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Mayu Iwasaki

Mayu Iwasaki, a bilingual Japanese actress, puppeteer and theatre-maker who is currently based in Sydney. She is the daughter of a puppeteer and moved to Sydney from Tokyo when she was 18 years old to study a BA of Film studies and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. She is a graduate of David Mamet’s Atlantic Theatre Conservatory, she trained and worked extensively with the SITI Company in New York where she discovered her passion for physical theatre and collaboration projects in various mediums.

She is a freelance movement teacher and she greatly enjoy creating ensemble work and movement techniques (Suzuki Method and Viewpoints Training). She's developed original work in Drama Stage 6 Preliminary and HSC Courses as well as in University and Advanced diploma levels, She’s also led workshops at several theatres and arts & community organisations. 

 

She’s appeared in a number of theatrical productions on international stages including Tokyo, New York, Chicago and Sydney. She has also starred in several short and feature films. In 2016 she started working with Erth Visual & Physical theatre company as a host of Dinosaur Zoo Tour and a puppeteer. For the past 4 years with them she has further developed her skills as a puppeteer and a performer. Recently she made my Sydney Theatre Company debut in the award winning play White Pearl. She is also a co-founder of award winning eco-friendly glamping resort, Bubble-tent Australia. She has been working with various projects and companies that engage with a variety of local, regional and international communities where she had the chance to learn different cultural viewpoints and social dynamics.

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George Zhao

Graduating with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2013 he has performed across a variety of platforms. His leading roles include Monkey Tales (Monkey Baa Theatre Company) and in the sold out season of The Screw Tape Letters (Twisted Tree Theatre Company), which toured nationally in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 he performed in the award winning "Harp in the south part 1 and 2" at Sydney Theatre Company, working with them again in 2019 in conjunction with Melbourne theatre company In their production of Cosi.  

 

His awards include ‘Best Guest Actor’ at the 2018 LA Web Film Festival for his role in the short film It Came from Outer Suburbia, as well as MEAA ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ for comedy for his ongoing role as Andrew Law in the hit SBS show The Family Law in 2018,2019 and 2020. George was also awarded the 2018 ‘Rising Star’ award by the Casting Guild of Australia.

 

As well as being well accustomed to the stage, George has also worked successfully in screen and film.

His Screen roles include, Award winning SBS webseries Homecoming Queens, TV series Jack Irish, multiple seasons of The Family Law, and most recently, his lead role ‘Leo Gao’ in the movie Runaway Millionaires."


He is currently working as a clown doctor for the humour foundation across hospitals in Sydney.

Nick O'Regan

Nicholas O'Regan is a Sydney based multidisciplinary artist with Mauritian and Irish Bloodlines.

 He works as an Actor, Physical Comedian, Puppeteer & Writer. Growing up between two different cultures and languages influenced his artistic practice to orbit around connection and non-verbal communication. Nick's work connects audiences through the poetic body to our shared psyche—a space that is inhabited by ritual and communion. The work is ensemble based, community focused and inherently political as we charge forward collectively in a world that is increasingly individualistic.

 

The majority of Nick’s creative work is made for children and families. He is a core puppeteer for Erth – Physical & Visual Inc, touring their Dinosaur Zoo production to Abu Dhabi, Japan and a recent sold out season at the Sydney Opera House. In 2019 he worked as Erths School Coordinator, engaging over 400 students between the ages of 10 & 18, in Winter Camp, a work honouring the First Nations people of our country as part of VIVID. During the season, Nick led a different team of 30 school children each performance in puppeteering bioluminescent and sonically treated mullet puppets through the Barangaroo precinct.

 

Nick has also worked with Parramatta Riverside and Monkey Baa, as a teaching artist and performer in their educations seasons. Nick was a founding member of Matriark Theatre, a company who engages in partnership with youth & rural communities to create in immersive theatrical experiences. Nick holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from Wesley Institute & a Masters of Teaching from UWS (University of Western Sydney). Fundamental to his practice was time studying under and being directed by Antonio Fava. The discipline and precision of Commedia del Arte honed Nick's love of clarity of gesture, comedy and physical storytelling. Nick has further pursued these interests exploring the satirical world of Buffon with Giovanni Fulsetti, and immersive kinesthetic experiences with Chiara Guidi.

 

​Nick is currently a lead writer on the online children’s animation, The Tuis, puppeteering on an exciting new Australian feature film, as well as working on a new one-man show, Simon the Celestial Scout.