Benjamin Schostakowski is an award-winning director from Brisbane, QLD who lives in Sydney, NSW.
In 2017, Benjamin was named a Glorias Fellow and travelled to New York City to learn from renowned Canadian director Robert Lepage on the US premiere of ‘887’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He also attended workshopping rehearsals for a new Broadway musical directed by Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). In 2016, Benjamin worked with Channel 7 as a Directing Attachment on the TV series A Place to Call Home, Season 4. In 2015, Benjamin was invited to attended rehearsals at the New York Theatre Workshop on the world première of the musical Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed by renowned director Ivo van Hove.
In his career, Benjamin has worked with Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, Brisbane Festival, Channel 7, NIDA, QUT, Griffin Theatre Play Project and Triple J Unearthed. He worked as Artistic Director of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre from 2009 -2012 and in 2011 was appointed Associate Artist with Queensland Theatre Company under the Artistic Direction of Wesley Enoch. His production of A Tribute of Sorts (co-created with Dash Kruck and Emily Burton) premiered at La Boite Indie in 2012 and won four Matilda Awards. The production was then remounted by Queensland Theatre Company with the assistance of Metro Arts in 2014.
Credits include: Elizabeth I (Wonderland – Brisbane Powerhouse), Eurydice (QUT), Disgraced (Melbourne Theatre Company – Assistant Director), The Realistic Joneses (QUT), The Hänsel and Gretel Tapes (Dixon Place, New York), Reagan Kelly (NIDA) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Boite), Cosi (La Boite, Dir. David Berthold), Private Lives (Melbourne Theatre Company, directing attachment, Dir. Sam Strong), A Tribute of Sorts (La Boite Indie and later Queensland Theatre Company), KLUTZ (Brisbane Festival), A Spectacular of Sorts (World Theatre Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse), Genesis (Brisbane Festival, Dir. Ben Knapton) and The Glorious Nosebleed (Metro Arts).
Benjamin also directed the music video for Ride For Me by Ry for Triple J Unearthed which premiered on Rage in 2013.
In 2018 Benjamin will direct a new version of Peter Pan for the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne and Carking It for the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney.
Courtney Stewart is a Director, Actor, Dancer and Teaching Artist. She has worked on a number of productions and developments of new Australian work such as Single Asian Female by Michelle Law, A Ghost in My Suitcase by Vanessa Bates, Australian Graffiti by Disapol Savetsila, This Witch by Shari Indriani, Siti Rubiyah by Katrina Irawati Graham and Barbaric Truth by Jordan Shea.
Courtney was also the Assistant Performance Director for the City of Sydney 2016 Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Festival.
As a dedicated Teaching Artist, Courtney currently works with Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, specialising in producing and facilitating creative, EdTech and special access workshops in the areas of drama, film-making, editing, music, coding, Virtual and Augmented reality, robots for space exploration and physical computing.
Courtney is a proud member of MEAA and is the Secretary of the Equity Diversity Committee and a delegate to the National Performer’s Committee.
Bjorn Stewart has directed an array of comedy and dramas through different mediums. With a degree majoring in Performance Art, Bjorn approaches his subject with multifaceted views, actively seeking ways to tell a story in interesting and sometimes unconventional ways. Bjorn has also been an attachment to Robert Merchant Master Class, learning Mike Leigh’s directing technique.
Most notably Bjorn has directed Last Drinks at Frida’s, a short film funded by Screen Australia and premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2017, International Premiere ImagineNATIVE Toronto 2017, and selected for Flickerfest 2018 Best of Australian Shorts program.
Bjorn is a co-founding member of the Cope ST, a collective that pushes the boundaries of Australian identity through satire, in 2017 Bjorn directed his team of creators to create sketches for the Comedy Channel’s series The Slot. The series showcased an eclectic range of Australia’s top content creators such as Skitbox, Aunty Donna and Bondi Hipsters.
In 2018 Bjorn will be working with Australia’s top horror directors Colin & Cameron Cairnes in association with Screen Australia and ABC, creating his own horror short soon to be released
Jason McKell – Fight Director
Jason is an actor and functional movement specialist, who focuses on training athletic theatre performers, such as Circus Artists, Ballet Dancers and Physical Theatre Artists. Jason has over 10 year’s experience as a physical theatre artist and teaches movement and combat as part of the Griffith Conservatory’s Acting BA.
Jason holds a Bachelor in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2009 and was an inaugural member of the Actors International Corporate Networking Tour to England in 2010. Jason was awarded a full scholarship for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Apprenticeship Program in 2012 and furthered this interest by training and performing with the Oxford Shakespeare Company for several productions in New York and London. Jason made his professional theatre debut in the critically acclaimed production The Truth About Kookaburras in 2012.
Jason became a qualified Commedia dell’arte instructor at Antonio Fava’s Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia Italy 2015, a Clown Master at Bont’s international school in Menorca Spain 2018, and a Fight Director with the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc 2019. Jason holds a cert IV Master Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness, and has a diverse background in various forms of functional movement training including; Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Mixed Martial Arts.
Jason’s recent theatrical work includes: Fledgling Theatre’s Modern Jesus 2017, Pipí Cucú’s The Lonely Box 2017, Brisbane Arts theatre’s A Clockwork Orange 2017, Understudy Production’s Bare the Musical 2018, Griffith Conservatory’s Dry River Run 2018, 4MBS’s Much Ado About Nothing 2018, Vena Cava’s BAAL 2018, Ad Astra’s Kelly 2019, Share House’s Jane and Kel Go to Hell 2019, Brisbane Immersive’s Cluedo 2019, That Production Company’s Kill Climate Deniers 2019, QPAC’s School 2 Stage 2019, Underground Production’s Gut Girls 2019 and Anywhere Theatre Festival’s Flood 2019.
Jason’s film work includes: Chloe, Dir Julien Rendina, Midday Run, Dir Sheri Van Geest, Vivian, Dir Zaitoon Salman.