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THE ANCHOR?

KATIE CAWTHORNE

Director

Katie began directing in 2002, producing work in Melbourne, Mexico, Darwin, Sydney and Canberra.
In 2015 she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), after earlier qualifying at the University of Melbourne (Graduate Diploma of Education) and Flinders University (Bachelor of Arts).

Katie was the Artistic Director of Canberra Youth Theatre from January 2015 to December 2018 and directed SKIN, The 24 Hour Butoh Project, The Verbatim Project, The Greek Project - Antigone , poem every day, Filtered and Fading with the company. In 2016 Katie was awarded a Canberra Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Revitalising and Advancing Canberra Youth Theatre.

Since graduating from NIDA, Katie has also directed short works for Warehouse Circus, The Public Theatre (Design Canberra Festival), Aspen Island Theatre Company and playwrights Emily Sheehan and Tracy Bourne.
Katie is co-founder of The Anchor Theatre Company, which has produced work in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. She directed 'Two Hearts'' and 'The Three Graces' for the company in 2019 and is about to begin development on The Anchor’s new physical theatre work called Little Bitch, for which The Anchor was awarded a Bluestone Church Arts Centre residency. Katie has two works touring in 2020 and will be directing ATYP Rebel Wilson scholarship recipient, Madelaine Nunn’s new play Cactus.



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LAURA LETHLEAN

Playwright

Playwright Laura Lethlean is a graduate of NIDA's Writing for Performance MFA, an alumni of the ATYP Fresh Ink program and a founding member of The Anchor.
Laura directed her first play, ‘Plastic Pacific’ at The Substation in 2013, before being accepted into NIDA's Writing for Performance Masters of Fine Art. Since graduating she formed The Anchor with directors Katie Cawthorne and Jessica Arthur. Following this The Anchor swiftly produced Laura's play ‘How Are You’ at the Public Theatre for the DESIGNcanberra Festival 2015.

Laura's play, ‘The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire’ was then selected for production at NIDA’s Spring Season in 2016. Laura was then selected to be a part of Australian Theatre for Young People's (ATYP’s) Fresh Ink program, where she was mentored by leading playwright Ross Muller. Under Ross' mentorship, Laura wrote ‘Now is the Edge of the Universe’ and ‘Something Actually’. Both of these plays had staged readings at the Victorian Collage of the Arts in 2016. During this time, Laura also attended ATYP's National Studio at the Bundanon Estate.

In 2017, Laura worked as a script consultant for Screen Australia’s funded project ‘The Heroes of Aus’, was artist in residence for the Maribyrnong City Council’s project ‘Memory Cycle’, and was a resident artist at Testing Grounds in Melbourne where a reading of her play ‘Where the Breath is Kept’ took place. Laura was also asked to be a featured guest during Play Writing Australia's live broadcast of Joanna Murray-Smith's Master Class on playwriting. Also during 2017, Laura's play‘The Three Graces’ was selected by Play Writing Australia for long form development. An excerpt from this play was featured in Kings Cross Theatre’s Story Tellers Festival in August 2018.

In 2018 Laura was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre, where her play ‘Fading’ was produced at the Canberra Theatre Centre. She was script consultant for the Screen Australia and YouTube Red funded short film 'Rebooted’ by Michael Shanks. The Anchor’s project ‘Two Hearts', written by Laura and directed by Jessica Arthur, was staged at Kings Cross Theatre. Laura also co-wrote 'Strata Inc.' with Faran Martin, which was produced by North of Eight theatre company in November 2018.
2019 saw Laura's play 'Two Hearts' selected to be a part of the Butterfly Club's One Act Play Festival, and her play 'The Three Graces' produced by The Anchor at Theatre Works as a part of their Chapter Two season. Laura was also selected to be a part of Play Writing Australia's 'Post Production' program, where she is being mentored by Robyn Archer.

‘The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire’ was published by No Passport Press in 2016.

‘Two Hearts’ was published by Australianplays.org in 2019.



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JESSICA ARTHUR

Dramaturg

Jessica Arthur is a theatre director who has worked in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Frankfurt, Germany. Jess works in an open and devised manner and experiments with form and audience perception.

Jess is a co-founder of the theatre company The Anchor along with Katie Cawthorne and Laura Lethlean.

Jessica is currently the Sydney Theatre Company's Resident Director. Besides STC she has also worked at NIDA, Melbourne Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, Schauspiel Frankfurt, La Mama, The Old Fitz as well as with the production companies Redline Productions, Never Never and The Kings Collective.



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