click here for writers responseVoice Theatre Lab: Robert Lewis (Director), b.1977, Adelaide, South Australia. Lives and works in Launceston. Laura Bishop: (Performer), b.1986, Bruny Island, Tasmania. Lives and works in Launceston. Chris Jackson: (Performer), b.1984, Burnie. Lives and works in Launceston.
Since its inception in 2006, Voice Theatre Lab has developed exploratory exercises that integrate body and voice, exploring and developing rigorous and highly energized physical and vocal training methods. The company is renowned for fusing contemporary East and West theatre practices and contemporary art to create a physio-vocal training aesthetic. From its inception Voice Theatre Lab has consciously chosen not to be bound by the semantic meaning of words. The freedom of not having direct connections to established languages enables its performers to explore a dynamic range of concrete and abstract visual and aural elements .
Robert Lewis is a Lecturer in Voice and Theatre at the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania and is a practicing director, performer and voice coach. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University and received his Graduate Diploma in Education from RMIT. Some of Voice Theater Lab’s most recent productions include; White Dark (2007), 5 (2008), The Oedipus Project (2009), Alchemy (2010) and Iam Nocte (2010).
Laura Bishop has been performing with VTL since 2007. She loves that the work with VTL has stretched her both vocally and physically and has been able to apply some of the training techniques into conventional theatre practice. Her credits include: Dr Faustus (Launceston and Sydney), 5, Tetractys, Oedipus, Alchemy, and I am Nocte. She is also the recipient of the Country Club Tasmania Theatrical Award Development for 2011. Laura is the current Country Club Tasmania Theatrical Development Officer, which involves being the Publicist for CentrStage Theatre Company. She graduated with a BCA in Theatre in 2006, continued studying with Honours and an MCA, both of which were about radio plays. She is currently undertaking her MFA in the area of sound design and manipulation. Laura recently directed Yasmina Reza’s Art written for CentrStage Theatre Company.
Chris Jackson is a founding member of Voice Theatre Lab. Chris graduated from the University of Tasmania’s Academy of the Arts in 2005 with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts majoring in Theatre. He recently completed a Master’s degree, specialising in the connection between performance art and theatre. Chris’ recent credits include: The Oedipus Project (2009), Iam Nocte (2010) and Macbeth (2009).
Shannyn Foon appears for the first time with VTL in Two Houses. Having a background in dance and musical theatre has helped to shape her performance for VTL’s experimental approach. Her most recant shows include, Beauty and the Beast (2010), (Encore Theatre Company), Boy’s own Macbeth (2010), (Encore Theatre Company), AIDA (2011), (Launceston College). Shannyn is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Visual Arts at the University of Tasmania.