Gammel is a 26-year-old visual theatre maker working in performance, design, movement, and film. After growing up on the land of the Bidjigal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney), Gammel currently resides and creates on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (Perth). Having honed his craft in acting and film making at LAMDA (London), The Atlantic Acting School (New York), and the Actors Centre and UNSW (Sydney) over the past 8 years, Gammel recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making). Most recently, he co-devised and performed in “Objects in the Mirror are Closer Than they Appear” (2020) dir. Andrea Gibs, devised and filmed a solo film work “Backwards Slowly Close to Death” (2020) that won the judges award in WAYTCOs Loungeroom Project, designed and directed “Backwards Slowly” at FringeWorld 2021, performed in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2021) dir. Emily Mclean, was a performer/deviser in “100 Seconds to Midnight” and a designer/performer/deviser in “Everything Flickers” as a part of TILT (2021), and was the designer for “She’s Terribly Greedy” (2022) dir. Eliza Smith. Through his current practice Gammel hopes to create works responding to land and place, while also examining how it is people value and access the arts as a life practice.