Shopfront Arts Co-op is proud to introduce you to our 2020-21 ArtsLab artists-in-residence. With our biggest pool of applicants ever, it was a really difficult final decision, but a verdict has been reached, and we are delighted to welcome: Linda Chen, Tom Crotty, Tom Doyle, Lily Hayman, Eric Jiang, Jason Liu, Eliza Scott.
LINDA CHEN is an actor and writer hailing from Ngunnawal and Ngambri country (Canberra) and working across Australia in theatre, film, interdisciplinary art and applied drama. Her work often explores immigrant stories and stories of displacement and identity; notions of family and home; relationships in a tech-driven world and coming into agency from youth or a position of marginalisation. As an actor, recent credits have included Maura Pierlot’s debut play Fragments at The Street Theatre, as well as in Anna Breckon and Nat Randall’s durational film project Rear View: a single take, 90-minute film piece installed at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art for the inaugural Macfarlane Commissions. As writer, past credits include connecting…? commissioned by ATYP and Nightingale Content, web-series experiment Problematic for YouAreHere, Mixtape Memoirs with The Lifted Brow and BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!’s Bloodwords, all at Noted Writer’s Festival.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts(Hons.)/Commerce from the Australian National University, majoring in Drama and English with a Creative Writing focus and Finance, and minoring in Film Studies and Human Rights. Her Honours thesis was centred on questions of ethics and efficacy in the use of applied theatre and simulated environments to foster cross-cultural communication. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Specialist Inclusive Education at Deakin University. She was also recently selected for Sport for Jove’s 2020 Producer Mentorship, which she will be undertaking concurrently with Artslab.
TOM CROTTY is an early career artist who dons many hats depending on his mode of practice and the weather outside. With a keen interest in performance and writing, Tom seeks to queer the status quo to materialise hidden realities and imagine possible futures on stage and screen. Growing up in Auckland, Aotearoa – Tom now lives and works in Sydney on Gadigal land. Recent stage highlights include: Bleach by Dan Ireland-Reeves (Adelaide Fringe, Theatre Travels, 2020), Cock by Mike Bartlett and The Dog, The Night & The Knife by Marius Von Mayenburg (The Other Theatre Co, 2019). Tom has trained at Sydney Theatre School, Screenwise, ATYP and has a BA in Media Arts & Production (UTS). Outside of his artistic practice, you’ll likely find Tom tracking down hidden waterfalls or unpacking what remains of his masculinity complex as Club Captain of the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club.
TOM DOYLE is an emerging designer and theatre maker from Wollongong. After recently graduating from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre), Tom is now undertaking an Honours degree at Wollongong focusing on production design.
During his undergraduate studies at the University of Wollongong, Tom served as a lighting designer for award winning playwrights Cath McKinnon and Mark Rogers and served as a production manager to Helpmann nominated performer Victoria Hunt and to Tim Maddock of the Red Shed Theatre Company. Recent projects include assistant directing ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ at the University of Wollongong, assistant designing NAISDA’s ‘NGOENAKAP’ (2019) at Carriageworks, as well as working as a lighting technician at Merrigong Theatre Company, and for Sydney Festival in 2019 and 2020. Tom is also the current Venue and Production Manager at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in Erskineville.
LILY HAYMAN is a director, writer and performer from Southern Sydney. She trained at the University of Wollongong, graduating from the Bachelor of Performance (Dean’s Scholar) before receiving First Class Honours in Creative Arts (Theatre). Her most recent work as a writer/director Fledgling will be performed as part of MerrigongX 2021. Other directing credits include Luvstuff (2018) and The Supermarket Play (2019) both written by Nick Chlopicki. She has also worked extensively as an Assistant Director for both Catherine McKinnon and Tim Maddock. Lily has performed with Shopfront before in Pretty Fly For a Dead Guy by Lily Hensby (2019), and is currently in rehearsal for To My Younger Self by Mallory Sedger – to be performed later this year. She is extremely excited to take on ArtsLab and collaborate with each of the amazing artists of this year’s program.
ERIC JIANG is a Chinese-Australian artist based in Sydney. He has reviewed performance for ArtsHub, written ekphrastic poetry for The Waiting Room Project, a gallery in the Sydney Sexual Health Centre, and edited his university’s literary journal Unsweetened. He is currently participating in Laboratory, a playwriting incubator facilitated by Montague Basement, and Toolkits: Poetry, facilitated by Express Media. Eric’s work appears or is forthcoming in Voiceworks, Rabbit and Stay At Home Diary, contemplating queer futures, familial cultural exchange, and fabric.
JASON LIU is a 19 year old visual artist that has been producing work in his bedroom for the last three years. A mixed media artist that primarily produces work in watercolour and coloured pencils. The work that Jason creates typically has comedic element or directs focus onto objects or situations deemed as mundane. Jason is also a Playwave Creative.
ELIZA SCOTT is a Sydney based actor, musician and theatre maker. They explore the synthesis of music, poetry and performance.
In 2019 they performed in CHORUS dir Clemence Williams at the Old Fitz Theatre, performed and composed the music in Australian Debut of Homesick as the lead character, Sam, at the Old 505 Theatre, and performed in a successful run of original devised work The Lady or the Tiger at Bondi Feast.
In 2018, they appeared as ‘Her’ in KXT’s production of Two Hearts dir Jessica Arthur. In 2017 Eliza played Charlotte in the Australian debut of Kate Tempest’s WASTED; dir Elsie Edgerton-Till, and wrote & performed in their one person show, Blackstrap Molasses at the Sydney Fringe.
Eliza aims to create work that pushes the boundaries of form, that brings something a little different to the senses.
Welcome to our 2020-21 ArtsLabbers! Stay tuned for information about their developing works, how you can support their fundraising campaign, and their 2021 season!